Diving and cycling in Lanzarote - the island of fire adventure

  • November 28, 2013 · 6:30 PM




Not a fan of rain, grey skies and temperatures nearing zero? Join us at Canary Islands! With diving, cycling, visiting volcano, wine tasting and an optional camel ride this trip is an adventure packed summer escape at the beginning of winter. With the temperature highs of 24C in November and 7 hours of sunshine, volcanic landscape and warm seas, Lanzarote has a lot to offer at this time of the year!

Not only we will break away from the winter blues, but we will also discover a different and amazing volcanic landscape of this island, which is like nothing you have ever seen before. We will also get the glimpse of the underwater world with its own unique fauna and flora.

I am getting help in organising this trip from Alvaro, an old friend of mine who used to live there and first showed me round the place. As a local he will best show us the secrets of the island. And trust me, once you have done it - you will keep coming back, as I do now! 


Price: Early bird price of £230 applies if you pay in full by the end of September. In October you can still get a slight discount and pay the total of £250. In November the full price of £280 will apply.

The final payments have to be in my account two weeks before the trip the latest. If you have not paid by then you will be removed from the trip and your deposit will not be refunded. Bank account details to pay the balance can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/.

Deposit: to secure your place, please pay £100 deposit + Paypal fees.

What's included: 3 nights' accommodation, airport transfers, volcano trip, graciosa cycling trip, trial dive

What's not included: food, flights, insurance, drinks.

Recommended Flights:

14:05 - 18:20 Flight  (Easy Jet) London-Gatwick to Lanzarote-Arrecife (£42.99 - checked in September)

18:15 - 22:15 BA flight to London Gatwick (£119 - checked in September)

IMPORTANT: By signing up to this trip you have agreed to the following disclaimer: While safety is our top priority and although we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.

INSURANCE: You need to have your own insurance, please make sure it is appropriate level. The BMC offer excellent policies for all outdoor enthusiasts at very competitive rates: https://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/insurance/Landing.aspx

Plan of the trip

I'm still working on the details, so it's subject to change, but that's the first draft

Thursday, 28/11/2013

14:05 - 18:20 Flight  (Easy Jet) London-Gatwick to Lanzarote-Arrecife (£42.99 - checked in September)

18:20 - 19:20 going through security

19:20 - 20:00 transfer and checking into the hostel

20:00 till late - Dinner and drinks

Friday 29 November 2013

10am - 12am - trial dive

12:00 - 14:00 time to change and have a quick lunch

14:15 - 19:00 Visit to Timanfaya national park  and volcano, and wine growing region and wine tasting, optional camel ride

Saturday 30 November

Graciosa (cycling and sightseeing) 

Graciosa is a flat island of around 28km2. There are no roads, just sand, therefore only bikes are allowed. The only cars on the island are 8 4x4! We will find the most beautiful wild and empty beaches unspoilt by the tourists and known just to few locals!  

9:30am Departure from Puerto del Carmen by cars. We have to be spot on on time as ferry will not wait. 

11:00 - 11:20 Taking a ferry from Lanzarote (Orzola) to Graciosa. 

11:20 - 12:15 Walking around Caleta de Sebo (the only village at the island)

12:15 - 12:45 Getting sandwiches and drinks for our lunch at the beach (not included) and sorting out the bicycles

12:45 - 13:45 Cycling to Las Conchas

13:45 - 15:15 Beach time, lunch, sun in Las Conchas. If anyone wants Alvaro will be available to take you for another quick cycle, I will be staying at the beach with these who want to stay.

15:15 - 16:15 cycling back to Caleta de Sebo

16:15 - 17:00 returning the bicycles and getting a drink

17:00 - 17:20 - taking ferry from Graciosa back to Lanzarote

17:20 - 18:30 driving back to Puerto del Carmen

18:30 - 19:00 refreshing

19:30 Dinner

Sunday 1 December

Morning - beach time! 

13:00 - 15:45 Lunch  and picking up the bags

15:45 - 16:15 transfer to the airport

16:15- 18:15 Airport - time for everyone to check in and go through security

18:15 - 22:15 BA flight to London Gatwick (£119 - checked in September)

Total flights: £161.99

If you would like to reduce costs, you could take an earlier flight, which leaves Gatwick around 7:30am and is cheaper, and you could wait for us at the beach in Puerto del Carmen. I woudl be happy to organise a transfer for you. 

