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Diving La Graciosa Canary Islands

DIVING AT LA GRACIOSA, EL CHINIJO

The practice of sport diving in La Graciosa and El Chinijo islands

Diving in the bottom of the shallow waters at depths of virtually untouched while diving in La Graciosa is possible to admire the most biodiversity of the Canarian archipelago that lies here. The marine park of El Chinijo and La Graciosa (National Park Islotes del Norte), you can probably define Europe’s largest marine reserve with 70.000ha extension , a strange thing and interesting (which is why it seems important to offer this article), is that despite everything, everything is still too widely known to most people, including the public interested in diving.

From La Graciosa towards the Heavens Alegranza and Montaña Clara

This large, well-protected marine park and protected from external aggressions, includes the entire archipelago of El Chinijo, that with the exception of La Graciosa, all of them are uninhabited islands:

  1. Alegranza
  2. Montaña Clara
  3. Los Roques of ‘ East
  4. Los Roques of ‘ West

perhaps because of this, this area has been preserved in an intact, as a marine paradise, it is also not far from marginal note the great value recognized by the local authorities to the importance of these sites, through the implementation of a large number restrictions established to protect this area with respect to a aggressive practice of diving.

Holiday in Canary islands in the middle of the nature of La Graciosa and El Chinijo, between diving and pureness

Holiday in Canary islands in the middle of the nature of La Graciosa and El Chinijo, between diving and pureness

Marine Park Chinijo: an incredible wildlife

The protected area of the marine park and the Chinijo The Gragiosa, are one of the most interesting natural sites in total in the Canary Islands, and not only for the role that the islands play at the zone of refuge, rest and nesting number of birds, but because in its waters you can meet up to about 230 different species of fish .

Throughout the archipelago, there is no reality at the same level and are most common and dentones, bocinegros, pejeperros, meros, abades and viejas. Most rare but can be found during the dives are romero capitán, the black raven, the Robalo or lubina and zapata sama.

The most important marine flora of the Canary Islands

There are also other important aspects that highlight the importance of this natural and certainly the first is the fact that within the marine reserve is more than 50% tdi uit marine flora existing in Canarian waters allowing you to come across with a varieties such as to represent the highest index of diversity of species of macro seaweed for a total of 304 distinct species.

Many areas within the marine reserve declared that since 1995 are permanently protected and it is therefore prohibited to dive, in the waters outside the reserve and around the North Alegranza may be allowed to practice this sport, but only after appropriate authorization issued by the office of Las Palmas Area of Agriculture and Fisheries, Office of the direct dependence of the ministry. In this area there is a maximum of three boats daily, while inside the reserve is allowed to dive esolamente near precise and well defined points allowed.

Canary diving and historical notes

Besides the aspects of environmental protection and the value of this area, much appreciated by those who are engaged or wish to practice diving Canary , the charm of these places in the imagination of divers, also comes from a close link with history and with so many legends disseminated over the centuries.

In fact, historically the Canary Islands have always been a vital crossroads with respect to multiple movements on the water and this is true both for the discovery of America, that as regards the European penetration on the west coast of Africa.

As early as the sixteenth century, ship traffic in place meant that a large number of boats plowed these waters with special loads and precious objects, made this the basis for the permanent stationing of pirate ships hidden among the islands, waiting to do ambush passing boats.

Pirates de la Graciosa

In the particular case of the then ‘ archipelago Chinijo , its location in the north of the Canary Islands and the proximity from the coast of Africa, in addition to being uninhabited islands even during the course of the centuries, meant that they constituted the ideal haven for pirates and slave traders plying the waters of the ocean, among the favorite places for ambushes definitely the El Rio Canal located between Lanzarote and La Graciosa, just in front of the town of Caleta de Sebo .

Over time, however, that the crown intervened by sending their vessels to defend ships and hunting pirates, be noted that in this area, the continued presence of ships, did accumulate a large number of anchors, of various ages, shapes and sizes, some of which are visible during the dive known as “Veril of Ancla”.
Holiday dream treasure hunting …

Interestingly, this aura of legend that has arisen around the island of La Graciosa, said to be the main element from which he drew inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson wrote his famous book “Treasure Island”.

El Chinijo and La Graciosa, together with the other islands as Alegranza and Montaña Clara, are an object of desire for many sea lovers who come to spend their holidays in the Canary Islands , however the integrity of these small hidden corners is also an opportunity for all those who are looking for authentic holiday experiences, unique and unrepeatable.

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