Cala Fria, La Manga:
Located just south of the lighthouse, the sloping bottom of this sandy bay features several beds of sea grass, which shelter small fish and crustaceans.
Look for damselfish, long-snouted wrasse, rainbow wrasse, painted comber, red mullet (goatfish), cow bream, two-banded bream and white bream.
Cala Correo, La Manga:
Enter the water from a small gravel beach at the foot of a staircase cut into a low cliff. The bay itself is large and is sheltered by a line of large
rocks that stand clear of the water. Look for octopus, cardinal fish, damselfish, green wrasse, tube worms, sea cucumber, and brill, in addition to the
sponges and sea urchins. A bed of sea grass at the mouth of the bay hosts barracuda, moray eels, and dentex (large bream).
Cala Reona, La Manga:
This bay alternates between sandy patches and rocky reef covered with sea grass. Follow a gently sloping canyon out to a sandy plain at the mouth of the
bay, watching for white bream, two banded bream, cow bream, red mullet, rainbow wrasse, long-snouted wrasse and damselfish.
This location offers multiple dives, including reefs, walls, caves, and wrecks. Look for barracuda, octopus, moray eels, jacks, grouper, wrasse, goatfish,
cardinal fish, damsel fish, blennies, gobies, starfish, sea urchins, sponges, and hard and soft corals.
El Cabrón Marine Reserve, Canary Islands:
In addition to the prolific marine life, this site is renowned for its underwater topography of natural arches, caves, tunnels, swim-throughs, and cliffs.
Look for huge shoals of roncadores (grunts), damselfish, sardines, barracuda, bream, wrasse, and parrotfish, as well as rays, seahorse, glass-eye
squirrelfish and gorgonians.
Arguineguin Reef, Canary Islands:
This long reef features a rock garden with crevices sheltering octopus, cuttlefish, trumpetfish, glass-eye squirrelfish, cardinalfish, scorpionfish, moray
eels, brittle stars, sea urchins and nudibranchs.
Sardina del Norte, Canary Islands:
This rocky shore hosts sea urchins, wrasse, damselfish, mullet, octopus, cuttlefish, small rays and angel sharks. In autumn small mobula rays feed here
beside the small caves and overhangs.
Playa Amadores Bay, Canary Islands:
This unique site is largely man-made, with a beach built from imported Saharan sand and a man-made barrier of natural rock to keep the beach from washing
away. Marine life has moved in, so divers may see arrowhead crabs, razorfish, gold-line bream, parrotfish, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, urchins,
lizardfish, and (outside the barrier) hundreds of sardines forming bait balls.
Cathedral, Canary Islands:
This rocky ridge offers an immense cavern and a dramatic landscape of volcanic formations that host parrotfish, rainbow wrasse, Turkish wrasse, moray eels,
glass-eye squirrelfish, arrow crabs, white bream, almaco jacks, guelly jacks, wide-eyed flounders, stingrays, and a colony of red sea ferns.
Mar de las Calmas, Canary Islands:
Sites at this location include Baja Ribera (a steep needle of rock housing dragonhead scorpionfish, moray eels, and lobsters), Bajon (a vertical drop-off
where strong oceanic currents bring pelagic visitors), and Caleta (a ridge full of caves, crevices, and large arch).