Dive SItes

So, what can you expect from the dive sites in Tenerife? Even though the Canary Islands are a part of Spain, they are actually closer to Africa than to Europe. Located on the Atlantic Ocean, Tenerife is a fantastic destination for diving. Not only does the sun shine all year around, but the average diving conditions are excellent. The volcanic topography provides many dramatic rock formations, with plenty of caves and swim-throughs to explore.

The Canary Islands are next to the Gulf Stream which regulates the water temperature and can bring in large marine life. Water temperature is lowest at 18-19°C/64-66°F in the winter and is highest 23-24°C/73-75°F in the summer. Usually a 5mm wetsuit is suitable in the summer and we suggest to use extra layers such as a vest and hood in the winter. Normal underwater visibility averages around 30 metres/100 feet, depending on local diving conditions. 

Diving in Tenerife you will encounter Atlantic and Mediterranean species. Not only do we have amazing topography and a huge variety of marine life, but we also have some shipwrecks ranging from 18m/60 feet to 40m /130 feet and some are penetrable. 

Our Favourite Dive Sites in Tenerife

Alcala

Boat or Shore dive sites in Tenerife Type: Shore

dive site depth dive sites in TenerifeMax. Depth: 15m

Features dive sites in tenerifeFeature: Fish Variety

current dive sites in TenerifeCurrent: Unlikely

dive sites in Tenerife Topography: Rocky

PADI Qualification level dive sites in TenerifeSuitability: All Levels

Alcala offers an easy dive suitable for all levels. With a sandy bottom, volcanic rocky reef and resident fish school there is a lot to see. Due to the easy entry point, this site is also fantastic for night dives where you can see Sea Hares, Spotted Octopus and much more!

Alcala

Boat or Shore Type: Shore

dive site depthMax. Depth: 15m

Features of dive siteFeature: Fish Variety

Dive site currentCurrent: Unlikely

dive sites in tenerifeTopography: Rocky

PADI Qualification levelSuitability: All Levels

Alcala offers an easy dive suitable for all levels. With a sandy bottom, volcanic rocky reef and resident fish school there is a lot to see. Due to the easy entry point, this site is also fantastic for night dives when you can see Sea hares, Spotted Octopus and much more!

Barco De Las Morenas

Boat or Shore dive sites in Tenerife Type: Boat

depth dive sites in TenerifeMax. Depth: 21m

Features of dive sites in tenerifeFeature: Wreck

current dive sites in TenerifeCurrent: Unlikely

dive sites in tenerifeTopography:  Sand

PADI Qualification level dive sites in TenerifeSuitability: Advanced +

We know very little about this shipwreck due to finding it by accident! (Remember to ask us how). With inhabitant Moray Eels and schooling fish, the wreck attracts a large variety of life including Atlantic Rays, Octopus and occasionally Cuttlefish.

Cueva De Las Sirenas

Boat or Shore dive sites in Tenerife Type: Boat

depth dive sites in TenerifeMax. Depth: 40m

Features of dive sites of TenerifeFeature: Cave

current dive sites in TenerifeCurrent: Likely – Mild

dive sites in tenerifeTopography: Rocky Wall

PADI Qualification level dive sites in TenerifeSuitability: Deep Training

This is a deep dive starting at 16m descending to 40m and requires the Deep Diver Specialty certification. You will see dramatic volcanic rock formations as you descend to the cave. Keep a lookout for black coral… and mermaids!

Cueva De Las Sirenas

Boat or Shore Type: Boat

dive site depthMax. Depth: 40m

Features of dive siteFeature: Cave

Dive site currentCurrent: Likely – Mild

dive sites in tenerifeTopography: Rocky Wall

PADI Qualification levelSuitability: Deep Training

This is a deep dive starting at 16m descending to 40m and requires the Deep Diver Specialty certification. You will see dramatic volcanic rock formations as you descend to the cave. Keep a lookout for black coral… and mermaids!

