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For those who want dive in Fuerteventura need to know the water ranging between 17 ° C and   23 ° C, January and February are the coldest months. August and September are the warmest. Fuerteventura is one of the Canarias Islands and it is located between Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. The island is the largest of the Canary Islands. The island offers several points of exceptional dive, interesting wrecks and diving for all levels. Divers can expect to see amazing marine life including angel sharks, barracudas, moray eels, eagle rays and tuna.

Most popular diving spots

Some of the most popular diving site is in El Portal, El Saltadero, Barranco, and Las Anclas. The island can be divided in two zones: Maxorata, which is the biggest area where live the majority of species, and the Jandia Peninsula, which is a dry sandy area. Fuerteventura doesn’t have fishing industry and in the past the island was maintained by agriculture livestock. The agricultural area lies in the Betancuria land. Fuerteventura Island has a lot of port activity in the ports of Rosario, Tarajal, Corralejo and Morro Jable. Today the tourism is a very important economical factor. Fuerteventura has 152 beaches where the visitors can enjoy the sun, water sports and diving.

Tourist information about Fuerteventura

The island has several major hotels with attractive features. Towards the Sotavento, the streams are intense and most of months of the year run from the northeast to the southwest, parallel to the flanks of the island way. The marine fauna in Fuerteventura are found in the principal coasts as the Canarias Islands. It is because in the coasts are mixed sea waters with continental deposition.

The nutrients are very profuse in the coasts, because the water mixes with the stool land of continental origin carried by surface runoff from coastal platforms. For this reason the “canary-saharino” bank is one of the richest in the world. The phytoplankton production is 300 milligrams per day calorie. The zooplankton production is 39 milligrams of calories per day. Most of this underwater component occurs in areas of calm water.

The underwater seabeds are flatter and contain more sediment in the eastern islands. However, in the western islands are more rugged and rocky. The funds less than 50 meters deep have fewer marine type developments. With respect to the Barlovento area we can say that it is colder and it is richer in plankton, so divers can find a splendid amount and variety of marine species. Bream are plentiful, such as bream, the gallant, the rowers, the bream, samas, sea bream, dace and among many others.

Fishes in Fuerteventura

At the same time the tuna are plentiful (and other similar to these species), such as yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, mackerel, saws and ubiquitous. The lucky divers can see pelagic as spectacular flying fish, the most beautiful and majestic swordfish, the needles, the golden, sardines and mackerel.  Regarding the crabs, we can see that large numbers of crabs (quite prized in Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine in general), santorras and others.

Other types of crabs are white and red. In addition, the Canary lobsters, shrimps and barnacles (commonly known as “goat legs”), adorn these gorgeous water. But this is not the end, there is more, we can see the spectacular panorama is enriched further by shellfish.  Mollusks inhabit these waters of Fuerteventura are the barnacles, the murex, the burgaos and mussels which are quite used in Mediterranean cuisine in general. As if all this were not enough, divers may find many cephalopods, such as the always attractive squid, octopuses, squid and cuttlefish.

For those who want dive offshore will be marvel at loggerhead with the mask turtle and the leatherback turtle. These wonderful species admired worldwide, usually nest on some of the beaches of Fuerteventura. When the eggs hatch, the show is truly exquisite, because you can see the small creatures heading towards the water, without any type of orientation from “higher.”  Divers, tourists and swimmers from the entire world are always waiting to see the always beautiful marine mammals. Fuerteventura is the favorite place to do this.

Dolphins, the not very common ruasos, some whales and the precious and showy monk seals are mammals of tourists and divers can enjoy in this Spanish town. As we have seen, the Spanish island of Fuerteventura is a real “jewel” worthy of being visited by beginner and expert divers from around the world. The great quantity of marine species is truly dazzling. Most of these species are near to the coasts of this island, and in offshore will be possible to see some of the most admired and huge marine animals worldwide. Fishing is controlled compared with the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. With respect to weather conditions of this beautiful island are well lenient during most of the year. The weather is other reason for Fuerteventura to become the most attractive destination for diving in all Europe.

Marine life in Fuerteventura

The water temperature in Fuerteventura ranges from 18 to 23 degree, perfect temperature to dive with a 5mm wetsuit or semi wetsuit. The visibility is usually good, can be even up to 50 meters.

Dive sites in Fuerteventura are suitable for all divers, presenting various species and seabed. You can find sandy area, rocky bottom, vertical walls, sunken ships...

As wildlife, we can name a few: sunfish, turtle, angel shark, large grouper, ray and many others hidden among the rocks.

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