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 Aqua-Marina / Wannadive Tenerife: Dive Sites

 

 

You will be amazed at the variety of diferent dive sites and the abundace of marine life that Tenerife has to offer. At Aqua-Marina / Wannadive we strive to give you a dive package that will enable you to get the most out of your diving holiday. We group our divers and chose the dive sites very carefully so that experienced divers get a suitably challenging dive but novice divers are well looked after and are not taken beyond their limits.

 If you are a PADI Divemaster or equivalent CMAS 3*,  have a buddy of similar experience and wish to dive independently from our guides then we can support your request... just ask! Alternatively if you are experienced but without a buddy and wish to dive alone we accept solo divers with the Self-Reliant Diver certification, or can teach this course.

Experience:

Level 1: Novice Diver or Advanced Diver without recent experience.

 

Level 2: Advanced Diver with recent experience

 

Level 3: Advanced Diver with good demonstration of experience

  El Meridian: Max 30meters. Anchor at 30 meters. Level: 3

 

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Just 10 minutes boat ride from the centre, El Meridian is an old yacht measuring approx 18 metres. She was deliberately sunk in the autumn of 2005 as a dive site to a depth of 30 meters on a sandy sea bed next to a rocky reef.. Over time marine life has started to be attracted to this artifical reef and there are already  regular sightings of several species of ray and numerous fish.

Due to the square profile and depth of this dive, this is suitable for advanced divers only but makes for an excellent Nitrox Dive (available to Nitrox certified divers). On air our bottom time is only 20 minutes, but on Nitrox 32 it is 30 minutes.

 

El Balito: Max 30 meters route "A" or 18m Route "B". Anchor at 12 meters. Level: 1& 2 .

 

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El Balito is a very unusual site situated 30 minutes by boat from the Centre. The bizarre rock formations and caverns were the back-drop for the BBC TV series "Walking With Monsters". Life here is hidden amongst the shadows created by giant boulders and crevices, so a torch is particularly useful on this dive. Sea-anenomes of a variety of colours live in symbiotic harmony with their Lady Scarlet shrimps, sea sponges encrust the many caverns and attract thousands of shrimps, crabs and lobsters. At a swim through at 28 meters there is a chance to see stingrays but the highlight of this dive is a large mysterious cave at 6 meters with a  tunnel in which the diver can surface, in a shimmering jaccuzzi of light shafts and bubbles!

 

 Marazul: Max 20 meters. Anchor at 12 meters. Level 1 & 2

 

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Marazul, 30 minutes by boat, makes for a very easy and pleasant afternoon, multi-level dive along cliffs that range from 12m to 20 meters depth. There is a wide variety of life to be seen including a large school of Roncadores (Bastard Grunts), barracuda, anenomes, trumpet fish and occasional passing rays. The safety stop can be made in the rocks at 6 meters where we can chill out whilst keeping an eye out for morays, cuttle-fish and octopus.

 

Playa Paraiso: Max 24m. Anchor at 10 meters. Level 1 & 2.

 

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This is one of our favourites! After a 20 minute boat ride we anchor on a cliff between 2  underwater canyons. As we tour both canyons you will be impressed by the sheer abundance of life all around us. Schools of bream and barracuda circle overhead and there are always parrot fish, cuttlefish, trumpet fish, moray eels, glass eyes and more to see. However the highlight is yet to come... out of the blue comes a dark shape, getting bigger ang bigger! This is the best spot to get a close encounter with a giant 2 meter Atlantic Ray... just remember not to hold your breath as this curious but friendly giant brushes past you!

There are many species of ray to be seen here including eagle rays, butterfly rays, common sting-rays and in winter we often see angel sharks. Look but donīt touch!

 

El Puertito: Max 12 meters. Anchor 4 meters. Level 1 and training dive.

 

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20 minutes from the centre by boat we find the quiet bay of the village of El Puertito. This is the perfect training site for students but donīt be fooled by the shallow depth if you are also very experience. This site is also perfect for underwater photography or an afternoon chill-out dive as there is plenty of friendly marine life willing to pose for you! There are common turtle sightings, butterfly rays, bull rays, octopus, cuttlefish and lots and lots of fish! A great example that you donīt have to go deep to have a good dive!

 

La Caleta: Max 20 meters. Anchor 12 meters. Level 1 & 2.

