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Diving in Gran Canaria
Your guide to some amazing dives!

Best Diving sites in Gran Canaria

"I didn't expect to see so much!" is a common response after diving in Gran Canaria for the first time.

Where to Dive in Gran Canaria

Coming to the Canary Islands, and looking for the best places for SCUBA diving?

Visitors have been enjoying the amazing variety of marine life at the number one dive site on the island, the El Cabrón Marine Reserve for over 20 years. You can join us on the short ride to this wonderful dive site from our dive centre in Arinaga. You will find that the volcanic history of the area has created some incredible underwater scenery and you can swim through natural rock arches, as you explore the caves and cliffs of the area. There is very little that cannot be seen in Arinaga - as we have rays, sharks, seahorse, spiny pufferfish, nudibranch, cuttlefish, cliffs, caves, deep dives and lots more.

The Spanish national newspaper El Páis said don't miss the most popular site "El Cabrón" or Arinaga Marine Reserve. You will see how the combination of beautiful underwater scenery, and ten amazing dive routes filled with abundant and varied marine life in big shoals have made this the most popular dive site on Gran Canaria.

Playa de Arinaga is close enough to both the main resorts of Maspalomas in the south, and the capital Las Palmas in the north, so that it can be reached within 30-35 minutes from 80% of the most visited parts of the Island.

Your dives from our award winning Dive Centre at Casa Limon are right next to this hot-spot for diving and marine life. Our training and courses are so highly rated that we achieved the PADI 'Outstanding' Award.

Review diving gran canaria 5* 5 Stars - "Very refreshing!"
Gran Canaria diving centre recommended on TripAdvisor
Very much recommended if, like us, you haven’t dived for a long time - we were hugely grateful to Peter for gently leading us on two fantastic refresher dives. We were a bit nervous beforehand but he made us feel totally comfortable under the waves. Thanks also to Brian and the team for the logistics, including picking us up at our hotel and welcoming us at Casa Limón in Arinaga. As for the sealife in Gran Canaria, we got to see a really good variety, including trumpetfish, octopus and cuttlefish, so the marine reserve at El Cabrón didn’t disappoint.

2022-02-03  Published by

What will I see when Scuba Diving in Gran Canaria?

Marine area protegido de Arinaga, Gran canaria
You can buddy up with other experienced scuba divers here all year round and you will always see amazing marine life. You can see endangered species such as angel sharks, filefish and rays in winter and spring, sea-horses and triggerfish in summer and shimmering schools of grunts, bogas, and damselfish in all seasons. For your camera there are brightly coloured glasseyes, tiger morays, cleaner shrimps, nudibranchii, and cephlapods.

In the El Cabrón marine reserve you can dive into the shoals of fish

The clear blue waters surrounding the Canaries are 'sub-tropical' which means that they are just warm enough for some tropical species such as trumpetfish, parrotfish and damselfish, and yet cool enough for European and temperate species such as bream, wrasse, groupers and angel sharks. This mixture makes the Canarian waters a really interesting place to dive with great variety of species and water temperatures than never drop below 18ºC.

Our mature multi-lingual instructors know the best sites on the island for diving, and we can arrange boat dives to show you stunning underwater scenery, unusual fish or mysterious wrecks. You can rely on our their expert knowledge of our 'local patch' to show you the hidden secrets, such as the hiding places of the rare spiny pufferfish, or other rare species such as soldierfish, and 'special places' in the El Cabrón Marine Reserve such as the local cleaning stations or hidden caves.

Typical Diving Conditions in Arinaga

We frequently here divers say "I didn't expect to see so much life in the Atlantic!". The water is clear with average visibility between 10 and 15 metres, and it is warm enough to wear a wetsuit all year round, only dropping to 18ºC at the end of February. And the area is full of marine life from the Atlantic, the Mediteranean and the tropics in all seasons.

