Lanzarote is the fourth largest, northernmost and easternmost of the Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean.
As the Canary Islands are volcanic, Lanzarote has amazing topography above and below the water; there are an abundance of caves, arches and caverns to explore.
With 79 individual species identified in total, all of the Canary Islands together are home to the greatest variety of sharks and rays in the whole of the European Union.
Diving in Lanzarote is year round, if you can handle the slightly colder temperatures in the winter months. It’s best to visit in June to October if you prefer the warmer temperatures. Temperatures range from 18°C (64°F) in February to 26°C (79°F) in August.
The flight time from the UK to Lanzarote is approximately 4 hours. Most of the budget airlines fly regularly from all of the major Europe airports. You can also travel by ferry between each of the Canary Islands quite easily.
The impressive topography of this island allows for a diverse array of diving types. There is both boat and shore diving in Lanzarote, more so shore though. Both types of entry will allow you to visit the impressive amount of wall diving. If wreck diving is your thing, there’s multiple purpose-sunk ships located near the old harbour that are available to dive.
The Cathedral is probably Lanzarote’s most popular dive site. It is named due to the large cavern resembling a cathedral - it even has an altar area in the rear. This particular dives site is located at around 30m, so do keep this in mind. It is known to be home to many very large groupers, and many more creatures live in the crevices and openings around the cavern. There is also a small sunken fishing boat near that you can visit if you wish!
Europe’s only underwater museum is located in Lanzarote- it was erected to encourage education for the protection of the natural environments. The depth averages out at 12m, making it perfect for novice and experienced divers- all are welcome!
Marine life:What to expect diving in Lanzarote: angel sharks, barracudas, butterfly rays, moray eels, groupers, bream, jacks, cuttlefish, sardines, seahorses, damselfish, wrasse and octopus.
Who to dive with:
We recommend:Calipso Diving - Costa TeguiseLanzarote Buceo - Puerto del Carmen
For booking the Underwater Museum you'll need to speak to Rachel - the owner of Manta Diving Lanzarote