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.
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:-
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.
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.
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!
2016-05-07 Egbert_Eindhoven Published by Tripadvisor.co.uk See full review
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.
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 TimesWe collect you from these Hotels and Apartments on a regular basis.
|Hotel Name||Collection Time|
|Club Maspalomas I & II||08:50-09:00|
|Cordial Green Golf||08:50-09:00|
|Duna Flor (Bungalows)||08:50-09:00|
|Dunas Suite Hotel Maspalomas||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|
|Koala Gardens Suites||08:50-09:00|
|Las Vegas Golf||08:50-09:00|
|Maspalomas Oasis Club||08:50-09:00|
|Maspalomas / Tabaiba Princess||08:50-09:00|
|Palm Oasis Maspalomas||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|
If your Hotel or apartment is not listed above, please contact us and we will confirm a normal collection time.