On the southeast coast of Gran Canaria near Vecindario, the snorkeling off Playa Arinaga is ideal for families or on high surf days that close other spots. The waters off Arinaga are proposed to be part of the Arinaga Marine Reserve. One of the better spots is Zoco Negro which is protected by a sea wall. Many local snorkelers prefer the Playa Risco or the El Carbron snorkel spots, but come here when the wind and surf are too high. While snorkeling Arinaga beach, you may encounter damselfish, parrotfish, wrasse, stingrays and angel sharks.
Since the Canary Islands are actually part of Spain, the best way to fly to the islands is through an airport in Spain. There are flights to all of the main Canary Islands directly from one Spanish airport or another. Of course, Madrid offers the best connections.mThe Aeropuerto de Gran Canaria (LPA) is located southeast of Telde on the east coast of Gran Canaria. Presently, there are not direct flights from the USA to the Canary Islands. Once in the Canary Islands, the best way to go between islands is still by inter-island flights. There are some boat services that do go between the islands as well.
TIP: For your safety, most of the Canary Island snorkeling dive sites require snorkelers to have a diver-down flag marker. The waters around the islands are very popular with windsurfers and boaters, which has resulted in some snorkeler deaths over the past few years.
Overall, Playa Arinaga is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 39 snorkeling dives in Canary Islands.