A tour to see where can you do scuba diving in Tenerife, and enjoy its crystal clear waters and numerous banks of fish.
When you are traveling through the southern zone of the island, as you have seen in the past article, you will find some places that are also interesting to do scuba diving in the south of Tenerife. It is peculiar that many of the immersions directly from the beach, while surrounded by pejeverdes, barracudas and viejas as well as trumpet fish.
This time we are going to focus on a very rich zone to do scuba diving in the south of Tenerife. The zone of Las Galletas, a town located at the southeast of the island, that belongs to the municipality of Arona, very close to the port of Los Cristianos. The underwater landscape is suggestive, with numerous caves and lava flows, that came from the volcanoes of the island.
The ocean here has a dark blue color, due to the presence of the lava bottoms, and the temperature of the water is around the 20º in June and goes up to 22º in September/October. The good thing is that you can dive throughout the year as in the winter the outside temperature is nice and the water doesn’t go below 18º.
Lets get to know this zone better:
Immersion in underwater organs in the south of Tenerife
One of the most interesting volcanic landscapes of Tenerife is under the sea, in front of the Rasca Lighthouse, in the southernmost point of the island. Under the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic there is a series of underwater ravines created thousands of years ago by lava tongues. When they cooled, this lava turned into different curious shapes like prismatic stairs, also known in the Canary Islands as “organs”. The lighthouse is also a hotspot of sea life that is going to marvel experimented divers and underwater photographers.
Swimming through banks of “roncadores” near Las Galletas
To get to this place you have to take a ten minute ride on a boat from the nearby port of Las Galletas. The immersion usually includes a descent of 8 vertical meters until the organs and a then journey down to the 20 meters between ravines, stone arches and tunnels. You will see dense shoals of yellow and golden “roncadores” that pass over the sand, and you also semi-hidden angelotes and verrugados. Over the blue, there are shoals of bicudas making circles. And over the rocks, beautiful anemones that let their fine tentacles swinging.
Diving in volcanic reefs in the south of Tenerife
Yellow mountain is a beautiful hill on the coast made out of yellow volcanic ashes sculpted by erosion. Its beauty continues under the surface of the sea that surrounds it, with an underwater lunar landscape of volcanic reefs and a great rock structure with arches and caves. Located in the south of the island of Tenerife, near the touristic town and sports port of Las Galletas, this point of scuba diving allows you to delight your sight in every direction.
Immersion for all the levels from the marina of Las Galletas
The outings can be done from land, although it is more comfortable to do them from the Marina of Las Galletas, and after only a mile and a half of navigation you stop the boat in the sheltered bay of Yellow mountain. With weak currents and an average depth of 15 meters and a maximum depth of 25 meters, this immersion is accessible for divers with different levels of experience. In the darkness that the caves and terraces of the reefs bring, catalufas and eels rest. In the surrounding sands you can see the garden eels, tapaculos and angelotes.
Immersion inside a boat (REGASY III) that lies on the sand near some fields of garden eels, very close to the Marina of Las Galletas. In a depth of about 20 meters you can find multiple rays, mantelinas and a turtle, that lives there permanently. There is a bank of roncadores in the zone. It is a very crowded immersion.
In summary , with this selection that we have made of all the most important places in the north as well as in the south of Tenerife, you have several interesting immersions to choose from. We hope that now that you know the best places to do scuba diving in Tenerife you will enjoy them as much as we have.