Dive sites in La Graciosa

Plans to do in La Graciosa

17 - Apr - 2024

Where to dive in La Graciosa 

La Graciosa is home to an underwater paradise that you just can’t miss! 

The island offers huge natural variety on land, but its seabed will win your heart. Discover the most important marine reserve in Europe and enjoy diving in the best place in the world.  

 

La Graciosa is surrounded by the largest marine reserve in Europe 

The Chinijo Archipelago has the largest marine reserve in Europe, covering 70,000 hectares that is home to more than 700 recognised species.  

The seabed in this area is steep, irregular and full of caves and tunnels, as well as varied and colourful vegetation. This area is perfect for any curious explorer as its volcanic formations have created thousands of nooks and crannies, which also hide archaeological remains and coral reefs. 

The fact is that, for lovers of diving, being able to enjoy its incredible seabed and the possibility of seeing unique species is a great incentive to visit La Graciosa this summer.  

 

Dive sites in La Graciosa 

In this section we will share some of La Graciosa‘s most important dive sites so that you can explore all the marine delights of its marvellous reserve. Since, depending on where you are diving, there are many species you can see, we also offer a list of the fauna you can expect to spot depending on your specific location 

Las Cañas
El Roquete de Alegranza
Los Dedos
Cueva de los Jureles
Las Anclas
Los Jureles (II)
Roncadores
El Acuario
Túnel de lava
Cueva del Legionario
El Anfiteatro
La Burrera

Species:

Anemones, sand smelts, croakers, grunts, scarlet cleaner shrimp, grey triggerfish. 

Species:

Shoals of Bermuda chub 

Species:

Large jack mackerel, bream, stingrays. There is also a small garden of gorgonians.  

Las Anclas is a submerged piece of history and is practically an underwater museum. In this dive you can observe anchors that have been dropped in this location since the 15th and 16th centuries. This is due to the fact that, throughout history, ships and galleons that found themselves under threat had to get rid of their merchandise and leave at high speed.  

Species:

Groupers, moray eels of different species, anemones, large jack mackerel, barred  hogfish, red porgy and bream. 

This is a “natural aquarium” inhabited by large shoals of grunt and striped seabream. You can also spot stingrays, yellow barracuda, Mediterranean slipper lobsters and even amberjacks.  

This is an ideal dive for beginners, as it is both shallow and easy, and yet notable for the volume of life it harbours.  

Species:

Spotted burrfish, ornate wrasse, painted comber, Canary damsel, red mullet, blacktail comber and diamond lizardfish. 

This is a lava tunnel formed 30,000 years ago during one of the eruptive phases that shaped La Graciosa‘s land and seascape 

Species:

Shoals of grunt, gorgonians, large anemones, large groupers, yellow barracuda and amberjacks. 

Species:

Mediterranean slipper lobsters, groupers, African striped grunt and other species that are more difficult to see, such as ballan wrasse, bream, bright glasseye and large croakers 

How to get to La Graciosa

If this diving plan has won you over…. all you have to do now is organise your trip to La Graciosa!

To get to this Atlantic jewel you must first go to Lanzarote, from where you can take a ferry from the port of Órzola that will take you directly to the port of Caleta de Sebo, in La Graciosa.

The ferry to La Graciosa takes about 20 minutes, and is a smooth ride over the waters of the north of Lanzarote that offers you incredible views of Punta Fariones and the cliffs of Famara. Arriving at La Graciosa never fails to be a special moment since landing at its small port in Caleta de Sebo always a peaceful experience.