Best places for diving in La Graciosa
If you are passionate about ocean,diving should be on your to-do list for your holiday in Canary Islands.Its fortunate climate makes it possible to practice diving all year round and attracts divers with its unique biodiversity of the Atlantic Ocean. Some of the best diving sites in the entire Canary Archipelago can be found in the Chinijo Archipelago. The island of La Graciosa is the only place in the archipelago that can be visited by tourists, where peace and tranquility reign.
Located at the eastern end of the Atlantic Ocean, just outside the Northwest coast of Africa, the Canary Islands are famous for their comfortable subtropical climate and sandy beaches. The water temperature never drops below 17-18 °C and the weather is always warm. Perfect for diving!
In addition, there is a wide range of diving spots, and they are usually around 20 meters deep, but there are exceptions such as Las Gerardias that is more than 60 meters deep.
Why choose La Graciosa for diving?
The seabed of La Graciosa is the home to a wide biodiversity of great value and is characterised by its volcanic relief full of caves, large groves and sand.
La Graciosa, the wonderful eighth island of the Canaries, is located in Europe’s largest and most protected marine area, known as the Chinijo Archipelago Marine Reserve. It is an exceptional area that represents more than 90% of the marine life of the Canary Islands. There are some diving spots in the archipelago that you can choose from, but if you look for nature in its purest state, your choice is the island of La Graciosa.
In the wonderful backgrounds of La Graciosa, you can expect to see a wide range of species, from groupers to stingrays and rays. The Angel shark is the king of its waters. If you’re lucky, you can find dolphins and whales, so pay attention! In addition, one of the most unusual species you can find are the Nudibranchs. These small and colourful animals attract underwater photographers who are able to stay for hours in a small space under water just to capture the beauty of this incredible animal.
The only diving center of La Graciosa
The only diving center you’ll find on the island, Buceo en la Graciosa, is located in the largest town on the island, Caleta del Sebo. The center offers several activities: diving courses, baptisms, diving guides, snorkeling…
One special offer is diving baptism: a chance to try immersing for the first time. Discover the sensations of breathing underwater and feel surrounded by fish with the help of professional instructors.
Also enjoy a guided dive in one of the 20 dives that hosts the marine reserve or get a package of accommodation + diving offered in this diving center, which will allow you to enjoy the island as much as possible, both inside and outside the water.
Best diving sites in La Graciosa
La Burrera is one of the best diving spots of the Canary Islands and is often listed among the top diving places by bloggers. It is located off the southwest coast of the island. This place is spectacular for its labyrinthine landscape, with large rocks, arches, columns, cornices and for the abundant life that shelters both fauna and flora.
Bajo de las Gerardias
A unique immersion in the world. The largest known agglomeration of Gerardias “savalia savaglia” known, a garden in the depths with millenary corals and large influx of pelagic life. It has an incalculable ecological value that makes it a national reference.
Galleries, tunnels and arches covered with anemones merge in the sand forming an unparalleled spectacle of lights. Chuchos, morenas and tembladeras inhabit this magical place.
An explosion of life that makes this place a natural aquarium, schools of fish, angel sharks, Canarian lobsters and groupers are just a few of the usual fish that will accompany you..
Travel through time and discover the secrets of the centennial Anchors. History, archeology and nature in their wildest state concentrate in this emblematic immersion.
How to get to La Graciosa?
The island of La Graciosa is only a 25 min ferry ride away from Lanzarote. You can easily get there by taking a ferry from Orzola. The ferries depart every 1/1,5 hours, the first one leaves at 8:30 and the last one (during the high season) at 20:00. You will sail to Caleta de Sebo, the biggest port of La Graciosa.
You can also get to La Graciosa by booking an excursion. This way, you will not only get a ferry to and from the island, but also the transfer from your hotel and back and the guide in multiple languages.