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Talking diving in Lanzarote

When we talk about diving in Lanzarote we need to warn that the Canarias Islands have some homogeneous underwater features. However, there are differential factors for each island of the Canary archipielago, especially the water temperature, plankton, streams and marine species.

Some people define Lanzarote as an ideal Destiny to dive. Lanzarote is an island that integrates the Canary Islands and has an area of 846 km2. The average temperature of this island varies between 17 and 24 º, it has crystal waters that gives a visibility that ranges between 40m and 20m. The island Lanzarote has the distinction of having another island underwater, a site full of marine life and colors. This area is full of dolphin, grouper, blankets and even sperm whales. Note that like the rest of the islands that make up the Canary Islands, these waters contain a wide variety of species while lacking dangerous species.

Lanzarote’s purpose is to promote sustainable and responsible diving in this way the sea life continually will improve. Year after year Lanzarote receives thousands of tourists who want to start diving. It has more than 100 diving sites around the Island, you can hardly know all the dives in one trip.

Best scuba diving sites

The best diving sites in Lanzarote is La Burrera, one of the most recognized diving sites of the Canary Island, it is a site where you can find a labyrinthine landscape composed of rocks, columns, arches and more. La Roncadera is well-known as a stone circus, which is formed by rock step just like a Roman amphitheater and the Telamon, which is a ship that ran aground in 1981 and a freighter was carrying lumber from the Ivory Coast. Other sites are: The Fariones, Flamingo, cave shrimp.

“Upwelling” from Africa has a marked influence on the waters of Lanzarote, on account of which the temperature a little cooler, if compared to the other islands. This situation notoriously favors the proliferation of a large number and variety of species. According to the experts, Lanzarote and El Hierro have the best sea flora and fauna among the seven islands, which make up the Canary Islands. They are the most attractive diving site of the Canary Islands.

Volcanic activity and marine life in Lanzarote

Another attraction of Lanzarote diving are spectacular volcanic rock walls thanks to relatively recent eruptions formed. The magma reached the coast, to shape lovely walls of black rock, with a lot of cracks, slits and small cavities. Among these “twists” is found an ideal habitat of 1,200 invertebrate species and about 350 species of fishes, making a wonderful marine paradise.

Great quantity of big fishes are visible because the great visibility between great 30 and 40 meters. Divers can feel like they are in an aquarium. Divers have a true “miscellaneous” that have huge groupers, schools of damselfish and precious barracudas, which can be seen bright because the light that filters through many meters. Other “spectacle actors” that sometimes appear in this scenery are the trumpet fish, sea turtles, sharks and dolphins.

Felix, the huge grouper that used to inhabits these waters was a truly a “star,” which could be seen for all divers. It weighted 80 kilos and was a true symbol of the waters of the Chica Beach in Del Carmen Port. But it is obvious that the “party” didn’t finish. It looks like the list doesn’t have end. We can start with the parrot fish, grouper, mullet, mackerel, moray eels, lizard fish, eels, hake, the gardener eagle, barracuda and soles. And to continue with the “party” we can say that exist so many other amazing species that sometimes visit the Lanzarote waters.

Sharks and other sea life

The hammerhead shark, guitar, angel shark, mako shark (also called "Janequin"), mantas, stingray, turtles and the appreciated dolphins are some occasional species of these magnificent waters. There are so many species that the list has almost no end, but the invertebrate’s quantity quadruple its majestic presence. Among the spectacular stone walls before mentioned the divers can find big moray eels, scarlet lady shrimps and various kinds of octopus feeding on small and medium mollusks.

It will be possible as well to be marveled with large numbers of sea stars, which have different forms, sizes and colors. And talking about strange and curious animals we must mention the peculiar and small Fabians. Other invertebrate that beautify this great spectacle are the cuttlefish, lobsters canary (a real “gem” of these waters), the star of beaked sea mussels and octopus of various kinds, among many others.

Other species very easy to see in Lanzarote are the cachero urchin, the black sea urchin, lime urchin, giant anemones, the multi-arm stars, sponges, comatulida, gorgonians and fire worms. Regarding to the diving sites we can say that they are ten, and it is easy to arrive because this place is just five minutes away from Del Carmen Port. The best diving sites are the following: the impressive Blue Hole, Wakiki, The Cathedral, Richie's Place, The Reef, Veril Fariones, Caves of Mala, the wreck Rabat and El Charco del Palo, among others.

As you can see diving in Lanzarote can be one of the most amazing experiences that any diver can have. The magical diving sites, the wrecks, the reefs, the numerous and variety of sea species, the extraordinary visibility, the nice waters temperature and so many other factors make of Lanzarote a must visit diving place.

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