Most tourists who stroll happily along the Gran Canaria beaches are not aware of what is hidden beneath the sunshades and sand. Only a few metres from the beach’s bustle and sun there is a surprisingly lively world.
However, this is no secret to scuba divers visiting the island. Gran Canaria’s marine depths are like the hidden face of the moon, a secret you don't give away to just anyone.
Whilst hundreds of people sunbathe on the beach everyday a few people enter the water and leave the sun behind for a while for a trip to the depths of the island. You do not actually need any special equipment and the sun will still be there when you get back.
Scuba diving in Gran Canaria is a real delight and enjoyed by both tourists and locals. This includes diving with oxygen or just swimming with a snorkel, mask and fins. Everyone is impressed by the silence at the bottom of the sea and the extraordinary marine landscapes hidden by the Gran Canaria coast.
Catfish, sheephead fish, bream, canary damsels… endless types of fish splash through each coastal area around the island. Local divers have their own circuits round the coast.
To the South in Pasito Blanco, or in Veneguera; in the North in Caleta de Abajo or in Sardina del Norte. Skirting the island, it is easy to find the best places for new and expert divers.
The Playa del Cabrón is one of these places. Located in the southeast of Gran Canaria, it is a small beach tucked out of the way, protected from the local wind and perfect for divers. It offers scuba divers an extraordinary landscape including anemones, all shapes and sizes of fish and a blanket of algae interspersed with cracks and rocky caves.
In the North, the Playa de las Canteras, in the capital of the island, we can find even more surprises. Located in the very heart of the city, Las Canteras has an exceptional natural volcanic stone bar which practically crosses this entire bay zone.
The popular “Barra de las Canteras” protects bathers from the waves and turns the whole seabed in the area into an underwater show. You only need a mask and snorkel to discover the rich marine life which is protected by the volcanic stone. It is a real miracle to find such variety and so many species really only a few metres from the city’s noise and frenetic life.
If you want to discover these amazing landscapes, you’ll have more than enough opportunity on the island. Gran Canaria also has numerous scuba diving schools which will quickly teach you about diving with oxygen, rent you the equipment you need or organise group excursions. Gran Canaria’s coastline is waiting for you. Immerse yourself and discover the silence of the dark side of the moon.