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Water Sports

Water Sports

From jet skiers to stand-up-paddlers, Gran Canaria is paradise for salt water freaks of all types. The east coast roars during the summer and you can't move for wind and kite surfers while the North Shore holds some of Europe's top waves. The sheltered south is perfect for stand-up paddle and there's great wreck and reef dives all around the coast. 

If you want to learn to surf or perfect your kiteloop, then this is your island. Of course, if you'd rather just rent a pedalo or a kayak and fool about by the beach you can do that too.

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Wind Surfing

Wind Surfing

On the right day you can windsurf anywhere off Gran Canaria but for consistent wind and waves the East Coast, and especially Pozo Izquierdo, rules supreme. 

Pozo has everything a windsurfer needs: Cheap digs, food close to the water, repair shops andn a selection of peaks and breaks for all ability levels.

While it's windy all-year-round, Pozo really gets going in the summer months.  

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Surfing

Surfing

Gran Canaria's surf action is focused along the north coast becuse the predominant swell comes from the north and the waves are the most reliable. However, it dosn't take much of an swing to the east for the east coast to go off and with a south swell the legendary Arguineguin break pops up. The west is so inaccessible that nobody surfs it. 

Here's our guide to Gran Canaria's best surf breaks for goms and seasoned surfers. 

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Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Clear, warm water, lava caves and plenty of fish make Gran Canaria one of Europe's top diving destinations. Every beach in the south has a dive school for beginners and advanced divers have superb options on the east coast and in the north.

The island's top spots include

El Cabron on the east coast: A marine reserve stuffed with fish including large grouper.

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Fishing

Fishing

Gran Canaria big game boats hold several billfish, tuna and shark records and big fish are caught and released every year. Most dock in Puerto Rico's marinas but there are boats at Pasito Blanco and Mogan. 

Blue and white marlin, sharks, wahoo, baracuda, amberjacks and various tuna species are the main catches depending on the season. 

Some big game boats go after bottom fish if the pelagics aren't around. Bream, grouper, amberjacks, rays, sharks and the odd pufferfish are common catches.

Shore fishing in Gran Canaria is still challenging unless you go after bass and sierra off the north coast. The south is largely sand and was heavily overfished. Baracuda, jacks, parrotfish, bream and combers are the main fish and there is good sport in targetting the big grey mullet. You can't fish inside any of the harbours.

Gran Canaria's reservoirs hold some of Europe's largest mirror and common carp along with black bass, and the odd escaped tropical catfish. For carp fishing in Gran Canaria we recommend the man who brought the sport to the island. 

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We've counted over 60 species of fish during a single snorkel in Gran Canaria so here's a useful guide to the most common and interesting fish species that you are likely to see when you take the plunge.
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