Review diving in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

by spotmydive

Marine life

Manta ray
Whale shark
Moray eel
Angel shark

The island of Fuerteventura is the largest volcanic island in the Canaries after Tenerife, and it is also the closest to the African continent at a distance of only 97 km. This island has a low relief since its highest peak is Mount Jandia, culminating at 800 meters above sea level. Fuerteventura is a very popular destination because of its great beaches that can be more than 50 km long, its cliffs, its hiking trails, its expanses of desert dunes, its traditional villages but also its sheltered coves. With more than 300 km of coastline, the island is an ideal destination if you would like to dive in the Canaries. The underwater world is grandiose composed mainly of drop-offs, canyons, volcanic structures and sandy plateaus.

Where do you dive in Fuerteventura?

On the east coast of the island, you will find the largest number of dive centers in Furteventura that offer many different types of diving and a wide range of professional services.

North of Fuerteventura, the protected nature reserve of Isla de Lobos offers more than 20 dive sites. It is also one of the most popular diving areas in the Canaries. In crystal clear water, the diving spots are all more impressive than the others. Do not miss “Calamareo”, “Faro de Lobos”, “Calves” and “La Lagunita”!

South of Fuerteventura, off the lighthouse of Jandia, is a spectacular enclave known as Veril Grande. This dive site combines both a white sand bottom, a vertical wall that starts at 20 meters and small caves. This spot is ideal to admire many species including angel sharks, stingrays, garden eels and at times, Manta rays and whale sharks.

Best time to go to Fuerteventura?

Swept by the warm Sahara wind, the island of Fuerteventura enjoys mild temperatures all year long, between 15 ° C in winter and 30 ° C in summer. The crystal clear waters and the mild climate allow divers to discover all year round the many dive sites on the island.

Diving conditions

  • The visibility in the Canary Islands is 20 to 30 meters steadily.
  • The sea currents can be strong around the island of Lobos. This is why some dive sites are only accessible to experienced divers.
  • Levels required: Fuerteventura is an ideal place for a diving trip if you are a beginner or a confirmed diver. The variety and richness of the diving spots make it an extraordinary playground.
  • The temperature of the water is always pleasant, ranging from 19 ° in winter to 24 ° in summer.

What can you see while scuba diving in Furteventura?

Diving in the Canaries is a fantastic adventure. The abundant aquatic life is a subtle mixture of tropical and oceanic species. The underwater landscapes of volcanic origin harbor a flora consisting of anemones, blue, yellow and red are fans, coralines, carnation, encrusting algae and corraligenes. In reality, it is especially for its rich fauna that one is pressed to the Canaries. You will find parrot fish, barracuda, stingray, eagle rays, grouper, be bream, crows, trevallies and angel sharks. Finally, on certain occasions, you can even cross to a ray or whale shark during one of your excursions. Also, open your eyes.