Things to do in Canary Islands

From its volcanic craters to its fascinating seabed, this Spanish archipelago is a natural playground.

Our most recommended things to do in Canary Islands

Tenerife: Dolphin and Whale Eco-Cruise with Snack & Drinks

1. Tenerife: Dolphin and Whale Eco-Cruise with Snack & Drinks

Set sail in the Atlantic on an unforgettable eco-friendly dolphin and whale watching boat day trip in Tenerife. Get all food and drinks included onboard, plus the chance to have a swim whilst at sea. Start your marine adventure by meeting your crew at the dock for a quick safety briefing. Then, set sail towards ideal dolphin and whale watching hotspots on a catamaran equipped with fuel-efficient technology designed to greatly reduce its carbon footprint. Time to get out your phone or camera while cruising the Teno-Rasca Whale Sanctuary, part of Tenerife’s official Special Conservation Zone that protects vulnerable marine wildlife and habitats. Enjoy the views from the boat as you pass beaches such as Playa de las Américas and Playa de los Cristianos on the way. Even spot the famous Mount Teide from the water on clear days. Spot dolphins and whales in their natural habitat, safe in the knowledge that you are also simultaneously respecting it. Benefit from your crew’s expert commentary and underwater audio equipment to bring the sounds of the ocean onto your deck. Even enjoy some time to swim in the Atlantic waters before heading back to shore. On the 3-hour tour, you will be served drinks and a small sandwich. If you want even more time at sea, book the extended option that includes an onboard lunch with rice and chicken. Vegetarian options are also available. Gain 2 extra hours with the "extended" option to explore more parts of the coastline, including the impressive cliffs at Los Gigantes, and the exclusive bay at Masca Beach that once served as a pirate hideaway.

Tenerife: Siam Park Tickets

2. Tenerife: Siam Park Tickets

Get your adrenaline fix with this full-day ticket to Siam Park Tenerife, a thrilling theme park that recreates the old Kingdom of Siam, relocated to the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. Book a skip-the-line entry ticket to avoid the long queues. Pick the premium package ticket, including a delicious spring roll lunch, Thai food, chicken nuggets, a scoop of ice cream, and a drink. Fancy VIP treatment? Book yourself the all-inclusive deluxe ticket, including a locker, towel, and all-inclusive meals paired with soft drinks, beer, wine, and water. Floats and fast-track access to all attractions are also included in this ticket. Fun for the entire family, the park covers 185,000 square meters of natural landscape and exquisite Oriental design. Each attraction is a unique experience in a magical setting, combining the exotic mystery of Siam with the exciting adventure of white-knuckle rides. Ascend the Tower of Power for a vertical plunge down a 91-foot (28-meter) drop. Float down a gently meandering river. Or bask in the sunshine, enjoying beautiful views from white sand beaches. Siam Park boasts many records, but the biggest and best is the exhilarating wave pool which churns up the largest manmade wave in the world, reaching up to 10-foot (3 meters) high. Ride the surf to feel the force. Feeling peckish? Don't worry you can purchase food from the restaurants on-site or book an option that includes lunch to save you the hassle. Bring your towels, or alternatively, you can book the option that includes towels and lockers. Don't leave without visiting the Floating Market to discover a typical Thai village, where you can enjoy a traditional Thai massage, purchase unique souvenirs, and stock up on snacks and sweets.

Puerto de la Cruz: Loro Parque Entry Ticket and Shows

3. Puerto de la Cruz: Loro Parque Entry Ticket and Shows

Visit Loro Parque, one of the top attractions in the Canaries, with entry tickets. Discover the incredible animal habitats that put you within a whisker of the action, and experience the excitement of the park’s 4 world-class shows. Witness a whale show at the park’s Orca Ocean. One of the most respected zoological gardens in the world, Loro Parque is known for its exceptional beauty, excellent facilities and installations, and its focus on nature and the environment. It is the first such park in the world to have been awarded the environmental certification of Animal Embassy. It is home to a wide range of animals living among tropical palm trees and the exotic vegetation that surrounds the park’s stunning Thai architecture. Loro Parque’s fully refurbished parrot show calls attention to the need to preserve the forests while showcasing the intelligence of exotic parrots who perform as ambassadors for nature. Younger visitors will enjoy their experience in Kinderlandia. This attraction resembles an African village of huts in the trees, where kids can climb and enjoy the jungle, balancing on the hanging bridges and slithering down the snake slide. The whole family can try out the Orca Roller Coaster. In Kinderlandia, both kids and parents can have a great time.

