DIVING AREAS · DIVES (consult the complete guide)
If you do not yet know the Lanzarote depths, you are very much in luck, because you are going to discover a world like you have never imagined. Lanzarote is a volcanic island with such a variety of scenery, both above and below the surface, where the majority of fauna are hidden underwater. We present here some areas of diving where you will spend unforgettable moments.
CHARCO DEL PALO
It is accessed by land. You can get suited up comfortably from the relatively close parking, lot and later walk down, a path with the equipment and enter the water, by one of the two metal staircases. Seeing that the dive site is very wide, two trips are recommended, one to the right of the entrance point and the other to the left. Both routes allow you to adapt to different levels, varying the maximum depth of the dive. It is interesting to search for animals like moray eels, Octopus, giant Anemones, forkbeard and even shrimp in the caves and cavities. It is important to pay close attention when diving over sand, because there can be many angel sharks, spotted torpedos, and stingrays.
PLAYA DEL JABLILLO
Access is from the beach and a circular route can be done since the bay is the right shape for it. This area is perfect for enjoying the pleasure of discovering all of its little nooks and crannies while diving, without any worries. The calm waters allow you to find animals that are the most characteristic of the Canaries, which makes it an ideal place to learn how to recognize the great variety of underwater fauna in Lanzarote. More adventurous people can also try exploring the exterior of the jetty.
The dive begins from the anchoring line along the line of buoys that mark off the swimming area. It descends leaving to one side the border of large rocks that extends out towards the coast and, on the other side, a sand slope that goes down to the drop off. We go down the sand to the cliff, following one of the two rock crests depending on the current, which can be strong in this area, and our own preference. At the end of the crest more to the east, to 18 m , under a ledge, grows one of the shallowest branches of orange coral in the Canaries. In the deepest part of the cliff (at about 28 m), to the east, we will find a small cave with a large size hanging encrusting anemone accompanied by fairy basslet.
The dive begins right at the line of buoys that mark the beach swimming area. Once at the bottom, descend down the sand to the small arch formed in the rock that a diver can fit through. From there, follow the cliff leaving it to the right, just a few meters away, you will come across a placard in honor of Richard, a much loved guide that discovered and made this place popular, and died for reasons other than diving during a vacation abroad.
VERIL DE FARIONES
There are many dives that can be done along this stretch of the coast, especially deep dives. We are talking about a place with the steepest slope in the Canaries, near the coast and with comfortable access from land, reaching the immense black coral forests, over 60 m, within just a few minutes swim from the beach. The big dusky grouper that take refuge in the immense walls especially stand out, as well as the encrusting anemone and giant anemone that grow along the cliff and, of course, the black coral forest that is only accessible to technical divers because of the depth it is found at. More than a few divers have had their most favorite dives along these walls.
The route to get to the cave crosses a sandy area that offers the opportunity of surprising us with the amount of life that can take refuge in what, seems like, a desert. Gardener eels, spider fish, Atlantic lizardfish, wide-eyed flounder, sandcrab, angel shark and schools of fish, such as striped seabream or salema, can all be seen here.. Upon arriving at the cliff, it is very likely that a curious dusky grouper will be waiting and will accompany you for part of the dive. Before the cave, look for a small branch of black coral that will give you an idea of what the big forests are like in the deep blue. The return is made, in front of Playa Chica (Small Beach), over a shallow bottom that will keep you very entertained during the safety stop.
EL MUELLITO Y LA PLAYA
From land or from boat, this area allows you to do 10 different routes for all levels. The variety of paths are appropriate for those who want to go for swim with masks and a snorkel, do a water baptism (test dive) or even a night dive, this place is ideal because of the abundant life that gathers around Playa Chica and close to the shore near El Muellito. With light from the sun, the schools of golden grey mullet, salema, white bream, seadbream, striped seabream, colorful ornate wrasse and damselfish almost succeed in hypnotizing you. A short look over the rocks will allow you to discover colorful sea slugs like the one known as Hypselodoris picta.
