Amongst the more than 3.000 kilometres of Spanish coastline, The Canarian Archipelago is the area presenting best conditions for diving. Its geographical position serves as a bridge between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean on one hand, and on the other with the tropical waters of the Caribbean. So, here we can find species of fish typical from the three seas. The geographical situation helps maintain the temperature of the water, in winter never below 18ºC, which makes it ideal for diving. If we add to this its transparency, the results are spectacular.
Lanzarote is the perfect place for diving, with more than 100 spots around the island. Playa Chica, in Puerto del Carmen, is possibly the most popular place in the Islands due to its biodiversity and spectacular sea floor. At this spot you can do your first dive or try dives requiring a high level of technical competence.
Discover the magic of Lanzarote by exploring the spectacular volcanic landscapes which seem to come from distant planets, and where the heat from the centre of the earth shoots to the surface. Relax in the peaceful beaches of white sand and transparent water, and take in the impressive views of the small islets that can be glimpsed from the cliff tops
Diving in Lanzarote
The island’s temperate climate, its rich flora and fauna and the unique coastal and seabed topography, make Lanzarote an underwater paradise for scuba diving lovers, able to satisfy the most demanding visitors.
The island of Lanzarote offers some extraordinary features for this practice, such as a huge range of shallow seabed, the warm water temperature throughout the whole year and a visibility of up to 40 meters, allowing all kind of dives in this beautiful and diverse underwater scenery.
It is spectacular to see groupers, rays, moray eels and a lot of native species characterized by their variety of shapes and colours.
• Lanzarote and islets surface area: 846 km2
• Approximate age in millions of years: 15
• Maximum height: 671 m
• Coastal perimeter: 213 km
• Beaches: 97 (30km)
• Distance to the African continent: 125 km
• Islands and Islets: Lanzarote, La Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Alegranza, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste
• Prevailing winds: N-NE (Trade Winds)
• Climate: sunny and stable
• Air temperature (January and August averages): 17º – 24ºC
• Water temperature (winter and summer averages): 18º – 24ºC
• Average water visibility: 20 m
• Maximum water visibility: 40 m
• Salinity: 36 – 37
• Semi diurnal tides: 2 high tides + 2 low tides
• Range of highest tide: 2,7 m
• Equinoctial spring tides: February and September
• Biosphere Reserve (1993): 1.226 km2 (846 Land, 380 Sea)
• Timafaya National Park (1974): 51 km2
• Chinijo Archipelago Marine Reserve (1995): 707 km2
• Canary Islands Network for Protected Natural Areas in Lanzarote: 364 km2
• Marine Area of the Natura 2000 Network: 86 km2
• Land Area of the Natura 2000 Network: 434 km2
• Type of marine species: atlantic, mediterranean, subtropical, tropical, macaronesian, canary, and cosmopolitan
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