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10 Best Activities in Lanzarote: kayak, snorkel, diving experiences

Lanzarote is an exciting island for sea adventurers. The warm waters, amazing beaches, coral reefs, natural pools and constant wind make a perfect setting for many activities.

Carla Yaquer

Carla Yaquer

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10 Best Activities in Lanzarote: kayak, snorkel, diving experiences

Lanzarote | ©Sands Beach Active

In the Canary archipelago lies an island of volcanic origin surrounded by one of the marine biospheres protected by Unesco. The combination of wind, sea and warm temperature make water activities one of the best things to do in Lanzarote.

The alternatives depend on your creativity, adventurous spirit and love and respect for the sea, but in this post I tell you what are my favorite experiences for diving, surfing, sailing or kayaking in this natural paradise.

1. Discover Scuba Diving in Lanzarote

Diving in Lanzarote| ©Alex Lopez
Diving in Lanzarote| ©Alex Lopez

The marine life of Lanzarote catches even the most skeptical of the "allergic to the sea". Once you arrive on the island your curiosity is sure to be aroused to learn the secrets hidden beneath its turquoise waters. For all those who are eager to get started in the art of scuba diving, here is your special experience.

The first step is to receive a briefing from a PADI instructor, from whom you will learn the basic diving techniques to make a safe and fun dive in shallow waters. The instruction lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Then you and the small group of participants will head to the beach selected by the operator. Often the first dive is done at Playa Chica in Puerto del Carmen, where you can see napoleon wrasse, parrot fish and much more.

This dive experience takes you to a depth of 5 meters. This is standard and you have the opportunity to increase the number of dives, which in turn allows you to access the depths of the sea to 12 meters or more, depending on the package you choose and your commitment to adventure.

This diving experience in Lanzarote in small groups can be done as a family, as children from 10 years old are welcome. Include this experience among the things to do in Lanzarote with kids and get ready to know the world from the depths of the sea.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 70 €.
  • Duration: 120 to 150 min.
  • Time: morning.
  • What the experience may include: Introduction to the basics of scuba diving. SSI professional instructor. Use of diving equipment. A photo package as a souvenir. Round trip transportation from your hotel.

Book an introductory dive experience in Lanzarote

2. Snorkeling experience in Playa Chica of Lanzarote

Snorkeling in Lanzarote| ©castgen
Snorkeling in Lanzarote| ©castgen

Did you know that Lanzarote is one of the largest marine reserves in Europe? How can you resist a respectful dive along its coasts? That's just what I propose you with this fun experience.

There is nothing better than leaving behind the crowds of tourists and dive into the underwater world of Lanzarote in a small group. With this activity you will be able to discover the secret life of the sea with a guided snorkeling excursion in Playa Chica.

It is ideal for beginners and all the necessary equipment is provided including wetsuit, snorkel, fins and mask. In addition, a friendly guide will help you get into the rhythm and make sure you have fun.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 50 €.
  • Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Schedule: morning.
  • What the experience may include: Full snorkeling equipment. Instruction and guidance by a PADI certified diver. A small snack. Round trip transfers.

3. Kayak and snorkeling with the family in Playa Papagayo

Kayaking in Playa Papagayo| ©Zoe Wirgley
Kayaking in Playa Papagayo| ©Zoe Wirgley

This is, without a doubt, one of the best experiences you can have at Papagayo Beach. The adventure begins at your operator's facilities in the south of Lanzarote, near Playa Papagayo, where you will receive basic kayaking instructions as well as the necessary equipment to launch into the sea.

Once you have received the basic notions, the group begins its tour accompanied by one or more instructors (depending on the number of participants).

While you navigate in your kayak, the instructors share anecdotes about pirates, the history of the island, the curious volcanic forms and the marine fauna present on the route to Papagayo Beach, where you can adjust your mask and snorkel.

This 3-hour activity is perfect to share with friends, family or as a couple, as up to 20 people are welcome. The experience is great and it is a pleasant and fun ride suitable for beginners and experts.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 47 €.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Schedule: morning.
  • What the experience may include: snorkeling equipment and kayak boards. Expert guide service. Picnic.

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4. Diving in the Museo Atlántico de Lanzarote for non certified divers

Atlantic Museum of Lanzarote| ©HAFEEZ KARIM
Atlantic Museum of Lanzarote| ©HAFEEZ KARIM

Visits to museums are usually a fixed part of travelers' itineraries. In Lanzarote you can not miss the opportunity to move to the south coast of the volcanic island to visit the Atlantic Museum of Lanzarote.

