Puerto de Santiago Snorkeling
The 16th most popular snorkel dive spot in Canary Islands.
Friday 20 October 2017 06:58 GMT
On the west coast of Tenerife, the snorkeling at Puerto de Santiago is known for small, rocky protected coves to explore. It is located north of the village of Puerto de Santiago just offshore of Barcelo Santiago Hotel. The best time of day to snorkel is about an hour before low tide when the rock pools become exposed.
Overall, the snorkeling around Tenerife is good year-round and the water temperature is pretty consistent. You may want a thin neoprene shirt during winter months. During certain times of year, there may be opportunties to snorkel with either pilot whales or with butterfly rays in the waters of Tenerife, so make sure to check with the dive shops for more info. Also, the waters of Tenerife are frequented by five types of turtles including loggerhead turtles, green sea turtles, leatherback turtles, hawksbill turtles and olive ridley turtles.
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. 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 Tenerife snorkeling dive sites require snorkelers to have a diver-down flag marker. The waters around Tenerife are very popular with windsurfers and boaters, which has resulted in some snorkeler deaths over the past few years.
Overall, Puerto de Santiago is the 16th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 39 snorkeling dives in Canary Islands. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Puerto de Santiago including El Puertito de Armenime, Los Gigantes, Punta de Teno, San Telmo, Playa Abades and La Jaca.