Hi Chris & Sarah, I was looking for a warm water dive destination that didn't involve having to troop across the M4 & M25 for 3 hours from South Wales to Gatwick and fell upon the idea of Tenerife. I did not expect lots, as heck, it's in the Atlantic isn't it. But I was amazed at the variety of diving and the superb service and convenience of the diving with Tenerifescuba. The water was 24C in places in early October, and viz a stunning 30m, Volcanic topography epic. After day 1, Sarah told me that they would arrange for the diving to get better on each day of my 4 days with them. After day 2, I asked her how that could be possible as it was an epic day. A 25m dive to a great condition wreck (the Meridian) in a challenging current, where the holds and the bridge could explored and dials observed and even the mast was intact. Then, after a relaxed lunch, the Ray feeding dive, where a 6 foot diameter Atlantic Ray joined in the fun with the Common Rays and the Fish Soup that surrounded us. Sarah did admit that later that day that was probably as good as it can get ! For the last dive we repeated the Ray dive, and we were joined by an inquisitive Turtle just to round the trip off.
Without a doubt go to Tenerife. We have just come back from a weeks diving out there and it was one of the best trips I have ever been on (Full trip report to follow as soon as time allows) Check out www.Tenerifescuba.com who can organise all your accomadation for you at a very good rate. It really would be a first class holiday - we are going again next year!
Question- Thinking about taking the misses and our two kiddies (6 and 4) to Tenerife in Feb. 1) What's the diving like? 2) What's the place like for a family holiday. Ideally I prefer to find a nice beach where the kids can dig holes, snorkel and prod crabs in rock pools and I can eventually slip off for an hour or two under the briney. Does this sound like Tenerife?
Answer- You won't find that many "nice" beaches, being volcanic the beaches are mostly black sand. There are "proper" beaches at Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos, but Playa is a bit of a dump, given the sort of club reps style nightclub culture, although there authorities are apparently doing their best to curb this. Los Christianos is also a bit of dump, but less so than Playa.
The diving is not at all bad, good visibility, water temp about 19 at that time of year. Lots of morays/ millions of sea urchins, rays and other stuff. At that time of year you may see Angel sharks.
I have dived with 3 different centres, all of whom have been OK.
The last one was Tenerife Scuba who have an excellent website, and are a very nice bunch, its run by 3 English people, Chris, his wife Sarah and friend Mark.
Just wanted to say a big thank you to Sarah, Chris and Mark at Tenerife Scuba for a great two weeks holiday. Both my fiancee and I found them to be highly organised, helpful, knowledgeable safety concious and all-round good fun. Their dive briefings are spot on and what they say you will see, generally appears almost on queue - Sarah thanks for ordering the large pod of dolphins!! The Centre can organise your accomodation, collect you from the airport and your accomodation for the days diving, retu ing you at the end, has a equipment to hire; and plans the Dives to suit those onboard. The Boat is always manned when Divers are in the Water and Dives are escorted. First Aid and O2 on board with a trapeaze underneath for those wishing to hang around"" and ""soak up"" the atmosphere! Anybody who is interested in visiting Tenerife for a laid back time
We are now back in Cool Britania , and yes it is a lot cooler! Haven't yet unpacked - it's a job for tomorrow but couldn't wait to put a few images on the computer screen and send on a selection to you dive enthusiasts! It was great to meet you all, your company and the diving made it a memorable holiday for us. I'll be doing a little write-up for our Club members extolling the virtues of Tenerife and it's diving. The week produced a couple of 'firsts' for me , sightings of an Angel Shark and Pilot Whales . It was a long time since our previous visit to Tenerife , we're hoping it won't be any where near so long before the next! Keep in touch, Chris
Dear Sarah, Chris & Mark, Well we are back in a cold wet UK with our tans and great memories. Thank you all for making such a great week of diving and things for Christian and me. I don't recall ever having a better week of relaxed and enjoyable diving and there is much to recall over a pint or two down the pub with our other club members. My plan is to put together a trip for early next year if possible, but before hand I will put you in contact with anyone who may be interested in a visit this year.