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  • Kat

    Hey guys, Alvaro has just sent it to me, I thought you may enjoy it too: http://vimeo.com/83800148

    January 11, 2014

  • Kat

    December 3, 2013

  • Alvaro

    Hello everybody, I want to thank you all for such a great time in Lanzarote, you made look the islan even more special than it is.
    Gracias a todos.

    2 · December 3, 2013

  • Souganthy

    Had an awesome time in volcano country!! Great laugh and warm memories.Alvaro &Kat great job.Can't wait for the next trip now xxx

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Kat

    Thank you all, I have had an amazing time! And I wish you were here today too! Missing you already! :) xxx

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Adele

    Had a great time! Thanks everyone for making his trip very memorable, especially Friday night - really appreciate it. And a big thanks to Kat and Alvaro. Hopefully see you on future adventures! Ax

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Charesa

    I had an awesome time! Different yet brilliant group of people! Hope to see you guys again in the future :D Kat, bravo :p xXx

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • anne f.

    One word only.....awesome.....

    2 · December 2, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Sorry didn't manage to say bye Vesselina & Charesa as I rushed up the escalators.
    Btw guys, I rang BA this afternoon to complain about the delay causing me to miss my last tube (I ended up having to take a taxi home from Victoria - £80!), esp as their cabin crew added to the delay; and she said they can't give monetary compensation but they're giving me a BA e-voucher of the same amount to use within the next 12 months as a gesture of goodwill. So if any of you had to take a taxi home, you may want to give BA a call to complain.

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Perfect! Excellent! Fabulous! - Perfecto! Excellente! Fabulouso!! :-) Thanks SO much to Kat & Alvaro for organising such a great trip & a big thanks to everyone for making it perfect! Wish I was still there!

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Ian

    Brilliant fun! Great group of people! Thanks Kat and Alvaro!! :)

    2 · December 2, 2013

  • Kat

    Seat 10c guys, come say halo. :)

    November 28, 2013

  • Ian

    Im at Giraffe having breakfast

    November 28, 2013

  • Charesa

    Hi guys! Ill be getting to the airport for around[masked]am if you see me around say hi! Oh and my number is[masked] should anything go wrong

    November 27, 2013

    • Charesa

      Ok so in running late! See you on the other side

      November 28, 2013

  • Kat

    Bungalow 1:

    Room 1 Adele + Vasselina
    Room 2 Charesa + Anne

    Bungalow 2:

    Room 1 Jennifer + Kat
    Room 2 Sue Bungalow 3:
    Room 1 Max
    Room 2 Ian + Alvaro

    November 28, 2013

  • Ian

    Anyone meeting for late breakfast at Gatwick, 11ish? :)

    November 23, 2013

    • Kat

      I usually rush a bit at the airport, but please post where you are once you meet up and if I manage to I will join. :)

      1 · November 23, 2013

    • Max

      I should be around and will try to have a drink / say hello. Let me know where you are guys. my mob[masked]

      November 26, 2013

  • Ian

    My number is[masked] im hoping to be at Gatwick for 11am

    November 26, 2013

  • Kat

    Room allocations:

    Bungalow 1:

    Room 1 Adele + Vasselina
    Room 2 Charesa + Anne

    Bungalow 2:

    Room 1 Jennifer + Kat
    Room 2 Sue Bungalow 3:
    Room 1 Max
    Room 2 Ian + Alvaro

    November 26, 2013

  • Max

    Hiya... Hi Kat, this is me Max

    November 26, 2013

  • Kat

    While you guys are going through security I will be sorting out the car, so if you don't see me at the exit from the secure zone that's why. Hopefully it should be all sorted by 19:20 and I can come and pick you up from here (look out for Curious Kat's Tshirt with logo at the back) - or maybe Alvaro will be able to get you, but if we are not there it means we are stuck in the queue getting the cars. If that's the case you can find us at Goldcar stand. In any case, my Spanish number is:[masked] and I will be available on it from the moment we land. I will be picking up calls, but I will not have had the chance to get any credit yet so will not be able to respond to any messages - you will need to keep calling until you get through.

    November 25, 2013

  • anne f.

    Breakfast together would be great, I need mobile numbers, can I have yours Ian to meet at the right eating venue? Anne Foster

    November 24, 2013

  • Ian

    Also is it best to take cash or can i use card for most things?

