Dive sites are abundant throughout Spain, thanks to its protected marine reserves, as well as the combination of cold and warm currents that allows for a variety of marine species to thrive. The Canary Islands, located off the northwest coast of Africa, are also a prime diving location, thanks to their mild climate and warm waters that make it perfect for diving all year.
To give you an idea of just how much there is to experience on a diving expedition in this part of the world, below is a list of just five of the many dive locations in both Spain and the Canary Islands. These are considered some of the best sites in the area, so be prepared to book your trip early and expect plenty of other divers alongside you.
Islas Hormigas Marine Park
If your goal on any diving expedition is to encounter as many different species of marine animals as possible, Islas Hormigas Marine Park in Murcia, Spain is quite possibly the best destination in the entire country for this purpose. This protected marine area is actually home to several dive sites, and each one boasts plenty of fish species, including groupers, tuna, sunfish, and many more, as well as eels and octopi.
Once you’ve got your fill of marine life, you can venture to one of the reserve’s wreck sites. These include the wrecks of ships from World War II, as well as underwater artifacts from ancient times, including the Roman era. Cave systems surrounding this area are also wonderful for experienced divers.
For beginner level divers, few sites around the world can compare to El Puertito, a site off the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. With a maximum depth of 12 meters, this location is perfect for those who want to experience a relaxing dive while being surrounded by a vast array of marine animals, including myriad species of rays and eels, as well as sea turtles, octopi, and a variety of fish of all shapes and sizes.
Furió Fitó is yet another one of the best dive locations for those who want to go scuba diving in Europe. Located in the Mediterranean Sea, there’s a lot to experience here.
Rock formations are astounding beneath the surface of the water, and colorful gorgonians and corals adorn these rocks. Because of the quality of the water here, you’ll also encounter a multitude of fish and invertebrates who use the reef to feast on the rich supply of food.
Divers of all levels can explore Furió Fitó, and the dive crew that you set out with will direct you where you should go, as some areas are better suited only for experienced divers.
The Blue Hole
This dive site is Located off the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, The Blue Hole is a swim through that you’ll never forget. You’ll begin at around 20 meters deep and follow the swim through until you get down to about 30 meters. As you swim, you’ll be crossing through schools of fish, including friendly groupers, breams, and damsels. Once you exit the swim through, you’ll be exposed to an
incredibly vibrant reef that’s teeming with life amidst its overhangs.
This is one of the most popular dive sites in the Costa del Sol, located in the southern part of Spain. It’s an eclectic dive location, featuring everything you can imagine, from wall dives and reef dives to caverns and swim troughs. All levels of divers enjoy the countless species of fish and invertebrates, as well as colorful corals, which are great for photography.
Rutger Thole Used to be a professional scuba diver who worked as a dive instructor in Spain and the Canary Islands. Now based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.