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Dives for qualified divers
(PADI, BSAC, CMAS, FEDAS, SSI, or other ISO24801 qualifications.)

dive in gran canaria and all the marine life is here waiting for you!

If you already hold a diving qualification then Gran Canaria has some of the best diving in the Canary Islands. You either can choose basic sites close to your resort (eg near Puerto Rico or Mogan), or the most famous sites in the East and North, including the ZEC/Marine Reserve of El Cabrón, The wrecks and caves near Las Palmas, or the undisturbed sites near Sardina del Norte. Take the shortcuts to the sections ...

Explore the hot-spots of the El Cabrón Marine Reserve

Dive into shoals of colourful fish Gran Canaria

We love the diving in the El Cabrón marine reserve! It is one of the acclaimed 'hot-spots' for marine life diving in the Canaries, where you can find a wide range of Canarian marine Life. With ten beautiful main routes we dive here almost every day, and we almost always see something special such as angel sharks, rays, barracudas, moray eels or even seahorses.

dive in gran canaria and all the marine life is here waiting for you!

We welcome divers with all qualifications, and with over ten different dive routes, we have excursions suitable for divers of all levels. There are easy 'chill dives' at 8-14m with lots of marine life; good recreational dives at around 18-20m which suit all Open Water or 1-star divers; and more challenging explorations for more qualified divers including a dive down to 30m to see the local gorgonia.

Some of the routes are only known or dived on a regular basis by our instructors, so we can show you lots of little highlights that other schools are unaware of. With this diversity we do not have a fixed schedule, but vary the dive routes, and adjust the plans to suit the experience levels and weather conditions on a daily basis.

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

Our normal diving profile for qualified divers is a two-dive day. We collect you from your hotel in our air-conditioned mini-bus at around 9.00am, and bring you to our dive centre 'Casa Limon', next to the El Cabrón marine reserve in Arinaga. Here you complete the preparations for your dive, and assemble your equipment before heading into the reserve to enjoy its highlights.

We return to the dive centre after the first dive, making us the only PADI dive centre that uses El Cabrón who can offer divers proper toilets, hot drinks and access to the local shops between the two dives. You can sit and relax under the fig, pomegrante, mango, banana and other trees in our private tropical garden. You can bring your own equipment or hire either part or a total set.

Gran Canaria -divers in the warm subtropical waters of the El Cabrón marine reserve
in Gran Canaria the round stingray can be found at several places in the reserve
Dive into the warm subtropical waters of Gran Canaria
Gran canaria divers find there's a surprise everywhere

After freshening up (or warming up in winter!), we then return to the marine reserve (about a five minute drive) for the second dive, after which everybody returns to the dive centre, we clean up, discuss and log the dives, and then return you to your hotel.

You can choose to dive from one, to five days on our standard packages which include pick-up and collection. If you want to do just one dive a day or a different number of days, or one person in the morning, another in the afternoon, just contact us and we will suggest a schedule which matches your plans.

Gran Canaria - Dive into the shoals in warm subtropical waters of the El Cabrón marine reserve
Gran Canaria Duiken met morays
Gran canaria - dive with nudibranch
Gran Canaria - Tauchen mit Engelhai

We dive here in the marine reserve at Arinaga every day of the week apart from Sunday, so you can choose exactly when you want to dive. The latest diving conditions are shown below, and you can see if there were any 'special' sightings there as well. For more information on the dive routes, marine life and history of the reserve, see the pages in the El Cabrón section of the website, or look at the photos in the photo galleries.

Recent Special Sightings
Round Ray (Taeniura grabata)

Latest Conditions
 underwater conditions in the El Cabrón marine reserve are updated regularly
Above Normal

Photo-Memory of the week
Recent Photo from Arinaga Marine Reserve
Peter with a round ray

Night Dives - Explore the dark side!

White Spotted Octopus underwater on night dive in the Canary Islands

The El Cabrón marine reserve at night is completely different! A night dive is always full of the unexpected. Some creatures we see regularly during the day disappear; others change colour or try to hide; and a third group appear out of nowhere to become common and ordinary. Top predators such as Angelsharks and Rays are often seen, sometimes just lurking in the edge of the torch beam; while nocturnal species such as golden balearic congers, squid, red-legged octopus, spiny pufferfish, echiurida, and canarian lobsterette can be seen.

