In April 2016 UoNSAC set off for sun, sea and singing (some very bad karaoke) in Lanzarote. Staying in 2 beautiful villas in Playa Blanca we were to spend 8 days in Lanzarote overall, with 5 days of diving and plenty of time left to explore the island.
We dived by morning and were back in the villas mid afternoon to enjoy the last of the sun before firing up the BBQ and then jumping in the hot tub.
The week began with a check out dive at Charlotte Reef, aptly re-named by Chris King as the ‘’sand appreciation course’’ although we did spot an octopus and cuttlefish. All went smoothly and we were ready for a week of diving. We also decided to visit the Museo Atlantico, an underwater sculpture museum. However, this didn’t seem to excite many of the divers.
We enjoyed beautiful diving in Puerto del Carmen off searching for dusky grouper at The Cathedral and The Blue Hole, Lots of fire worms, nudibranchs and flatfish. However, the highlight of the trip was driving up to Mala for a days diving. At Charco del Palo we spotted electric rays, and parrot fish. The underwater volcanic rock formations were beautiful with lava tubes, caves and pinnacles. Unfortunately this site is very exposed and we had to wait until the end of the week for the right weather. Oh, and Mala is a nudist area.
On our days off diving we all set off in the cars to explore the island. Our group in particular headed off to the viewpoint over La Graciosa stopping off where we pleased, and sampling some wonderful tapas in Teguise old town on our way home.
Written by Helen Terry (President 2016/17).