Spain is a wide country with many islands, that is why it’s difficult to make an overall judgment. We will strive to review the largest Spanish diving areas.
From Catalonia to the Valencian community without forgetting the Balearic Islands, you have a wide range of what the Mediterranean can offer. Pinnacles submarines, historic shipwrecks, magnificent caves and steep drop offs. Further south, the Strait of Gibraltar and Andalusia has many marine parks and reserves such as Cabo de Gata. Finally Canaries are one of the most popular destinations for divers including Lanzarote and Tenerife where it is not uncommon to cross many pelagic.
Best time to go diving in Spain?
The months of September and October are considered the best time to dive in Spain. First the temperature of the water and air are still nice and most tourists have disappeared. However if you do not have a choice in your vacation dates be aware that July and August are still very pleasant time for diving.
Scuba Diving Conditions
Visibility: Good to excellent in the Mediterranean, visibility is reduced on the dive sites located on The Atlantic Ocean.
Current: Little or no current to Mediterranean areas like Catalonia or the Balearic Islands, but divers traveling to the Canary Islands might encounter some mild to strong current, better ask your dive centre.
Difficulty: Spain has hundreds of dive sites, most of the places are perfect for beginners, but you can imagine that all levels can find their happiness.
The water temperature varies by region. In the Mediterranean, the water ranges from 15° in winter to 27 ° in summer. On the Atlantic coast, the water is slightly cooler in winter with 12 ° to 23 ° in summer.
What to see underwater?
Many fish species can be found in the Spanish waters. The most famous is the moonfish also called mola mola, you will encounter as well eagle rays and angel sharks which are the pride of the Canary Islands. In the Mediterranean, divers will be sensitive to the specific relief funds and the deep blue water. The numerous droopy and shoal are covered with gorgonians and corals of all colourful. The majestic and deep caves will probably charmed even the most experienced divers. During the dives, there are often large solitary groupers, brown meagre, schools of barracuda, bream, moray eels, octopus and many varieties of nudibranchs. In a word diving in Spain will delight everyone.