Underwater Museum in Lanzarote - Museo Atlantico

Museo Atlantico

Dive the underwater museum in Lanzarote!

Los Jolateros

A group of children in their boats made of brass, called “Jolateros”. A reference to a Lanzarote tradition and a metaphor of a possible future for our children, marked by the precariousness that would mean sailing on a thin sheet of brass.

Immortal

Moulded from a local fisherman on the island of La Graciosa off the north coast of Lanzarote. The sculpture is formed by a series of concrete sticks that make up a traditional funeral pyre.

The Raft of Lampedusa

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.

Disconnected

A couple taking a selfie places us in the use of technologies and self-referentiality. This sculpture located next to the The Raft of Lampedusa, eludes to the tragic moment and turns it into an event “in the background”, worthy of being registered.

Crossing the Rubicon

This work consists of a group of 35 figures walking towards a wall and a door under the sea, a boundary between 2 realities and a portal to the Atlantic Ocean. It is a monument to the absurd, a dysfunctional barrier in the midst of a vast fluid, a three-dimensional space that can be surpassed in any direction.

Hybrid Garden

Merging nature and humanity while referring to the rich vegetation of Lanzarote. 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”.

Portal

In the portal a young female hybrid looks at a large quadrangular mirror that reflects the surface of the ocean in motion. The mirror rises over a series of cactus-like structures containing small compartments, “living stations” designed to attract octopuses, sea urchins and fry.

Deregulated

Deregulated is a playground in which suited businessmen, alien to the natural world, play on a swing and two rockers.

Photo Op.

Similar to the selfie couple, photographer pose a debate on the permanent recording of images in contemporary societies.

Human Twist

The last piece of the Museo Atlantico is a human gyre consisting of 200 life-size sculptures that create a great circular formation. The position of the figures forms a reef inhabitable by marine species and constitutes an emotional farewell for the visitors at the end of the tour.

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 that was created by Jason, aiming to create a strong visual dialogue between art and nature. Designing it with conservation on his mind, wanting to generate 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 is now home to large shoals of barracuda, sardines and axillary seabream. There are also regular sightings of angel sharks, rays and triggerfish. Along with octopus and moray eels which can be found living inside the sculptures.

Manta Diving Lanzarote

The centre of culture, art and tourism of Lanzarote awarded Manta Diving Lanzarote with the best operator and ECO dive guide for the Museo Atlantico for summer 2017 and winter 2017-2018. All of our dive guides are official ECO dive guides of the Museo Atlantico. They have an extensive knowledge of the underwater museum including how the sculptures were created, the meaning behind them and what Jason deCaires Taylor set out to achieve by creating the Museo Atlantico. Before your dive your guide will give you a briefing explaining to you all the details so that you get the best visit possible to the underwater museum!

Diving Schedule – for certified divers

On Tuesdays and Fridays we offer 2 tank excursions to the Museo Atlantico. Starting at 8:00 finishing around 14:00. Included is transport from Puerto Del Carmen to Playa Blanca where we take the rib out for 2 dives. The first dive is a reef dive to either Las Colorados, Punta Berruga or El Emisario. After a surface interval on the boat we dive the Museo Atlantico. The price is 45€ on top of the price of 2 dives.

Diving Schedule – for divers without a certification

If you don’t have a certification and you fancy experiencing the Museo Atlantico for yourself we have a full day training package available. Designed to introduce you to scuba diving and get you comfortable underwater. So that you can enjoy your experience at the underwater museum! Included in the full day training package is 3 dives. The PADI Discover Scuba Dive, Follow up dive and a dive at the underwater museum. You will get to spend around 30-35 minutes at the underwater museum discovering the different sculptures. Starting at 8:45 finishing around 16:30. 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, all transportation, boat fees, entrance fees to the Museo Atlantico and a Manta Diving t-shirt!

Why choose Manta Diving Lanzarote to visit the underwater museum in Lanzarote?
We are the proud winners of the 2017 Summer and Winter Best EOMA Dive Centre and Best Eco Dive Guide from the Museo Atlantico and Centros de Arte, Culture y Turismo. We won these 3 awards based on the fantastic feedback collected by the underwater museum in their surveys completed by our divers. As well as our experience with the Museo Atlantico staff and their safety boat.
Can my non-diving friend come with me?
Unfortunately the boat we dive from is a rib and is uncomfortable for non-divers. So it is not possible for them to come with us to the underwater museum. If there is space in the minibus they can join us for the trip to Playa Blanca. Where they can spend the morning in the Marina Rubicon exploring the shops and restaurants.
Do you offer single tank dives to the Museo Atlantico?
No, the Museo Atlantico asks us to perform a check dive first. To ensure all divers have control of their buoyancy to protect the statues. So we use the first dive as a check dive and then we dive the underwater museum on the second dive.
What is included between dives?
On the surface interval we provide you with water, soup and bananas. During the summer months we provide you with a baseball hat to help protect you from the sun. During the winter months we provide a woolly hat for you to wear to keep you warm.
What is the maximum depth of the underwater museum?
The underwater museum is maximum depth 14 metres. Making it perfect for all diving levels!

Book your excursion to the Museo Atlantico now!