The Best Spots For Snorkeling in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is a beautiful island located off the northwest coast of Africa, and it’s a great place to go snorkeling. The waters around Gran Canaria are home to a diverse array of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and dolphins. There are many snorkeling spots to choose from, ranging from shallow lagoons to deep offshore reefs. No matter where you go, you’re sure to have an incredible time exploring the underwater world of Gran Canaria. So why wait? Check the recommendations for spots to go snorkeling in Gran Canaria below and swim with cuttlefish, trumpetfish, parrotfish, striped mullet, barracudas, angel sharks and even rays!

It’s always important to check the tide schedule, for the best snorkeling experience. For Playa Chica, low tide is perfect! You can also book snorkeling tours via Salitre Sport.

Share your own recommendations for snorkeling spots in the comments below!

Please note that these are answers and recommendations from community members and their personal experiences. Answers can be slightly edited for clarity.

What’s the best place to go snorkeling in Gran Canaria?

Besides Cabrón, that is more for diving than snorkel, I can recommend you also in Arinaga, the beach of Risco Verde and Muelle Viejo!
Ramsés | 12-08-2023

Tufia is a great spot for snorkeling and freediving.
Andrea | 04-03-2023

You can do snorkel at Playa Chica (Las Canteras, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) when there is low tide.
Diana | 16-12-2022

Playa Chica, the small beach in front of Ale Hop (Las Canteras, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria).
Nelleke | 25-11-2022

Puerto de Mogán, Playa de Tufia and Playa de Amadores are good places for snorkeling.
Carlos | 23-11-2022

Playa de Tufia is a great place, you could see lots of life underwater. There are lots of scuba divers as well. It is a small fisherman village with almost always calm bay.
Alena | 16-11-2022

Go to snorkel to Punta Cabo Verde (in the north, near Moya) or Playa del Cabrón (near Arinage). I really like Playa de Tufia too.
Noel | 27-09-2022

When you snorkel at Playa Chica, you realize that you are basically surrounded by fish all the time. There is also the occasional sea cucumbers and sea urchins and in my year that I’ve been here I managed also to see a small ray once. To be more precies: Playa Chica is the small beach in front of/along Telepizza – MoMa Club – LlaoLlao Frozen Yoghurts – Taberna Chica.
Timo | 11-08-2022

Playa del Cabrón is one of the best spots for snorkeling or diving.
Noel | 22-06-2022

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