Dive the underwater museum in Lanzarote!
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Crossing the Rubicon
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. 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 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.
Manta Diving Lanzarote
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 Winter 2017-2018! All of our dive guides are official ECO guides with an extensive knowledge of the underwater museum. 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! Jason deCaires Taylor set out to create the Museo Atlantico as an artificial reef to help protect Playa Chica. As well as to raise awareness of conservation, awareness to the current world issues. During the briefing you will also learn how C.A.C.T. are continuing developing the museum to develop the marine reserve.
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. 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. During the surface interval on the boat we will provide you with soup, water and bananas. Then it is time to dive the Museo Atlantico! 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. The price of the excursion is 45€ on top of the price of 2 dives.
Diving Schedule – for divers without a certification
Don’t have a diving certification but you fancy experiencing the Museo Atlantico? 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, all transportation, boat fees, entrance fees to the Museo Atlantico and a Manta Diving t-shirt! Not only that we will take photos of you during your dive to the museum!
Why choose Manta Diving Lanzarote to visit the underwater museum in Lanzarote?
Manta are proud winners of the 2017 Summer and Winter Best EOMA Dive Centre and Best Eco Dive Guide from the Museo Atlantico. Especially because we won these 3 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 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. Although it is not possible for them to come with us to the underwater museum. As long as there is space in the minibus they are welcome to 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. For this reason we use the first dive as a check dive. Afterwards 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!
Is it possible to see the underwater museum in Playa Blanca from a glass bottom boat?
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 experience the amazing Museo Atlántico for yourself!
Where can I learn more about the Museo Atlantico and the artist?
You can learn more about the Museo Atlantico here:
All about the making of the sculptures, the artist Jason deCaires Taylor and the meaning behind the different sculptures.