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Playa Flamingo, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Postby glitterball » Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:34 pm

Playa Flamingo is one of the best places for Snorkeling in Lanzarote, however most visitors never leave the murky area inside the breakwaters, and therefore miss out on the schools of Barracuda, Trumpetfish, Groupers etc.
The best area is just outside the breakwaters - swim out from the beach and through the channel and you will arrive at an artificial reef created by the old breakwaters. Ironically the water temperature is higher here than inside the breakwaters at the beach!
The breakwaters were severally damaged during Tropical Storm Delta in 2005 and it was several years before they were reconstructed. The Marine Fauna and Fauna has gradually recovered and the artificial reef created by the old damaged breakwaters is now teaming with life.

Look out for Octopus, Cuttlefish, Trumpetfish, Rays, Schools of several hundred Barracuda, Grouper (look over the drop off), Jacks, Parrotfish and Needlefish just under the surface.
  • Ease of Access: Sheltered beach - it doesn't get any easier than this
  • Hazards: None that I can think of
  • Visibility: Medium: it gets better in the open water outside the breakwaters
  • Best time to go: Early morning combined with low tide (evening with low tide isn't bad either)
  • Water Temperature: 18 - 23 C° (warmer outside the breakwaters)
  • Highlights: Schooling Barracuda (may be seasonal), Octopus, Trumpetfish
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Octopus at Playa Flamingo
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Needlefish under the surface
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Schooling Barracuda at Playa Flamingo Lanzarote
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Schooling Barracuda at Playa Flamingo Lanzarote
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Schooling Barracuda at Playa Flamingo Lanzarote
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glitterball
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Re: Playa Flamingo, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Postby glitterball » Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:14 pm

Here are some dive videos of Playa Flamingo: you can see pretty much all of the same species snorkeling:


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Re: Playa Flamingo, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Postby SnorkelLanzarote » Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:36 pm

Wow, amazing pictures and videos of the Lanzarote's deeps. I'm really fall in love :shock: http://www.h10lanzaroteprincess.com/

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Re: Playa Flamingo, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Postby MermaidK8 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:39 pm

I love swimming with Barracuda. I have been here a few times and have seen quite a few, although not as many as your photos. It can get pretty cold but I tend to ´swim´ rather than ´float´. I did notice most people stay within the bay to snorkel which makes no sense, as its no where near as clear....


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