Returning from traveling and living abroad to the life you knew before is always going to be tough regardless of how long you were gone. We read many posts detailing what it’s like adjusting back to normal life and perhaps even more scarily; routine. Luckily we came across an opportunity to take the sting out of the whole experience and more importantly to escape British weather for a little longer.
My dear parents just so happened to be going on holiday and conveniently to a private villa with two bedrooms. Nobody needs that much space to themselves so we took it upon ourselves to inject some extra life into their time away. Just what they wanted I’m sure? So off we went, two weeks after returning to our home of Lincoln we were back at the airport and heading for Lanzarote for two weeks.
Other than the fact we had nothing better to do, we decided to invade their holiday to get an extra fix of that new hobby of ours we’d become obsessed with, Diving. Chances are once we’d both settled into jobs to start making money for round two of ‘escape the rain’ we would have very few opportunities to go diving, especially seeing as both of us are proudly fair weather divers.
Lanzarote may not compete with our past diving experiences in Indonesia and the Philippines but it was a chance to get wet again and that was all that mattered. After settling at the villa we went straight out to visit a couple of dive shops and plan for the two weeks ahead. Our first stop was to Safari Diving on Playa Chica in Puerto Del Carmen and it turned out to be our only stop. After chatting with the staff for half an hour or so we knew this was the place for us.
Not only were the staff very helpful and friendly but the location couldn’t be more perfect. It’s located right on the beach, you gear up inside, walk out the door and you’re on the sand, another twenty metres and you’re in the water and the entry point for a number of dive sites. It’s also just a thirty second walk from the jetty where Safari Diving’s private boat is ready and waiting to whisk you away to dive sites further afield.
During our two weeks in Lanzarote we completed twelve dives with Safari spread over six days. The provided equipment was some of the best we have used and the guides no matter who we were put with were all great.
Like I mentioned before, when it comes to the dives themselves we were just happy to be in the water. We’re both still very new to the underwater world and our first experiences were some of the best around even for those with thousands of dives so we’re almost diving snobs already. Dives such as ‘The Blue Hole’ sound slightly more impressive than they are in reality but regularly seeing large grouper, angel sharks and sting rays on most of the dives made them more than worthwhile.
The diving may not be the best in the world but it seems to be the customer service that keeps drawing people back to Safari Diving, many of the people we dived with (in nice small groups I might add) were returning customers who seemed to be almost like family to the staff.
I won’t be rushing back to Lanzarote for it’s diving but should my parents end up in that villa again I’d be happy to tag along and dive with Safari again.