Diving in Winter - January, February and March
Coming to Gran Canaria and thinking about diving in January, February or March? Well, you can dive here all year round, and as Gran Canaria is the most southerly of the main Canary Islands, you will find the warmest waters in Europe, especially in Winter.
Winter is also a great time to see our only shark, the critically endangered angel shark (squatina squatina). These return to their breeding sites in late November, and during the November to January period you may even come across a male swimming and searching for a mate.
Please Note: the period from about 15th December to 6th January always gets very busy.. make sure you book well in advance if you want to dive during this period as we have a fixed capacity and always have to turn away late bookings for this busy period.
During December and January angel sharks tend to be more active, especially hopeful males searching for a receptive female.
Winter is also a great time for night dives, as the sun sets around 6.00-7.00pm, which means that unlike in winter we can get in and out of the water at a convenient hour. And with angelsharks and rays coming back into the area to feed at night you never quite know what you will bump into in the dark.. or what will bump into you!
Winter is also the time to find brightly coloured nudibranch on the reef. Hypsellodoris picta is most visible, but look out carefully for Golden Sponge snail and 'vaca suize'Â´- the cow snail as well.
Between dives you can relax in the garden at Davy Jones Diving Centre, Casa Limon, and enjoy the winter sunshine in the garden with a hot drink in your hands.