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Snorkelling in Gran Canaria

If you are looking for somewhere to snorkel in Gran Canaria, then some of the best sites can be found in the El Cabron Marine Reserve. Here you can see a wide variety of life thanks to the relatively abundant levels of sea-grass, where the fish reproduce in spring. Alongside the common yet colourful species such as Wrasse, Blue and Atlantic damselfish, Parrotfish, Pufferfish, Breams, and Sea Cucumbers you may see lizardfish, weeverfish, blennies or razorfish; and if you are very lucky you can see octopus, cuttlefish and even angelsharks and rays in just a few metres of water.

The snorkelling at the Playa del Cabron is among the best (hint.. for younger children this can also be a good area for rockpooling) with a good access from the beach, and several areas of prolific life. There are usually plenty of gold-striped bream, band-tailed puffers, turkish wrasse, bluefin damselfish and parrotfish in the area in front of the few houses. The only problem is access by car .. If you have a hire car you may prefer to leave it by the school and walk the last 200m rather than risk damaging your vehicle. This beach also has no facilities (toilets, bars, cafes, shops etc) so take plenty of bottled water and everything else you need with you.

Risco Verde is within the town of Arinaga, and has similar species to El Cabrón for snorkelling. Except here you can park alongside and there is a nice restaurant, and the 'mini-museum' around the Hornos de Cal (restored Lime Kilns). From here you can walk along the promenade around the outside of Arinaga and look at two other places. The swimming pool at Zoco Negro is ideal if you have young family members who want an introductory swim / snorkel. This area is enclosed by a rock wall to make it safe for bathers, and the council have spent a lot of time and money over the last two years improving access and facilities here. Keep walking on the promenade and the area inside the pier is also a very sheltered area for the less adventurous snorkeler.

The sub-tropical waters of Gran Canaria are warm enough to snorkel most of the year
A wetsuit and the right equipment lets you snorkel for longer
Damselfish can be easily seen from the surface
Risco Verde in Arinaga is a good place for snorkelling as you can park nearby and get a drink from the cafe by the lime kilns

Services for Snorklers in Gran Canaria

We offer the following services to snorklers in Gran Canaria:

  • Unguided Snorkel Excursions
  • Guided Snorkel Excursions
  • Rental of snorkelling equipment
  • Advice and selection of masks, fins etc in our dive shop
  • BSAC Snorkelling courses

Unguided Snorkel Excursions

We offer an excellent opportunity for those who do not wish to dive to experience the delights of the Marine Reserve. Excursions can be organised for groups or individuals and can be run alongside diving excursions for non-diving friends or family.

Guided Snorkel Excursions

If you want more support from an instructor then you can join one for a guided exploration of the reserve. If you have less snorkelling experience they will help you with your equipment, basic snorkelling techniques and safety, as well as pointing out and explaining the main species during the excursion.

Rental of Snorkelling equipment

If you are totally independent you can simply hire some equipment from our centre in Arinaga and enjoy yourself in the sea.

Snorkelling equipment

If you enjoy snorkelling then at some point you may want to buy your own equipment. We offer free advice to make sure that you get the equipment that is right for you; masks that fit and don't leak, fins that are the right size and comfortable. You can buy, try and change .. if it is not right we will exchange any item for a more suitable alternative .. or if you are not happy we offer a 100% money back guarantee.

 

Snorkelling is fun in Gran Canaria

Snorkelling Courses in the El Cabron Marine Reserve

You can choose to either complete a full BSAC Snorkelling qualification while here in Gran Canaria, or simply enjoy the Marine Reserve in a day excursion. All excursions are designed around the individuals interests and skill ability, snorkelling experience is not required as full instruction is given.

Qualification
Duration
Location

BSAC Resort Snorkeller

1 Day

Sheltered/Open Water

This is awarded to any individual participating in an excursion which combines both pool sessions and exploration of the Marine Reserve.

BSAC Basic Snorkel Diver

1 Day + Theory

Sheltered Water

BSAC Snorkel Diver

1 Days + Theory

Sheltered Water

BSAC Ocean Snorkel Diver

3 Days + Theory

Sheltered/Open Water

BSAC Advanced Ocean Snorkel Diver

2 Days + Theory

Sheltered/Open Water

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