Scuba diving in Gran Canaria is unique as it forms part of an African archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. It is surrounded by clear blue waters. This environment makes it ideal for scuba diving and to venture under the water to explore the delights of the marine life that is abundant in these waters. These may include angel sharks, barracuda, turtles, octopus, rays. along with swimming through underwater caves, caverns, tunnels and occasionally a wreck.
Gran Canaria is the most Southerly of the Canary Islands. Why is this fact interesting when scuba diving? Well it means that the waters here are a couple of degrees warmer than Tenerife or Lanzarote. Especially during the Winter months this can be most noticeable. Due to the Gulf Stream, the water here are between 17-18° during the Winter months and around 23°C in Summer. Therefore what type of wet suit should divers use or bring with them? We recommend a 5mm wet suits in the warm Summer months. However, about a 7mm suit in the cooler Winter months. These thicknesses should keep divers warm and comfortable.
Scuba diving in Gran Canaria is superb due to the rich diversity of marine life. There are a number of registered companies that operate mainly towards the South of the island. If you’re an absolute beginner, there a number of schools where you can learn how to dive. The PADI Discover Scuba/Discover Scuba Diving programs let you experience the thrill of diving under the supervision of a PADI Instructor. Here is a list of just some of them.