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Dive Fuerteventura

 Fuerteventura lies just above the tropic of cancer at a longitude of 14.01667 (14°1') W, this is the same longitude as the Bahamas and a little further south than Sharm el Sheik, the famous dive resort in the Red Sea. The Gulf Stream flows up through the Canary Islands helping to clean the water; this means the average visibility in this region is between 15-20m and can exceed 30m at times. The Gulf Stream also means the water temperature in the area stays above 18°C year round and reaches a positively tropical 25°C during the summer months; this makes Fuerteventura an ideal year round dive destination.


Because of our unique location, we get a huge variety of fish species in the region, both temperate and sub tropical fish as well as North Atlantic and Mediterranean species can be found here.


As we descend beneath the blue crystal clear waters, we are surrounded by a kaleidoscope of vivid blues, greens, reds, pinks and purples of the Wrasse, Damselfish and Parrotfish.



Flashes of silver can be seen all around us as the Breams and Mullets go about their daily feeding routines and the Jacks and Barracudas work together to corral the sardines into smaller and smaller balls, before picking them off one by one.

 

You may also find a friendly group of White Breams following closely behind you hoping for a free morsel to eat, become surrounded by clouds of Damselfish or find a group of Gully Jacks playing in your bubbles as you glide along. Flounders and Lizardfish are also common sights on the sandy bottoms, and can be seen camouflaged beneath the sand as they wait for a tasty fish to swim too close!




The endangered Angel Shark can also be frequently seen along the coasts; these have the flattened body resembling that of a ray and are harmless to divers. Growing up to 2m in length, these are a wonderful and rare sight for any diver.




Common Stingrays, Butterfly and Eagle rays are common and often we can see several on a single dive.
There is even evidence of Moho and Blue sharks around Fuerteventura, although they inhabit waters deeper than 100m, making these pelagic predators an unlikely sight on dives.


For ultimate adrenalin dive if you take a boat ride about a 1 mile off shore during the months of March and October it is likely you will spot the Hammerheads on their migrations to and from their breeding grounds.
If you are not fortunate enough to spot a Angel shark or one of the Butterfly, Eagle or Common stingrays that can be found inhabiting our shallow waters, you may have to search a little harder, but the diving in the Canaries will never be a disappointment.


Other common sightings include the highly inquisitive and intelligent Octopus and Cuttlefish, these can be seen sleeping in the volcanic crevices, swimming between rocks, or buried within the sand.


Sea hares are uncommon throughout the world but here they are very abundant, these are like large slugs and many can be seen in a very small area as they form mating aggregations.



Arrow crabs are also regularly spotted by divers, these are invaders from the Caribbean sea, having been brought over to the area in ship’s ballast tanks, and they have thrived in our waters.




The wildlife in our water is constantly evolving and you will never experience exactly the same dive twice. With warm clear shallow waters, no significant currents or rough seas, diving in Fuerteventura is a wonderful and enjoyable experience for the whole family. So why not come and dive……………… into the ABYSS !


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