Gran Canaria Diving -
What sort of dives do we offer?
We love the diving in the El Cabrón marine reserve! It is one of the acclaimed 'hot-spots' for marine life where you can find a wide range of Canarian marine Life. With ten main routes variations we dive here almost every day. However we do also organise other dives for our guests, and here are a few details of the types of dives you can do with us here.
Daily dive excursions in the El Cabrón Marine Reserve
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 bring your own equipment or hire either part or a total set.
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.
There are over ten different dive routes in the marine reserve, including 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.
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.
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
Abade Capitan (Mycteroperca fusca)
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.
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!
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.
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 and the Arona as the most regularly dived wrecks for 2007. 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.
Other dive excursions
We organise occasional excursions to other parts of the Island 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.
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