Diving in Meloneras, Gran Canaria
We frequently get asked if there is any diving or snorkelling in the sea next to Meloneras or the adjoining resorts of Playa del Ingles, Sonnenland, San Agustin or Bahia Feliz in Gran Canaria. Sorry, but the answer is: not really. Meloneras and Playa del Ingles are best known for their beaches and the amazing sand-dunes behind the beach... which in diving terms means .. lots of sand and not much marine life and not much depth. Compared to the main dive sites on Gran Canaria, the beaches are like the dunes that back them up .. a bit of a desert.
But do not worry. Meloneras 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 Meloneras then the place to go diving is in the El Cabrón 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 Meloneras 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, Meloneras or Meloneras in time for afternoon tea.
A very relaxing yet rewarding day of diving with my two sons. We were picked up from our stay on the agreed time (no waiting), with a swift transfer to the diving center. Nice garden like diving center facilties, with an instructor speaking dutch (our native language) as a bonus. The Cabron area is excellent for diving; lots of sea-life, two sightings of angel shark, and a trumpet fish. Thanks again for the memorable day!
2016-05-07 Egbert_Eindhoven Published by Tripadvisor.co.uk See full review
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 Meloneras is a great base from which to explore Gran Canaria. There are plenty of things to do and see 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 in Meloneras and Normal Collection Times
|Hotel Name||Collection Time|
|Club Riu Gran Canaria||08:50-09:00|
|Grand Hotel Residencia||08:50-09:00|
|H10 Playa Meloneras Palace||08:50-09:00|
Lopesan Costa Meloneras Resort Spa and Casino
(Gran Hotel Costa Meloneras)
|Lopesan Villa Del Conde Resort and Thalasso||08:50-09:00|
|RIU Palace Meloneras||08:50-09:00|
|Hotel Palm Beach||08:50-09:00|
|Hotel IFA Faro||08:50-09:00|
|RIU Maspalomas Oasis||08:50-09:00|
If your Hotel or apartment is not listed above, please contact us and we will confirm a normal collection time.