Puerto del Carmen - DIVING AREAS LANZAROTE
The exotic name of this dive site captivates us from the first moment we hear it. Underwater, when we move among the very populated rocks there are not too deep down, the play of sunlight and its reflection on the white sand actually gives the place a tropical flavor. The dive could be done only at this point, but in fact this point is reserved for a safety stop or just to "snorkel" because the site has much more to offer if we descend to the contour.
Gigantic walls falling into the abyss, towering overhangs, huge jagged rocks, caves, underwater canyons, large sandbanks, arches; all this forms a spectacular landscape adorned with thousands life forms. The landscape is one of the highlights of this dive for the variety there is on the volcanic formations. The recesses of the rock shelter, two orange corals and a small cave where the narwhal shrimp shelter. Also we can observe varieties of many other species.
The more we repeat this dive it is always too short. The bottom contour is amazing, along which hides all sorts of surprises as: striking hanging gerardias, a branch of orange coral, Swiss cows or large groupers and trumpet fish always attentive to our movements.
If anything highlights this underwater cliff from the rest of those found at Playa Grande is its depth and the height of the walls. In addition, the rocks by the Muellito Fariones are a real aquarium, also ideal for "snorkel" and safety stops. The underwater cliffs of Puerto del Carmen is a perfect place to observe the passage of migratory species that live in the Ocean. This is the case of tuna, bonito, amberjack and wahoo. Here many diver' s big dreams have come true, watching devil sting rays, dolphins, turtles or giant whales. Will you be one of those lucky people?
This is one of the most popular dives in Lanzarote and perhaps because in the cave called the Cathedral, inhabits the most famous fish of Lanzarote, the great grouper that local divers call "Felix". The dive is comfortable and very complete; vertical walls where we find hidden life, huge sandbars where we observe stingrays and angel sharks, caves with all sorts of wildlife and even a small wreck if we want to get closer to it.
El Muellito and the beach
The vicinity of "el Muellito" and the two jetties in Playa Chica form a submerged magical place to enjoy both day and night. It is the perfect place to observe wildlife as it changes after sunset. This shallow dive is privileged to "snorkel", christenings or first initiation practices; even experienced people enjoy it after forays into the deeper walls.
Veril Playa Chica
Playa Chica is ideal for all types of diving, shallow areas are perfect for decompression stops of 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-sea corals, sharks and even unexpected encounters with whales are possible in Playa Chica. This place is the star point of diving in Lanzarote.
Cueva de las Gambas
The Veril Playa Chica hides many places worth visiting. The Cave of the Shrimps is one of them. At the bottom of the contour, about 40 m deep, a cave is home to swarms of shrimp narwhal, more popularly known as prawns. Sea bass preying on shrimp hidden in the dark who do not hesitate to pounce on them when they become visible by the light of our focus. The uniqueness and richness of the caves at this dive in Puerto del Carmen is such that Europe has declared it a Special Area of Conservation within the Natura 2000 network.
This is one of the most famous dives in Puerto del Carmen, perhaps due to the component of adventure it offers. The Blue Hole is a tunnel that connects the shallow sandy area with the bottom contour line in a vertical wall that descends to depths of vertigo. During this dive you can see almost everything; from sea horses hidden between the ends of the bottom, to cherubs and large mongrels, to majestic blankets, as many divers have enjoyed some fortunate days. It is certainly a dive that deserves to be repeated.
Shipwrecks of Puerto del Carmen
A recommended dive for lovers of wrecks diving. In a single dive you can visit the remains of up to six wrecks. Interestingly, the shallower ones are the best preserved and even one of them stands out from the rocks beneath of the breakwater own dock, offering a completely unusual landscape. The remains of the ships offer a completely different dive to any other diving on the island so it is a very demanded by divers visiting Lanzarote for their first dive.
Wrecks Barranco del Quiquere
These three wooden fishing boats, built during the last century with the firm intention of facing the ocean to snatch fish, have paradoxically ended their days on the sea floor being home to those who were once their prey. The two shallower boats are practically intact. By contrast, the deeper one presents a ghostlike appearance with frames out of the keel which ribs a backbone.