Spotting Rays and Moray Eels
The Ray Garden dive site lies at about 14 metres depth off the El Cachazo peninsula in Playa Blanca. Here, on the large, flat, sandy area in front of the reef, you’ll find numerous stingrays, eagle rays, electric rays, and butterfly rays. With a little luck, you might even spot an angel shark with its large, flat fins. The red coral at the Waikiki dive site off Puerto del Carmen is home to many different species of moray eels and has a maximum diving depth of 40 metres. If you want to see moray eels, you can dive directly from the beach in Playa Blanca to the 16 metre deep Moray Reef. This reef is home to black, brown, and even tiger moray eels.
The Longest Reef: Las Coloradas
So you’d like to see barracudas – and plenty of them? Then the best dive location is the Coloradas reef, the longest off Playa Blanca. This narrow cliff formation lies parallel to the coast at a depth of 12-18 metres. You’ll see the young predatory fish in large schools – as well as their prey, the bream. When barracudas get older (and larger), they tend to hunt alone. The Coloradas reef has a long archway that you can dive through as well as a small cave that brings you to the top of the reef. Many marine animals can be seen there and around the reef, including angel sharks and stingrays.
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