You can see what it is like to dive here on this short video taken while diving Gran Canaria in winter 2018 (diving in January and February)). Below are some typical highlights. Enjoy other Gran Canaria diving videos on our YouTube Channel

Choose your Diving Trips

We cater for divers with all levels of skill from none to expert. If you have no experience you can do a one day PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience where you can explore an easy divesite from the shore with an instructor. If you have a diving card or qualification (such as PADI, SSI, BSAC, NAUI, FEDAS or others) you can join our groups of experienced scuba divers as they explore the deeper parts of the reserve with the most interesting features. Choose the programmes that suit you and your diving partners best.

Who recommends Arinaga for great dives in Gran Canaria?

The Canaries best dives are found here
  • "Best Diving in Arinaga, Gran Canaria" - Dive Magazine
  • "Best place to dive is at El Cabrón" - AA Pocket Guide
  • "One of the most spectacular sites in the Canary Islands"
    - Diving in Canaries (Sergio Hanquet)
  • The Gando-Arinaga area is one of the richest in fish species of the Canaries. (BIOGES - University of Las Palmas)
  • El Cabrón is one of the best zones for scuba diving (El País newspaper March 2018)
5-star PADI Course Gran Canaria 5 stars - "Perfect guided dives in the El Cabron Marine Reserve"

Mr boyfriend and I are both Advanced Open Water divers, and as soon as our credentials and insurance were checked (as it should be!) we were off on 10 awesome and varied dives on the marine reserve and also in the north of the island in Sardina. As we are experienced in diving around the world, it was fantastic to know how safe and knowledgeable the team were - especially Ed and Brett! We really could not have asked for more. I highly recommend Davy Jones for their professionalism, experience and friendliness. I would most certainly return!

2016-07-12 Published by

Certificate of Excellence
Gran Canaria - TripAdvisor Certificate of excellence winner
  • "Topspot - De unieke duikplaatsen in het natuurpark voor Arinaga"
    Duiken Magazine
  • "La variada y confiada fauna, junto a un fácil accesso, han hecho de esta zona la más visitada de Gran Canaria"Guía de Buceo España
  • Listed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest by the European Union since 28/12/2001.

How to dive and explore the El Cabrón dive sites

 Canaries Diving at night -large hermit crabs (Dardanus calidus) underwater

We are the closest PADI 5 Star Diving Centre to this amazing high-energy divesite, and our expert professional divemasters and dive guides know the highlights, the sights and the secrets better than anyone else. Our team is mature, speak English, Spanish, German, and Dutch , and we have three PADI Elite Instructors. Our Dive Centre in Casa Limon has some of the most relaxing facilities in the Canaries, including a large private garden to relax in between your dives. We run a collection service that covers the East coast from Las Palmas down to Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas and Meloneras and up the West coast to Puerto Rico in the Mogan district.

With our reputation, facilities and experienced multi-lingual staff it is little wonder we are one of the most popular PADI 5-star Dive Centres on our island and we offer a great dive experience for everyone from complete beginners up to experienced scuba divers. We are a family friendly diving centre where your safety is highly important, as is making sure you enjoy Gran Canaria's most famous diving site.

The first time you dive in the subtropical waters around this Island you will be amazed not only by the huge shoals of fish but also the variety of colours and species, from minute hermit crabs and vivid damselfish up to intriguing but critically endangered species including angel sharks. The relatively low levels of sea urchins, and good plankton production, means that this area still has thriving habitats and good biodiversity compared to many of the other dive sites in the Canaries.

PADI Open Water Diver and other diving courses

Seahorses (Hippocampus hippocampus) make your dive really special

We are one of the top ten PADI Five Star Dive Centres in the Canaries, and already hold three PADI Certificates of Excellence. Our PADI Elite Instructors are mainly at the senior MSDT level, and fluent in English, German, Spanish, and Dutch, and you can pick from the complete list of all our PADI courses including our highly rated PADI Open Water Diver Course or the two-day PADI SCUBA Diver Course or our try-dive or Discover Scuba Diving experience for beginners, pages on snorkelling in the Arinaga area, and don't miss more challenging courses such as the PADI Advanced Open Water Course!