Diving From Puerto de La Cruz With Mark Ellis

Fri, January 17th, 2014 - By Andrea Montgomery

The world beneath the waves is a magical and hypnotic place, captured on video and in photography by a few dedicated individuals who show us a landscape beyond our imagination. One of those individuals is Mark Ellis (below right) who, along with his brother-in-law Juan Raya (below left), set up the Ecosub Dive centre in Puerto de la Cruz. This New Year, we caught up with Mark to ask him how he got into diving and to find out what makes diving from Puerto de la Cruz such a special experience.

 

Mark Ellis, Ecosub

 

Married to a local Canarian girl, Mark has lived in Tenerife for 25 years and when he’s not slipping into a rubber suit, he spends his time in his building business specializing in property reform, fitted kitchens, bathrooms, plumbing & electricity.

But his all-consuming passions are Scuba diving & photography.

 

Diving, Tenerife

 

“I’ve been fascinated with scuba diving ever since reading Jacques Cousteau and Frederic Dumas’ The Silent World when I was about 12 years of age,” says Mark. “But I didn’t get the opportunity to actually learn to dive until I was in my mid 20’s in 1985 with the local branch of the British Sub Aqua Club, working my way up the ranks to Advanced diver.”

 

Diving, Tenerife

 

In 1989 Mark moved to Tenerife and got involved with the diving community in Puerto de la Cruz, eventually opening a dive club with Juan Raya. Under the PADI system, Mark and Juan worked hard on their training, eventually becoming staff instructors. But the fascination of the life they saw through the lens enticed them.

 

Diving, Tenerife

 

“After many happy years and hard work, we decided to step away from the dive club to dedicate more time to our passion of underwater videography for which we have taken part in many championships. We are currently winners of the Tenerife championship; runners up in the Spanish championship & runners up in the International championship held in El Hierro.”

When it comes to dive centres on Tenerife, Los Gigantes, Los Cristianos & Las Galletas are the places that most people will mention. But watching the mesmerizing video of the Rapadura, a red ‘cathedral’ of solidified lava sculpted by the elements and now ‘hidden’ beneath the ocean off the coast of El Sauzal, it’s easy to see why the waters around Puerto de la Cruz are such rich pickings for divers.

 

 

“Diving the north coast of Tenerife is breathtaking & dramatic,” says Mark. “Volcanic arches, tunnels, caves, clear water & an abundance of marine life. The most famous dive sites are The Baja de Los Realejos, The Cathedrals, The Rapadura, The Tunnel, Simple Reef & the wreck of the DC3 (below), all accessible from Puerto de la Cruz harbour.”

 

Wreck of DC3, Tenerife

 

We often talk about the parts of Tenerife that are less well trodden, but if you really want to leave the beaten track, head beneath the waves and discover a world of mystery and beauty.

A boat dive costs around 45€ including equipment. Contact Ramiro (speaks excellent English) at Ecosub Tenerife, Calle Cologan 14, Puerto de la Cruz; (0034) 922 371 731, (0034) 654 153 410 (mobile); email [email protected]

Posted : Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 1:08 pm
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