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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.

From Corralejo: Round-Trip Ferry Transfer to Lobos Island

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

Discover the incredible natural beauty of Lobos Island, with this express round-trip ferry ticket. 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.

Lanzarote: Catamaran Cruise to the Papagayo Beaches

3. Lanzarote: Catamaran Cruise to the Papagayo Beaches

You’ll be picked up at your resort and transferred to the port in Puerto del Carmen to board the Lineas Romero sailing catamaran. Once you’ve been welcomed on board you’ll be served a refreshing Mojito cocktail and a tapa and receive a short introduction by the experienced crew. On this 4-hour excursion, the I Love Papagayo catamaran will sail southwest to the southern tip of Lanzarote. Your destination is the Costa de Papagayo, where the beaches are golden and the natural environment is still untouched. The captain will drop anchor and you’ll have plenty of free time to enjoy the sun and the many water sports on offer. Lunch will be served on board before you head back to port. The bus will be waiting to take you back to your resort.

La Graciosa: Island Cruise with Lunch and Water Activities

4. La Graciosa: Island Cruise with Lunch and Water Activities

Cruise the coast of La Graciosa on a guided catamaran sailing excursion with stops to swim and relax. Enjoy local lunch and take in the views from the boat. Start your day with pickup from the main tourist resorts in Lanzarote and head to the northern village of Órzola.  Board an express ferry at 11:00 AM to La Graciosa island at the port of Caleta del Sebo. Explore Caleta de Sebo before enjoying a welcome mojito on the catamaran. After cruising for a while, drop anchor at French Beach. Enjoy a refreshing swim and try some of the water activities.  Sit down for a traditional Spanish paella and fresh fruit lunch on board. Make use of the bar’s unlimited draft beer, sangria, soft drinks, and water. Learn about the area from your local guide. Return at around 4:00 PM with a brief stop in La Graciosa.

Fuerteventura: Sailing with Snorkeling and Dolphin Watching

5. Fuerteventura: Sailing with Snorkeling and Dolphin Watching

The tour starts with a visit to the harbor to marvel at the beautiful manta rays that live here and watch this beautiful creature swimming along the bottom of the sea floor. After the manta ray viewing, it's time to hop on board your sailing boat for the day for a short briefing of the day’s itinerary. Then it’s time to set sail and leave the harbor, heading out towards the open seas the captain will bring up the sails and turn off the engine. Listen to the radio communications from local fishermen and listen out for sightings of marine wildlife, including dolphins and whales. If they’re in the area, the captain will sail the boat towards them for the chance to take some photos and admire these elegant creatures up close. During the rest of the sail, enjoy the stunning sea views that surround you and soak up the glorious Fuerteventura sunshine. After about 2 hours of sailing, the captain drops anchor and there’s time for swimming and snorkeling in the shimmering blue waters. After your swim, enjoy a selection of tapas dishes made from local recipes and relax with a drink as you sail back to shore.

Fuerteventura: Glass Bottom Boat Cruise with Lunch

6. Fuerteventura: Glass Bottom Boat Cruise with Lunch

Experience a cruise through the coasts of the Janía Natural Park, perfect for the whole family. Receive a warm welcome as you climb aboard the Odysee 3, one of the few ships able to take you to see dolphins and whales. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up directly from your hotel before sailing the open seas in search of dolphins and whales. Relax in the sun and feel the sea breeze on your face as you listen to music. Stop to snorkel, kayak, paddle surf, or swim. At noon, enjoy a delicious Canarian lunch. Watch seagulls playing in the air above you. Go below deck and look through the underwater viewing deck. Return to the shore and drive back to your hotel in south Fuerteventura or your pickup point.

