The best time to dive Lanzarote is June to October if you prefer warmer temperatures, however it is possible to dive all year round. The Atlantic Ocean is clean and clear with good visibility to 30m as standard, and over the years the underwater flow of lava has formed many reefs, attracting an array of colourful marine life. There are also caves, tunnels, sheer walls, and a variety of small wrecks to explore.
Lanzarote is a mixture of both shore and boat diving, and there is a great selection of marine life to see including grouper, tuna, barracuda, monkfish, moray eels, seahorse, octopus, and rays. At certain times of year, you can also encounter dolphins and whales.
This destination also offers divers a unique experience, Museo Atlantico Lanzarote, Europe’s largest underwater museum. Located in a sheltered area near Coloradeas, Playa Blanca, divers can immerse themselves amongst the impressive sculptures of Jason deCaires Taylor, at a depth of 12-14m. One of the remarkable pieces is a human gyre consisting of 200 life-size sculptures placed in a never-ending circle. Designed as a huge artificial reef and consisting of 10 groups of sculptures, the artist wanted to highlight the beauty of the underwater world and emphasis the need to protect it.
One of the most popular dive sites of Lanzarote is The Cathedral, with a depth of 30m this site got its name from the large cavern that is said to resemble a cathedral complete with an alter area. Large groupers can be found here, and the surrounding reef has many ledges, and a wreck of a small fishing boat lies below the reef wall. The Blue Hole gives divers a taste of adventure, the tunnel connects with a shallow area to the cliff that descends into spectacular depths. At Richie’s Place giant walls go into the abyss, with amazing drop offs, caves, underwater canyons, arches, and sand bars. For wreck lovers there are the harbour wrecks of Puerto del Carmen, these are a nice collection of purposely sunk fishing vessels at depths of 12-40m where rays, angel sharks, amber jacks, cuttlefish, and barracuda can be seen.