Dive The Underwater Museum in Lanzarote
Come diving with us and explore the amazing sculptures created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor at the Museo Atlantico. Europe’s first underwater museum! Lanzarote’s newest and most unique dive site in Playa Blanca – a must dive for all divers!
The Museo Atlantico is an underwater museum in Lanzarote that was created by Jason, aiming to create a strong visual dialogue between art and nature. Throughout the design process conservation was at the front of his mind. For this reason he wanted to create an artificial reef on a large scale. Since the first sculptures were installed in March 2016 the marine life has increased in diversity by over 200%! The underwater museum in Lanzarote is now home to large shoals of barracuda, sardines and axillary seabream. Now there are regular sightings of angel sharks, rays and triggerfish. Along with octopus and moray eels which can be found living inside the sculptures.
Museo Atlantico The Underwater Museum
Museo Atlantico Awards
Why dive the underwater museum with Manta Diving? We win awards, voted for by our diver's experience at the museum!
The centre of culture, art and tourism of Lanzarote awarded Manta Diving with the best operator and ECO dive guide for the Museo Atlantico. Not only did Manta win the best dive centre for Summer 2017 but also every time it has been awarded since! 5 out of 5!
All of our dive guides are official ECO guides with an extensive knowledge of the underwater museum in Lanzarote. During your dive briefing your guide will explain to you the meaning behind the sculptures also how they were created. Ensuring that you get the best visit possible to the underwater museum in Lanzarote! Jason deCaires Taylor set out to create the Museo Atlantico as an artificial reef to help protect Playa Chica, our house reef in Puerto Del Carmen. As well as to raise awareness of conservation, awareness to the current world issues.
Diving Schedule - For Certified Divers
Wednesdays and Friday mornings
On Wednesdays and Fridays we offer 2 tank excursions to dive the underwater museum in Lanzarote. Starting at 8:00 finishing around 14:00. After preparing the equipment at the dive centre, we will then drive to Playa Blanca. From Marina Rubicon we will go out on the rib for 2 dives. The first dive is at Las Coloradas, famous for it’s Club Tipped Anemones and chimney swim-through. Then it is time to dive the underwater museum! Once everyone is ready we will jump in and dive the underwater museum. The dive time is usually between 30-45 minutes, allowing you plenty of time to take in the 300 sculptures and take photos.
Book your dives online now! Click the link below and choose how many dives you would like to do, plus the 2 tank boat dives in Playa Blanca.
Diving Schedule - for divers without a certification
Visit the Underwater Museum in Lanzarote without a PADI licence!
Don’t have a diving certification but you fancy experiencing Lanzarote’s underwater museum? We have a full day training package available. Designed to introduce you to scuba diving and get you comfortable underwater. Uniquely designed so that you can enjoy your experience at the underwater museum!
During the day you will complete 3 dives. Starting with the PADI Discover Scuba Dive, then a follow up dive and in the afternoon a dive to the underwater museum. During this dive you will spend around 30-35 minutes at the underwater museum discovering the different sculptures. Starting at 8:45 finishing around 16:30. Also you can choose to do the full training package in 1 full day or split it over 2 consecutive afternoons. The price is 179€ per person and includes the 3 dives, (2 training dives from Playa Chica and 1 dive at the underwater museum in Lanzarote), all transportation, boat fees and a Manta Diving t-shirt! Not only that we will take photos of you during your dive to the underwater museum!
Book your dives online now, click the link below and choose the Gold Package. Pay a 15€ deposit to secure your place and then pay the balance on the day.
Read about the different sculptures at the Underwater Museum in Lanzarote
Los Jolateros is a tradition in Lanzarote where children create boats from oil drums. Then race them across El Charco. With this in mind Jason recreated the children paddling their boats. It may also be a metaphor of a possible future for our children. Marking the precariousness that would mean sailing on a thin sheet of brass.
Immortal is a sculpture moulded from a local fisherman from the neighbouring island of La Graciosa. The sculpture is formed by a series of concrete sticks that make up a traditional funeral pyre.
One of the most famous sculptures for the underwater museum in Lanzarote. The Raft of Lampedusa is actually a reflection on the humanitarian crisis based on the painting of Gericult. Which depicts a scene of the wreck of the French frigate Medusa on the coast of Mauritania and the abandonment suffered by the crew. An acknowledgement for those who have lost their lives on that journey.
A couple taking a selfie places us in the use of technologies and self-referentiality. In this day and age selfies are everywhere. This sculpture is actually located next to the The Raft of Lampedusa. Eluding to the tragic moment and turning it into an event “in the background”, worthy of being registered.
Up next is a group consisting of 35 people walking towards a wall and a door under the sea. Depicting a boundary between 2 realities and a portal to the Atlantic Ocean. A unique monument, designed to be absurd, a dysfunctional barrier in the midst of a vast fluid, a 3-D space that can be surpassed in any direction.
After swimming through the portal you enter a realm merging nature and humanity. While entering into the Botanical Garden you will see the strong reference to Lanzarote’s rich vegetation. Sculptures half human, half cactus, make up an important part of the botanical garden. This set of sculptures includes 4 Hybrids, “Drago” (a native tree from the Canary Islands) “Nopal” “Hybrid Roots” and “Tubular Hybrid”.
In the portal a young female hybrid looks at a large quadrangular mirror that reflects the surface of the ocean in motion. Meanwhile the mirror is positioned on top of cactus-like structures containing small compartments. “Living stations” designed to attract octopuses, sea urchins and moray eels.
At first glance Deregulated looks like businessman playing in a children’s playground. However if you look closer you will see they are actually playing on oil and gas pumps.
Similar to the selfie couple, there are a couple of statues of photographers in the Museo Atlantico. Posing a debate on the permanent recording of images in modern society. On average of 350 million photos are uploaded daily to Facebook. Cameras constantly used in everyday situations, turning everyone into a photographer.
Finally after exploring the rest of the Museo Atlantico we come across the human twist. Consisting of 200 life-size sculptures that create a great circular formation. Uniquely positioned so that the figures forms a reef habitable by marine species. During the past couple of years we have found everything from moray eels to rare lobsters between the humans. Also the sand in the middle of the twist is a popular resting place for angel sharks.
Manta Diving Lanzarote are proud winners of the Best EOMA Dive Centre 5 times from CACT Lanzarote – the only dive centre to have won the award every time it was been awarded! We won these 5 awards based on the feedback collected by the museum from surveys completed by our divers. As well as our experience with the Museo Atlantico staff.
The underwater museum in Lanzarote is maximum depth 14 metres. Making it perfect for all diving levels!
Unfortunately the underwater museum in Playa Blanca is too deep to be seen from the surface. As all the sculptures are at 12 metres so it isn’t possible to view it from a glass bottom boat or by snorkelling. However don’t worry, if you aren’t a diver already then you can still visit the underwater museum. If you want to visit it, your best option is our PADI discover scuba diving Gold Package where you can learn to dive in 1 day and on your third dive get to dive the underwater museum for yourself!
Unfortunately the boat we dive from is a rib and is uncomfortable for non-divers.
Yes, we arrange these for the afternoon, meeting at 12:00 and finishing around 16:00. If you would like to do just 1 dive in Playa Blanca just select the single boat dive in Playa Blanca.