I dive with Dive College Lanzarote, a scuba diving center next the Natura Palace with a second base in Timanfaya Palace Hotel.
The morning dive is by the boat (max. 15 minutes to dive sites : Flamingo wall, Punta Berrugo, Colorados) and the afternoon dive is from the shore (Timanfaya Reef, Moray Reef).
Underwater volcanic canyons or artificial sea walls offer many safe places for trumpet fish, moray, grouper, spider crab, sepia, octopus and impressive massive shoals of reef fish, barracudas, angel sharks and rays could be spotted around. To be honest I didn't expect such a lively local fauna underwater... so it is always worth to dive and be amazed 8-)
Equipment: Don't forget your diving boots...
Every year in May Lanzarote hosts the Ironman semi-finals. .
This is one of the world's toughest tests of endurance.
3.8 km swim
180 km cycle ride
Nearly a 1000 competitors took part in the last contest.
Entry deadline: 1st May or sooner if the limit of 1200 participants is reached
Until the 21st of March every participant has the right to withdrawal.
A huge standing ovation for athlete Marc Heerreman from Belgium who completed the Ironman in an adapted wheelchair.
The oldest entrant was Kurt Einsiedel from Germany aged 70 who claimed he wasnt even tired after a finish time of 14 hours 26 minutes.
The finalists compete in Hawaii.
Equipment: Hosted by Club La Santa
Lanzarote Ironman one of the Worlds most grueling triathlon takes place every May, starting off with:
38km swim +180km round the Island cycle, followed by a 42km marathon.
All this done in the soring heat, this year (2012) it was 36%
Costa Teguise has the only Golf club on the Island so far, there is another one in the planning stage for Playa Blanca.
The course is has about the only piece of green grass in Lanzarote ! Although you may find some volcanic bunkers.
The green fee's are not cheep around €65+.
Canary Island Wrestling is known as Lucha Canaria on the island.
Imagine 12 giant men in t.shirts and rolled-up shorts jostling each other in a huge sand pit until they fall to the ground.
Players begin the game by leaning towards their opponent, heads almost on shoulders, left hand making a grab for the others shorts. They jostle each other in pairs until one or the other touches the ground with any part of the body other than the feet. Punching and strangleholds are not permitted. Solid body mass, together with speed is a crucial asset.
Three rounds take place altogether with a referee keeping score. Bets are placed amongst the audience and tensions raise to boiling point as everyone gets confused with who is fighting who.
These traditional contests date back to before the Spanish conquest of the Canaries in the 1400’s.
Equipment: Look out for the white marquee in Teguise where the sport takes place most Sundays at 12.00.
Or look for signs on the road around the village of Tao. And occasionally you might see practice sessions on the beaches.
Las Tres Islas (3 Island Challenge) is a series of endurance sports for young people, that take place betwen La Graciosa, Lanzarote and Fuertuventura.
Individuals or teams of 3 in relay style can partipate.
Swim 1.5 kms
Cycle 65 kms
Sail & Windsurf
One event was a 'dash' from Lanzarote to The Sahara!
Xavier Braddock or 'Tila' created the events to encourage young people by either participating, donating or volunteering. The event also raises funds for young people.
Equipment: The one day event starts with a swim from La Graciosa to Lanzarote's Mirador Beach, then participants cycle across the island to Playa Blanca.
This event may have to be cancelled due to lack of sponsorships. See website
Making a bike tour is the best way to see Lanzarote, I think. Where I stayed in Club La Santa (see my hotel tip) they had lots of bikes, so there it was no need to bring your own. I went on a small mountainbike tour, which was great because you have lots of off-road tracks on Lanzarote, but the island is great to ride on the road also. At Club La Santa they also organise special weeks with biking tours with professional cyclists like German Andreas Klier, but I didn't do that, so I can't comment on that more.
I was there in November and then the weather was perfect to cycle; don't know the conditions in the rest of the year.
Lanzarote coastal environment - lava rocks full of nooks, sometimes sandy bottom - is good area for underwater discoveries. Obviously this is not Austaralian reef or even Red Sea scenery but You will not be dissapointed looking here for colourful fishes and strange oceanic creatures. In separate tip I tried to describe the diversity of Lanzarote water world.
