Diving Tenerife


As Tenerife is one of the best touristic destinies you can go around in your vacations, also has some amazing activities to do. And diving is one of them.

This island has a lot of places to go diving and have and unforgettable experience while you have a good time. These have a very good reputation between the population and people that have visited the Canarian Island.

However, you need to know which diving place in Tenerife is the best for you, due what it can offer and also for the stuff you are looking for.

For that reason, we bring you the best places to dive in Tenerife, so you can choose between lots of options that the island can give you.

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Best places to diving Tenerife

As you may have some curiosity for this diving stuff, we can tell you in first place that this is a very secure activity and you don’t have anything to worry about.

Diving is just one from the extense number of activities you can do in Tenerife, so they have a very professional infrastructure and guidance to take you to a very outstanding experience.

Here we give you a list with a large number of places where you can dive in Tenerife, with all their features and aspects to keep in mind.

Diving in “El Palmar”

“El Palmar” is a very sportive zone in Tenerife, where diving is highlighted.

You have a large number of companies that offer you diving services that you can choose from, with varied possibilities in this field.

Diving in “El Palmar” is most practiced in:

  • Cornil
  • Caños de Meca
  • And Barbate

Scuba diving is a trendy sport in this area that has been taking field in Tenerife. Thanks to this reality, now there is a very professional development that allows any visitors meet exotic species and the intense blue from the Atlantic Ocean.

In addition, one of the main attractions for diving in “El Palmar” is the sunken ship that is in the zone, which is called “El Meridian”. This has become in a frequently visited place under the sea by tourists.

Other recommended places in “El Palmar” to go diving in Tenerife are: Zahara, Bolonia and Punta Paloma. These are located more to the south of the area, and in that latitude you can find cooler and clearer waters.

Of course, anything depends on how good is weather on the selected day, which is something you can ask to your guidance.

It’s also necessary to explain that you can dive in “El Palmar” without being a professional. If you are an amateur you will have someone helping you while you are in the activity practicing.

Diving in “Punta Blanca”

In Punta Blanca, you will definitely find some inoffensive marine species that will make you love this area.

In this zone, you can see beautiful yellow gorgonians that give life to the ocean. Also, at the end of your dive, you will be able to find large schools of snorers and castanets that form huge masses of fish.

Within the blue ocean, you can also find some species such as:

  • Spider crabs
  • Seahorses
  • Invertebrates species
  • Flute Fishes
  • A lot more

Diving in “Zona de los Gigantes”

In the coast, near to “Los Gigantes” Cliff, you have a very interesting place to see beautiful landscapes under the sea.

Also, you can be completely sure that your trip under this blue water is going to be safe. This due the 30 meters bottom it has.

But don’t think is less attractive with such small background. Contrary to that, this is one of the most visited places to dive in Tenerife because its natural wealth.

“Zona de los Gigantes” has a good number of attractive dives for all type of divers.

These waters are in normal conditions protected waters that lack adverse conditions for diving, which facilitate the sport to both experienced divers and to Open Waters with little experience.

Its fauna is varied although we must highlight the large number of cartilaginous species that can be found there both in variety and number of individuals.

This place is known for the possibility of encountering dolphins of the bottle nose or Mular species.

Although, it is forbidden to dive with cetaceans in the waters of the Canary Islands, it may be the case that they are the ones approaching the diving areas given the curious and intelligent nature of this type of dolphin.

Clarify that no center can take you or ensure the sighting of them, but that spontaneous encounters or rapprochements on your part may occur occasionally.

Diving in “Las Galletas”

“Las Galletas” is another place where you can go and dive in Tenerife.

Unlike the other areas explained, in “Las Galletas” you can find some academies that can help you to become an experienced person in this field, in addition to diving rides by boat for any type of diver.

Many tourists have featured how good is diving experience at this place, due its phenomenal and professional organization for any ride, possibility to learn a lot from this activity and the opportunity to meet any fauna and animal species within the sea.

Some of the remarkable aspects from the academies and companies that offer this service over there are:

  • Scuba diving courses
  • Rescue divers
  • Dive master and other specialties
  • Diving with nitrox, two air compressors and two own boats
  • A lot more

If you don’t have too much experience in this field and have curiosity for learning about it, “Las Galletas” is the best area where you can have your first approach to diving.

