Get your PADI on the Canary Islands

Miles of stunning sand beaches, volcanic topography and a variety of passing pelagic marine life

The Canary Islands, or simply the Canaries, lie at the eastern edge of the Atlantic Ocean about 100 km/60 miles west of southern Morocco. They’re a volcanic archipelago (still steaming in 2011) and although part of Spain, offer a distinct feel and culture; one of the European Union’s outermost regions.

The seven largest islands, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, read like a list of top European tourist destinations. Sometimes called “The Fortunate Islands” thanks to their subtropical climate, year-long sunshine and sandy beaches, the Canaries are a diver’s paradise and attract visitors from Europe and further afield.

The Canaries boast hundreds of dive featuring dramatic underwater landscapes and abundant, colourful marine life. They are bathed by the Gulf Stream, which keeps the water between 17-18° C/63-64° F in winter and 23°C/73°F in summer. The water is exceptionally clear and the region’s many dive shops have plenty of safe dive sites suitable for beginners, which make this a top spot to get your PADI all year round.

Featured Dive Sites

El Hierro

  • El Hierro
    Discover the Meridian Island

    El Hierro is a favorite with divers in the know. It’s the smallest of the Canary Islands and is a bit remote (you have to fly to Tenerife and get a ferry) but the diving makes up for the effort.

Gran Canaria

  • Gran Canaria
    Wrecks and angel sharks galore

    Gran Canaria features the El Cabrón Marine Reserve in Arinaga. It’s easy to get to, and divers regularly see angel sharks in winter. For wreck divers (and wannabe wreck divers), Las Palmas has a lot to offer including the Arona which is often patrolled by schools of barracuda.


  • Tenerife
    Dive under the gaze of Mount Teide

    Tenerife’s Los Gigantes is renowned for stingrays and turtles, which highlight dives in the volcanic underwater seascape.


  • Lanzarote
    Visit the Blue Hole or the Atlantic Museum

    On Lanzarote, Puerto del Carmen features several wrecks close to the harbor. The “must do” dive has to be the Blue Hole, which ends at about 30 metres/100 feet. This may be the best reason of all to take the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course. If you don’t get to the Blue Hole, you could always go and visit Europe’s first underwater museum, El Museo Atlantico. A baron seabed transformed into modern day artwork awaits just under the Atlantic waves.

Dive Center and Resorts on the Canaries

Getting your PADI on the Canaries

Simply contact or visit one of the PADI Dive Centers and Resorts below to get started.