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Canary Islands

Discussion in 'Western Europe' started by Sbiriguda, Feb 26, 2019.

  1. cbm32

    cbm32 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: I am bi-coastal. Michigan and SoCal
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    So, I have long been curious about the Canaries, but they seldom if ever get listed anywhere I have looked as having really good diving? Could you folks that have dove there expound a little on how the diving compares to there destinations?
     
  2. Chidiver1

    Chidiver1 Barracuda

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    It's not as nice as the Caribbean ime. I spent two weeks out there in 2016 diving out of las palmas. I was there in June. I might could find some pictures if I looked for awhile from my trip(I have a sealife cam I had with me). I went out with one op with a big cabin style boat for the majority of dives, another dive shop for the marine reserve (which was shore dives only).



    The water was a good and cold compared to the carribean as well. Factor in the euro to USD as well, so it was not cheap.

    I rented a car the whole time I was there and explored damn near the whole island. It was a good trip. Gran canaria is something else as far as sights and just a unique place. They have huge mountains, a desert area (complete with sand dunes), and jungle/wooded area all on a small island.

    If you have any more questions send a message...
     
  3. Chidiver1

    Chidiver1 Barracuda

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    It was listed as a great dive destination in 2012 (I believe) in scuba diver magazine.
     
  4. cbm32

    cbm32 Manta Ray

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    The islands certainly appear to be a great place to explore, but I am only looking for the best diving around. If it doesn't really compare to the Caribbean, I can not justify the cost difference to go to a place with lessor diving. Thanks.
     
  5. James Bamsey

    James Bamsey Garibaldi

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    I can understand why people would rate the Carabian as a better place to dive than the Canary Islands but for me, it really depends on the criteria you rate a dive. For example, we have had divers who have dived all over the world say that La Catedral in Gran Canaria is one of the best dives they have ever done.

    Yes, it is not as tropical and colorful as the Caribbean but the volcanic formations on the island make it very special for people who like exploring this landscape. Also as mentioned its probably one of the cheapest places for a holiday if you are In Europe and want to stay in Europe for your diving holiday.

    Here is a blog we wrote on the 4 top scuba diving spots in Gran Canaria.

    Yes, I do work with this dive center but if you have any questions on where to dive in Gran Canaria or any other Canary island I can hopefully help you out.
     
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