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Scuba Diving in Tenerife, the Canary Islands

Water temperature:

17°C (63°F) in February to 24°C (75°F) in August


A drysuit may be preferable in winter months, although a 7mm semidry should also be sufficient. A 5mm wet suit can be worn all year, with hood and gloves in winter


20 - 30 metres (65 - 100 feet)

Type of diving:

Caves, tunnels, sheer walls, wrecks

Marine life:

Angel sharks, rays, moray eels, garden eels, cuttlefish, octopus, lobsters, jacks, barracuda, grouper, trumpetfish, scorpionfish, parrotfish, wrasse

When to go:

All year, although June to October may be preferable if you prefer warmer water

How to get there:

From the UK - Numerous flights direct from all major airports. Flight times are about 4 hours

Diving in Tenerife, Canary Islands - Courtesy of John Liddiard

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and it is also the most popular with tourists. There is somewhere to stay on the island for all tastes. Playa de las Americas and Los Christianos are beach resorts filled with hotels and timeshares that have a multitude of restaurants and bars and are mainly visited for the clubs and nightlife. The capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is more up market, with an opera house and upper class restaurants. It is also the home of the international airport. There is also the popular Los Gigantes which is a port town and the quieter and more picturesque of the beach resorts. The northern part of Tenerife is greener than the south.

Towards the Center of Tenerife lies Mount Teide, the peak of a dormant volcano that rises 3718 metres above sea level. It formed five million years ago and is built up of several hundred lava flows from successive eruptions. If the depth below sea level is included in its height, it is the third largest volcano in the world. The peak can be visited by cable car, and the whole area surrounding it is a Natioanl Park. A prominent ridge encircles Mount Teide which is the remains of an ancient caldera lying about two thousand metres above sea level. Away from the caldera there are dramatic, steep sided valleys such as Guimar Valley that continue beneath the ocean and are the result of huge blocks of rock falling away into the water. These landslides have fuelled debates over whether ‘megatsunamis’ could be created as the debris hits the water, sending a tidal wave as far away as New York. Depsite all these geological hazards, Tenerife is a safe country to visit! The most recent eruption on Tenerife was in 1909.

Tenerife has an impressive and varied coastline, which continues underwater.
Diving is conducted around the island with many of the dive operators being concentrated along the south and east cost. Most dive Centers have English speaking guides. Nitrox is available at some Centers, but is advisable to check before you book. A variety of dive sites offer spectacular volcanic terrain, caves and caverns and a wide range of sealife. The rocky slopes above the water continue blow it, shelving away to the depths of the sea floor. Diving is a mixture of shore and boat diving. At some sites it is possible to hand feed rays or sit back and watch them in the water as they feed naturally.

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