Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
We regularly add new questions on Scuba diving in Gran Canaria to this page. If your question is not yet covered below, or in our information centre, then please contact us directly by email.
Accommodation and Travel to Gran Canaria
- Where are the best places to stay in Gran Canaria?
- Can you recommend any accommodation for us ?
- Can you arrange travel for us ?
- Do I have to fly from Gatwick or can I use a regional airport?
- Can you collect me from my Hotel ?
- I am visiting Las Palmas on a Cruise around the Canaries, can I come diving in the marine reserve ?
Underwater Photography in Gran Canaria
- Is the El Cabrón Marine Reserve a good place for underwater photography?
- What is the 'El Cabrón Guide CD-Rom ?
- Are there any support facilities for Digital Cameras?
- Can I take a single-use camera underwater with me.
- Have you any advice for using cameras underwater ?
- You are running some special photo weeks, what will that involve?
Scuba Divers Questions about diving in Gran Canaria
- Do you shut in winter ?
- As we are diving in the Atlantic, do I need a drysuit?
- Do you dive from a boat or from the shore?
- I want to complete my course by undertaking a referral dive - can you help me?
- Are there any decompression chambers on Gran Canaria?
- What is the normal weather and visibility?
- Can I use Nitrox in Gran Canaria?
- What sort of adventure dives can I do with Davy Jones Diving?
- What are the prices for qualified divers?
- Do you do any night dives?
- Do you do any dives from boats?
- Can you organise diving for a group of divers ?
- Can we hire diving equipment as part of our package?
More about Davy Jones Diving
- What languages do you speak?
- What information is available in your centre?
- What are the opening hours of your shop?
- What brands do you sell in your shop?
- Can I pay by Credit Card?
Q.Where are the best places to stay in Gran Canaria?
The popular resorts of Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, San Agustin and Sonneland (collectively known as 'Sur' or South)are only 15-20 minutes by minibus from our Diving School in Arinaga. There are estimated to be over 100,000 hotel and apartment beds in this area giving a huge choice of style and cost of accommodation.
Q.Can you recommend any accommodation for us ?
Yes we can but please tell us what you want!. Prices and standards vary from 5 star luxury down to basic self-catering apartments and bungalows. Your best option is usually to talk to your local travel agent who can also look after special dietary or family needs as well. We have some more information on our accommodation page or information on Nautilus Apartments in Arinaga.
Q.Can you arrange travel for us ?
No, we do not offer this service as we believe that the Travel Agents in the UK have better access and can help with issues such as local airports in the UK, car hire and insurance more effectively than we can.
Q.Do I have to fly from Gatwick or can I use a regional airport?
You can fly direct to Gran Canaria from most of the UK's regional airports, including Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, and East Midlands
Q.Do you shut in winter ?
No, we are open all the year around. Gran Canaria has long been recognised as a warm destination for winter sun and relaxing, and with subtropical sea temperatures which never drop below 18C we continue to dive all the year around.
Q.As we are diving in the Atlantic, do I need a drysuit?
No, the Canaries are warmed by the Gulf stream, the waters are subtropical! Temperatures rarely drop below 18C in the winter. We use 5mm wetsuits all the year around.
Q.Do you dive from a boat or from the shore?
All our dives in the marine reserve are shore based, as all the diving sites are close in to the shoreline. This is one of the reasons that El Cabrón is so popular. We transport you the 2km from our dive centre in Arinaga into the off-road area of the marine reserve using our more rugged vehicles. If you hire a car on the island you should note that most insurance policies do not cover you for off-road driving and you may not be covered if you take your own vehicle into the marine reserve.
We can also arrange boat diving in either Mogan, or Las Palmas, but there are minimum requirements for these dives.
Q.I want to complete my PADI/ BSAC course by undertaking a referral dive - can you help me?
Yes, you can complete either a PADI course or a BSAC course with us and undertake your training in the marine reserve where the waters are warm and the visibility excellent.
Q.Can you collect me from my Hotel ?
Yes, we run a daily collection and return service which is FREE and covers hotels and appartments in Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Meloneras, Sonnenland, San Agustin, Puerto Rico and Arguineguine and Bahia Feliz. Other local towns also have free collection - Arinaga, Vechindario, Aguimes, Pozo Izquierdo, El Doctoral, Juan Grande, Ingenio, Carizal. We can sometimes collect from Puerto Mogan and but may charge a small suplement. For collections from the North (Las Palmas, Telde) please contact us in the first instance.
Q.Is the El Cabrón Marine Reserve a good place for underwater photography?
Yes, it is in fact an excellent place, with several professional photographers regularly using this area for photo shoots. The waters are clear, the area teems with life, and the light and current can be ideal for underwater photography.
Q.What is the 'El Cabrón Guide CD-Rom ?
This CD contains over 600 photographs of more than 60 species of the marine life in the reserve, and is based on over a year's digital photography. It covers all the more commonly seen species and some of the less frequently found species. It includes an HTML interface to find and display the pictures.
