The wreck of the small ‘Plasencia’ freighter in southeast Gran Canaria is a star dive amongst advanced wreck divers looking to explore beyond the island’s easily accessible wrecks. Its depth, 35 metres below the surface, and strong currents in the area make planning essential for a successful descent to view the marine life of the ‘Plasencia’. Nitrox reduces decompression times and allows for a better exploration of the wreck.
A spectacular school of grunts
The 28 metre ‘Plasencia’ ran aground in 1962 and after a failed tow, sank three nautical miles from Juan Grande in east Gran Canaria. Dive clubs don’t arrange regular trips to the ‘Plasencia’ but will dive it on request. It’s big draw is the marine life surrounding the wreck - a huge school of grunts that surrounds both wreck and diver with yellow and silver.