Vast volcanic craters, spectacular black beaches, ancient forests and crystal clear waters inhabited by whales and dolphins . . . . .
The Canary Islands consist of seven major islands:
Tenerife - the biggest island of the Canaries. The capital city is Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The island has two different airports. The highest mountain of Spain, El Teide. (Volcano 3718 meters high)
Gran Canaria - The largest island by population, its capital city (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) is also the capital of the Canaries.
Lanzarote - low lying and arid, with a spectacular volcanic landscape in the west of the island. The capital is Arrecife and has its own airport (ACE code).
La Gomera - The Magic Isle - walker's paradise
Fuerteventura - windsurfer's mecca
The marine life found in the Canary Islands is varied, being a combination of North Atlantic, Mediterranean and endemic species. In recent years, the increasing popularities of both scuba diving and underwater photography have provided biologists with much new information on the marine life of the islands.
Fish species found in the islands include many species of shark, ray, moray eel, bream, jack, grunt, scorpionfish, triggerfish, grouper, goby, and blenny. In addition, there are many invertibrate species including sponge, jellyfish, anenome, crab, mollusc, sea urchin, starfish, sea cucumber and coral.
There are a total of 5 different species of marine turtle that are sighted periodically in the islands, the most common of these being the endangered Loggerhead Turtle; however, local fisherman continue to take this endangered species The other four are the Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback and Kemp's Ridley Turtle. Currently, there are no signs that any of these species breed in the islands, and so those seen in the water are usually migrating. However, it is believed that some of these species may have bred in the islands in the past, and there are records of several sightings of leatherback turtle on beaches in Fuerteventura, adding credibility to the theory.
Diving in Fuerteventura - Photo Gallery from Nigel Collingwood, Project Macaronesia
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Diving Tortuga, Canary Islands
Added: 1st May 2013 by duffyduck12
Hy fellows, I just want to spend couple of words about a place I've been diving recently. La Palma within the Canary's is by far the best place I've been visiting in the past 10 years, no doubt. They call it the green Island, gourgeus and great diving too. Actually...
Atlantic Divers, Tenerife
Added: 24th January 2013 by spartan
Just finished a week diving with Geoff and Kerry, and i got to say these guys are GOOD! Very friendly, very professional, very safe and make you feel as if you have known them for years. Would recommend them to anyone.
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Tenerife Dive, Tenerife
Added: 5th January 2013 by Scubawuss
I started diving with Tenerife Dive in June 2006, shortly after I got qualified as BSAC Ocean Diver. I liked it so much that later in the year I came back with two friends and completed my PADI AOWD there. I remember when the centre was located at a modest...
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Top Diving, Gran Canaria
Added: 10th September 2012 by Rufus
First dive ever, a discover-scuba with Michael, Chris (video) and another guy (forgot his name) from Top Diving. Boat dive at Bahia Blanca with 3 instructors for me and a friend of mine...couldn't be safer.... This dive opened a whole new world for me and was the start of my...
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Dive and Sea Tenerife, Tenerife
Added: 2nd June 2012 by KimT
I did my PADI Divemaster internship with Dive and Sea Tenerife. Starting as a non-diver, I booked a stay for 8 weeks. My emails were always answered very quickly and after meeting the super friendly Pete and Melissa, I started my diving experiences. My internship was amazing, I enjoyed every...
Two great days diving with Gran Canaria Divers
Gran Canaria Divers, Canary Islands
Added: 29th March 2012 by Brumoen
Had two days with two great dives. First dive was at the "House reef" right outside their office in Puerto De Mogan, nice briefing in front of the dive and the equipment was well cared for and accordingly prepared before the dive. Had a really nice experience. The next dive...
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Gran Canaria Divers, Canary Islands
Added: 3rd March 2012 by JudeDonovan
Just back from a wonderful weeks diving in the beautiful Puerto De Mogan, in Gran Canaria. Myself and my friend had a fantastic time with the guys at Gran Canaria Divers, great centre and a great attitude in a beautiful location. Thanks guys, Jude and Luke. We'll be back.........