Maspalomas, Gran Canaria Scuba Diving Guide

We often get asked if there is any snorkelling or diving in the sea right next to Maspalomas or the adjoining resorts of Playa del Inglés, Sonnenland, San Agustin or Bahia Feliz in Gran Canaria. Sorry, but the answer is: not really. Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles are best known for their beaches and the amazing sand-dunes behind the beach... which in diving terms means .. lots of sand and not much marine life and not much depth. Compared to the main dive sites on Gran Canaria, the beaches are a bit like the famous dunes of Maspalomas .. a bit of a desert.

Divers also search for a PADI dive centre in Maspalomas, but because the adjacent diving is poor, there is currently no PADI Approved Dive Centre in Playa del Ingles, Mapaslomas, Meloneras, San Agustin or the other resorts of the 'Sur'. It may look on the map as though you are some distance from the best diving on the island, but the motorway is close by and means that it is quick and easy to get from Maspalomas to Arinaga to enjoy some of the best scuba diving in the Canaries.

The sandy shallow beach of Maspalomas is best for sunbathing; for scuba diving in Maspalomas, a short ride will take you to some excellent diving in the Arinaga marine Reserve
There is no PADI Approved dive centre in Maspalomas, but Davy Jones Diving are only 20 minutes drive away
The marine reserve at el Cabrón near Arinaga has a varied fauna with many colourful fish

But do not worry. Maspalomas has always had a reputation as a sun lovers destination, and has all the attractions and facilities to make it a great family holiday destination. It is also only twenty minutes from the marine reserve at El Cabrón near Arinaga on the East Coast, regarded by all the locals as the best place to dive in Gran Canaria. There is plenty of diving, there is one of the best mixes of marine life on the island, and you can dive over ten different routes in the reserve. The area was featured in the January 2008 edition of 'BSAC Dive' magazine. If you are staying in Maspalomas then the place to go diving is in the Marine Reserve at Arinaga.

The El Cabrón area is famous because the volcanic reef has arches, caves, cliffs and with these varied habitats it is a marine-life hotspot where you can see almost the whole catalog of marine species from tiny seahorses to angel sharks and butterfly rays. The main advantages of diving in the El Cabrón Marine Reserve are:-

  • See more, with over 10 routes and 400 marine species
  • 'Casa Limon' is the most spacious and relaxed dive centre in Gran Canaria
  • Our team are mature, knowledgeable and highly rated on TripAdviser!

We offer a free collection service for divers from Maspalomas every day for divers, so that they can come here in our air conditioned mini-bus and enjoy the best diving in Gran Canaria, and be back with their family in Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas or Meloneras in time for afternoon tea.

We collect you from your hotel for scuba diving in Maspalomas, a short ride will take you to some excellent diving

Nearby, Playa del Inglés also has a very vibrant night-life, and plenty of reasonably priced acommodation, so you can party one night and then dive on other days, chilling out between in the dunes or shopping in the Yumbo centre.

5-star PADI Course Gran Canaria 5 stars - "Relaxed and rewarding day of diving"

A very relaxing yet rewarding day of diving with my two sons. We were picked up from our stay on the agreed time (no waiting), with a swift transfer to the diving center. Nice garden like diving center facilties, with an instructor speaking dutch (our native language) as a bonus. The Cabron area is excellent for diving; lots of sea-life, two sightings of angel shark, and a trumpet fish. Thanks again for the memorable day!

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This common stingray can be found at several places in the reserve
Triggerfish are often found at Punta de la Sal in Gran Canarias Marine Reserve

In summary, if you are coming here with a family and only diving a couple of days, then Maspalomas is a great base from which to explore Gran Canaria. There are plenty of things to do and see including two water parks, the beach area, horse riding, jeep safaris, sky-diving and helicopter trips (to name just a few). From here it is a short journey to the El Cabrón marine reserve where you can take part in some top diving experiences.

Swim in big clouds of damselfish in the El cabrón Marine Reserve
A nudibrach grazes on the vegetation on the table top

Explore our site using the menu and you can see the main dive routes in the Arinaga Marine Reserve or browse thought our photo gallery to find out more about the opportunities to take your own photos, or find out more about learning to dive while in Maspalomas on a PADI course. If you have any questions about diving, courses, or just getting here or staying here, then use our express contact page to ask Brian or Jessica for some help in planning a great holiday.

Main Hotels, Bungalows and Apartments in Maspalomas and Normal Collection Times

We collect you from these Hotels and Apartments on a regular basis.
Hotel Name Collection Time
Capri 08:50-09:00
Club Maspalomas I & II 08:50-09:00
Cordial Green Golf 08:50-09:00
Dunabeach 08:50-09:00
Duna Flor (Bungalows) 08:50-09:00
Dunagolf Bungalows 08:50-09:00
Dunas Esplendido 08:50-09:00
Dunas Suite Hotel Maspalomas 08:50-09:00
El Cardonal 08:50-09:00
Green Oasis Beach Flor 08:50-09:00
Hotel Palm Beach 08:50-09:00
Hotel IFA Faro 08:50-09:00
Kiwi Bungalows 08:50-09:00
Koala Gardens Suites 08:50-09:00
Las Vegas Golf 08:50-09:00
Los Tunos 08:50-09:00
Maspalomas Dunas 08:50-09:00
Maspalomas Oasis Club 08:50-09:00
Maspalomas / Tabaiba Princess 08:50-09:00
Mirador Maspalomas 08:50-09:00
Palm Oasis Maspalomas 08:50-09:00
Parque Golf 08:50-09:00
RIU Maspalomas Oasis 08:50-09:00
Riu Palace Maspalomas 08:50-09:00
Sandy Golf Bungalows 08:50-09:00
Sheraton Salobre Golf and Resort 08:40-08:50
Sun Gardens 08:50-09:00
Tisalaya Park 08:50-09:00
Turbo Club 08:50-09:00
Vistaflor 08:55-09:00
Vista Dorada 08:50-09:00
Villas Blancas/Magnolias 08:50-09:00
Vista Oasis 08:50-09:00
Vista Serena 08:50-09:00

If your Hotel or apartment is not listed above, please contact us and we will confirm a normal collection time.

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