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Buceo en la Graciosa: Burrera. Lanzarote 2020

La Graciosa Diving: Burrera

Burrera is considered one of the best dives in the Canary Islands. It’s one of the few places in the archipelago where oroginal algae is still preserved, undisturbed by the invasive diadem sea diadema urchin. Diving here is like diving in the Canary Islands more than 30 years ago, with its endemic flora. Also, the place is spectacular; its landscape with large rocks and arches full of life: to highlight the large school of african striped grunts (burrito), which give the name to this dive.

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Summary:

  • Date & place: 24/09/2020 | la Graciosa, Canary islands
  • Level: Open water
  • External & underwater conditions: very good | no current
  • Duration, visibility & water Tª: 48 min | +20m | 22 ºC
  • Max. depth & Gas: 23 meters | Air
  • Surface time:  –

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La Graciosa Diving 7: Burrera

The sea conditions and the long distance to the nearest port, Caleta del Sebo, mean that we can’t dive here very often. Today, our last day of diving in La Graciosa, we have been lucky and the conditions are unbeatable; good weather and flat sea.

This is the most northerly and farthest diving point, a trip of about 40 minutes by zodiac. From this point we have the islet of Montaña Clara right in front of us.

Buceo en la Graciosa: Burrera. Lanzarote 2020

Montaña Clara

La Burrera is one of the few places in the archipelago where the algae are still preserved without having been devoured by the invasive diadem sea urchin. This dive spot is perhaps a reflection of what the bottoms of the Canary islands could have been more than 30 years ago.

In addition, life in this place is spectacular: a landscape of large rocks, arches and columns full of abundant life, both fauna and flora.

Buceo en la Graciosa: Burrera. Lanzarote 2020

School of african striped grunts and salemas behind

The dive consists of diving among the rocks exploring the cavities, the tunnels and the landscape, following our dive guide, Edy.

This dive site is called ‘Burrera’ because of the large schools of african striped grunt (burrito) fish that we find abundantly in this place

Buceo en la Graciosa: Burrera. Lanzarote 2020

Arch with school of african striped grunts

Buceo en la Graciosa: Burrera. Lanzarote 2020

Arco con banco de burritos y mero debajo

It is an area with a lot of life: large banks of striped grunts, salemas, black seabream and bermuda sea chub.

Buceo en la Graciosa: Burrera. Lanzarote 2020

bermuda sea chub

También meros y algunas barracudas grandes, catalufas escondidas en los huecos de roca y un peje perro que se nos acerca bastante.

Buceo en la Graciosa: Burrera. Lanzarote 2020

Atlantic bigeye

Buceo en la Graciosa: Burrera. Lanzarote 2020

barred hogfish

For lovers of the macro world, here you will find a paradise: nudibranchs and many purple flabellinas, crabs and other tiny life to discover and explore in the many holes in the rocks.

Buceo en la Graciosa: Burrera. Lanzarote 2020

flabellina nudibranch

At the end of the dive, we see an adult redbanded seabream in the background. These specimens are increasingly rare to see since they are of great commercial interest due to the quality of their meat, being an important species for artisanal fishermen in the Canary Islands.

A curiosity of this species is that they are proterogynous hermaphrodites, being female first and then male.

Buceo en la Graciosa: Burrera. Lanzarote 2020

Redbanded seabream adult male. (In adult individuals the reddish vertical bands tend to fade or disappear)

After the dive we return to Caleta del Sebo. The dives are at 9 am and at 1 pm, which gives time to rest and to do the second dive with 3 hours of surface time.

Our second dive of the day and the last of our trip will once again be Grunts (Roncadores) dive, in the River area.

Buceo en la Graciosa. Lanzarote 2020

Diving selfie in la Graciosa.. 😊

Very happy with the La Graciosa Diving Center, we are going to say goodbye in the afternoon. With the great surprise of receiving a club T-shirt in gratitude for all the changes in dates made due to covid pandemic and delaying our trip over and over again until the situation allowed to travel again.

Diving in La Graciosa has been a spectacular experience!

Club de buceo la Graciosa

Shop and reception of La Graciosa diving center

For more information about other dive sites on the island, the diving center and the logistics of the trip, read our GUÍA DE BUCEO EN LA GRACIOSA.

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