Fuerteventura has a very long coastline in relation to its area. Nowhere is very far from the sea, which has a fairly constant temperature, and as the trade winds are a feature of life on Fuerteventura watersports are very popular.
One of the main attractions of Fuerteventura for followers of all watersports is the fairly constant year round temperature of the water. The Canaries stream is responsible for the fairly constant sea temperature, and this results in an abundance of sea life, that makes diving such a pleasure.
If you are considering coming to the Canary Islands for a diving holiday you should bear in mind that with its crystal clear waters and consistent water temperatures, Fuerteventura is a divers' paradise. The water temperature around the Canary Islands ranges from 18 to 22 degrees, and this range of temperatures is ideal for supporting the multi-organism ecosystem that exists around Fuerteventura's coast.
There are about a dozen dive centers around the coast of Fuerteventura. They all run courses for divers with various levels of ability, and a day spent taking part on a taster course makes for a very enjoyable day out. You are guaranteed to see a wide range of species. Diving in the Canaries is like taking a dip in your own zillion litre fish tank, and Fuerteventura offers some of the best diving in the Canary islands.
Given that you are fit enough to dive, and that your time of your dive will leave sufficient time before you fly home, a typical beginners course will pan out in the following way. The first part of the course will include a theory lesson to teach you the basic theory including safety procedures, how the equipment works and the hand signals you can expect to use. You will then have a practice session in a pool to allow you to become accustomed to the equipment and allow the staff to correct your dive weights if they need to. Then it is off to the sea for a dive that lasts about thirty minutes. You will need to be careful because once you have had a taste in the shallows, you may become hooked and filled with a desire to head further out into the deep blue ocean.
Snorkelling is a popular activity that is suitable for everyone. The clear pure waters around the island means that there is an abundance of sea life. There are snorkelling excursions that take you to the best sites.
To go sailing you need wind and water (and a yacht!). Fuerteventura has an abundance of these. There are lots of harbours around the island and some offer sailing and fishing trips.
You could write what we know about sailing on a spinnaker but, Fuerteventura could have been made for sailing. The wind blows nearly every day and its extensive coastline provides a variety of water conditions that offer a challenge at whatever level you wish to participate in the sport (or leisure).
There are half a dozen marinas and harbours dotted around the island, so you are never too far away from one when you are on the island. The leisure marinas at Corralejo and Caleta de Fuste seem to be busiest in terms of small sailing craft.
The Canary Islands have their own class of sailing called the Vela Latina, and there are regular competitions during the summer months. It is possible to hire sail boats and catamarans and there are several larger catamarans that offer day trips, usually with the promise of seeing dolphins.
Surfing, windsurfing and kite boarding
The strong surf around some parts of the island make Fuerteventura one of the best spots in the world for surfing. The reliable winds and a variety of water conditions mean that the needs of wind and kite surfers of any level of ability are catered for.
There is surf to suit all standards of surfer from the novice to the most experienced and adventurous surfer. Lessons are available for any of the disciplines at various centres around the island.
If you are a beginner there are many places where you can learn to windsurf on the island, and several different operators provide lesson or courses. There are often trainee windsurfers in the cove at Caleta de Fuste. They are easy to spot because to begin with they have no sail! Then they get a small one, then a large one and then disappear off to somewhere that is more challenging.
For those more experienced, there are many locations, some of them such as Corralejo bay, are easily accessed. The views of over to Lobos and Lanzarote from Corralejo are superb. The western side of the island tends to have stronger waves and the currents are stronger, so this side of the island is not really suitable for beginners.