Dive sites in Lanzarote
A window to the depths. This is one of the most famous dives in Puerto del Carmen, perhaps because of the adventure component it offers. The Blue Hole is a tunnel that connects the shallow sandy area with the wall of the cliff that descends to dizzying depths.
On this dive you can see almost any animal; from seahorses hiding among the bottom lines, angelsharks and big stingrays to majestic manta rays, as some lucky people have been able to enjoy. It is definitely a dive worth repeating.
A tropical dive. The exotic name of this dive site captivates from the very first moment. Underwater, as you enter the dense rocky area a few metres below the surface, the play of sunlight and its reflection on the white sand give it a truly tropical flavour. The dive could be done only at this point, but in reality this point is reserved for a safety stop or for snorkelling, because the site has much more to offer if we go down to the reef.
From the shore to the abyss. If there is one thing that makes this underwater cliff stand out from the rest of those found in Playa Grande, it is its depth and the height of the walls. In addition, the rocks next to the Fariones pier are a real aquarium, also ideal for snorkelling and safety stops.
The underwater cliffs of Puerto del Carmen are a perfect place to observe the passage of migratory species that live in the blue. This is the case of tuna, bonito, amberjack or wahoo. In this place the great dreams of every diver have come true: to see devil rays, dolphins, turtles or the gigantic fin whales. Will you be one of the lucky ones?
A canyon into the deep. Gigantic walls that plunge into the abyss, imposing overhangs, immense pointed rocks, caves, underwater canyons, large sandbanks, arches; all this forms a spectacular landscape adorned with a thousand forms of life. The landscape is one of the highlights of this dive because of its variety. The nooks and crannies of the rock are home to two orange corals and a small cave where narwhal shrimps shelter. We will also observe a great variety of other species.
The little dock and the beach
Ideal for night diving. A dive for all tastes and levels. The surroundings of El Muellito and the two breakwaters of Playa Chica form a magical place to enjoy diving both during the day and at night. It is the perfect place to observe how the fauna changes after sunset. This shallow dive is ideal for snorkelling, first dives or beginners; even experienced divers can enjoy it after the dives on the deeper walls.
The home of the big schools of fish. This is a dive that is impressive for its simplicity and for the quantity and variety of schools of fish that frequent the area. In this area, with unbeatable visibility outside the breakwater most of the year, we can enjoy shoals of grunts, bicuda, salema, herreras, bogas, gueldes, sardines and tuna. The white sand serves as a hiding place for shrimps, angel sharks and manta rays, so we must not forget to look for their silhouette at the bottom.
Playa Chica Beach
One wall, infinite dives. Playa Chica is ideal for all types of diving, the shallow areas are perfect for decompression stops for advanced divers who want to delve into the depths of the many spectacular dives that can be made from this single point. Caves, underwater cliffs, volcanic tubes, deep corals, sharks and even unexpected whale encounters are possible at Playa Chica. This place is the star diving spot in Lanzarote.
Wrecks of Puerto del Carmen
Ghosts of a submerged harbour. A recommended dive for wreck lovers. In a single 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 under the rocks of the jetty breakwater itself, offering a completely unusual panorama.
The wrecks offer a completely different landscape to any other dive on the island, making it a popular dive for divers visiting Lanzarote for the first time.
Wrecks of the Barranco del Quíquere ravine
A battle won by the fish. These three wooden fishing boats, built during the last century with the firm purpose of confronting the ocean to snatch the fish from it, have paradoxically ended their days at the bottom of the sea as home to those who were once their prey.
The two shallower ships are practically in one piece. In contrast, the deeper one has a ghostly appearance with its frames protruding from the keel like the ribs of a spinal column.
The grouper Felix shows us his mansion. This is one of the most popular dives in Lanzarote and perhaps it is because, in the cave named Catedral, lives the most famous animal on the island, the large grouper that local divers call Felix.
The dive is comfortable and very complete; we have vertical walls where we can look for hidden life, immense sandbanks where we can observe stingrays and angelsharks, caves with all kinds of fauna and even a small wreck in case we are interested in getting close to it.
Life of the deep. El Veril de Playa Chica hides many places worth visiting. The Cueva de las Gambas is one of them. At the foot of the veril, around 40 m deep, a cave shelters swarms of narwhal shrimps, more popularly known as gambas. The groupers lie in wait for the shrimps hidden in the dark and do not hesitate to pounce on them when they become visible in the light of our spotlights.
The uniqueness and richness of the caves of the veril of Puerto del Carmen is of such magnitude that it has been declared by Europe as a Special Area of Conservation within the Natura 2000 Network.