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Diving in Tenerife

SPAIN | Friday, 9 August 2013 | Views [844] | Comments [4]

Hey!

 

Diving in the Canary Islands is so different from anywhere else in Europe. The water is crystal clear and deep, very deep. But it is lovely. We dove in different places and enjoyed the sight of dolphins, turtles, manta ray colourful fish and even (harmless) sharks...

 

Las Eras:

 

We begun the dive at the beach. There is plenty of place to park a car and put on the equipment.

 

Before we could dive, we had to swim for about 70 meters into the open ocean. The big waves scared more than one of the members of the group!

 

Finally, in the water, I felt as if I was inside an Aquarium. All sorts of fish swam calmly around me. The first thing I saw was a group of barracudas (a harmless type of barracudas, they told me) and dozens of trumpetfishes.

 

But that was just the beginning. Later, we saw octopus, all sorts of fish I had never seen before and... a sleeping shark. It was a “sand devil” or “angel shark”. At first sight it looks like a ray (it has a very flat body) but it is a real shark. I must say he was laying so peacefully that I wasn’t scared at all.

 

After about 50min diving we got out of the water. Ready for the next dive! But I will tell you later about this!

 

Practical information:

 

The water is about 20ºC with excellent visibility. 12L is more than enough for this dive. Depth: mostly 20-25 meters, at one point you reach 28-30. Time: 50min.

 

In Tenerife there are many good diving centers, like Blue Bottom Diving in the south of the island, El Cardumen in Puerto de la Cruz and Biosub in La Laguna. We dove with Biosub and it was a very nice experience. Very professional.

 

Most of the diving centers have very good equipment that you can easily hire, which means that you don’t have to bring your own (and with the luggage restrictions from companies like Ryanair, this is important!).


The island is not very big, no matter where you stay you can easily reach diving spots. I planned my holidays to Tenerife with Icelolly (the cheapest option). Tenerife is full of good but cheap hotels and resorts. 

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Comments

1

I will go diving in Tenerife early September. Could you recommend a few spots please? Beginner level :))

  Chris Aug 27, 2013 8:57 PM

2

Hi Chris,
Of course, a as a beginner I would recommend you to go to: El Porís, Las Eras or Radazul. Have a nice time!

  Anne Aug 27, 2013 9:13 PM

3

Thanks so much :)

  Chris Aug 30, 2013 6:51 PM

4

Last year I did just that, great experience! I didn't see any sharks, though. Might've been better that way I guess, they really freak me out!
Thanks for the report, reminded me of my time there.

  Tobias Aug 30, 2013 9:16 PM

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