IT is a special type of panic when your head is plunged below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean’s turquoise waters.And it is difficult to remember, as you flail like a drunken octopus, that you paid 70 euros (£50) for the experience. But then you open your eyes and the excitement of scuba diving hits. “Long and slow breaths, like Darth Vader,” Hannah said.In my initial panic, I’d failed to notice dozens of tiny fish swimming inches away from my face. From then on, I was sold — and we spent the next hour exploring the seabed. From six metres below the surface, the rocky sea floor looked like an alien planet. We worried beforehand that we might be unlucky and not see much in the way of wildlife. But we got off to a good start with an octopus nestled in the rocks. Simon scooped up a spider crab and let it scuttle across our hands and arms.Fuerteventura, created 20million years ago by a volcanic eruption, is born from natural chaos. Its name means “strong winds”.From surfing its waves to hiking its now-dormant volcanoes and diving among the rocks on its seabed, many of its best attractions cash in on the environment. But at… Read full this story
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