Water Sports in Lanzarote
Lanzarote enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year with warm temperate waters and incredible visibility, giving one fantastic access to all kinds of water sports.
Playa La Garita in Arrieta, Playa Chica in Puerto del Carmen, Playa Flamingo in Playa Blanca and the rock pools in Punta Mujeres are great spots to enjoy snorkelling as its best. If you are lucky, you will be able to see sama, rainbow fish, various bream, zebra fish, parrot fish, barracudas, small crabs, harmless Angel Sharks and hopefully some sea horses, usually living on the ropes of tied up boats.
Lanzarote is well renowned as a fabulous place for divers, with warm waters, amazing visibility and a fantastic selection of sea life from sea horses to angel sharks, and with lots in between.
Many schools in Lanzarote offer courses to beginners and experienced divers can enjoy a range of dives in various locations around the island, the favourites are found in Charco del Palo and Puerto del Carmen. We would recommend you contacting Techno Diving & Snorkelling.
Underwater Museum “Museo Atlántico”: The museum is 12 metres deep down pristine waters near the south coast of Lanzarote, in the Bahía de Las Coloradas, a place that was chosen mainly due to the physical characteristics of its sea bottom. It covers a 2,500-square-metre surface that scuba divers will have access to. If you wish to discover the Museo Atlántico you must have a PADI certificate and go with a certified diving company.
Lanzarote is one of the few places in the world where you can dive 30m on a yellow submarine. Submarine Safaris dives several times a day from the luxury marina of Puerto Calero, where you can discover shipwrecks and sealife without getting wet and all helpfully identified by the expert on board guides. Available for all ages from 2 years old, it is recommended that you book at least one day in advance.
Top surf sports are found all around Lanzarote, nicknamed as the Hawaii of Europe, and whether you are an experienced surfer or a beginner you can find your dream spot here. Prime season is winter, from November to late March, as waves commonly reach heights ranging from 1.5-4.5m and hardly drop below head-high.
The most famous surf spots in Lanzarote are: Famara, San Juan, La Santa, El Quemao, Orzola, Arrieta and Jameos del Agua. Contact LanzaSurf for courses and prices.
Only Lanzarote can offer 500m high cliffs from which lava once cascaded into the sea, white and black sandy beaches, stratified volcanic rocks, caves, arches and the largest marine reserve in Europe, Chinijo Archipelago.
Lanzarote has a choice of kayaking activities ranging from taking a surf kayak out from the beach or organised tours of the coast in enclosed kayaks. A lovely way to discover the hidden beaches of Lanzarote. Kayaking is great fun and doesn’t require big technical skills, you can master the basics of using a kayak in about five minutes. Kayaks can be hired in Arrieta, Playa Blanca and La Graciosa.
There is jet ski hire available in the resorts of Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca for those who like to experience the feeling of speed on the water.
Kite surfing is allowed on a couple of designated beaches in Lanzarote, the main one is Playa de Famara where lessons are available. We would recommend contacting Lanzarote Kite for more information about Kite Surf, Surf and Stand Up Paddle.
Costa Teguise is famous for windsurfing and Playa Las Cucharas is the beach to head for. This resort is slightly windier than the others and the sea is dotted with colourful sails in the afternoons. There are plenty of schools to choose from. The European Freestyle Pro Tour event is held here each June, where some of the best riders in the world compete for the yearly Freestyle European title.
Lanzarote is the last stop before crossing the Atlantic and a popular place for sailing. There are yachts available for private hire with crew, like Endeavour Sailing, or bareboat charter if you’re a competent sailor, see Lava Charter, with their luxurious Bavaria yachts.
You can also join sailing excursions in Catamarans to discover Lanzarote from the sea, with a chance of spotting dolphins & pilot whales and to swim at the stunning golden beaches of Papagayo, see CatLanza, which includes jet ski rides and snorkelling.