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Dive Review of Aqua Marina Dive Centre/Playa de las Americas, Tenerife in
Spain/Tenerife, Canary Islands

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by David Schwab, AE, USA
Report Number 1669
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
United Kingdom, Norway, Thailand, Red Sea, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Florida,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
18   to 19    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Diving with a guide; reasonable depth limits enforced  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Divers looking for beautiful corals and lots of tropical fish will be
disappointed; they should book a trip to the Red Sea.  Tenerife and its
sister islands are the result of volcanic activity; except for the
critters, diving here will remind you more of diving the quarry or lake
back home.  Lots . . . lots of moray eels, sting rays and eagle rays. 
Baracuda, angel sharks, scorpion fish, and octopi are also in residence
here.  It takes some looking in the right places to find some of these, but
persistent divers with a good torch will be rewarded.  Most dives are from
a RIB; a couple of shore dives are a real challenge because of rocks and
tides.  Dives between 5 - 45 metres.  British owned/operated Aqua Marina
Dive Centre ( is close to the beach . . . just a short
walk with equipment to load the RIB to sites nearby.  Multi-lingual dive
staff is first class: friendly, knowledgeable, professional and willing to
ensure the customer has an enjoyable dive holiday.  Good place for
beginners: while I dived, my companion took the PADI OW and AOW courses and
is now an excitied, certified diver.  Rental kit is in good shape; plenty
available.  I would go again and dive with Andy and Neil anytime.  Tenerife
is surprisingly clean and colourful.  Food is good.  Rent a car and take
time to drive up to the volcano (although warm on the shore, it's cold on
the mountain!).  Condos readily available and local markets remain open
late.  Book early.
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