Diving Tenerife. Scuba Diving in Tenerife, Canary Islands

By: Elizabeth Hartley

If you are planning a scuba diving holiday to Tenerife, when you venture under the waves you may find yourself pleasantly surprised. The impressive underwater rock formations rich in both plant and animal life make the island of Tenerife an ideal and increasingly popular scuba diving destination. Due to the volcanic history of the Canary Islands, the depth of the water around the shoreline allows divers the opportunity to explore the ocean and it's marine life with or without the need for a boat trip, making it ideal for beginners as well as the more experienced.

When scuba diving in Tenerife you can expect to see an abundance of sea dwellers including stingrays, morays, trumpet fish, octopus and turtles, as well as caves inhabited by parrotfish, barracudas and giant anemones. If exploring wrecks is your passion the Condesita shipwreck can be found at Stingray City. This dive site is reached by a short boat trip where you will meet trumpet fish and moray eels who have made the cabin and engine room their home.

For something a little different you may wish to take a look at 'the high mac' digger in Sueno Azul or should you fancy hand feeding large stingrays, eagle rays and angel sharks then Los Gigantes is just the place for a leisurely dive beneath the town's towering cliffs.

With year round temperatures of between 20 degrees in winter and 30 degrees in summer, Tenerife provides an ideal climate for scuba divers and an excellent choice as a winter diving destination. There are a wide range of dive schools with experienced instructors across the island and a state of the art decompression chamber located in the University hospital in case of emergencies.

The largest of the Canary Islands with temperatures ranging between 18 - 30 degrees, the wonderful Tenerife weather provides the ideal climate for holidaymakers or for people thinking of living or working in the sun.

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