Puerto de la Cruz: Loro Parque & Siam Park Combined Tickets

4. Puerto de la Cruz: Loro Parque & Siam Park Combined Tickets

Spend one of your days on this 2-day combined ticket at Loro Parque, one of the top attractions in the Canaries. Discover the incredible animal habitats that put you within a whisker of the action, and experience the excitement of the park’s 4 world class shows. This day of adventure's highlight is the spectacular killer whale show at the park’s Orca Ocean. Get ready for a day of excitement and fun. One of the most respected zoological gardens in the world, Loro Parque is known for its exceptional beauty, excellent facilities and installations, and focus on nature and the environment. It is the first such park in the world to have been awarded the environmental certification of the Animal Embassy. Younger visitors will enjoy their experience in Kinderlandia. This attraction resembles an African village of huts in the trees, where kids can climb and enjoy the jungle, balancing on the hanging bridges and slithering down the snake slide. Your second fun day will be spent at Siam Park, the water kingdom that opened in 2008 and is now considered Europe’s most spectacular theme park with water attractions. Siam Park will amaze you with its diverse attractions and exotic settings. The park’s natural landscapes and exquisite oriental design make it a major new development in tourism – a place where the whole family will experience adventure and excitement. Each attraction combines the mystery of the ancient kingdom of Thailand to transport visitors into a magical world. Choose to include a tasty lunch at both parks when booking.

From Corralejo: Round-Trip Ferry Transfer to Lobos Island

5. From Corralejo: Round-Trip Ferry Transfer to Lobos Island

Discover the incredible natural beauty of Lobos Island, with this express round-trip ferry ticket. Visit the volcanic island, enjoy snorkeling or fishing, and explore the volcanic areas at your own pace. Board at the port in Corralejo and set sail for the island. Admire stunning views during the short trip from the mainland. Spend a day exploring the island, however, you wish. Go snorkeling or surfing, hike through the beautiful volcanic landscape, visit the lighthouse, or relax on the beach. Choose from two return ferry times to get back to Corralejo in the afternoon.

From Los Cristianos: No-Chase Whale and Dolphin Cruise

6. From Los Cristianos: No-Chase Whale and Dolphin Cruise

Join an eco-friendly, no-chase whale and dolphin cruise from Los Cristianos. Explore Tenerife South's marine life with the only cruise company in Spain that collaborates with the Sea Shepherd UK and the Dolphin Project non-profit organizations to ensure a safe and conscious whale watching experience. Depart the Los Cristianos harbor on a boat that can go further than a 3-mile radius due to the qualified captains onboard, which is highly advantageous to spot larger whales and other species. Set out to visit resident short-finned pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins as well as other species. Fin whales, sperm whales, blue whales, and even orcas can be seen on your tour. Keep an eye out for migrating turtles, tuna, and even sharks.  Listen to your guide tell you about the ecosystems of the region. Learn about the habits of the resident dolphins in front of the cliffs of Los Cristianos. As you cruise, enjoy the view of Mount Teide and the southern coast of Tenerife. Feel comfortable knowing that the whales and dolphins are always put first. To make sure that they are not disturbed, they are not forced to dive, an important part of ethical whale watching. Observe them in your natural environment and see how they naturally behave.