A night dive in the Arinaga marine reserve in Gran Canaria can bring Stingrays, angelsharks and much more.
Gran Canaria Duiken met octopus
Gran canaria - dive with nudibranch
In the El Cabron Marine Reserve we frequently find the red spotted octopus at night but never during the day

We dive at night in the bay of Cabrón, because this has an easy entry, an easy and relaxing dive profile, and yet has a prolific night and colourful life with plenty of changes from daytime. If you have never done a night dive this is a great place to do your first night dive as it is very safe, yet very different from the daytime. If you are planning to do your PADI Advanced course in Gran Canaria then this can count as one of the dives.

Night dives start with a comprehensive briefing in the dive centre, including a briefing on the changes to the marine life, and some of the smaller creatures to look out for. As the sun sets, we head for the beach where we do one dive before returning to the dive centre.

To find out what a night dive is like, or just play with your torch in the dark, try our night dive simulator!

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Boat Dives

scuba diving in caves in gran canaria

We organise excursions to other parts of the Island where we dive from boats about once every two weeks. On the West Coast the best dive sites are off-shore and here we dive on the reefs at El Pechel, Arguineguin, Pasito Blanco natural and the Pasito Blanco artificial reef.

If conditions are right, we can take experienced divers to 'La Catedral', a spectacular series of underwater caverns, arches and swim-throughs on the Northern side of the Island.

For all boat diving there are minimum numbers required and there can be minimum qualification or experience levels.

Boat dives in Gran Canaria are best undertaken from small mobile craft such as this RIB to get you to the site and back quickly.
The Cathedral is dived by Boat from Las Palmas
Wreck diving in Mogan
The wreck of the Angela Pando is dived by Boat from Las Palmas

Wreck Dives

Up until the end of 2006 there were several good wreck dive options available in the North of Gran Canaria. However, at the end of 2006 a major new expansion of the port of Las Palmas was started, which has led to some of the wrecks being buried, and others being so close to the harbour wall can no longer be dived.

The wreck of the Russian Hydrofoil in the South East has also been destroyed during a storm. This currently leaves the Mogan wrecks as the only small wreck in the South-east that is worth diving, while in the North the Arona is one of the best wreck dive in the Canary Islands. Still, with great dives in the marine reserve, and some good offshore dives around Sardina del Norte and Mogan there are plenty of good dives still available here.

More details of these dives can be found on our Gran Canaria wreck diving pages.

For all wreck diving there are minimum numbers required, and minimum qualification or experience levels.

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Other dive excursions to sample the best of Gran Canaria Diving

We organise occasional excursions to other parts of Gran Canaria to dive in locations such as Sardina del Norte, Caleta Abajo, Playa del Cura and Amadores. If the weather or diving conditions are very poor here in Arinaga we can often dive on the other side of the island where conditions are better. For more general information on diving all around Gran Canaria see our Diving guide to Gran Canaria.

For some special dive excursions there are minimum numbers required and there can be minimum qualification or experience requirements.

The artificial beach at Amadores is very sheltered even in stormy weather
Diving at Sardina del Norte is the most popular dive site in the North of the Island
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Never Dived? try on our Discover Scuba Experience!

daycourse or try-dive or dive-experience Gran Canaria

Never dived before? We run our special introductory experience or 'try-dive' in the marine reserve most days of the week. We have enhanced the standard format to make your dive more enjoyable by including a briefing on the wonderful marine life here in the el Cabron marine reserve. This experience is open to anyone, with or without previous diving training. After some basic training you enjoy a forty minute guided tour of a sheltered area of the reserve under the supervision of a qualified dive instructor. Our maximum ratio is two students per instructor to give you a safe, relaxed tour of this beautiful area. For more details of the day-course you can read our Gran Canaria Discover Scuba Experience page.

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Get your ticket on your PADI Diving Course while in Gran Canaria!

Scuba Diver on Open Water Diving course underwater in the Canary Islands

Where better to take a diving course than in a marine reserve, surrounded by fish! Our instructors can help you gain a wide range of diving qualifications, from the basic 'PADI Open Water' up to a semi-professional 'PADI Divemaster' level. We have a great area for doing most of the initial dive skills training, which is sheltered and safe, with other dive routes and sites available to extend skills and provide variety. You can find out more about our PADI training courses in the 'Learn to Dive' section of the website, which has a full description of all our courses.

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