Whether you have never been diving before and are in need of some lessons or are a seasoned pro, diving in Lanzarote is the place to be. It is widely considered to offer some of the best diving in the whole of the northern hemisphere.
The options are endless, with excursions from the shore and boat diving both possible, a plethora of schools to choose from and so many different sites to explore. An underwater paradise is just waiting to be found.
Book an all inclusive break – such as these – in order to keep costs down and allow you to fuel up at the beginning and end of each day’s diving. This will help to maximise your time in the water. Still not convinced that diving in Lanzarote is for you? Here are the top reasons why it might just be.
One of the main things that most people want to see when they are diving is fish. Since the waters around Lanzarote are home to some 500 species of fish you will certainly not be disappointed by the selection. On any one dive you will be surrounded by fish of every size, shape and colour imaginable.
These are likely to include barracudas, groupers, rays and angelsharks, as these fine specimens all live in this underwater world. For a really special experience head to the tiny island of Los Lobos, located between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. This is the neighbourhood of the hammerhead shark and close encounters with this legend of the sea will make for wonderful holiday memories.
Visibility when diving in Lanzarote tends to be very good with a length of ten to 30 metres usually clear in front of you. The water temperature varies between 18 and 23 degrees Celsius, making it particularly comfortable and the weather on the surface is moderate. It is unlikely to fall below 16 degrees in winter or exceed 25 degrees in the summer months.
Amazing dive sites
Whether you prefer caves, wrecks or reefs, there are so many dive sites that you will not get bored during your holidays to Lanzarote. In fact you may find yourself coming back time and again to explore further.
The most famous dive site off Lanzarote is known as the Cathedral and is a big underwater cave, whose walls are covered in soft coral. From the Cathedral there is no view of the surface, but you can see shrimp, finger coral and glass fish within it.
The Cathedral can be reached from Playa de la Barrilla and requires divers to descend 14 metres below the surface. Bring a torch in order to explore the darkest depths of the cave and find the most unusual creatures.
Alternatively head to the marine conservation site of Los Erizos where you will find good wreck diving. Pinfish, Turkish wrasse, emperor fish, sardines, arrow crabs, groupers, barracudas, rays, tuna and angelsharks can all be found here. As each dive is different the selection you see will vary every time.
Punta Tinosa is a dive site like no other you are likely to have seen before. This reef to the south of Puerto del Carmen was created when lava flowed into the sea and solidified there. As well as the amazing contours of the rock, divers also get to see many types of fish that frequent this stretch of water.
As you can see, from family holidays to Lanzarote, or just a solo sojourn, this amazing island has more than enough to offer anyone lucky enough to visit.