Dear Sarah, Chris and Mark, Just wanted to say thanks again for a really enjoyable weeks diving and entertainment. We couldn?t have hoped for a more helpful and considerate dive centre to look after us for a week. You took us to some excellent sites and I never really expected to see so much marine life as we did. I for one will certainly be back, so on behalf of myself, Malcolm, Steve, Graham and Bob once again, thanks. Paul Cole. p.s. Sarah, The lamb in ?It?s the wolf? was very imaginatively called Lambsy
Was going to send an email last week to say thanks for everything but from the second I got back to work it didnt seem to stop. But thanks for everything, we had a great time, even though we were only there for a short time we felt relaxed and home from the start. You asked us at the start if there was anything we felt could be done better. Simon and I chatted about it and we genuinely felt that everything was perfect. I think one of things that the three of you managed best to do was make us feel part of the crowd. Rather than paying guests and that was really important to us. Do not change anything you have been doing. I have already been recommending you to anyone that will listen to me and hopefully next time we come out we will get a bit longer out there. I have to say that the rays in Neptunes Cave made the holiday for me. Incredible to know that the hardened pros (Tony) were impressed with it made it even better. It will take a long time to beat that for bestest dives! I am sure we will be out there again and we will definitely keep you informed as to where our travels (if they ever happen) will take us. Take care and good luck with what you are doing. Jo + Simon
yet the end of another week. I have truely intended to get in touch but meetings, exams etc have taken priority. I had a great time in tenerife, I,m still not sure about the island itself, it is so different from anything else: but the diving was great. I have already recommended your outfit to a colleague, he has been to Tenerife but never dived there. I would certainly consider a return trip myself, if only to convince my husband that the underwater scenery is better than the tropical zones, and would certainly choose Tenerife Scuba to provide the diving experience. I hope your girly week lived up to expectations. Thanks to you all: Chris for his care, consideration and expertise, I can honestly say that I did not have any anxieties even when I could not remember things the first time down; Mark for the exhilarating boat rides and humour, my lasting memory is of him removing his cap as he opened the throttle: and yourself for faultless organisation, great company and willingness to put youself out to make our stay so easy. I was really impressed with the accomodation and the whole trip was great value for money. Here's to the future. Libby
Hi all Just thought i'd say thanks for a fabulous holiday and for looking after me so well - I had a really good time & my return to reality has been a bit of a bump. (Wigan for 9.30 on monday am) Diving was marvellous - plenty of fish, and I've bored andrew rigid with my dvd already. And my barracuda photo has been installed as my desktop. (On that subject Sarah, can't find the song as yet but i'm still looking.) Have been looking at flights from doncaster, might be in touch for a weekend visit over the winter! Take care love Jane
Hi Chris, Thanks again for the loan of the camera. It's actually sunny today here but only 7 degrees when I went out this mo ing. We would all like to thank you, Sarah, and Mark again for a really great 12 days of diving holiday. The organisation was flawless. Not something that is easily achieved with the complexity of logistics you were faced with. We did a lot in a small period of time but never felt rushed and always relaxed. The attention to personal service, as ever, was superb. And the diving was fantastic. The only better dive holiday I've ever had in my more than 10 years of experience was in the Maldives before the El Nino and that's only marginally true and at a lot more than three times the cost! I would much rather have three of these any time and with only 4 hours in the plane it's a no brainer. Regards Ian (Tin Tin)
Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you both for a great weeks diving. Sam and myself had a really good time. As I said at the time I have put 'The Rays' dive along side the South African Shark dive as the best I have ever done. You'll be pleased to hear we got back in time for our presentation in the evening, although we managed to get Ben our 5 year old to play up so were out in an hour and a half, without spending a penny. I have put a note on divernet.co.uk. I wish you well over the summer, trying to workout how to visit for weeks diving next time. I hope the offer for dive master internship still stands as I think you have convinced Sam. Thanks again will be singing your praises on the internet. Richard and Sam.
Diving Tenerife-Just completed another excellent package with Sarah, Chris and crew. This time it was a long weekend spring break, flew in very early Friday, flew home Monday evening and still had time for 8 quality dives and 24 hours pre-flight off-gassing! (Not to mention the odd tapas and carafe of vino tinto!) Already plotting a similar December pre-Christmas replay! Many thanks for all your hard work making it all happen, Chris Tudor.
Sorry I've left it so long to reply - having such fun at work, I've hardly thought about holidays! Thanks for a brilliant week. Tenerife would not be my normal holiday destination and I don't think I had very high expectations, but your hospitality, the location, accomodation and, most important, the diving was fantastic. I won't forget my first dive to the steps in a hurry! All the little extras you provided - like loaning the camera, hiring the car and suggesting good places to eat made for a really enjoyable holiday - so thanks again. Regards to Mark and Chris.