This is a kind of interactive visit, not because of the presence of large screens but because of the surrounding marine fauna. While you admire a selection of works by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor converted into artificial reefs, sardines, sea sponges, octopuses, sea urchins, even schools of barracudas swim around you.

This is a fascinating experience as it is the first underwater museum in Europe and is available for non-certified divers. The program for this dive starts with an instruction by PADI certified divers who include an overview of the sculptures you will find in the museum.

The first step is preparation. In a pool you will learn basic diving skills. Then you head to Playa Blanca with your instructor to practice your first dive up to 6 meters in the sea.

After induction and practice, after a short break, it's time to head to Playa Blanca, where a boat will take you to the dive site.

There you will descend to 12 meters to begin the visit to the museum, where 10 groups of works such as the Hybrid Garden, the Human Whirlpool, the Immortal Pyre and Discontrol await you.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 146 €.
  • Duration: 5 hours.
  • Schedule: morning.
  • What the experience may include: Transfer to and from your hotel. Diving equipment. Introduction and dive guide. 2 dives (one test dive to 6 meters and one to the museum at 12 meters). Boat to the underwater museum.

5. Dive with sharks in Lanzarote for beginners and experts

Dive with sharks in Lanzarote| ©Alberto G
Dive with sharks in Lanzarote| ©Alberto G

Lanzarote carries water and marine life in its DNA and offers its best experiences to lovers of marine life, as in this case.

In Lanzarote Aquarium you can swim with sharks and, unlike other aquariums in Spain, no diving certificate is required.

As you read it, at Lanzarote Aquarium the team of marine biologists and certified divers have an experience suitable for you. The available options are:

  • Diving with sharks for beginners. No professional diver certification is required. Training is done on site and the experience lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Diving with sharks for certified divers. It is exempt of training, only requires the presentation of the certificate and desire to dive into the water surrounded by sharks. The experience lasts 2 hours.
  • Hybrid shark dive. Apart from diving with sharks in the aquarium pools, a dive on the beach is also included for a complete training. The experience lasts 3 hours.

If you are between 12 and 17 years old you only need to make your reservation and attend accompanied by your representative at the aquarium located in the Centro Comercial El Trébol in Costa Teguise. For those over 18 years old, a reservationwill be enough to live this adventure.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 200 €.
  • Duration: From 2 hours onwards.
  • Schedule: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 hours to 15:00 hours.
  • What the experience may include: The visit to the aquarium. Diving equipment. Insurance. Free admission for one companion.

6. Freediving training in Lanzarote

Freediving in Lanzarote| ©ClubDeApneaLanzarote
Freediving in Lanzarote| ©ClubDeApneaLanzarote

With this activity you will be able to take the thrill of scuba diving and snorkeling to another level by learning to freedive in the Canary archipelago.

Lanzarote is an ideal place to practice freediving thanks to its warm ocean and crystal clear water, and if it is in small groups the better, as this experience offers. Although freediving can be practiced in almost all the south of the island, often the beaches of Puerto del Carmen are the chosen ones for this activity.

Always under the supervision of a certified diver, you will use buoys, guides and cables to dive in the water surrounded by sea turtles and rays.

Freediving is a natural way to dive in the underwater world and in Lanzarote the space is ideal to the point of functioning as the venue for the Outdoor Open Freediving Championship.

The experience is enjoyable and the experienced instructors guarantee a safe and fun experience.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 35 €.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Schedule: morning and afternoon.
  • What the experience may include: use of diving equipment. Continuous assistance from certified divers.

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7. Dive for experts in Lanzarote

Starting the dive| ©u2carlos
Starting the dive| ©u2carlos

If you want to make the most of your diving experience in Lanzarote, this expert guided diving experience is perfect for you. This activity offers you the opportunity to go out with a PADI diving instructor on some of the best beaches of Lanzarote in Puerto del Carmen.

If you dare, you will get to know beautiful reefs, spectacular landscapes and abundant underwater life. The guide makes sure to adapt the excursion to your individual needs according to your experience and weather conditions, that's why the excursion is done in small groups.

