Depth 22 m. Level: Open Water Diver.
The El Condesito is a vessel that sank on 1 January 1972 near Las Galletas on the south coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands and is now a well known dive site. The ship was transporting cement for the construction of Los Cristianos. There are conflicting accounts of the last voyage. Some sources state that the vessel sank on 25 December 1971 whereas others claim 1 January 1972. Some sources suggest that the sinking was caused by the captain being drunk or that the crew went below deck to drink beer, to celebrate Christmas/New Year, leaving the vessel on autopilot. Other sources suggest the Condesito suffered engine trouble during a storm. The ship now lies in around 18 m (59 ft) of water, with the deepest point at 21 m (69 ft) and its highest point at 6 m (20 ft). Visibility can be in excess of 35 m (115 ft).