Los Cristianos Diving

On the south coast of Tenerife, volcanic origins have led to the formation of the incredible underwater caves, arches, and rocky reefs that can be found while diving in Los Cristianos. Divers can expect to witness turtles, rays, and if they're lucky, even whales.


Diving in Los Cristianos

Once a small fishing village, today Los Cristianos is one of the main tourist areas in the south of Tenerife. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, Tenerife is the Canary Islands largest island with clear water abundant with marine life from whales to seahorses. Scuba diving in Los Cristianos will find divers descending onto impressive wrecks, rocky reefs and statues in tribute to the world’s most famous ocean explorer, Jacques Cousteau.

There are several dive centres in Los Cristianos which will assist you at both shore and boat entry dive sites. There are no dive resorts located directly in Los Cristianos.

Best time to dive

Los Cristianos and Tenerife are located close to the equator, giving the area a warm and dry climate throughout the year. In winter, the water temperature averages around 18ā„ƒ while in summer 24ā„ƒ is the expected temperature. Los Cristianos diving is best between April and October when the water temperature is at its most comfortable.

Types of diving

Accessed straight from the shore, Las Vistas Beach is the ideal location for a first dive experience as well as the training dives of dive courses. At a maximum depth of 20-metres, The Condesito wreck is suitable for beginner divers while The Meridian, sitting 30-metres deep, is reserved for the more experienced diver. The seabed of Tenerife is mainly formed by volcanic rocks eroded into the shape of caves and arches found at sites such as El Bufadero and Yellow Mountain.

What to see

Around one-third of all whale and dolphin species either reside in or pass-through Canarian waters. There are 4 resident species, the pilot whale, risso dolphin, sperm whale, and bottlenose dolphin as well as 24 migratory species that are possible to spot. In the darkness provided by caves, divers will observe moray eels while shallow stony reefs make the ideal habitat for groups of green turtles. Macro-enthusiasts will delight in finding the elusive harlequin crab and seahorse.

Best places to dive

The Meridian is a 42-metre long sunken ship, with cabins and interior spaces that can be entered with ease. Curious dolphins often visit the site, intrigued by the bubbles.

El Caracol is home to a smaller wreck as well as several impressive rock formations. 15-25 metres deep, it is an easy dive where moray eel, barracudas, rays and turtle can be encountered.

The Yellow Mountain dive site features an underwater landscape of rocky reefs and a large ledge cut with arches and caves. The incredible scenery can be enjoyed by divers of all levels.