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Location

Puerto de la Luz y Las Palmas, to give its official name, is a busy commercial port. It lies on the NE corner of the island.

This is the home of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) which departs from Las Palmas for St. Lucia in the Caribbean every November. See Docking for further information.

New boatyard facilities opened here at the end of 2012 run by Rolnautic (chandlery). See boatyards for further information.

Position 28°09'N, 15° 25'W.

Clearance

The movement of all vessels is monitored from a control tower in the Port Authority building. If in any doubt one should contact Port Control on channel 16 or 10, who will then advise to switch to a working channel. Yachts entering or leaving should look out for commercial traffic, particularly the fast ferries.

The yacht harbour, Muelle Deportivo, lies at the southern end of the main harbour. It is administered by the Port Authority.

Entrance: the entrance into the marina is hard to detect and the situation is made more confusing by the entrance being marked by two red flashing lights, the one to be left to starboard being located at the eastern end of the northern breakewater, the other (port side) at the northern end of the main (southern) breakwater. Vessels should favour the starboard side of the narrow entrance as the port side is fouled and shallow.

All arriving yachts should go the new marina reception berth where a port official will meet them and assign a berth. (Reception Pontoon on your port side - do not go to a pontoon unless instructed to do so by a port official). At night tie up alongside reception pontoon or anchor just north of marina entrance

Formalities are completed in the port office in a new building at the entrance to the marina, next to the CEPSA fuel station.

The captain should report during office hours (0700 -1400 daily) with the ship's papers and passports. No other formalities are normally necessary for EU boats having only EU nationals on board.

Crew members who are leaving the Canaries by air must take their passports to the Immigration office (Policia de Frontera, Tel 0034 928 264 431) located at the eastern end of the main Port Authority building (Edificio Autoridad Portuaria) in the port compound. This can be reached by taxi or bus no.1.

All boat movements are monitored by radar and video surveillance from Port Authority control tower

For local taxes to pay - see Fees for full details.

Last updated October 2017.

Immigration Office (Policía Frontera)
Edificio Autoridad Portuaria
Tel:928 264 431
Opening hours: 24/7
The main Port Authority building is 10 minutes by taxi from the marina.

Docking

Anchoring

Yachts are allowed to anchor here for 24 hours, whatever time they arrive they have 24 hours.

During busy season (October/November/December), it is likely you will be asked to anchor North of the marina to wait until a berth is available in the marina. This will require regular trips to the marina office to check your status on the waiting list. See comments at bottom of page for more details.

Many yachts anchor with stern lines to the marina breakwater. This anchorage can get very busy with over 60 yachts at anchor trying to avoid each other. The port makes a small charge for this anchorage. The T-0 tax is also applied if you just anchor outside the marina.

The beach next to the anchorage is a recreational beach and so the authorities want to keep it clear for recreation, and yachts to berth in the marina when there is space. No anchoring is permitted in the bay between March 15 till Sept 15.

Note that prior to the start of the ARC rally in November, all yachts that do not have a long-term contract will be requested to leave the marina.

Marina Information

The yacht harbour, Muelle Deportivo, lies at the southern end of the main harbour. It is administered by the Port Authority and therefore does not have the same level of services as a private marina.

See this map for the marina layout.

The reception dock is located on the port side immediately past the marina entrance. The marina office is also located here.

The marina office uses a ticket system during busy times and waiting times can be very long. Allow half a day to check in, including waiting time.

The Texaco fuel dock is just beyond the reception dock further into the marina on the port side.

A floating pontoon along the main quay makes docking easier. Larger yachts normally come stern-to the main quay after picking up a mooring buoy or dropping their own anchor.

Yachts under 18 metres tie up to one of visitors' pontoons along the northern breakwater. There is water and electricity to all berths.

There are shower blocks close to all pontoons; magnetic cards for these and the pontoon gates can be obtained from the port office for a small deposit (€10 in October 2012).

For stays longer than 6 months, discounts are available.

Berthing in October/November and the ARC

The marina has informed Noonsite that during October until the first week of November, yachts in transit are allowed to stay in the marina for 3-5 days (space permitting). Longer stays are not permitted as the marina can not risk yachts being left in the marina and the owners vacating their boats (which has happened in the past). All available marina space is needed in the last 3 weeks of November for the ARC. Permanent berth holders (more than 6 months) do not have to leave the marina.
Note however that yachts requesting berthing in advance by e-mail ihave been refused, although turning up on spec. may result in a few days being given.

Security

A magnetic card system for the pontoon gates/showers has been installed and is now fully functioning; yachts are only given access to their own pontoons. A comprehensive CCTV system is in operation, as well as regular patrols by the Port Police.