Q.Are there any support facilities for Digital Cameras?
Yes, we have the ability to read digital cards directly onto CD-ROM for clients, and can read cards in many formats including : SmartMedia, Compact Flash, SD, CF, XD
Q.Can I take a single-use camera underwater with me.
Yes, we have had excellent results from KODAK and Fuji disposable underwater cameras. We sell these in the dive centre. They are rated to 10m, but we have taken them regularly to 20m without flooding, although at this depth they may not wind on or take more than one photo. We have some samples you can look at, taken in the bay, for a good idea of what can be achieved.
Q.Have you any advice for using cameras underwater ?
Yes, we have a sheet of the top ten tips for using cameras underwater. Please ask for a copy in the dive centre. .
Q.You are running some special photo weeks, what will that involve?
The diving during 'Photo Week' will be geared for photographers, with slower dives, time to smooch around' and get that special shot, options for Macro Photography, and supporting services to cover E6 and normal colour processing, as well as digital imaging support and transfer to CD-ROM. For those not familiar with f-stops, depth of field and shutter speed there will also be the opportunity for some 'masterclasses'.
Q.Are there any decompression chambers on Gran Canaria?
Yes, there are two decompression chambers, one in Puerto Rico and one in Las Palmas.
Q.What is the normal weather and visibility?
Temperatures in Gran Canaria rarely fall below 20C in the main resorts, reaching high 30's in summer. Arinaga is usually a couple of degrees cooler, due to a persistent northerly wind. Visibility is usually in the range 15-20m, but as with any dive site can drop occasionally if we have a strong storm, or are effected by a strong swell. We only have to cancel diving approximately 4-5 days per year, and rarely for more than 2 consecutive days.
Q.Can I use Nitrox in Gran Canaria?
If you have suitable Nitrox training then it is possible to obtain this gas, however most dive sites do not require the use of this gas as particularly in the Marine Reserve at El Cabrón, the underwater topography allows multi-level dives of up to 45 minutes without entering decompression.
Q.What sort of adventure dives can I do with Davy Jones Diving?
We offer guided adventure dives in the El Cabrón Marine Reserve every day, and based on demand can also offer wreck dives in both the West and North of the Island, boat dives on offshore reefs, and night dives in the marine reserve.
Q.What are the prices for qualified divers ?
Q.Do you do any night dives?
Yes, we can offer night dives if there is sufficient demand - we love these as we get to explore the marine reserve when it is quiet and you see species at night which are never visible during the day, such as red-legged octopus, golden balearic congers, sea hares, squid, sand crabs, and we can often find predators like rays, anglesharks and stargazers in water only 2-3m deep. have a look at the night dive simulator!
Q.Do you do any dives from boats?
Yes, we can organise dives either in Las Palmas (on the wrecks there) or on the west coast on both wrecks and reefs. These are organised based on demand.
Q.Can you organise diving for a group of divers ?
Yes, we have organised diving weeks for groups which have included scenic diving, wreck diving, snorkeling, night dives and celebration dinners at the end. These are always tailored to the group and ensure that all the group skill levels are well supported.
Q.Can we hire diving equipment as part of our package?
Yes, If you book a dive with us we can provide as little or as much equipment as you need. We charge by the day so if you do two dives the price is the same. All diving packages include tanks and weights. You can hire out wetsuits, boots, BCD's Regulators, mask fins, snorkels etc.
Q.I am visiting Las Palmas on a Cruise around the Canaries, can I come diving in the marine reserve ?
Yes, we can by special pre-arrangement collect you from the foot of the gangway of your cruise ship in Las Palmas, bring you down to the Marine Reserve, and then undertake two dives before taking you back to your ship.
Q.What languages do you speak?
Between us we speak English, Spanish and German and offer all courses and activities in these.
Q.What information is available in your centre?
We have all the appropriate guide books for the fish-life in the Canaries, as well as articles, magazines and other information that our divers are welcome to browse through. You can also use our Photo CD-ROM and search for the fish you have 'just seen'!.
Q.What are the opening hours of your shop?
In the morning we are open from 9.00am to about 12.30am, and in the evenings from about 4.00pm to about 6.30pm. There will usually be staff in the shop at other times depending on the days' diving schedule. We are open six days a week, and rest on Sundays. Our main phone (00 34 699 721 584) is a mobile and is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Q.What brands do you sell in your shop?
We sell diving equipment primarily from Cressi, Mares, Scubapro and Subaqua. We keep a selection of masks, fins and snorkels in stock at all times, and have logbooks and other materials by PADI and BSAC. We have our own range of Polo Shirts, T Shirts and Sweatshirts, and Kodak and Fuji single-use underwater cameras .
Q.Can I pay by Credit Card?
Yes, we can accept cards from Visa, Mastercard, Switch/Maestro (but not American Express or Diners Cards. Note also that the banks charge us even more on travellers cheques (six percent!) so we advise our customers to change them first in their hotel. .