Cueva De Los Cerebros

Boat or Shore dive sites in Tenerife Type: Shore

dive sites in Tenerife depthMax. Depth: 12m

Features of dive sites in TenerifeFeature: Cave

dive sites in Tenerife currentCurrent: Unlikely

dive sites in tenerifeTopography:  Rocky

PADI Qualification level dive sites in TenerifeSuitability: Advanced +

This is one of the best dive sites in Tenerife and one of the largest caves available for us to explore. Translated, the site name means Cave of the Brains due to the type of sponge found inside as well as Shrimps, Lobsters and Sting-Rays. During the dive and if conditions allow, we can visit the fresh air pocket inside the cave! Due to the advance nature of this dive, it is not suitable for beginners and a torch is a must.

Cueva Del Zorro

Boat or Shore dive sites in Tenerife Type: Boat

dive sites in Tenerife depthMax. Depth: 21m

Features dive sites in TenerifeFeature: Cave

dive sites in Tenerife currentCurrent: Likely – Mild

dive sites in tenerifeTopography: Rocky

PADI Qualification level dive sites in TenerifeSuitability: Advanced +

Named due to the letter “Z” being visible when the sunlight shines through the cave. You will spend around 10 minutes inside exploring for Canarian Rock Lobsters and Sting-Rays. Make sure you spend some time on top of the cave to witness tiny “diamond” bubbles escaping through the holes. 

Cueva Del Zorro

Boat or Shore Type: Boat

dive site depthMax. Depth: 21m

Features of dive siteFeature: Cave

Dive site currentCurrent: Likely – Mild

dive sites in tenerifeTopography: Rocky

PADI Qualification levelSuitability: Advanced +

Named due to the letter “Z” being visible when the sunlight shines through the cave. You will spend around 10 minutes inside exploring for rock lobsters and sting-rays. Make sure you spend some time on top of the cave to witness tiny “diamond” bubbles escaping through the holes. 

El Condesito

Boat or Shore dive sites in Tenerife Type: Boat

dive sites in Tenerife depthMax. Depth: 18m

Features dive sites in TenerifeFeature: Wreck

dive sites in Tenerife currentCurrent: Unlikely

dive sites in tenerifeTopography:  Rocky

PADI Qualification level dive sites in TenerifeSuitability: All Levels

This shipwreck sank in the 1970s and has since broken apart. The ship was carrying cement bags during its last voyage which have solidified. These as well as the engine and boiler are all visible during the dive. Due to the corrosion of the sea, the ship has broken apart which offers a large opening for any diver to swim through. 

El Meridian

Boat or Shore dive sites in Tenerife Type: Boat

dive sites in Tenerife depthMax. Depth: 21m

Features of dive sites in TenerifeFeature: Wreck

dive sites in Tenerife currentCurrent: Likely – Mild

dive sites in tenerifeTopography:  Sandy

PADI Qualification level dive sites in TenerifeSuitability: Advanced +

Originally a WW2 German minesweeper this ship sank in 2005. El Meridian was brought to Tenerife in the 1970s and modified to become a whale-watching boat. With 25m in length, there is a lot of wreck to explore! Penetration dives are also possible with the Wreck Diver Specialty certification. 

El Meridian

Boat or Shore Type: Boat

dive site depthMax. Depth: 21m

Features of dive siteFeature: Wreck

Dive site currentCurrent: Likely – Mild

dive sites in tenerifeTopography:  Sandy

PADI Qualification levelSuitability: Advanced +

Originally a WW2 German minesweeper this ship sank in 2005. El Meridian was brought to Tenerife in the 1970s and modified to become a whale-watching boat. With 25m in length, there is a lot of wreck to explore! Penetration dives are also possible with the Wreck Diver Specialty certification. 

