I know Lanzarote pretty well, having lived there for two years (near Yaiza), but sadly I did hardly any scuba diving in that time, preferring to snorkel with my family and also spear fish. So on this return to island for a holiday some years later I managed to fit in a few dives on different parts of the island, and was surprised at the high quality of the coral in some sites (where the trend is generally downward) and also the variety and quantity of marine life.
The video shows part of a dive on a site known as “Las Coloradas” just off the resort of Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. The dive was with Dawn Dives (Playa Blanca).
It was good to see a couple of schools of barracuda cruising the reef and a very nice dusky grouper toward the end of the dive.
The holiday also reminded me of just how lovely the island is. Of course parts of it are touristy. It’s been a standard destination for Brits to find winter sun since the 80’s. But apart from Puerto del Carmen, many of tourist places are still not spoiled – the eerie moonscape of Timanfaya is an example. And there are many beaches, bars and restaurants off the tourist routes (Playa Quemada – “burnt beach” is one of my picks) that make the island still special. And of course the Canary Islands have that ‘summer all year round’ weather. Who could not like that.