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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

inmersiones lanzarote - charco del palo
This is a very good dive option when there are poor ocean conditions to the southwest. This spot is notable for its purely volcanic rocky landscape, sprinkled with white sand. There is an excellent sample here of many of the Canary ecosystems within a very small space. On the high part, the rocky bottom is covered in a colorful carpet of seaweed, Below 10 m the Diadema urchin has created extensive urchin-grazed barrens, –rocks without algal covering named in Spanish as “blanquizal”- and the rocks, before they disappear into the fields of sand, tend to form cliffs and caves. Black coral forests only accessible 40-50 by trained divers grow below 40-50 m.

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

inmersiones lanzarote - playa del jablillo
The Playa del Jablillo (Jablillo Beach) is a sheltered manmade bay that offers safe and calm waters, ideal for learning both to use a mask and a snorkel, as well as diving with tanks. The marine life is diverse and abundant - many groups of salema, white bream, seadbream, ordinary damselfish, exotic and brightly colored ornate wrasse, spider crab, wide-eyed flounder, and even stingray take refuge in this shelter.

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.

WAIKIKI

inmersiones lanzarote - waikiki
The exotic name of this dive site captivates you instantly. When we go deeper into the water, amongst the dense rocks at just a few meters deep, the play of light from the sun and the reflection off the white sand gives this place a truly tropical flavor. The dive could be done in this area alone, but in reality this spot is reserved for the security stop or for snorkeling, because the site has much more to offer us if we go down to the cliff.

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.

RICHIES PLACE

inmersiones lanzarote - richies place
Giant walls that go down into the abyss, amazing drop offs, immense sharp rocks, caves, underwater canyons, large sand bars, and arches; all of this makes up a spectacular landscape decorated with a thousand different types of life. The landscape is one of the strong points of this dive because of how varied it is. The nooks in the rocks shelter two orange corals and one small cave that is blanketed with narval shrimps. A great variety , of other species , can also be seen.

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

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If there is anything that distinguishes this underwater cliff from the rest of those we can find on Playa Grande (Big Beach), it is its depth and the height of its walls. In addition, as the rocks next to the little Fariones pier that are practically an aquarium, and are also ideal for snorkeling and safety stops. The entire Puerto del Carmen cliff is a perfect place to observe the passing of migrating species that live in the deep blue. This is true for tuna, amberjack, or wahoo. Every diver’s dream has come true along this cliff: to see devil rays, dolphins, turtles or giant whales. Will you be one of the lucky ones?

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.

LA CATEDRAL

inmersiones lanzarote - la catedral
This is one of the most popular dives in Lanzarote and it might be because, inside the cave called Catedral (Cathedral), lives the most famous animal on the island, the big dusky grouper that local divers call Felix. This dive is comfortable and very complete; there are vertical walls to search for hidden life, immense cliffs where stingrays and angel sharks can be observed, caves with all types of fauna and even a small wreck if you are interested in getting close to it.

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

inmersiones lanzarote - el muellito y la playa
The areas surrounding El Muellito (The Little Pier) and the two jetties at Playa Chica (Small Beach) are a magic place to enjoy both day and night dives. It is the perfect place to observe how the fauna change after dusk. This shallow dive is perfect for snorkeling, baptisms or for beginners to practice; Even experienced divers enjoy it after exploring the deeper walls.

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

inmersiones lanzarote - veril de playa chica
Playa Chica is ideal for all types of diving, the shallow areas are perfect decompression stops for advanced divers that want to go down into the depths of the numerous spectacular dives that can be done from this site. Caves, underwater cliffs, volcanic channels, deep water coral, sharks and even unexpected encounters with whales are possible at Playa Chica. This is Lanzarote’s premier dive site.

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

inmersiones lanzarote - cueva de las gambas
The Playa Chica cliff hides many nooks and crannies worth visiting. The Cueva de las Gambas (Shrimp Cave) is one of them. At the foot of the cliff, at a depth of about 40 m , a cave gives shelter to swarms , of narval shrimp. Dusky groupers lie in wait for the shrimp inside the dark cave and do not hesitate to pounce on them when they become visible by the light of our flashlights. The uniqueness and richness of the caves along the Puerto del Carmen cliff are so great that Europe has declared it a “Special Conservation Site” within the Natura Network 2000.

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.

AGUJERO AZUL

inmersiones lanzarote - agujero azul
This is one of the most famous dives in Puerto del Carmen, maybe because of the adventure factor that it offers. The Agujero Azul (Blue Hole) is a tunnel that connects the sandy shallow area to the cliff that descends into stunning depths. Practically every animal can be seen on this dive; from sea horses all lined up at the bottom, to angel sharks and large stingrays, some lucky divers may even encounter the majestic manta rays. Without a doubt, this is a dive that deserves to be repeated.

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

inmersiones lanzarote - pecios puerto del carmen
This dive is ecommended for those that love shipwrecks. In just one dive, you can visit the remains of up to six wrecks. Curiously, the shallowest ones are the best preserved and one of them even protrudes from underneath the rocks of the jetty, offering a completely unusual view. The remains of the ships offer a completely different scenery than any other dive on the Island, which makes it a site in high demand by divers that visit Lanzarote for the first time.

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

inmersiones lanzarote - pecios barranco quiquere
These three fishing boats are made out of wood, were built during the last century with the intention of taking to the oceans to steal fish from it, paradoxically they have ended their days at the bottom of the ocean, housing the creatures that were in times past its prey. The two shallowest boats are found almost completely intact. Contrary to this, the deepest one has a ghostly appearance, with its framing coming out of the keel like the ribs of a spinal column.

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.

PAPAGAYO

inmersiones lanzarote - papagayo
Turquoise water, golden sand, calm ocean, sun and sheltered cove; this cove has everything needed to take a dip and a look around under the surface. Both for those learning how to snorkel and for those more experienced in this sport, Papagayo invites us to get in the water. The landscape inside the water is as spectacular as the scenery on the outside. The marine life will peak your curiosity to observe the behavior of all types of marine animals, such as the restless ornate wrasse, the colorful parrotfish or the strange spider crab.

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.

LAS COLORADAS

inmersiones lanzarote - las coloradas
In the immense sandy area stands a wall under which grows a cornice that hides a sea of life. Stingray, island grouper, kingfish, moray, red hogfish, giant Anemones, cleaner shrimp (white striped cleaner fish), knobbed triton and octopus are just some of the species to be found when searching under the cornice. Enjoy the simplicity and pleasure of this dive that without a doubt will make you conscious of the many reasons the Canaries is called the “Fortunate Islands”.

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.

PUNTA BERRUGO

inmersiones lanzarote - punta berrugo
This dive is like searching for hidden treasure. The dive takes place in the space between the sand and the rock, following the small cliff formed there. The rock takes on an artistic formation, creating small spaces that are irresistible to look at in search of inhabitants. The scarce remains of an old wreck that the ocean has almost completely disintegrated can also be seen. It's a simple immersion, entertaining and varied because we can enjoy varied environments such as caves, small veriles and large sandbars.

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.

PLAYA FLAMINGO

inmersiones lanzarote - playa flamingo
This dive is impressive because of its simplicity and because of the quantity and variety of the schools of fish present there. You will get unbeatable visibility on the outside of the breakwater, the majority of the year in this area, we can enjoy schools of bastard grunt, barracudas, salema, striped seabream, bogue, sand smelt, sardines and tuna. The white sand serves as a hiding place for spotted torpedo, angel sharks and spiny butterfly ray, which is why we should not forget to look for their silhouette at the bottom.

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.