La Palma: Guided Volcano Trekking Tour

7. La Palma: Guided Volcano Trekking Tour

Discover the new volcano of La Palma and its consequences as you visit the youngest piece of land on the continent that was created in 2021. See the lava flows and hike to the top of the volcano on this guided walking tour. Begin your hike from the first historic volcano, Tacande which was registered in 1480 and known as the burnt mountain. Start the ascent up the new Cumbre Vieja volcano and admire the overwhelming landscape that was formed in just 85 days. Hike to the top of the volcano, walk around the back edge on a 4.5-kilometer route along a comfortable path where you can observe the force of the eruption. (you do not climb on the crater). Learn about how the lava flow destroyed over 3000 buildings, and forests, and formed a new peninsula. See where the fiery molten rock carved its own path and created a new volcanic landscape.

Lanzarote: Roundtrip Ferry Ticket to La Graciosa with Wi-Fi

8. Lanzarote: Roundtrip Ferry Ticket to La Graciosa with Wi-Fi

Enjoy a convenient flexible ticket on an express ferry to the remote island of La Graciosa. Make use of the free WiFi on board during the half-hour ferry crossing. Choose between a return ticket to and from La Graciosa or a 1-way ticket. Choose your departure time to suit your plans. Once on La Graciosa Island, you can discover the stunning white sand beaches and crystal waters. Try hiking, take a jeep ride, go scuba diving, or just relax and have lunch. Discover the abundant marine life in the waters around La Graciosa which boasts the largest marine reserve in Europe. Please select the time you wish to depart from Orzola to la Graciosa at check-out. You can come back any time on the same day or the following day at the below times (no booking required): 08:00 AM, 08:40 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM (1 April -31 October), 7:00 PM (1 July - 31 October).

Tenerife: Whale Watching Catamaran Tour

9. Tenerife: Whale Watching Catamaran Tour

Sail off the coast of southwest Tenerife on a 2-hour boat excursion looking for whales and dolphins. Sip on free drinks on board, and learn fascinating facts from your crew as you look out for marine creatures on your voyage. Depart from Puerto Colon, traveling 2 or 3 miles from the coast where pilot whales are located. The beautiful sea mammals live permanently in the area and are seen all year around. Sailing by catamaran, pass by fish farms, where clever dolphins are often looking for an easy meal. The crew is knowledgeable about the whales and Tenerife's other marine life. Learn about the huge squids that can grow up to 40 feet in length and live 2,600 feet deep between Tenerife and La Gomera. Enjoy free drinks on board the boat. If you choose the 3-hour option the catamaran will stop in the bay of Playa Espagueti and you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling off the boat.

La Palma: 3-Hour Dolphin and Whale Watching Experience

10. La Palma: 3-Hour Dolphin and Whale Watching Experience

Depart from Puerto de Tazacorte where you’ll board the Flipper and receive a warm welcome from the crew. Set sail in search of dolphins and whales, listen to the crew share information about these fascinating creatures and learn about their marine environment. Cruise around the beautiful coast of La Palma, which is home to up to 29 different types of cetaceans, and enjoy the unique opportunity to see a wide variety of whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. During the excursion visit the famous Cueva Bonita, a volcanic cave formed by ocean erosion. Soak up the magical atmosphere before heading to another idyllic cave, the Poris the Candelaria one of La Palma's most famous coastal villages. And finally, visit the volcanic deltas formed during the last volcanic eruption of La Palma in 2021.

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Was a great excursion, travelled with my boys aged 9 and 10, they loved it. A long day so take snacks. Our guide was excellent, went over and beyond for us. He was very knowledgeable about the area, habitat, history etc... La Gomera was beautiful, visited a place which grew and sold Aleo Vera products.. a glass bottom view in the mountains (Mondays its shut) had dinner which was also very nice and learnt about Gomeran whistler's...

The tour was excellent! Jorge is great at explaining and really nice to talk to. Made us feel very safe in this, otherwise a bit extreme, activity.

This was fantastic!! Saw a lot of pilot whales and basically had the bunch to ourselves! Would definitely recommend!

The trip exceeded my expectations and my family and I had an amazing time !!!!

An experience not to be missed! Very good guide about the area.