Snorkel in Gran Canaria is one of the leisure activities usually held on this island, where tourists and locals have the opportunity to practice various types of water sports in spectacular locations.

In this article we will show you which are some of the best beaches for you to snorkel.

Where to snorkel in Gran Canaria?

Gran Canaria is an extraordinary island that has more than 200 kilometers of coastline, along which you can discover a large number of beaches where you contemplate the mysteries and wonders that are housed at the bottom of the sea.

In them you will find a unique variety of native flora and fauna of the Canary Islands, as well as some incredible sunken ships and volcanic landscapes.

In these sea beds you will be able to observe unique scenarios thanks to the transparency of its waters that guarantee you a wide visibility. Likewise, you will enjoy an average water temperature of 20.

Some of the most recommended beaches for snorkeling in Gran Canaria are the following:

1. Playa de las Canteras

This beach is one of the most popular to start snorkeling in Gran Canaria, since its environment is quite quiet due to the fact that it has a reef that protects this space from the waves.

Playa de las Canteras is 3 kilometers long and is located in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the north of the island. It is one of the best urban beaches in Europe, where you can see wonderful species such as parrot fish, wrasses, damsels or sea bream, among others.


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2. Cabrón Marine Reserve

This is a highly recommended space where you can snorkel in Gran Canaria and enjoy this adventure to the fullest. It stands out for its reefs and wide areas of marine flora.

To get to the Cabrón Marine Reserve, you must go to the town of Arinaga and cross a dirt road or park before the start of that small road and walk to cover the rest of the way to the beach.

It is characterized by being a beach with a lot of underwater visibility. From here you can observe spectacular colorful fish, mollusks and cephalopods.

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Some species such as barracudas, rays, spiny tambourines, octopus, cuttlefish, bream, among others, can also be seen just a few meters from the surface. Also, some fish found in puddles such as sponges, sea cucumbers, fulas, among others.

If you decide to visit Playa del Cabrón, it is advisable to take precautions when it comes to bringing food and drinks, because in the vicinity there are not many facilities where you can buy this type of product.

3. Puerto de Mogán

It is a very popular place to snorkel in Gran Canaria, right along the pier at the marina. It has the peculiarity that its waters are very transparent and are full of small colored fish.

The port of Mogán is located on the southwest coast of the island and although the beach is protected by a barrier, it is advisable to be more careful with the port area and make sure that the conditions are adequate, since when there are waves or currents not suitable for snorkelling.

Also, be careful with the small boats that are in the marina that is located next to the beach.


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4. Sardina del Norte

This town in the municipality of Gáldar is considered one of the best options for snorkeling or diving in Gran Canaria. Sardina del Norte is located between rocky formations that meet in a sandy beach and can be accessed by car via a road that leads to the beach or by a stone staircase that connects directly with the dock.

In Sardina del Norte there are large marine species that surprise even the most knowledgeable about the seabed, such as: Angel sharks, large rays and even whale sharks can be found. It is distinguished by its shallow bottoms without currents, which are perfect for those looking to start snorkeling in Gran Canaria.

It has a wide visibility and its funds are in excellent condition. Here you can snorkel perfectly both day and night, since with a flashlight you can live the experience of observing the marine explosion of the place.

In this environment you will be able to observe the Canarian lobsters, octopus, holothurians and sometimes even seahorses, as well as the pejesapo, San Pedro roosters, angel sharks and tablecloths that are in the sand.

In addition, being ideal for snorkeling, in Sardina del Norte you can taste some delicious Canarian fish dishes in the premises that are next to the pier.

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5. Risco Verde

Risco Verde is a small and sheltered bay on the coast of the municipality of Arinaga and is ideal for snorkeling in Gran Canaria. It can be reached through a staircase that is located next to the López de Orduña de Arinaga seafront.

In Risco Verde you can take a well-defined route, since it does not have high currents. It is a highly recommended beach to fully experience snorkeling in Gran Canaria, standing out for having a combination of veril, sand and platform that will please people looking for a well-kept seabed for their observation.

6. El Puertillo

This beach in the municipality of Arucas is especially recommended for Snorkel in Gran Canaria, because due to its location the water is very calm and is full of crustaceans and small fish. You can enter the water from the beach and observe the small fish that hide under the rock formations.

El Puertillo has facilities around it and can be reached by car. Its sand is very peculiar, and it has two natural rock pools. It is an ideal place if you are looking for what to do in Gran Canaria with children, since it is protected from the currents and the little ones can swim and dive in peace.


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7. Playa de Águila

The rocky bottom of this beach is another of the sites that we suggest for snorkeling in Gran Canaria, although it has the disadvantage that the water becomes very deep quickly and for this reason the visibility of the place is more limited.

It is located in the south of the island, very close to the Dunes of Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés.

Where to stay in Gran Canaria?

If you are looking for a place where you can stay to enjoy snorkeling on this island, in the Lopesan Group we have several hotels in Gran Canaria where you can enjoy excellent hotel facilities and services.

Get in touch with us if you want to know more about our services, we will be happy to assist you.



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