All surveys , drawings and photographs are protected by copyright and may NOT be published or presented on shows and/or exhibitions without written permission  from Laurens M.J. Smets.

 

Introduction:
These pages are all about  caves on Lanzarote, part of the Canary islands. Volcanic underground  phenomenons which are accessible to human beings. In casu: Lava- flow-tubes, Pyroclastic caves, volcanic vent shafts, eruption shafts and former geijsir.

This inventory is a result from investigations and explorations  by volunteers and semi professionals who’s goal is to explore and describe the unknown subterranean natural cavities on planet earth. Not for sport but in the real sense of the definition of Speleology : the exploration and study of caves.

We hope  this inventory can add some value on the work of  scientists and authorities within  their protection- and conservation program of these unique underground lava-cave features.

“Lo que no se publica y se divulga, no existe”

which means What is not published and disclosed does not exist”

 

 

 

This website  is temporary closed due to the fact that it causes high frequent visits to protected caves. 

The aim of our project is to protect and conserve caves, not to cause damage to the environment.

Any ideas how to go on with this inventory , how to protect the cave environment against the public are very welcome.

The inventory project is still going on. The list of caves grows and grows and will reach easily the amount of 100 in near future with an estimated total length of nearly 40km.

Institutes and Federations are welcome to contact us with a proposal how to guard this inventory for the future in a closed  environment, in an archive available for investigators. Please contact us through:

           

 

 

List of most important caves of Lanzarote

Note: only common known caves are mentioned.
Due to environmental reasons all recent explorations are not mentioned in this list!!

Name Length(m) Depth(m) Location Typology Conservation Survey Surveyed by
Cueva Escondido ó Tubo Perdido 17000 ? Timanfaya lava tube ?? not confirmed ? J. L. Martin, unpublished
Upper Corona Lava tube System:   Jameo de las Prendes – Cueva de los Verdes  

6631

 

173

Malpaís de la Corona, (Haría) lava tube bad yes 2019 Vigea/Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Lower Corona Lava tube system:

Cueva de los Siete Lagos – Túnel de la Atlántida

 

3364

 