VERIL DE PLAYA CHICA
Big wall lovers can enjoy several routes near the coast, given that past the slight sand slope there is a cliff or drop off that goes down more than 45 m . The rock is carpeted with a colorful blanket of sponges where such amazing animals live, like dusky groupers, orange coral and deep sea shrimp. It is also an ideal place to get a glimpse of pelagic species. Exploring the cliff towards the east, we will find a memorial plaque and some ashes, Continuing down the wall, a small shipwreck emerges from the blue, where the enormous grouper fish, known as Felix, tends to prowl, we can go up from here to return to Playa Chica.
CUEVA DE LAS GAMBAS
The dive begins at the Playa Chica stairs or, if we go by boat, at the anchor buoy. From here, you can go down to the foot of the cliff, cross the field of gardener eels, and descend along the impressive wall. Under 25 – 30 m, the Atlantic damselfish give way to the fairy basslet and sea slugs which begin to appear, the sea slugs have an amazing shape and intense violet color. Upon arriving at the cave, enter carefully and draw close to one of the cavities where the narval shrimp take refuge. Within a few minutes, decompression will be necessary and you will need to begin your ascent, knowing that the shallow area offers us a perfect environment for making our security stop.
The most common way to do this dive is from land. Going in from the stairs off the little pier at Playa Chica, we explore the shallow area that is always packed with schools of fish. From there, we go down to the big underwater dunes, cross the field of gardner eels, over to the entrance of the Agujero Azul (the Blue Hole), a small tunnel that is short and a very enjoyable swim through sand and out into open water. There are several interesting caves and cavities along the cliff to look for life, from swarms of narval shrimp to a small tree coral and all kinds of fish. This is also an ideal place for pelagic observation, which is why you should not lose sight of the deep blue.
PECIOS DE PUERTO DEL CARMEN
It is easier to visit the deepest wrecks first and finish off the dive at the shallowest one. The wreck situated to the east still preserves its great propeller at a depth of over 38 m . We will find animals typically found in caves among the wreckage like scorpianfish, cardinal fish and even glasseyes. We suggest paying special attention to the sand because it is easy to see stingrays, spiny butterfly rays, manta rays, torpedos and angel sharks. Have fun trying to identify each one of the six sunken ships, while exploring the bottom in search of fauna that live in this area.
PECIOS DEL BARRANCO DEL QUÍQUERE
The turquoise blue of the water and the easy access invite you to wade in with masks and a snorkel. From the coast, you can descend from the cliff ladder by the shore, where the dive will begin. For diving with tanks, go in perpendicular to the shore until you reach the first two boats. It is preferable to leave the third wreck for boat access, due to the depth and distance it is at. This way, we can explore the boats or stop to inspect the sand because angel sharks, manta ray and large stingrays hide there. Always pay attention to the dive computer because you could easily need a decompression stop.
Masks and a snorkel are enough to explore this cozy bay. We recommended that you leave from the beach to get closer to any of the rocky reefs where life congregates. Looking towards the horizon and continuing along the wall to the left, you will find a big rock cut across by a small tunnel. It is one of the many curious shapes the rock displays in this unique place. But if there is something particularly special about this place, it is the opportunity of sharing this hobby and above all sharing it with the smallest enthusiasts.
Two routes are recommended and both have a rock arch in common as a departure point. From here, one alternative is to follow the cliff leaving the wall to the right, while the other route is in the other direction, leaving the wall on the left. The rock formations look like they have been sculpted and are different in each one of the dives. The simplicity and comfort of this dive will not leave experienced divers , feeling dissatisfied. It is also interesting for those with less experience because the waters are quite shallow.
This dive does not have just one route. So that it is easy for us to orient ourselves, the simplest thing to do is leave from the anchoring site and follow the cliff, keeping the rock always to one shoulder. To return to the anchor, you just have to continue along the cliff with the rock over the other shoulder. If desired, you may even visit the wreckage remains. The depth is perfect for diving as most of the swimming is between 12 and 18 m, so a full tank will allow the enjoyment of a relatively long and comfortable dive.
So much can be accessed from the coast, as well as from a boat, and this area is especially comfortable for ocean baptisms and beginner dives. Experienced divers will still enjoy this site because of the abundance of fauna and the brightness of the area. The two breakwaters that form the bay serve as reference points to locate big schools of fish that place themselves in front of the harbor outlet. The block walls can be explored in search of dusky grouper, glasseye, cardinal fish and other more timid animals that like to go unnoticed.