Diving in “Roncadores del Faro”

Also Called “Atlantida” due its basalt rock formations and tunnels, this Diving place in Tenerife is Located just before reaching “Punta Rasca” lighthouse, sailing from the place explained before: Las Galletas.

Its name “roncadores” is due an specie that makes living in this place, which is called in english: Snorers. In Spanish this name would be “roncadores”, just like the area name.

The anchor in this diving place in Tenerife is just 6m deep.

You go descending through the wall to 20 meters deep and along this you can find stone archers that are full of:

  • Catalufas
  • Snorers
  • Barracudas
  • Salemas

In the tunnels, if you are an observer you will enjoy seeing different species of crabs, shrimp scavengers, shrimp, Norway lobster and Canarian lobster, among others.

Moving away from the wall the bottom becomes sandy and it is easy to see pooches and bishops.

This is and easy immersion suitable for all levels, as long as there is no current, with a great color, basaltic rock formations in tubular shapes and a lot of life. Definitely an immersion that you will enjoy diving in Tenerife.

Diving in La Catedral

Very close to Puerto de la Cruz is one of the most renowned dives of the island and is known for its majesty, where it gets its name, because they say that once inside rock formations resemble these temples.

One of the examples of the volcanic nature of the island cracks formed by light domes, columns, arches, large caves up to 20 meters long tunnels.

The area is filled with basalt arches and even has a fireplace. The route is ascending, lowers 35 meters and starts the climb.

It is an impressive gorge and along the route you can find old detachments stone, fallen boulders that resemble sculptures, a tube of rock that is 35 meters and culminates at 17 meters from the surface, an arcade that is home to moray eels and a garden of yellow gorgonians which is about 40 meters deep.

This is a dive for advanced divers because in the area tend to be drafty, however you can adapt the route at different depths depending on the level, and is made from boat, 600 meters from Puerto de la Cruz.

A dip in the Cathedral has an approximately 32 euros or 47 if rented with full equipment (controller, vest, “treja”, fins, tube, mask and bottles)

In addition to all these features, “La Catedral” also serves as a refuge for species such as:

  • Moray eels and morays
  • Brotas
  • Lobsters
  • Shoals of barracudas,
  • Pejeperros,
  • Abbots,
  • Horse mackerel
  • And the famous red gorgonian.

The charm of this dive lies in the beautiful scenery that you can enjoy.

Diving in Cueva de los Cerebros

This cave is a volcanic tube formed of fluid lava cooled by contact with the sea. It is currently a cave of about 70 meters long with three domes carrying shallow zones where you can even take air filtering through the cracks.

What makes this cave one of the favorites are similar to brain corals find its entirety, but not for its particular form, but because these are often found at great depths and in the cave of the brain can be observed at a depth accessible.

In your visit to the Cave of the masterminds you can also see various characteristics of the deep sea species such as parrot fish, shrimps, prawns, anemones, catalufas, Canary lobsters, various types of rays and fire worms.

Is important to highlight that this dive can not be done with current, it is required that the sea is calm.

It has an average difficulty because the cave is rather narrow, is very appealing to experienced divers but if you are a beginner in the diving stuff can also go because the tours are adapted to the levels of experience and certification you get after doing courses like PADI.

It means you can scale your diving efforts while more experienced you are. So it’s time to get prepared to enjoy this amazing experience.

In order to make the journey in the cave of the brains you must present your diver card, which is obtained after making the necessary courses to learn to dive safely and you can dive from 34 euros with an instructor accompanying the group.

It is located in the southwest area of ​​the island of Tenerife, near San Juan Olaya and diving is done from boat.

Diving in Baja los Realejos

West of Puerto de la Cruz and opposite the town of Realejos this dive is a rocky peak ranging from 60 meters deep and reaches up to 9 meters emerge from the bottom and reach almost to the surface.

One of its main attractions are the corridors and caves found within approximately 30 meters.

Being a low offshore has an attractive effect on marine life, among the varieties of species that can be observed are:

  • Burritos.
  • Abbots.
  • Shoals of sardines.
  • Bogas fish.
  • Mackerels and barracudas.
  • Viejas.
  • Bream.
  • Pejeverdes.
  • Colorful anemones.

Of the most amazing experiences it is to see how the big fish go is looking for the little ones to feed.

Is important to remark that this is a not suitable trip for beginners, because its ecosystem makes diving here a higher difficulty.