However, it is important to remember that this is a public marina and non-sailors are frequently around the pontoons, although the new magnetic card system has helped restrict access. There have been reports of burglaries at night while crew are sleeping and therefore it is best to adopt the policy of locking your front door at night and not leaving anything of value visible on deck or in the cockpit.

Rubbish/Garbage and Recycling

Most items can be recycled in Gran Canaria, and there are containers positioned around the marina: Yellow containers are for milk cartons, aluminium cans, tetrapak, etc.; Blue/grey containers are for cardboard & paper; Gas bottle and oil recycling containers are situated near the Texaco fuel dock and there is an oil recycling facility (for oils and used contaminated containers) next to the boatyard in the northern part of the marina. Some glass bottle containers are also in the marina. All other refuse should be securely tied in plastic bags and placed in the dark green containers near every pontoon.

Last updated October 2017.

Marina de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Las Palmas , Gran Canaria
Tel:+34 928 234 960 Fax:+34 928 232 378 ,VHF Channel 11
Opening hours: Reception office :09:30-14:00, 16:00-19:00(Mon-Fri), 09:30-14:00(Sat, Sun). Closed Sun August & Sept.
Visitors' berths, all facilities, internet, WiFi, laundry (24 hours). Requires special water tap connections, only some electricity connections working (connection charge applied). Conveniently close to repair facilities, provisioning and good chandlers.
This is a public marina and charges the "T-0" tax (tasa de ayudas a la navegacion) for each visit on boats 12m or over. This tax is now charge per day (1 night = 2 days) Charges are reasonable.
Port Authority/Port Control
Tel:+34 922 416274 / 922 412536 Fax:0034 922 420 732 ,VHF Channel 10

Yacht Clubs

Club Maritimo Varadero de Gran Canaria
(in front of Pontoon 12) , Lugar Muelle Deportivo, 0 S/N, 35004 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, , Las Palmas, Spain
Tel:+34 928 24 99 19, 928 24 99 20
Small friendly Club with excellent facilities which offers ARC participants ‘temporary’ membership during the ARC. Simply go to the Club office (open 0900-1600), with passports for all the crew wanting to join, and arrange temporary membership. Facilities include outdoor pool with terrace; gym; sauna; changing rooms; showers; bar; satellite tv room; WiFi. The Club also runs aerobic/spinning classes & salsa/sevilliana classes for an extra charge.
Real Club Nautico de Gran Canaria
Calle León y Castillo, 308 , 35006 Las Palmas , Las Palmas, Spain
Tel:+34 928 23 45 66 Fax:+34 928 2463 24
Visiting membership is given to members of reciprocal yacht clubs on production of their cards. The secretary or commodore should be contacted if wishing to use the club facilities which include a large outdoor swimming pool; sauna; turkish bath; showers; small gym; library; balcony bar and restaurant; computer room; WiFi. Just a few minutes walk from marina.
thib119
thib119 says:
Apr 23, 2017 09:36 AM

I was in Las Palmas in January 2017 and the marina had no space for a 10m yacht. I spent 4 days at the waiting pier and was finally asked to leave or go to the anchorage. My repairs were not completed, but my boat was seaworthy, so I left.
Puerto de Las Nieves - albeit small - was much more accommodating, and I could finish everything there.

Fast forward to April 2017 and my visit of the islands is complete, so I was looking for a place where I could leave my boat for 3 months (April, May and June, maybe July). I sent (the marina) many emails with no answers, and many phone calls were not returned. Finally I decided to just show up.

They told me they would give me a spot for 3 months, but I would have to stay on board, which defeated the purpose. They could not find a spot for a 10m yacht for 3 months during low season in spite of all the free space!

Although the staff is friendly, this port is the most disorganised port I've seen. I feel it takes months of advance planning to have a spot there. Or maybe they just don't care.

Alan Spriggs
Alan Spriggs says:
Feb 16, 2017 03:08 PM

Plastimo liferafts can be serviced in Las Palmas check out oceanproducts.es They speak good English and are happy for their work to be watched.

hasse_A
hasse_A says:
Dec 23, 2016 03:17 PM

We are on the pontoon next to the reception. For a week now we have been complaining that the showers in the building close by, just east of the CEPSA fuel dock has no hot water. Yesterday, just after midday we got hold of the marina manager who promised the problem had been fixed and that we just had to wait for the boiler to warm up. Still this morning no hot water. When we once again reported the problem in the marina office the personal knew nothing of the mater. It seems as if you can report a problem infinite number of times but a written notice is soon ignored.

