Born of violent volcanic eruptions off the coast of North Africa, Lanzarote is a DPV diver’s paradise of plunging walls, dramatic arches and thrilling swimthroughs. The easternmost of Spain’s Canary Islands is also a magnet for marine life thanks to a constant basting of rich open-ocean currents that lure exciting pelagics, from hammerhead sharks to eagle rays and mola mola. Add to the equation an impressive diversity of sites, including several wrecks and the Museo Atlántico underwater sculpture garden by artist Jason decaires Taylor, and you have a potent draw for traveling divers, says Paul Slater of Lanzarote Dive Centre in Puerto del Carmen.
“The waters are clear, with great visibility, and many dive sites are accessible from shore with plentiful entry and exit points,” Slater says. “DPVS are great for exploring, and Playa Chica is a prime launch spot for visiting top sites such as the Eye, the Harbor Wrecks, the Fariones and the Wall.”
Slater says most students “have a big smile on their face that lasts all day” after a scooter dive. “Completing loop-the-loops, decreasing gas consumption and not having to fin are the big benefits, along with going farther and seeing more,” he says. “Most first-time DPV divers can’t stop talking about it and can’t wait to do it again.”