I snorekeled on eastern coast. My favorite places were: La Caleta and Playa Jablillo in Costa Teguise. I've also heard that good points are Puerto Calero (here you can also take part in submarine cruise) and Playa Blanca neighbourhood.
Equipment: You need just: mask and snorkel (tube). I also wear special t-shirt more for anti-sun protection (do not belive that some cosmetics will safe your skin under almost equatorial Sun) than against cold water temperature.
Whilst I was in Costa Teguise I went running every day to keep training and keep the weight off and a couple of tips if you are mad enough to run are:
1. Wear a hat as you burn pretty quickly especially if you are folically challenged.
2. Wear glasses if you can as wind blows stuff in your face and eyes and squinting at the sun isnt good.
3. make sure you put your sun lotion on, it may feel windy but you burn pretty quickly.
4. Take water with you because you dehydrate pretty quickly.
Club la Santa is a holiday sport's resort, all types of sport's can be found here, football, tennis diving, swimming, the Welsh Rugby team stayed here prior to the World Cup in Australia 2003.
* Please note, I haven't stayed here. It is just to let people know there is a place for sports.*
According to my son, this skateboard park in Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, is a 'very good' one! We usually make several trips here over our 2 week holiday - he brings his own board with him & can't wait to return to this park each time we holiday here. The good thing for us parents is that it's situated right next to a lovely beach - so he can skate his heart out while we relax in the sun knowing he's safe just 2 minutes away!
It is very well used by local Spanish lads who are generally curteous & friendly to my son (but he tells me all boarders are anyway!)
Equipment: It can be reached very easily by bus from Puerto del Carmen or Costa Teguise - it is literally right next to where the buses drop off & pick up.
Take plenty to drink, it is not sheltered from the sun & the nearest place to purchase any drinks is about a 10 minute walk.
If you are more interested in activity sports than sun and sand, this maybe the holiday for you. The centre have up to 50 choices of activities daily.
e.g choose from 26 daily activities, from golf, tai chi, cycling, race track events, daily hikes, sailing, scuba, diving, windsurfing, aerobics etc etc
also their are a full list of daily childrens events,
olympic size swimming pool - but accommodation and catering secondary to the activities
Thought I'd tell you about a great day out. We sailed from the lovely marina of Puerto Calero (Lanzarote) on a fantastic skippered sailing yacht (with Yachtaholic) - it was big enough to make us feel very safe but also very exclusive! We sailed (with me on the helm!) to the totally unspoilt Papagayo beaches and anchored about 100m off the beach - close enough to swim to it. After some snorkelling in the crystal clear waters we had a great lunch and then sunbathed on deck. We then had a very relaxing sail back - exhausted (can't quite understand why!) but feeling so refreshed! Came away from this trip with a wonderful image of the island of Lanzarote. This was the highlight of our holiday. Can't recommend it enough!
Lanzarote is often refered to as the Hawaii of the Atlantic. But I don't think that gives Lanzarote the credit it deserves. Yes, the waves have the same power and same height, but the simmelarity ends there. Lanza's waves are as good, some probably even better, than those of Hawaii. And therefore I belive it always should be looked as Lanzarote, and not as the Hawaii of the atlantic.
But one thing is for sure, you do need big, heavy wave experience to be able to surf the real power of Lanza. There are a few beachbreaks, but they are not nearly as goods as the ones in France. And if you come here, and only surf the beachbreaks, you have no real point of being here to surf in the first place.
The surf on the reefs range from 3 foot nice reef breaks, to 5m eter plus heavy dry sucking reefs, to 5 meter plus point breaks. But even the 3 feet days offers power and very shallow dangerous reefs.
So if you are ready for all this, then you are ready for a good time.
Equipment: Well, as discribed above, the surf does have a big range, and if you intend to surf a lot, you will need a big quiver. Not just boards, but also leashes, fins, helmets and so on.
And as for wetsuits, most locals and visitors will use a 3/2 suit. But even a shorty will be enough during winter for most people.
Once this place was not big on the tourist scene and was a paradise for windsurfers from all over the world. Now of course there are more tourists, but windsurfers still flock here and they even hold major competitions here too! AT the busier beaches you will find surf shops where you can buy or rent equipment.
Equipment: Most resorts have equipment hire and lessons on offer.