Diving in La Palma

Diving in La Palma

The sea beds of La Palma make up a real paradise waiting to be discovered. Due to the eruption in 1971 of the Teneguía volcano (Fuencaliente), its main attraction is the fact of being the youngest seabed in Spain. They are mainly stunned and very deep, with numerous cracks, caves and edges, some of them are protected because of their importance and uniqueness. At the same time, there are some areas with sandy bottoms. The beauty of the underwater world in the Atlantic ocean is full of surprises. Its tropical waters are absolutely fascinating for divers, no matter whether they are a beginner or not. Volcanic eruptions have created, both in the north and south of the island, a marine ecosystem of rare and fascinating rock arches, towers and caves. Sea cliffs, with a depth of up to 300 meters, host really incredible sites. To scuba dive along underwater strange formations of volcanic rock, enjoying the diversity and colourful of the sea fauna and flora, is undoubtedly an unique experience. The marine fauna is composed of fishes like parrot fishes, combers, muraenas, white sea breamss, soles, sarpa salpas, groupers ... Among them, the spot fin burr fish, protected by the Endangered Species Catalogue of the Canary Islands, plays an important role in controlling the so called blanquizal. In the area reached by sunlight are a lot of species of flora abundant, such as red and brown algae as well as many invertebrates which feed fishes and other benthic animals.

If the seabed of the Canary islands combines water purity and temperature with the abundance of sea life to enjoy some incredible divings, the island of La Palma adds to this the lighting of its waters, as light reaches as far as 50 metres. The visibility and water temperature of almost 20º C in winter and 25º C in summer, make possible to enjoy scuba diving throughout the year. And if we have little or no diving skills, snorkelling is another way to enjoy the sea. It's easy, funny and safe and can be done anywhere. Just a pair of diving glasses and a tube are needed to go diving.

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El Laberinto

  • Tazacorte
  • The Labyrinth. To the left of the quay. Named after the wide labyrinths the volcanic rocks form underwater, where the black-sanded sea bottom contrasts with the basaltic walls, free from...
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Las Gorgonias

  • Tazacorte
  • About 40 metres off shore, dive 25m. Pay attention to the big stones on the black sand. Here you will find a kind of unusual landscape which has rarely been found elsewhere in the archipelago...
  • Med: 15m
  • Max: 45m
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Santa Úrsula

  • Tazacorte
  • Right in the harbour of the port of Tazacorte, next to the outer breakwater of the port, 17m deep, we can find the ship remains of the Santa Úrsula, the only steamship from La Palma. It sunk in the 40s, due to a fire...
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  • Max: 14m
  • Low
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Arcos del Charco Verde

  • Tazacorte
  • Just on the limit with the Marine Reserve we can find three arches which are really attracting. Good visibility (up to 35m). Plenty of double-ended pipefishes, blue fishes, murains, crustaceans and...
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  • Max: 14m
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El Bajón de los Petos

  • Tazacorte
  • Just three minutes away from the dock of Tazacorte, in the midst of the harbour. They are two rocks protruding from a sandy sea bottom, where there is a cave plenty of rough scads, blue fishes and...
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  • Max: 46m
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Los Cancajos

  • Breña Baja
  • Los Cancajos es un núcleo turístico con un excelente paseo litoral en el que apreciar coladas basálticas casi negras y de caprichosas formas. También, muchas especies vegetales propias...
  • Med: 20m
  • Max: 40m
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Playa de Las Cabras

  • Fuencaliente
  • Located at the end of the track leading to wind-energy electric generators. When scuba diving, an uneven rocky sea bottom will be found which drops by 15m into a wall. It is a suitable spot for observing big...
  • Med: 30m
  • Max: 45m
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Punta Larga

  • Fuencaliente
  • This diving site is located inside of the Isla de La Palma Marine Reserve. So, a permit is absolutely necessary. This area is surprisingly rich in different species: French grunts, striped black margates, red...
  • Med: 15m
  • Max: 25m
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Torre de Malpique

  • Fuencaliente
  • Is the most famous in the area, as its landscape is one of the most beautiful in the South of the island. When scuba diving you will find the black-sanded sea bottom dotted with big basaltic rocks, typical...
  • Med: 15m
  • Max: 45m
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La Fajana

  • Barlovento
  • Scuba dive into Charcón del Burro around 20m deep, following a slope, along which it is not difficult to find caves and arches, as well as groupers, pollacks and pelagic fishes.
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  • Max: 30m
  • Medium
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Puerto Espíndola

  • San Andrés y Sauces
  • Dive always along the slope which will protect you all the time. Possibility to dive from one fishing cove to the other in Puerto Espíndola. Among others, we can see pink dentexes, amberfishes, parrot...
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  • Max: 30m
  • Minimun
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Charco Azul

  • San Andrés y Sauces
  • Diving into the Charco de las Damas or el Palito, we will find a blanquizal covered by the sea urchin Diadema antillarum. We go on as far as a slope leading us to Punta Cumplida where we will find...
  • Med: 26m
  • Max: 50m
  • Minimun
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Bajón de Puntallana

  • Puntallana
  • We recommend you to access to this dive site by boat and to jump from it into the sea to begin your dive as this area is highly influenced by currents. Its basalt bottoms are home to a wide variety...
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  • Max: 30m
  • Medium
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Puerto Trigo

  • Puntallana
  • Starting point in the bay of Puerto Trigo. In its crystal-clear waters you will find caves and bottoms of outstanding beauty, rich in arches and caves. However, angling (both by rods and by boat)...
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  • Max: 25m
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