Escalera De Palm Mar

Boat or Shore dive sites in Tenerife Type: Boat

dive sites in Tenerife depthMax. Depth: 24m

Features of dive sites in TenerifeFeature: Fish Variety

dive sites in Tenerife currentCurrent: Unlikely

dive sites in tenerifeTopography:  Rocky & Sand

PADI Qualification level dive sites in TenerifeSuitability: All Levels

Named due to the underwater rocks looking like steps, this site is overlooked by the impressive cliffs of Palm Mar. With a huge array of marine life living close to the cliffs, including our resident Green Sea Turtles and Sting Rays this site is one of our favourites to dive. If you are Advanced you may also get to see the large school of Roncadores found at 24m.

Fishermans Cove

Boat or Shore dive sites in Tenerife Type: Shore

dive sites in Tenerife depthMax. Depth: 18m

Features of dive sites in TenerifeFeature: Fish Variety

dive sites in Tenerife currentCurrent: Unlikely

dive sites in tenerifeTopography:  Sandy

PADI Qualification level dive sites in TenerifeSuitability: All Levels

This site is great for photography and exploring in small crevices and cracks. There are 2 to 3 routes with various small caves to look into giving you the chance to see lots of marine life including Cuttlefish, Rays and even Seahorses!

Fishermans Cove

Boat or Shore Type: Shore

dive site depthMax. Depth: 18m

Features of dive siteFeature: Fish Variety

Dive site currentCurrent: Unlikely

dive sites in tenerifeTopography:  Sandy

PADI Qualification levelSuitability: All Levels

This site is great for photography and exploring in small crevices and cracks. There are 2 to 3 routes with various small caves to look into giving you the chance to see lots of marine life including Cuttlefish, Rays and even Seahorses!

La Falla

Boat or Shore dive sites in Tenerife Type: Boat

dive sites in Tenerife depthMax. Depth: 30m

Features of dive sites in TenerifeFeature: Drift

dive sites in Tenerife currentCurrent: Likely – Strong

dive sites in tenerifeTopography:  Rocky Reef

PADI Qualification level dive sites in TenerifeSuitability: Advanced +

Best experienced as a drift dive, La Falla showcases sheer underwater cliff faces not found on other dive sites in Tenerife reaching down to 40m and beyond. Strong currents can be expected on this dive which makes it perfect for the Drift Dive Specialty. You will see an abundance of fish life including a school of roncadores and maybe even some sting rays in the depths sleeping under the large volcanic coves. 

Las Eras

Boat or Shore dive sites in Tenerife Type: Shore

dive sites in Tenerife depthMax. Depth: 21m

Features of dive sites in TenerifeFeature: Fish Variety

dive sites in Tenerife currentCurrent: Likely – Mild

dive sites in tenerifeTopography:  Rocky Reef

PADI Qualification level dive sites in TenerifeSuitability: All Levels

With an abundance of fish life and rocks covered in flora, Las Eras is a beautiful site to dive. Generally the visibility is very good, enabling you to see the huge school of barracudas living there. You will spend the dive exploring the natural volcanic wall, looking for different marine life and… a Buddha!

Las Eras

Boat or Shore Type: Shore

dive site depthMax. Depth: 21m

Features of dive siteFeature: Fish Variety

Dive site currentCurrent: Likely – Mild

dive sites in tenerifeTopography:  Rocky Reef

PADI Qualification levelSuitability: All Levels

With an abundance of fish life and rocks covered in flora, Las Eras is a beautiful site to dive. Generally the visibility is very good, enabling you to see the huge school of barracudas living there. You will spend the dive exploring the natural volcanic wall, looking for different marine life and… a Buddha!

Las Vistas

Boat or Shore dive sites in Tenerife Type: Shore

dive sites in Tenerife depthMax. Depth: 12m

Features of dive siteFeature: Fish Variety

dive sites in Tenerife currentCurrent: Unlikely

dive sites in tenerifeTopography:  Rocky & Sand

PADI Qualification level dive sites in TenerifeSuitability: All Levels

Located in Los Cristianos, Las Vistas beach provides an easy entry to this shore dive. Searching the breakwater rocks, you will see the large school of roncadores and if you are lucky, possibly a sea horse! The shallow water and boulders provide shelter, making it great for night dives to search for nocturnal marine life. 

Los Arcos