Naima
Naima says:
Dec 09, 2016 12:01 PM

Warning: the statement above that it is difficult to obtain a place in the marina only before the ARC is not true anymore. Even in mid-December the marina is completely full and yachts are requested to anchor north of the marina to wait for a place. Unfortunately there is currently no working reservation system, even yachts that report to have a reservation are requested to anchor. Communication with the marina is very poor. None of the telephone numbers that are listed here nor on the marinas website were picked up although we tried many times over several days. So the only option is to sail here and wait for an unknown amount of time. There seems to be a waiting list, but the marina's staff does not answer VHF calls regularly, so even finding out one's place on the waiting list is difficult. Such poor organization took us by surprise for the biggest marina in the Canary Islands.

Goose
Goose says:
Mar 27, 2016 06:09 PM

We asked Alisios Sailing Center if its possible to repair our 3 sails (main, genoa and cutter). They said we have first to bring our sails to them. Before they can not say if its possible to do that kind of repairs (very usual repairs in my opinion). They couldnt say us a date it will be finished. So we said we will bring our sails one by one so they could start with the repairs on our cutter sail, so that we could still do our sailing trip to La Gomera with the remaining sails.
After our trip we visited the shop (No phone call was mades to us that it is repaired). In the shop they said the sail was repaired and asked us to pay the bill. I looked at our sail and couldnt really spot out the repairs where repairs were needed in our opinion, so I asked kindly if they can show me the repairs they made. Unwilling they tried to find the spots. They found some indeed, big patches of repairs, where I didnt know of any damaged spots. Next time I go to the sail maker, I ask him to open these patches, to see whats under these patches.
When I asked if its not possible to repair the spots I wanted to get repaired, they answered very annoyed that its difficult and they have to open a big seam. And if there sewing machine brokes down, it takes a long time to repair the machine.
I just thought "Yes ok, as a sail maker you have to open a seam from time to time. And if my sewing machine brokes down all the time as a sail maker, I would buy me a second one and dont make there problem a customers one."
I just stopped any further repairs on my two other sails. When talking to others on the pontoons, they said they know of others having no good experiences.

In my opinion they dont want to fix the problem of the customers , they just look if they can earn some little money on little repairs. Wouldnt have been a problem, if they just have honestly said that to me before they start any repairs.

lufi
lufi says:
Oct 31, 2015 11:33 AM

Avoid the boatyard here. Questionable charges will appear on your final bill and they will not release the boat until they are paid. No negotiation and the manager Carlos is quite rude. Charges for labour even during siesta. Others on our pontoon have had similar experiences - I guess they think we are all passing through and won't see us again anyway. Suggest you try Real Nautico instead. You have been warned..

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 26, 2015 02:38 PM

This comment was posted elsewhere on the site - 26 October 2015:
I can confirm that the DISA plant in Gran Canaria does refill propane bottles/tanks. We have a 6 kg Calor bottle/tank from the UK. They filled it with no adaptor needed. Take the highway from the Muelle Deportivo towards the airport, about 17 km. Take the Salinetas exit. There is an IKEA Almacen, which is the second IKEA on the way to the airport. Go past that and take a right on the second roundabout, in front of the Mercadora supermarket. The entrance to the DISA plant is on your left. They also filled smaller propane bottles from Croatia with no adaptor required.

Станислав Нохрин
Станислав Нохрин says:
Jan 04, 2015 08:21 PM

First ponton from entrance "T" is Very busy because of swell entering in marina

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 10, 2014 01:49 PM

This charge was for Light Dues. See http://www.noonsite.com/Countries/CanaryIslands?rc=Formalities#Fees for more details. As Light Dues are charged every 30 days, it does make short stays expensive.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 10, 2014 01:47 PM

Posted on behalf of Direct Yacht Deliveries:
We just got charged €200 (44ft catamaran) by the authorities for stopping off in LasPalmas for 2 nights. This was not the berthing fee. Our other boat visited Tenerife and was not charged.

Glenda Neild
Glenda Neild says:
Oct 20, 2014 09:52 AM

Marina internet is now via a paid service, approx 10 euro a week, cheaper for longer. Laundry open 24 hours. Oct 2014

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The premier location for nautical activities
in the Canary Islands.