 

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15 minutes by boat takes us to La Caleta reef, a series of rocks jutting above the surface which carry on as an underwater wall, 10 meters high cutting through the sand for several hundred meters. This makes an excellent drift dive, so after sending up the anchor, the boat follows us for the duration of the dive. There can be strong currents and some days you donīt even need to fin, just chill-out and watch the underwater world glide by! At the half way mark there is a big school of Roncadores and the wall has a big overhang where stingrays are often found asleep. One day we counted 9 piled on top of each other. An easy but truly memorable afterrnoon  dive.

 

Pecios Gemelos: Max 22 meters. Anchor 22 meters. Level 2.

 

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10 minutes by boat we find 2 sunken wrecks close to the harbour of Puerto Colon. These wrecks were sunk deliberately for a submarine trip which no longer runs but now makes for an unusual but easy dive for the reasonably experienced diver. The wrecks, a cabin cruiser of 12 meters and a yacht of 15 meters are approximately 2 meters apart so the site is quite small allowing us to take our time and pay attention to detail. There is plenty of life on offer including a large school of roncadores and the wreck is home to scorpion fish,  moray eels, spider crabs and many more interesting creatures. An excellent site for a photography dive.

 

Las Vistas, House Reef: Max 12 meters Route "A", 6 meters Route "B". Shore Dive.

 

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 A chilled out dive site, ideal for training and "refresh" dives as well as the perfect spot for night dives. The "House Reef" is directly outside the centre and we can walk straight in to the sea directly from the shop. This is the "Kindergarten" for fish but although small they are in great profusion; roncadores, sea bream, damsel fish, lizard fish, puffer-fish and wrasse are all very comon but if you are lucky baby angel shark, rays, cuttle fish and octopus can all make an appearance!

 

 Roncadores Palm Mar: Max 18 meters or 25 meters. Anchor 8 meters. Level 1 or 2.

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 A real treat of a dive and one that we visit very often as it always offers something new.10 minutes by boat from the centre, we anchor on the edge of a wide volcainic canyon. From there the cliff drops to 14 meters and then slope gentrly down to 25 meters in a vast area of sand and rocky reef. On the way we pass one of the biggest schools of  roncadores you will ever see, and stop to take some photographs. If you look up, you will see a large school of  barracudas circling ominously, waiting to pick off any roncadores that strays to far from the group. As we descend to the sand there is a good chance ot see stingrays and in winter we nearly always see larger angel shark, up to 2 meters patroling the sand for prey.

 

 Cueva de Palm Mar: Max 40 meters Route "A"  30 meters Route "B". Anchor 16 meters. Level 2 & 3

 

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This is a real Tenerife high-light for the advanced diver and yet only 10 minutes by boat, as it contains everything we long for in a dive; incredible visibility, a very mysterious cave, some deep diving action and a lot of  ferocious looking predators! At 16 meters we leave the anchor behind swimming off the edge of a cliff down to the cave entrance a 30 meters. En route we pay a visit to several dark warrens, filled with moray eels, fangs bared, of several diferent species; the gentle but beautiful Meditteranean moray, the impressive yet ugly brown moray and the captivating but fierce looking tiger moray. Make sure you count your fingers at the end of this dive. Despite their frightening appearance these creature are both inquisitive yet gentle... treat with respect though! The cave itself is a Tenerife mystery as no-one knows how long the interior tunnel actually is or where it leads. Several divers have died exploring this cave system and there is a memorial cross outside the cave. Whith this in mind we take a tentative look inside, just a couple of meters, before moving on. There is an exceptionally nice deep part to this dive taking us to 40 meters, surrounded by large rock pinacles and garden eels.

 

 Cueva de Neptuno. Max 24m to 30m+. Anchor 12 meters. Level 2 & 3

 

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This dive is very unusual, the cave itself  is quite safe to enter and explore and it is also incredibly beautiful as there is a large school of bright red "glass eye" living inside, as well as moray eels and resting stingrays. After visiting the cave we normally drift with the current and explore the surrounding canyons. In the winter months this is the best place to get up close to Angel Sharks, sometimes sleeping in the sand but often swimming around. The drift direction is "current dependent" often taking us into deep water, so good buoyancy skill and a delayed surface marker buoy are worth having. Some of the biggest rays we have seen have been found on this dive. There is an abundance of life year round but it is a favourite and regular dive more so in the Winter.

