On the north coast of Gran Canaria near La Palma de Gran Canaria, the snorkeling at Playa Las Cateras is popular for its plentiful marine life. Within the protective reef, you’ll encounter parrotfish, wrasse, trumpetfish, damselfish, scorpionfish, moray eels, snake eels, barracuda, cuttlefish and octopus. Since it’s a long beach, the best snorkeling can be found at the Playa Chica Inlet offshore of the Hotel Gran Canaria at low tide where the water is under 2m deep. While snorkeling on the north coast of Gran Canaria, keep in mind that the current and waves tend to be stronger so exercise caution. There is a protective barrier reef offshore of Playa de las Cateras to protect from the surf at low tide, but keep in mind to not go outside the reef since there is a strong current.
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. The 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 De Las Cateras is the 14th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 39 snorkeling dives in Canary Islands.