Diving in the North of Gran Canaria
Scuba Sur and its cradle
Scuba Sur Diving Gran Canaria focusses on diving in the South. Our customer do confirm we offer top class service doing so. Nevertheless, we get an occasional question for dives in the North. As most dive centres on the island do not own a boat, many use these dive sites as they are the very few reachable from shore. As such a lot of publicity is made in order to promote these dive sites.
Scuba Sur has found collaboration and partnerships with centres active in the northern part of the island. The partnerships were created keeping the high Scuba Sur standards in mind. Therefore we offer our customers a similar experience.
Upon request and with enough participants, Scuba Sur organized trips to these dive sites. Note there will always be two consecutive dives planned. Please contact us or send a WhatsApp in order to investigate the possibilities if you are interested.
The Dive Sites
Sardina del Norte
The expansive sheltered bay of Sardina del Norte stands as one of the most sought-after dive sites in the North. Positioned at the bay’s entrance, the entry and exit point offers a haven protected from the open ocean’s influences and prevailing winds. This idyllic setting caters to divers and underwater photography enthusiasts. Beneath the waves, Rays, Mantas, Garden Eels and Moray Eels call the seabed of Sardina their home. Among the varied reefs and rocks, a spectacle of life unfolds before your eyes. As you explore, Barracudas and Breams contribute their lively presence, joining the vibrant cast of sea creatures in this underwater wonderland.
Exploring the Depths of “La Cathedral”
Embark on a cave diving adventure along the highest point in the North of Gran Canaria, delving into the depths of “La Cathedral.” A descent of 12-14 meters through a natural “snake” corridor leads you to an enchanting cave below. The cave extends further, reaching depths of 45 meters. Illuminate your path with the ceiling-mounted lights at the access points above. While marine life may be less abundant, the underwater geology captivates with its striking formations. Amidst the limited light, shrimp, crabs, and other inhabitants reveal themselves. “La Cathedral” stands out as one of the most spectacular dive sites, renowned for its extraordinary beauty and distinctive rock configurations.
El Cabrón: A Marine Reserve Experience
Nestled within the Canary Islands, El Cabrón emerges as one of only three existing marine reserves. Primarily accessed from the southern side for ease of entry and abundant marine life, El Cabrón houses a prominent volcanic plate, the “Veril de Arinaga” or Table Top, at depths of 12-14 meters. Edging towards the sandy bottom at 20-22 meters, the reserve teems with marine biodiversity. Yet, it’s not just the thriving marine life that enchants divers. The underwater panorama unfolds with natural arches, caves, swim-throughs, and majestic cliffs. Encounter flourishing schools of Roncadores, Damselfish, Sardines, Barracudas, and other captivating species like Bream, Wrasse, and Parrot Fish. Each dive promises astonishing surprises, from Rayfish to Seahorses, and from Glass-Eye Fish to Gorgonians.
Tufia: A Dive into History and Beauty
Encompassing the remnants of an aboriginal settlement, Tufia is a conservation area in 1973, spanning approximately 54 hectares. Caves serve as foundations for many village houses, imparting a unique character. This area exudes unparalleled beauty, showcasing the stratified layers of lava forged during the volcano’s activity and subsequent flow to the sea. Adorned with enchanting caves and caverns, the topography here hosts an abundance of marine life. With an average depth of 12 meters and a maximum depth of 22 meters, Tufia is a perfect dive spot for all. Reaching the beach requires a bit of a steep walk.