We will pick you up at 8:45am to take you to the Isabel Family Hotel where One Two Dive is based. While you have a coffee you will have time to fill out all the paperwork that is needed. Once everyone is done with the paper work, we will explain the two first dives of your safari holiday. These dive sites will be in the south of the island. We will go diving in Abades and Montaña Amarilla.
Abades is approximately 35 mins away by road from One Two Dive. The dive site with a maximum depth of 10m is reached from the shore and is located inside a protected marine park. It’s also one of the best spots for snorkeling with a shallow reef and mostly excellent visibility and thousands of fish at about 6m. We can find moray eels, octopuses and stingrays on the sandy bottom at 10-12m. Its an excellent dive site to check your equipment and the amount of weights you will be using for the safari.
Montaña Amarilla is approximately 25 mins by road from One Two Dive. The dive site, aka Yellow Mountain is a shore dive into a protected marine park with nice variations in the landscape. The dive site has a maximum depth of 18m. In the rocky area we can find cracks with octopuses and moray eels. In the sandy parts we can find cuttlefish, garden eels and stingrays. Around the rocks we find overhangs and swim throughs.
6:00am : Pick up at the reception of your hotel and we will drive to the north east of the island.
6:50am : Arrival at El Molino to watch the sun rise behind Teide while having a small pick-nick.
7:30am : After the sunrise we will drive to the Apart Hotel (Estrella del Norte) where we will stay for the first night and we’ll drop our luggage.
8:30am : Our captain and guide, Cesar will be waiting for us in his Zodiac with the tanks in the port of Garachico for our first dive into “The Tunnel”, a volcanic tunnel created by the colossal heat of a mighty volcano eruption (Approx time of the formation of the tunnel was 2000 years ago).
The Tunnel starts on a plateau at a depth of 18m. After a few minutes we arrive to the drop off that reaches 30m, where on our left side, we will see the entrance to the tunnel which is 12 to 15m wide. The diving part of the tunnel is about 100m long, slowly narrowing with the volcanos typical hexagonal patterns on the walls and a chimney exit bringing you to a plateau at 18m of depth. Don’t get sucked!!!
After this dive, we have time for a break and some food in one of the local tavernas of Garachico, the oldest port of Tenerife (Christopher Columbus times).
11:30am : Time to gear up for our second dive into “The Cave”, one of the most unique dive sites in Garachico where we will drop to 25m to find a garden of yellow and red gorgonians, the only ones at this depth at Tenerife. After a few minutes into the dive we will get to the cave where we can see plenty of macro life and also have a good chance to see mobulas and hammerheads.
After our dives, we will bring you back to the hotel so you can freshen up.
Then we have the option of taking you to a winery to do a wine tasting of some of the local wines of Tenerife, go to the centre of Icod de los Vinos to see the legendary Drago and the local culture of this part of the north of Tenerife.
8:20am : We pick you up after having breakfast to go to the port for our first dive in the morning. It depends on the weather conditions, surge and visibility what dive site we will choose. Options could be for example : Punta Teno and Strella.
After this dive, we have time for a break and some food in one of the local tavernas of Garachico.
11:30am : Time to gear up for our second dive, as mentioned before the dive site will also be chosen depending on the weather conditions. The most important thing for us is that you get the best experience.
Once we are back to the hotel, we will have the option of going to a different winery or just go and visit the town of Garachico.
8:00am : We drive to Puerto de la Cruz to drop our luggage at Hotel DC Xibana.
9:00am : Our captain and dive guide Raffa will be waiting for us in the old port of Puerto de la Cruz, the second oldest port of Tenerife where centuries ago the Spanish Armada took it’s last provisions before sailing to America. Raffa will bring us to “The Cathedral” one of the most spectacular dive sites of the north. “The Cathedral” is one of the best diving experiences. Here you will find cracked rocks with canyons, swim throughs, caves and all the marine life that searches for shelter or food. The top of the rocks are at 21m and the sandy bottom is located at 45m deep. “The Cathedral” is a cave with several entrances and exits as well as a nice chimney. Its a very exciting dive which provides wonderful scenery. We can find moray eels and sharks here.
In between our first and second dive of the day, you will have time to eat and drink something.
12:00pm : Raffa will bring us to La Rapadura, Limon 1, Limon 2 or Cueva de la Matanza. All depends on what the weather is like. The maximum depth is 40m. You can find moray eels here.
This is one of the few dive sites in Tenerife that has frequent shark sightings.
Once we have finished the dives, we have all afternoon to enjoy Puerto de la Cruz.
On this day we have the option of 2 more dives or do some Para Sailing.
For the Para Sailing :
If you want to fly without wanting to do the full course of paragliding, we offer the possibility of doing so through ”two-seater” mode. This allows you to fly with the instructor for a period of a minimum of 40 minutes, enjoying the free flight. The price depends on the month and if you are interested in doing this, you need to let us know in advance so we can book it for you.
For the divers :
9:00am : Our captain Raffa, will be waiting for us in the harbour to bring us to “La Rapadura” or “The Pillars”. This dive site offers a very special underwater scenery with it’s massive hexagonal pillars, created by volcanic activity thousands of years ago when Tenerife raised from the bottom of the ocean.
12:00pm : Raffa will bring us to Limon 2. Limon 1 and Limon 2 are two massive rocks overgrown with yellow anemones.
After the diving or Para Sailing, you will have the rest of the day to visit the historical city of Puerto de la Cruz.
9:00am : We will drive back in direction to the south. Along the road, we will make two dives in Tabaiba or Radazul.
Tabaiba is the name of the village but everyone knows the fishing vessel as “Tabaiba” which was sunk here in 2003. It’s complete and in excellent condition and perfect for the wreck diving specialty course. You can enter into the engine room, crew chambers and steering cabin. The maximum depth is 30m. You will find a lot of exciting marine life at this dive site which includes barracudas, moray eels, nudibranchs, octopuses and rays.
Radazul Cruz is a spectacular dive site reachable directly from the shore. The entry point is perfect as it’s just a 2 min walk to the few stairs that lead all the way to the entrance of the dive site.
Once we descend, we will follow an amazing wall on our left that drops to 14m. Here we usually see moray eels, nudibranchs (flabelinas and peregrinas) and groupers. After 20 mins we reach the corner of the wall and follow the sandy bottom to a depth of 30m where we will find a memorial for a diver that had an accident. We will also see the cross of which the dive site inherits its name, Radazul Cruz.
After we drive you back to the South to rest and have one day off at the South.
The next day we bring you to the airport.