Diving in Tenerife

It is often overlooked in favour of better known diving destinations such as the Red Sea, but Tenerife is a fantastic place for diving holidays from the UK. Its sub-tropical waters offer a wealth of great dive sites, with varied marine life and colourful reefs. Consider diving in Tenerife at one of the many dive schools located around the South of the island as this is the easiest place to access all the best dive sites. In these Southern resorts, for example Golf Del Sur, you will find dive centres such as Amarilla Divers who offer dive courses and trips for beginners as well as advanced divers. On dry land, Tenerife has great beaches, stunning scenery and a varied nightlife to keep divers happy when they are out of the water.
Where to dive?
Tenerife offers a wide choice of diving sites, including reefs, wrecks and caves. Each diving school will offer different dives, so check before you book if you are looking for something specific. Dive conditions are good; with visibility rarely less than 20 metres. The water is warm all year round, generally dropping no lower than 18 degrees in winter, and reaching 26 degrees in summer.
Here is a flavour of some of the best dive sites in Tenerife’s waters (although there are many more to explore too):
El Puertito: One of the easiest and most interesting dives in Tenerife, fantastic for nervous beginners as well as the more experienced. Accessed by a short shore swim into shallow (10m) water, where friendly turtles swim, alongside cuttlefish, octopus, angel shark and more.
Los Chuchos: The best place on Tenerife to see stingrays, with five different species generally found swimming through the clear water. This is a great site for photographers, offering a rare opportunity to see stingrays up close. Suitable for divers at all levels.
Los Arcos: Stunning coral arches, volcanic rock formations and much colourful marine life. Angel sharks, rays and moray eels are often seen. Suitable for divers at all levels.
Neptune’s Cave: A relatively easy cave dive, that is suitable for all qualified divers. Expect to see trumpet fish, moray eels, puffer fish and angel shark.
El Meridian: A wreck dive suitable for advanced divers only. It was sunk deliberately in 2005 to a depth of 30 metres, and today forms a fascinating artificial reef. Angel shark are often seen.

Away from the water
There are dive sites all around Tenerife, although they tend to be concentrated around the south – which is also where the majority of resorts are and most dive schools will pick customers up from nearby hotels. The largest resort on Tenerife is Playa de las Americas, a very lively resort with a huge beach. It’s great for those who want to party as well as dive. Families looking for something quieter could consider nearby Los Cristianos, which has a clean beach and attractive harbour. It’s a short taxi ride into Playa de las Americas. Along the South coast you can find a selection of luxury and affordable Golf Del Sur hotels, you can even try your hand at a spot of golf on the 27 hole course when you are land bound! A little further away is Los Gigantes, a pretty resort with a relaxed, but still busy nightlife. Plenty of other smaller resorts are dotted around the coast. Tenerife’s stunning volcanic interior, green countryside and extensive beaches are easy to access from anywhere on the island.

Angel Shark
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