In Baja los Realejos, is recommended people with a certain experience, however you can adapt the route according to your level of qualification: up to 20 meters, reaching 35 meters and returned surrounding low or you can even go down to the 52 meters and see beautiful corals.

Low of Realejos is 20 minutes by boat from Puerto de la Cruz and its funds are unique, so if you are in Tenerife should not miss the opportunity to live this unforgettable experience.

Diving in Radazul

Radazul is a marina that is very close to the main centers of the island, which makes it so special is the fact of being protected from weather and tides, so it is ideal for a quiet dive and also for beginners.

However their funds allow great versatility and can also opt for deep dives if you already have experience.

You can enter from the coast, the entrance is rocky bottom and changes to sand after 10 meters deep.

Radazul wildlife is amazing, you will see rays, cuttlefish, barracudas and schools of trumpet fish, several species of shrimp, garden eels, tuna, barracuda, bream, crabs bishops and snorers.

From Radazul boat dives are organized and there observe seahorses, moray eels and interact with various animals typical of the seabed.

There is a wide variety of excursions for, among these is:

  • Route the outer wall of the breakwater in different depths.
  • Visit veril found in the sand.
  • See small caves that are after passing the entrance to the pier, where the bottom drops to 100 meters deep.
  • Points of interest include La Cruz, reminiscent divers not exceed safety limits and the Pirámide
  • Perform one of the best night excursions offered by the island.
  • Visit Tabaiba wrecks.

Radazul around there are a variety of dive schools with qualified instructors and hire all the equipment needed, here you can register for your initiation into the dive known as baptism for about 39 euros.

They also offer the opportunity to take courses as CMAS and PADI at different levels of certification:

  • Initials: Discover Scuba Diving and Open Water Diver from 59 euros.
  • Intermediate and professional: Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver and Dive master, you will find in the price range of 300 to 600 euros.

Diving in Abades

The marine ecosystem is in Abades is the most varied, this is because it is protected by the government of the Canary Islands and fishing in the area is prohibited.

When you make the dive you can see how animals live in harmony, among which you can see are schools of fish like barracudas, octopuses, rays, seahorses, turtles and other species that breed there as cherubs, a type of endangered shark extinction and completely harmless.

Just as there are beautiful reefs with moray eels, cuttlefish and triggerfish.

Abbots coast is ideal to get started in the diving world, income is very simple, it is done from the coast where the water is always calm.

There are many schools that offer personalized services with qualified instructors and rental of materials such as wetsuits, goggles, fins and snorkels.

Area courses for beginners and baptisms are performed, initiation into the world of diving where you do the tour with an instructor just for you and you do not need certificate.

Christenings with equipment included all day and personalized instructor from 47 euros per person, as in diving schools you can PADI and CMAS courses.

Depending on where you decide to go the depth it is between 5 and 15 meters.

Immersion opportunities abbots are many, among the routes you can choose are:

  • The volcanic rock reef away few meters from the beach.
  • Cueva Trompeta / Trumpet Cave: between 7 and 12 meters, you can also see another reef.
  • A small reef virtually surface that is ideal for baptisms.
  • Cueva Fran /Fran Cave: where you can see banks snorers, galanas and bream.
  • The main reef: Near the beach and the deepest is a magnificent rock formation with caves where you can see stripes.

Diving in “El Puertito”

If you like to live with the puertito aquatic animals it is a must for you to visit in this bay that has access to the coast can share with the big canary turtles.

It is one of the most famous dive sites of Tenerife and can be performed divers of all levels, mass visiting this wonderful dive site to meet the turtles.

It is ideal for exploring the underwater world of Tenerife, as well as turtles you can observe other species during the dive up to 12 meters deep such as starfish, cuttlefish and a variety of fish.

The Puertito is located in the Caleta on the Costa Adeje. The area is very used to perform baptisms diving on the calm waters and shallow beach.

Here a baptism can cost from 75 euros with all equipment included and instructor at your side throughout the journey.

Although the main attraction is the marine life, rock formations cannot be ignored in this place.

We hope to have helped you plan your trips immersion in Tenerife; the seabed of the island is as interesting as the surface and can not miss.

In Tenerife Sailing Charters we handle boat tours where you can watch whales and dolphins in the sea surface, but deep down most species worth knowing are also found.

If you’ve ever done some of these dives do not hesitate to leave your impressions in the comments.


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