    November 23, 2013

    • Kat

      I would take a mixture.

      November 23, 2013

  • Jennifer

    http://www.worldweatheronline.com/Lanzarote-weather/Canarias/ES.aspx is showing sunshine and 20-22 degrees for the 4 days we're there! Yippeeeee! :-)

    November 19, 2013

  • Kat

    Forms so far received: Vess, Ian, Charesa. Not needed: Alvaro, Sue. If you are not mentioned, but either sent in the form or are not diving, please get in touch with me on [masked]

    November 19, 2013

  • Kat

    Hi guys, is anyone except for Sue arriving earlier than the recommended flight? I am just wondering if transfers need to be arranged. Please let me know on [masked] by the end of the day today, so that it can be booked for you. :)

    November 19, 2013

  • Kat

    Hi guys, as quite a few of you emailed me that it would be a problem for you to see the doctor now, I have checked with Wendy if it is necessary. She confirmed that the doctor's note is only necessary if you answer yes to any of the conditions, so please email me to let me know if any of your answers are 'yes'. Please see Wendy's message below:

    'For the time being, all I need is them to email you to say if they have to answer yes to any questions and if so, which ones. They don’t need to fill the form in until they are here when we give them one at the dive centre. The doctor does not need to sign it unless I advise you to instruct them – this is why I ask now.'

    November 18, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Not to worry, Kat, I've found the email. :-)

      November 19, 2013

    • Kat

      @ Charesa: maybe it would be best if you discuss it with Wendy directly, her email address is [masked]. She is concerned that if you faint you may faint under the water and this would be extremely dangerous and she would like you to check with the doctor. But please email her directly to discuss, as if you made an error in the form maybe you just need to resubmit it. If you filled it in correctly though, it may be better to check with the doctor as your safety is the most important issue here. X

      November 19, 2013

  • Ian

    Excited! Nearly holiday time! :D

    November 14, 2013

  • Ian

    What level of insurance cover do I need for this trip?

    November 11, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Ian, I'm afraid I am not qualified to give this kind of advice - you would have to check with your insurer. Please them know what activities we will be doing and they should be able to advise you.

      November 12, 2013

  • anne f.

    Hi Kat, saw a change from 9 to 6.30, what has changed please and is it anything to worry about?

    November 6, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Anne, there are no changes - all as per schedule. Just updated this to match the earlier of the recommended flights as it seems this is the one theajority is taking. Which one did you book?

      November 6, 2013

  • Ian

    What kit/equipment do I need for this?
    Backpack? Hiking boots?

    October 6, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Ian, we will not be doing much hiking, and we will be getting the diving equipment at the dive shop. But make sure you have swimming suit and some trainers to cycle in. :)

      October 7, 2013

    • Kat

      And I think backpack will be useful to carry your stuff while cycling. :)

      October 9, 2013

  • anne f.

    Hello, Yes, I too have just booked the BA flight by going onto trip advisor if it helps! It cost me £108 so expensive return, I have also paid Kat full payment now of £103 plus £127, and if this is anything like the volcano adventure then we are all going to have an excellent time...you have my guarantee! Anne Foster

    September 30, 2013

    • anne f.

      Kat, Yes, I paid direct into your account today so all paid up. Anne

      September 30, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Anne, You have only paid £127 though, rather than 130. Could you please transfer the difference?

      October 9, 2013

  • Charesa

    So are we going to meet before going or on the actual day? It'll be interesting either way! XD

    October 6, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Charesa, I will meet you at the Arrecife airport - after the security.

      1 · October 6, 2013

    • Kat

      If you would like to meet before - there are a couple of events related to this trip that I have put up to give people a chance to met each other. You can join the Spanish dinner or the London Aquarium adventure. :)

      1 · October 6, 2013

  • Souganthy

    Hi Kat ,i have booked my flights although they are a bit early both ways. I leave Gatwick on monarch on 28th at 10:40 a.m and reach Arrecife at 14:40 on monarch which is around £50 and my return is booked on easyjet at 12:30in the afternoon on the 1st. I hope you can help with the transfers. Is it possible to drop my bags at the hostel and freshen up first as it is around 6 hours before the rest of the group reach. Dont fancy staying on the beach or outside for all that time. Thanks.

