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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If there's one thing you have to do in Gran Canaria, it's to get out on the water. The Afrikat morning cruise is one of the best options and a top excursion recommended by the Gran Canaria Info team.  The Afrikat catamaran was designed and built specifically for cruising the…
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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  • How To Choose A Legal Gran Canaria Airport Transfer
    How To Choose A Legal Gran Canaria Airport Transfer

    Gran Canaria's hotels have to be licensed and offer a quality level of service as well as having insurance and complying with fire regulations. The same goes for the boats that take people out to watch dolphins, the companies offering jeep safaris, and even the holiday let apartments. 

    However, not everybody in Gran Canaria follows the rules. For example, there is a significant industry running illegal and uninsured transfers between Gran Canaria airport and the island's resorts. These cars, driven by locals and foreign-residents, are just private vehicles and the drivers are unregulated and uninsured. They don't pay tax and there is no way to hold them responsible if something goes wrong. 

     At Gran Canaria Info we believe that all people and all companies offering services to tourists should legal and above board.

    So, how do you know that your airport transfer service is legal and registered with the Gran Canaria authorities?

     Using legal Gran Canaria airport transfers

    It is quite easy to know if your airport transfer service is operating in a legal way because all registered transfers have the following...

     A blue license plate: Taxis and other public service vehicles in Gran Canaria all have blue plates.

    A VTC sticker in the window: This stands for Vehículo de Transporte con Conductor, the official designation for licensed transfer drivers ans chauffeurs.

    An SP sticker on the car: This indicates that the car offer a Servicio Publico or public service and is therefore allowed to pick up and transfer members of the public. 

    Parked in the transport zone: Official airport transfer vehicles don't park in the public car park of the airport. Instead they have their own parking zone right by the arrivals gates at the airport (next to the taxis and package tour buses). Your transfer driver therefore should not have to pay a parking fee before leaving the aiport. 

    How to spot an unlicensed transfer service

    Unlicensed drivers get away with offerring their service because they claim that they are just members of the public picking up a friend. They are allowed to stand at arrivals with a sign (just like any member of the public can).

    However, they also have to park their car in the public car park and will walk you there with your luggage, stopping to pay the parking fee at the meter. A licensed transfer driver does not need to do this because they have their own parking zone right by arrivals.

    Some unlicensed drivers don't even wait at the arrival gate because the official drivers recognise them and get annoyed. Instead they have to stand further away (often by the Spar supermarket or the car rental desks). 

    When an unlicensed driver drops you at the airport they will not want to be paid in a public area because this proves that they are charging rather than "transporting a friend" for free. 

    An unlicensed car will not have a blue license plate, or a SP or VTC sticker, and will often look like a private car (because it is a private car). 

    What's the problem with unlicensed airport transfers?

    Some people use unlicensed cars because they are the cheapest option and don't realise that they are unlicensed. 

    There are several problems with unlicensed services. The most obvious is that they are uninsured so if something goes wrong or there is an accident, you are not protected. The price that unlicensed drivers offer is only low because they cut corners (hopefully not literally). You have no way of even knowing if your unlicensed driver has a Spanish driving license, insurance and a good driving record. Licensed drivers are vetted regularly and must be fully insured and licensed to work.

    Another problem is that unlicensed transfers undermine the legitimate transfer drivers and businesses in Gran Canaria. Local drivers make a living from transfers and offer a legal, regulated service with minimum standards. Every time an unlicensed service undercuts them, it is effectively stealing from local people and the island economy.

    We believe that everybody in Gran Canaria deserves better!

    Gran Canaria Airport Transfer Services

    To find out more about the Gran Canaria airport transfer, see our Gran Canaria airport transfer article which explains the three different models; man/woman from pub with car, online transfer websites, and local transfer services.

    Or you can book a legitimate Gran Canaria airport transfer at a great price right here. Our service uses local drivers and supprts the island economy because all the money you spend stays in Gran Canaria.

    Alex Says: Using our service also helps the Gran Canaria Info team to keep providing quality local information here and in our Facebook Group

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