We attended a press conference at the Cabildo on Friday evening for the launch of a new scuba diving guide for Lanzarote.
At the launch was a copy of the paperback version of the Guía de Inmersiones (diving guide) which was impressive, but you don’t need to chase round for your copy as it can be downloaded free of charge!
The dive guide includes 150 pages of detailed information in English, Spanish & German about diving in Lanzarote. You will find reference to 57 dive sites, 30 of which have been listed in an easy reference chart detailing the depth, accessibility and activities in each area. There are 22 fabulous dive maps that can be downloaded to tablets and smartphones as well as 29 smaller maps designed to load into Mares dive computers.
This information is a must have for any dive school or diver in Lanzarote! The guide also includes more than 300 colour photographs with a catalogue of 104 different species of fauna and flora most commonly found underwater in Lanzarote.
Take the guide on Veril de Las Langostas for example, this dive site is in El Río - the stretch of water between Lanzarote and La Graciosa. The more detailed map is for a tablet, you can see the location to the landscape of La Graciosa, It’s a boat dive with a minimum depth of 14m and maximum of 20m with the suggested route. There is also a scale from 1 to 5 for the abundance of marine life, quality of scenery and level of difficulty on the dive. The smaller image is for the dive computer, showing the route direction, depth and compass bearing in bolder and larger font.
The pages within the guide give more detail about the dive site, it explains that lobster cliff, as it’s known in English, has a sharp rocky cliff face with an abundance of fish and lobsters can be found amongst the caves and crevices as well as schools of barracuda, bastard grunt, bogue and striped seabream. The tips page gives advice which in this area is to dive slack water, as the current can be strong here.
The guide was presented by the President of the Cabildo, Pedro San Ginés, Director of Oceanográfica, Arturo Boyra and Minister for the Reserva de Biosfera, Juan Antonio de la Hoz. The book is published by the Oficina de la Reserva de la Biosfera del Cabildo de Lanzarote in agreement with the Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino The authors of the book were Arturo Boyra, Cristina Fernández Gil and Carlos Suárez who worked with more than 70 collaborators to produce the diving guide including local dive schools, Patrimonio Histórico del Cabildo, Patronato de Turismo, la Federación Canaria de Actividades Subacuáticas (FEDECAS), Aetur, Asolan, Promotur, WWF, Oceana, el Consorcio de Seguridad y Emergencias de Lanzarote amongst many others.
An initial amount of 1,500 copies of the guide have been printed which will be distributed to various schools and organisations in Lanzarote as well as tourism fairs such as the World Travel Market in London during November 2011. A second edition of 4,000 copies will be printed for distribution and sale in the future.
Click here to download your free copy of the Lanzarote Dive Guide