When you touch down on a sun-kissed holiday island like Lanzarote it can be tempting to dump the luggage in your Lanzarote hotel, slip into the swimwear, slap on some suntan lotion, get prone on a beach and let that big golden orb in the sky kiss your sun-starved body for the rest of your holiday.
If the place you’re soaking up the sun is on the golden shores of the Sands Beach Resort lagoon then tearing yourself away from the sun’s clutches is even more difficult. But if you don’t you might be missing out on one of the most exhilarating holiday experiences you’re likely to have anywhere… and that’s becoming acquainted with Lanzarote’s undersea world.
With body friendly sea temperatures and an abundance of marine life, the waters around Lanzarote draw experienced scuba divers all year round. Given the current political crisis in Tunisia and Egypt, it’s also one of the few locations where divers can currently enjoy excellent diving conditions in winter within a few hour’s flying time from Britain
There’s no need to be an experienced scuba diver to get up close and personal with Lanzarote’s marine life. The expert team at Calipso Diving (BSAC Centre of Excellence and PADI Resort Centre) offer a Discover Scuba course which prepares beginners for their first steps into the big blue. The half day course in Costa Teguise includes thorough preparation and tuition so that beginners know exactly what the drill is when they slip below those invitingly blue waters at Playa Jablillo.
However, no amount of prep can prepare first-timers for that ‘WOW’ feeling that comes from entering this magical undersea kingdom. Even on an introductory dive you’ll be surrounded by brightly coloured fish and may also meet starfish, spider crabs, cuttlefish and possibly even an angel shark. It is quite simply an incredible experience and once tried never forgotten.
Reclining on a sunbed will seem pretty tame afterwards but no worries, Calipso Diving have follow-up scuba diving courses that are just perfect for another undersea adventure.