Diving in Lanzarote is mainly done in and around the larger resorts such as Puerto del Carmen. A mix of shore and boat dives, and the depth and skill range of the dive sites, makes diving in Lanzarote great for training and advancing your skills.
General information about diving in Lanzarote
Water temperature: Ranges from 18°C (64°F) in February to 26°C (79°F) in August
Suit requirements: A drysuit may be preferable in winter months, although a 7mm semidry should also be sufficient. A 5mm wet suit can be worn all year with hood and gloves in winter
Visibility: 10 – 30 metres (65 – 100 feet)
Types of diving: Caves, tunnels, sheer walls, wrecks & underwater museum
Marine life: Angel sharks, butterfly rays, barracudas, groupers, moray eels, jacks, bream, sardines, cuttlefish, octopus, seahorses, damselfish, wrasse
Close to the shore the sea bed is sandy, but it quickly drops away to uncover steep volcanic walls. The impressive volcanic landscape is continued under the sea with lava flows and cave formations providing divers with some amazing and awe inspiring places to explore. There are some wreck dives on offer, but this is really for those who want reef diving with a difference.
The rocks are covered in anemones, sponges and soft corals offering shelter to many different species of fish. The newly installed underwater museum in Playa Blanca is already bursting with life and attracting much attention, but if you want to dive there it has to be with a registered dive school, you can’t just free dive.
Popular dive sites
Anemone Wall (Richie’s Reef), Puerto del Carmen
Los Erizos Wrecks (The Harbour Wrecks), Puerto del Carmen
The Blue Hole (Remnants of an old lava tube), Puerto del Carmen
The Rabat Wreck, Arrecife
Punta Jabillo (Shore dive in a manmade lido, mostly used for try dives and training), Costa Teguise
Charco del Palo NE (Lava Caves/Reef), near Mala, northern Lanzarote
Charco del Palo SE (Lava Caves/Reef), near Mala, northern Lanzarote
Las Salinas (Large clump of submerged lava simply bursting with life), South of Mala, on the coast from Guatiza, just south of the coastal village of Los Cocoteros
Museo Atlantico, Playa Blanca