Just present your scuba diving certificate to join this exhilarating experience and dive into the depths of a different island, it's worth it.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 45 €.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Schedule: morning and afternoon.
  • What the experience may include: instruction and guidance by a certified PADI diver. From 1 to 10 dives, depending on the plan you choose with your operator. Snack between dives.

8. A day of Kayaking, snorkeling and diving in Papagayo

Kayaking in Lanzarote| ©Eagle Canoe Club
Kayaking in Lanzarote| ©Eagle Canoe Club

This tour stands out among the best day trips and excursions from Lanzarote thanks to its destination, Playa Papagayo, a beach that seduces with its vibrant colors and calm waters.

This experience begins with pick up at your hotel. The tour bus travels through the main hotel areas of Lanzarote to take you directly to Puerto del Carmen. Once there, the ferry takes you to Puerto Calero while you enjoy the breathtaking views of the Canary coast and the open bar of the boat.

From Puerto Calero, a catamaran takes you to Papagayo Bay, where you can jump into the water with goggles and snorkel, kayak, swim or sunbathe in front of the sea.

At the end of the tour you will be taken back to your point of origin after a fun day in Lanzarote.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 64 €.
  • Duration: 4 -6 hours.
  • Schedule: morning.
  • What the experience may include: all transfers by bus, catamaran and ferry round trip. Professional guide service. Open bar with beer, wine and soft drinks. Kayak and snorkel equipment. Insurance. Lunch. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let your operator know, often this type of tour offers alternatives for vegans and vegetarians.

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9. A day kayaking and snorkeling in La Graciosa

Kayak in La Graciosa| ©wiseguy71
Kayak in La Graciosa| ©wiseguy71

Excursions to La Graciosa from Lanzarote usually include some activities in addition to the sailing itself and the opportunity to get to know this small island.

This experience is a party for Lanzarote, or at least the cheerful atmosphere, the good food, the beach and the activities of the tour awaken that feeling. Lanzarote deserves to be celebrated, but with a different style as the island itself.

This boat excursion in Lanzarote usually starts with the pick up at the bus to take you to the fast ferry that leads to the island La Graciosa, at the northern tip of Lanzarote.

Areas included in the tour

They often include shuttle service and pass through the main hotel areas of Lanzarote. If your hotel is located in Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen, Arrecife, Costa Teguise or Puerto Calero, it will surely be on the route.

After the ship docks at the port of Caleta de Sebo, capital of La Graciosa, you can stroll around for 30 - 45 minutes to have a look at this interesting place.

After the leisure time, a catamaran will allow you to sail to Playa Francesa, a beach with pristine and calm waters, perfect for snorkeling to see the marine fauna, or to take a kayak and appreciate the island.

Along the way a guide will share valuable information about the area while you and a group of up to 90 people discover the impossible shapes of this volcanic island, enjoy an open bar, snacks and a delicious lunch that is often prepared on deck for everyone's delight. After the 5 hours of the tour, you will return to the point of origin.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 68 €.
  • Duration: 5 hours.
  • Schedule: morning.
  • What the experience may include: bus transfers to and from the port. Snorkeling equipment. Luxury catamaran cruise. Lunch on board the boat. Open bar with beers, local vintage wines and soft drinks. Champagne toast. Tours to different beaches of the Chinijo archipelago.

Book an excursion to La Graciosa from Lanzarote

10. Private cruise in Lanzarote with snorkeling and paddling to Fuerteventura

Paddle in Lanzarote| ©Resort Hotel
Paddle in Lanzarote| ©Resort Hotel

This experience takes you through the oldest island in the Canary archipelago, Fuerteventura. A catamaran will be waiting for your group next to the harbor master's office in the Marina Rubicon in Playa Blanca, from where you will go flanking Lanzarote until you reach Isla de Lobos.

This tour is ideal for families and groups of friends who prefer to enjoy nature with privacy or perhaps celebrate a special event. It is one of the best experiences to know Fuerteventura from Lanzarote and for an affordable price can join between 2 and 12 people to this adventure.

The combination of wind and waves is perfect for relaxing swimming or discovering the marine life by snorkeling.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 480 € per group of up to 12 people.
  • Duration: 4 hours.
  • Schedule: afternoon
  • What the tour may include: Transfer service to and from Lobos Island by catamaran. Professional guide service. Snorkeling equipment.

Book your place in the best kayaking and snorkeling activities in Lanzarote