    October 5, 2013

  • Ian

    Flights booked! :D

    2 · October 1, 2013

  • Souganthy

    HI Kat,paid the full amount of £230 direct to your bank account today . Will inform you of my flights in the next couple of days. See you again soon.

    2 · September 30, 2013

  • Charesa

    I've paid for the flights and the deposit so do I make up the difference or pay the full price?

    September 26, 2013

    • Charesa

      Ok so just so i'm clear, its the difference between the deposit and full price? If so, i'll do that now! XD Soooooooooooooooooo looking forward to this!

      September 30, 2013

    • Kat

      Yes. :)

      1 · September 30, 2013

  • Ian

    I can only seem to find a 12:35 return flight on the Sunday, other must have been booked up.

    I will book this one will it be possible to get an early transfer?

    September 30, 2013

    • Kat

      However if you would like an early transfer I will be happy to look into it and organise it - you will have to pay for it yourself though. It shouldn't be much as we are very close to the airport.

      September 30, 2013

    • Ian

      Thanks. No I think I just wasn't looking properly! :) il book the BA one.

      September 30, 2013

  • Ania

    Hi Ive had to RSVP no to this as I couldnt take the time off work. So theres an extra slot free. The next one to pay the deposit for the trip, could you mention that youre taking my place so that I can get my refund from Kat. Cheers, Ania

    September 30, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Hi Kat, I've just booked my flights for this now as it seems flight options were disappearing fast. I'll be arriving early on Thurs 28th Nov (leave Stansted 7:30 arr Lanzarote 11:45am). Then returning on the recommended BA Gatwick flight on 1st Dec.
    If anyone else is arriving early on Thurs, let me know! cheers.

    September 30, 2013

  • Jackie D.

    hi kat, thank you for responding, but I have decided not to go this time.

    September 29, 2013

  • Jackie D.

    Hi Kat, I am very interested in this trip, it will be the first one I have done with you so not sure how it all works. I live in Luton so would prefer to fly from Luton, could I still get the transfers?

    September 26, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Jackie, it would be great if you can join us. :) If your flight arrived earlier then ours you could get the transfer with us. If you arrive at a different time I could still organise a transfer for you, but you would have to pay for it yourself - it shouldn't be much though as the airport is quite close to where we will be staying.

      September 29, 2013

  • Ian

    Hi Kat I've transferred the £230 to your bank! :D

    What flights is everyone getting?

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • Charesa

    How do I pay the rest of the balance before the price spikes? I paid the deposit and have booked the relevant flights. Please let me know :)

    September 26, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Charesa, as per even't descrtiption: The final payments have to be in my account two weeks before the trip the latest. If you have not paid by then you will be removed from the trip and your deposit will not be refunded. Bank account details to pay the balance can be found here: http://www.meetup.com...­.

      September 26, 2013

  • Souganthy

    Hi Kat monarch flies out around 10.30 a.m from Gatwick for around £50 as well. will it be ok if I fly back on an earlier flight on the sunday leaving around noon as the BA flight gets in too late for me. I have an early start for work on Monday. Can you arrange transfers for this if so?I hope to confirm by this weekend.Ta

    September 25, 2013

    • Kat

      Hi Sue, no problem, this can be arranged.i will be very happy if you can make it!

      September 26, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Hi Kat, just made my payments. Thanks for putting this together - looks like fun! Am looking forward to it. :-) Do you reckon we should buy our flights now, or wait a bit?

    September 25, 2013

    • Kat

      I will announce it this weekend, hopefully we have good interest. :)

      September 25, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Sure, thanks. fingers crossed. :-)

      September 25, 2013

  • Ian

    Save me a spot! I'm coming on this :D

    September 25, 2013

    • Ian

      I'll pay in full Monday. Is that ok? :D

      1 · September 25, 2013

    • Ian

      Ok? (Missed that bit)

      September 25, 2013

  • Victoria

    Unfortunately I can't go anymore at this date! It clashes with my month off to go to home in Australia :(

    September 20, 2013

  • Victoria

    Seems quite far for a weekend trip!

    August 20, 2013

    • Curious K.

      I've done it as a longer weekend and it was fun. ;)

      August 21, 2013

    • Souganthy

      Hi Kat is this trip definitely on? Which airline are youn suggesting?

      September 3, 2013

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