Over 200 boats and 1200 people take part in the ARC every year
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A rally for everyone; families, racers, couples, big boats and modest boats
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TransAtlantic Rally: The first ARC+ sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

TransAtlantic Rally: The first ARC+ sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria  (12 Nov 2013)

Canaries, Lanzarote: Women & Cruising Forum at Puerto Calero

Canaries, Lanzarote: Women & Cruising Forum at Puerto Calero  (08 Nov 2013)

ARC 2013 - Rally Preview

ARC 2013 - Rally Preview   (05 Nov 2013)

Mediterranean Anchoring Restrictions

Mediterranean Anchoring Restrictions  (22 Jul 2013)

ARC Boats Leave Green Wake with Environmental Projects

ARC Boats Leave Green Wake with Environmental Projects   (25 Jun 2013)

Great New Service for noonsite users: Get notified of cruising news, reports and country updates as they are posted

Great New Service for noonsite users: Get notified of cruising news, reports and country updates as they are posted  (23 May 2013)

St. Martin to the Azores: SY Lady Domina still overdue/missing

St. Martin to the Azores: SY Lady Domina still overdue/missing  (22 May 2013)

Heading to the Mediterranean this Summer?

Heading to the Mediterranean this Summer?  (20 May 2013)

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Atlantic: French Yacht in Distress 500 miles west of the Azores and 1 other yacht missing - Update  (15 May 2013)

New Cape Verdes Route  Proves Popular with ARC Sailors

New Cape Verdes Route Proves Popular with ARC Sailors  (14 May 2013)

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Atlantic: Jimmy Cornell launches new transatlantic rally  (07 May 2013)

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers Announces Second Start Date and Stopover in Cape Verdes for 2013 rally

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers Announces Second Start Date and Stopover in Cape Verdes for 2013 rally  (06 May 2013)

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World ARC: A New Route Choice  (03 Apr 2013)

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Rescued at sea for the second time in four months  (27 Mar 2013)

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Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: New Marina Boatyard   (25 Mar 2013)

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2013 set to be the biggest year ever for the ARC  (31 Jan 2013)

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ARC 2012 - Draws to a close with prize winners announced  (22 Dec 2012)

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ARC 2012 - 40 foot boat is first arrival after 12 day crossing  (07 Dec 2012)

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Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: ARC Cruising Boats Start   (29 Nov 2012)

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Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: ARC 2012 Start Delayed for Cruising Fleet  (27 Nov 2012)

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Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: ARC 2012 - Race boats start, cruisers remain in port  (27 Nov 2012)

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Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Celebration of the Official Opening of ARC 2012  (20 Nov 2012)

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27th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail this month   (05 Nov 2012)

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Spain and the Canary Islands: Anchoring Restrictions  (11 Oct 2012)

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ARC 2012 Now Full  (26 Mar 2012)

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Dia Triste - Pedro Texaco Retires  (06 Feb 2012)

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2011 - Security & Piracy Round-Up  (30 Jan 2012)

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ARC2011: First Yacht Arrives in Saint Lucia after an 11 Day Crossing  (02 Dec 2011)

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ARC2011: First Arrivals Expected Today  (01 Dec 2011)

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ARC 2011 Starts  (20 Nov 2011)

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Gran Canaria: ARC 2011 - Flags and bands celebrate the official opening of the 26th ARC  (16 Nov 2011)

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Canary Islands: New Subsea Volcanic Eruption Occurs Near El Hierro  (16 Oct 2011)

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Routing: Getting Back to Europe - Avoiding GOA and the Red Sea  (19 Aug 2011)

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Canary Islands: Las Palmas Marina Boatyard now Closed  (20 Apr 2011)

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First Sailing Yacht Finishes in ARC 2010  (06 Dec 2010)

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British sailor dies as yacht sinks in stormy seas off Canary Islands  (02 Dec 2010)

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ARC 2010 Starts - 233 Yachts Cross the Line in Sunshine  (21 Nov 2010)

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ARC Rally: One week to go before the start!  (14 Nov 2010)

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Wood Logs - Navigation Hazard  (27 May 2010)

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Calling All ARC'86 Children!  (12 May 2010)

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The 25th ARC set to be the most popular rally yet as World Cruising Club signs up the 200th entry  (03 Mar 2010)

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ARC 2010 On Course as World Cruising Club signs up the 150th entry  (17 Feb 2010)

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Oil Spill in Las Palmas Harbour - Canary Islands  (26 Nov 2009)

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Rudder loss on ARC Racing Yacht  (24 Nov 2009)

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Light Winds for Start of ARC 2009  (22 Nov 2009)

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Countdown to the Start of ARC2009  (19 Nov 2009)

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A truly international ARC fleet gear up for departure later this month  (09 Nov 2009)

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First ARC Arrivals at Rodney Bay after a slow crossing  (08 Dec 2008)

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ARC Fleet Gears up for Departure  (12 Nov 2008)

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Missing Yacht - Formosa ´68  (07 Oct 2008)

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EU extends VAT grace period for non-EU boats to 18 months  (23 Mar 2004)