The Canary Islands have always been a popular winter destination where people have soaked up the sun through the autumn and winter months. Our dive centre in Gran Canaria is open all year round so that you can enjoy yourself diving here when northern waters are cold and uninviting, but more than that, this is the time of year when we have some of the best diving conditions of the year!.
If you are thinking of diving in September, October or November then you can expect first class conditions both above and below the water. At this time of year both air and water temperatures are still high and as the weather systems move to their winter positions, and this can create the best diving conditions of the year. Underwater the visibility reaches the best for the year and can occasionally reach over 25m.
For several years we have been taking part in a research project with the University of Las Palmas into angel sharks in Gran Canaria. You can read the initial findings about angel sharks in Arinaga
This short video taken entirely in Arinaga in November 2017 will give a good idea of typical visibility and conditions in autumn. Below are some typical autumn highlights. See other Autumn diving videos on our YouTube Channel
Because the Canary Islands have always been a popular winter sun destination, there is no problem with getting here from the UK or the rest of Northern Europe during the winter, and all the major facilities stay open. So you can come diving at Christmas or New Year in the Canaries if you want, and the water temperature is still very comfortable!. Over the Christmas period diving can be more unexpected as this is when Christmas Trees appear on the sea-bed and divers can be seen in cheery red Santa hats. The coldest time of the year in both the sea and on the land, when air and water drop to about 17C is towards the end of February, but this can be when the Island is at it's greenest after the winter rains and showers. We dive in the marine reserve all through the winter and this can be a great time to see Angel sharks, Rays, Barracuda, Morays; and towards the end of February we will start to get the mating season for many small fish leading to huge clouds of fish-eggs and small-fry in the water. This is a good time for night dives as the early sunsets mean that you can get back to your hotel at a reasonable hour.
Finally, this is a great time to undertake any training courses, because it is relatively quiet, the conditions can be calm, and it is an awful lot warmer than Stoney Cove!