110

Malpaís de la Corona, (Haría) lava tube

Anchialine system

bad yes 2019 Tomas Abel Rivero/Vigea/Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva de las Breñas (ó Túnel del Viento,Cueva del Sonido) 2184 42 Las Breñas lava tube Good yes 2020/21 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva de los Naturalistas(ó las Palomas) 1660 17 Masdache lava tube acceptable yes 2019 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva de Los Pescadores 900 ? Timanfaya lava tube ? not confirmed ? Unpublished (Hernandes 1998)
Cueva Choco
680 ? El Golfo lava tube ? not confirmed ? Unpublished (Hernandes 1998)
Cueva Covón/Chifletera 600 ? Timanfaya lava tube bad not confirmed ? Unpublished (Hernandes 1998)
Cueva Esqueleto/Paso 600 ? Timanfaya lava tube ? not confirmed ? Unpublished (Hernandes 1998)
Cueva del Lago de Lava
520 ? Timanfaya lava tube ? not confirmed ? Unpublished (Hernandes 1998)
Sima de Tinguaton (ó del Diablo) 376 101 Tinguaton Geyser Vent acceptable yes 2020 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva la Pedrera 320 ? Timanfaya lava tube ? not confirmed ? Unpublished (Hernandes 1998)
Cueva de Tizalaya 3
250 ? Masdache lava tube ? not confirmed ? GES-CMB (Montoriol-Pous et al. 1991)
Cueva (ó Sima/Cupula) de Pedro Perico 201 31 Timanfaya Volcanic Vent acceptable yes 2018 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva Tahiche (ó del Camion) 198 21 Tahiche lava tube bad yes 2018 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva Montaña Rajada 168 ? Timanfaya lava tube ? not confirmed ? Unpublished (Hernandes 1998)
C. Sendero de Mtña. Hernández 157 ? Timanfaya ? ? not confirmed ? Unpublished (Hernandes 1998)
Cueva de Lago Né 154 13 Órzola lava tube, Anchialine system good yes 2019 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva de Caldera Escondida 150 ? Timanfaya ? ? not confirmed ? Unpublished (Hernandes 1998)
Cueva de Playa Blanca (ó Rubicon) 125 21 Playa Blanca lava tube bad yes 2018 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva de Ajey 120 ? San Bartolomé ? ? not confirmed ?
Cueva de Nazaret 110 5 Nazaret lava tube bad yes 2019 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
C. de San Bartolomé o de las Cucas 105 ? San Bartolomé lava tube bad not confirmed ? Vulcano
Cueva (ó Canal)  de Pico Partido 1/2  99 22 Tinajo lava tube acceptable yes 2018 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cuevas de Mozaga 1/2 77/94 2/4 Mozaga lava tube bad yes 2018-2020 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical/Uestayaide
Cueva de las Plumas 86 ? Timanfaya ? ? not confirmed ? J.L. Martin
Cueva del Alpendre o del arriba 80 ? Timanfaya ? ? not confirmed ? J.L. Martin
Gateras de Sory 80 2 Masdache lava tube good yes 2018 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva Montaña Bermeja 75 12 El Golfo lava tube + water erosion acceptable yes 2018 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva de la Mora
70 ? Tequise ? ? not confirmed ? Benisahare LZ
Cuevas de Leti 69/10 12/5 Tinajo lavatube good  yes 2021 Speleo Nederland
Cueva Pequeña Montaña Rajada 50 ? Timanfaya ? ? not confirmed ? J.L. Martin
Boca del Infierno 50 11 Timanfaya lava tube acceptable yes 2019 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cuevas (ó Sima)  de Santa Catalina (ó de la Nueces) 1/2/3/4/5 44/39/24/25/47 4/9/12/9/15 Tinajo Volcanic Vent
acceptable yes 2019 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva Paloma 46 9 Charco del Palo erosion, Sea cave bad yes 2019 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva de los Anillos/Cueva Grande de Playa Blanca 44 13 Playa Blanca erosion, Sea cave Good yes 2021 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cuevas (ó Gateras)de Tizalaya 1/2 43/21 3/3 Masdache lava tube acceptable yes 2018 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Corona Lava Tube System upper part: Jameos de Arriba:

  • Jameo de los Escaladores
  • Jameo de los Molinos (ó de la Corona)
  • Jameo de los Lajeros 2 + 3
  • Jameo Redondo
 

 

  • 27
  • 39
  • 23
  • 35
 

 

  • 8
  • 18
  • 12
  • 9
Malpaís de la Corona, (Haría) lava tube

collapsed tunnels

bad yes 2019 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical

 

Cueva del Agua ò Jameo de Guatiza  38 Charco del Palo, Mala lavatube/erosion       Sea cave good no Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Hornitos de las Clacas 35 14 Timanfaya Hornitos ? not confirmed ? Unpublished (Hernandes 1998)
Cueva de las Cabras 30 5 Haria, los Bolos erosion, mine good no Speleo Nederland/Estimated length
Cueva de Ortiz (ó Party cave)  28 4 Mancha Blanca lava tube          prepared for party’s bad yes 2019 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cuevas de Degollada (de los Majos, de Lomos) 21/23 -4,5/-1,5 Yaiza Miocenic caves

Archeological Value?

Good yes Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva de los Gracioseros 21,5 5 Orzola lava tube  Archeological site bad yes 2020 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical/Uestayaide
Hornito de La Perola 18 21 Timanfaya Hornitos ? not confirmed ? Unpublished (Hernandes 1998)
Cueva en La Corona
15 5 Haría Pyroclastic  bad yes 2020 Speleo Nederland
Cueva de Ana Viciosa 10 ?? Tinajo erosion            Historical sea cave     ? Tremesana
Cueva Grande 9 3 Playa Blanca erosion, sea cave? good yes 2019 Speleo Nederland/Vulcan Vertical
Cueva de Doña Juana Puerto del Carmen Disappeared?    
Anchialine pools, Punta Mujeres Punta Mujeres,Orzola fisures/Geo phenomenon  Anchialine system bad no