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Diving in Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria
We frequently get asked if there is any
good diving or snorkelling in the sea next to
Playa del Inglés or the adjoining resorts of
Maspalomas, Sonnenland, San Agustin or Bahia
Feliz in Gran Canaria. Unfortunately the answer
is.. not really. Playa del Inglés and
Maspalomas are best known for their beaches
and the amazing sand-dunes behind the
beach... which in diving terms means .. lots
of sand, not much marine life, and not much
depth. Compared to the main dive sites on
Gran Canaria, the local shoreline is a bit like the dunes
that back them up .. a bit of a desert.
But do not worry. Playa del Ingles has always had a reputation as a sun lovers destination, and has all the attractions and facilities to make it a great family holiday destination. It is also only twenty minutes from the marine reserve at El Cabrón near Arinaga on the East Coast, regarded by all the locals as the best place to dive in Gran Canaria. There is plenty of diving, there is one of the best mixes of marine life on the island, and you can dive over ten different routes in the reserve. The area was featured in the January 2008 edition of 'BSAC Dive' magazine If you are staying in Playa del Inglés then the place to go diving is in the Marine Reserve at Arinaga.
The El Cabrón area is famous because the volcanic reef has arches, caves, cliffs and with these varied habitats it is a marine-life hotspot where you can see almost the whole catalog of marine species from tiny seahorses to angel sharks and butterfly rays. The main advantages of diving in the El Cabrón Marine Reserve are:-
We offer a free collection service for divers from Playa del Ingles every day for divers, so that they can come here in our air conditioned mini-bus and enjoy the best diving in Gran Canaria, and be back with their family in Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas or Meloneras in time for afternoon tea.
Playa del Inglés also has a very vibrant night-life, and plenty of reasonably priced accommodation, so you can party one night and then dive on other days, chilling out between in the dunes or shopping in the Yumbo centre.
In summary, if you are coming here with a family and only diving a couple of days, then Playa del Ingles is a great base from which to explore Gran Canaria. There are plenty of things to do and see in Playa del Ingles including two water parks, the beach area, horse riding, jeep safaris, sky-diving and helicopter trips (to name just a few). From here it is a short journey to the El Cabrón marine reserve where you can take part in some top diving experiences.
Main Hotels, Bungalows and Apartments in Playa del Ingles and Normal Collection TimesWe collect you from these main Hotels and Apartments on a regular basis, plus many more smaller apartments.
|Hotel Name||Collection Time|
|Barcelo Las Margaritas||08:55-09:05|
|Gran Canaria Princess||08:55-09:10|
|Jardin Del Atlantico||08:55-09:10|
|Riu Don Miguel||08:55-09:10|
|Riu Palmitos Bungalows||08:55-09:10|
|Sahara Playa I and II||08:55-09:10|
|San Valentin and Terraflor Park||08:55-09:10|
|Sol Y Mar Apartments||08:55-09:10|
|Sunwing Resort Playa Ingles||08:55-09:10|
If your Hotel or apartment is not listed above, please contact us and we will confirm a normal collection time.