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Scuba Diving in Tenerife | All You Need to Know Before Your Diving Trip

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The Canary Islands are a paradise for all type of sports lovers: hiking, cycling, parasailing, and of course, scuba diving! The waters of these islands are internationally known for being crystal clear and around 20°C all year long, home of a wide variety of marine species, while the seabed is formed of sumptuous volcanic rocks. Even though El Hierro might be the most popular spot of the Canaries, Tenerife is overflowed with beautiful and intimate diving spots, where you might be able to swim amongst turtles! In this guide, we will tell you the things you’ll need to know before scuba diving in Tenerife: best season to dive, diving conditions, marine species present around the island and main spots.

Summer, the best season to explore Tenerife’s seabed

Thanks to his location close to the equator, Tenerife enjoy warm temperature all year long, although they are a bit more elevated in summer (22° – 25° C) than in winter (18° C). Water temperature is almost the same all year long, ranging from 19° C to 23° C approximately. The best season to scuba dive is from April to October, due to the presence of various marine species during this month around the island.

Diving conditions: visibility, level required and more!

Scuba Diving in Tenerife - Conditions
Crystal clear waters and different depth make Tenerife a perfect spot for both beginners and experienced divers.

Most of the time, the crystal clear waters allow divers to see to 30 metres. Current are not very strong in Tenerife, making it a perfect spot for beginners to learn to dive. Nevertheless, the quality of its waters and the amount of marine species are sought after by experienced divers around the world. Most of the diving centres offer trips for both beginners and experienced divers.

What to see while diving?

Scuba Diving in Tenerife - What to see
Turtles love to swim around the southern coast of the island!

Turtles, angel and hammer sharks, whales, barracuda, you name it! Mammals and fishes are plentiful in Canary Islands, and Tenerife is no exception. In addition, the seabed is formed of volcanic rocks, making it some sort of underwater cliffs, where octopuses like to hide and corrals to live.

Scuba diving prices in Tenerife

It is quite cheap to go scuba diving in Tenerife, but the price may vary according to the spot you want to discover, if you wan to buy a “dive pack” including various immersions or if it’s your first time. A try dive is around 60€ to 70€ depending on the diving center you choose to dive with. A pack for two dives – usually one in the morning and one in the afternoon – can be purchased for 90€ with diving gear and insurance included. Keep in mind that these packs are available only for those who already have a diving licence! If you are fond of diving, you can go for a 10 dives packs and get up to a 50% discount price on the retail price, diving centres usually sell them from 250€ to 300€ and you’ll have the opportunity to discover different spots.

The best spots around the Island

There are many spots in Tenerife, some in the South of the Island, and some in the North. Today we will present you three of them that are worth a visit!

Montaña Amarilla, the Yellow Mountain

The underwater relief of Montaña Amarilla hides numerous marine species. Credits: hiveminer.com

Montaña Amarilla (literally “yellow mountain”) is a natural monument, and one of the best scuba diving spot in Canary Islands. This magic place was born out of a marine eruption and originated by yellow volcanic ashes. Erosion did the rest. Turtles and manta rays love to chill around this beautiful place, so you might be lucky enough to spot one! Why not giving a try to our Senda, where you’ll be diving amongst manta rays and turtles.

Radazul, the best spot in the North

Scuba Diving in Tenerife - Radazul
Seahorses are often spoted around the corals of Radazul. Credits:

Located close to Santa Cruz de Tenerife – 13km to be exact – Radazul is known for its night dives as well as its deep dives – the maximum depth reaching 40 metres in some parts. Unlike other spots around the island, the seabed is made of sand, and is home of parrotfishes, cuttlefishes, barracudas and crabs.

El Puertito, a small but cosy spot

Scuba Diving in Tenerife - Puertito
A family of green back turtles live nearby the spot and they are very friendly! Credits: MiDiarioBuceo

The perfect spot for absolute beginners! But divers of all levels will enjoy it too: butterfly rays, moray eels and even a family of green back turtles are usually swimming around the rocks of El Puertito. If you look funny to them, the turtles might come to say hello! If you’re not sure yet with which center you should dive in Tenerife South, our Senda offers a fantastic first experience in harmony with marine life. 

Your favourite spot doesn’t appear on the list and you want to share it with us? Feel free to comment below and let us know your secret gems! Also you can read about more differents experiences in the Canary Islands in this post!


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