 

 Montaņa Guaza. Max 18-24 meters. Anchor 10 meters. Level 1 & 2

 

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 This is a very convenient dive site when the weather is bad or if you are on a 20 dive pack and want to see something new. Its just 5 mins boat ride from the centre in a protected area so its diveable even in rough weather, when we want to stay close to base. Yes, there are better dive sites but you will see a lot here as there are fish farms nearby that attract a lot of life. At 24 meters there are roncadores and a good chance of seeing rays. This is also the only site we have ever been joined by dolphins underwater, rarely, but they are hunting around the fish-farms and we see them from the boat and snorkel on the surface with them regularly.

 

El Condesito: Max 18 meters Route "A" 30m+ Route "B". Anchor 15 meters or free descent. Level 1-3

 

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A Tenerife "classic" dive. Certainly one of  the two "busy" dive sites in Tenerife (El Aquario being the other). El Condesito was a ship carrying cement  that lost its steering and crashed into the coast on the most Southerly tip of  Tenerife in a remote stretch of coasline, around 1970. Despite the remoteness of the lanscape we are only 20 minutes by boat from the centre. This is a very easy dive for novice divers as the wreck ranges from 16 meters at the propeller to 10 meters on the deck but the 30 meter long  hull makes for a very exciting and impressive site. BRING A CAMERA!! There is an abundance of life most noted are the extraordinarily large trumpet fish around the prop.  For the advanced diver we can make a free descent to 30 meters to visit the giant volcanic canyons containing Tenerifeīs famous "Black Coral" and a swim to the wreck for a chilled off-gas and exploration.

 

Los Caņones: Max 40 meters Route "A" 30 meters Route "B. Anchor 25 meters. Level 2 or 3.

 

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Ask our staff to go on this dive and they will jump at the chance. This is an advanced dive that we do occasionally, as the conditions can be extreme but this site can be a real highlight for the advanced diver. The currents are strong at times so we often do this as a drift dive... sometimes by anchor, sometime as a free descent... often the plan is finalised at the site. From 25 meters we descend to a canyon at 30 meters. The drop off from there is to 70 meters. Either we descend down the wall to 40 meters, or travel the ridge at 30meters, looking down into the ABYSS!! Everything here is big and impressive... every reason to go deep is here as is El Balito is every reason to be shallow. You will see giant,  impressive, volcanic canyons, enormous barracudas and the only place in Tenerife we have seen Grouper... big Grouper!! The current is normally too strong to return to the anchor so the boat will follow us. SMBīs are mandatory.

 

Roncadores del Faro: Max 20 meters Route "A", 40 meters Route "B". Anchor 6 meters. Level 1, 2, 3

 

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20 minutes by boat takes us to a very pleasant dive site on the most Southerly tip of Tenerife, indicated by a lighthouse (El Faro). Here we swim amoungst breathtaking basalt rock columns and through little caverns. Life here is plentiful, even in the shallows and it is very common to see zebra bream, parrot fish, cuttle fish, barracuda,  trumpet fish, octopus and of course a large school of roncadores. For the advanced diver a second route descends down the canyons to the black coral at 30-40 meters.

 

El Aquario: Max 20 meters. Anchor 20 meters. Level 1 (experienced).

 

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Another Tenerife "Classic" dive sometimes known as "The Rays" or "Stingray City". This is a small wreck, 30 minutes by boat, sunk on the sand next to a rocky reef where stingrays are regularly hand-fed by other dive-centres. This is a fun dive and a "quick fix" if you want a guarantee to see stingrays. There a hords of commont stingrays buzzing the divers and occasionally bigger raysl like the buttterfly or Atlantic come gliding by. Out on the reef ando the wreck itself there is a good chance to spot moray eels and a variety of interesting life,

 

 

 

 

PADI Project Aware

Respect our marine environment. Aqua-Marina / Wannadive has an environmental policy that it requests its divers and staff to follow:

Never touch or harm marine life, no hand feeding animals, no rubbish in the water, no chasing or harassment of marine life under any circumstances.

Just because others do it does not make it right... or wrong. We are not here to judge, only to enjoy the sea and its life.

 

 


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