Tenerife: Kayaking and Snorkeling with Turtles

7. Tenerife: Kayaking and Snorkeling with Turtles

Climb aboard for a kayaking adventure in Tenerife and get up close and personal with dolphins and turtles in their natural environment. Observe the amazing creatures from a vessel that does not frighten them or disturb their natural habitat. Be surrounded by pods of up to 30 dolphins that sometimes put on a show by jumping high into the air. Home to up to 5 different species of dolphins, including bottlenose dolphins, the waters just off the island’s coast are ideal to marvel at these lovable creatures. While the bottlenose dolphins are the easiest to spot, other species inhabit the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, including rough-toothed dolphins, striped dolphins, and common dolphins. As wild animals, views cannot be guaranteed, but there is a 95% chance that you will encounter the animals on your trip. Get an optional swimming break and snorkel with turtles and bull rays in a bay only accessible by kayak as a bonus. Usually, within a few minutes, curious turtles arrive and get very close, swimming around and in between you. Also, bull rays regularly glide elegantly along the sea bed underneath you.

Caleta de Fuste: Catamaran Sailing Experience

8. Caleta de Fuste: Catamaran Sailing Experience

The Obycat is very popular among sailing lovers visiting Fuerteventura. This fantastic catamaran is large enough to carry groups or families who want to sail in luxury as the professional crew to pamper them during this amazing trip. The boat departs from the Port of Caleta de Fuste before it sets sail to the small fisherman’s villa Pozo Negro. During the route, you can see typical pilot whales, dolphins, and even the turtles that live in these waters. Once you anchor in your destination you can go snorkeling, take a bath in the clear waters, or just soak up some sun on the deck. Drinks are included throughout the entire trip and consist of beer, soft drinks, and water. For lunch, your guides offer you a superb freshly-cooked onboard paella, before a dessert of fresh seasonal fruit.

Tenerife: Los Gigantes Whale Watching Cruise by Sail Boat

9. Tenerife: Los Gigantes Whale Watching Cruise by Sail Boat

Climb aboard a beautiful sailing boat at the port in Los Gigantes and set sail on a cruise to look for whales and other marine life in their natural environment. Cruise out into the open sea in search for dolphins and pilot whales in an intimate group of no more than 9 people. Help raise the sail if the conditions are right and travel across the waves powered by the wind! Get served complimentary drinks, along with fresh fruit on board the boat. Drop anchor to go for a swim in the sea or snorkel with the marine life in a small cove of outstanding beauty. Return to the boat to enjoy freshly made sandwiches. Then, slowly navigate your way back to port enjoying the great views of the cliffs along the way.

Fuerteventura: Sailing Tour of Lobos Island

10. Fuerteventura: Sailing Tour of Lobos Island

Discover the beauty of  Lobos Island on this catamaran cruise from Fuerteventura. Sail with a drink in hand, snorkel, kayak, or paddleboard through the crystal-clear waters of La Concha beach. Departs from Corralejo (north Fuerteventura) and set sail for Lobos Island. You will cross the 2 km islet called El Río on the way. As you get closer to the western part of Lobos Island, you will see La Caldera, a half-submerged volcanic mountain, with its black-sand beach. Continue until you reach La Concha beach, famous for its tranquil, turquoise waters where the landscape ebbs and flows with the tide. Let the boat drop anchor and enjoy water activities like feeding fish, snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding, or just lying in the sun on the catamaran net.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,106 reviews

Straight forward to find in puerto colon. Spent 15-20 mins indoors being given information and taught some scuba basics. We filled in a form each and got into wetsuits. 20-minute boat ride off the coast we spent some time snorkeling before diving. Diving was great - all instructors spoke good english and were friendly. Spent roughly 15 mins diving, the rest of the time was then spent snorkeling more. I wish we could have scuba dived a bit longer, but it was still great. I'll definitely be back again next year.

overall it was an excellent experience. The crew on board was super nice and the services were impeccable. This is a must to do it if you looking forward to relax while enjoying the amazing water of Lobos. I genuinely recommend it.

Unfortunatley we didnt see any dolphins, but lots of whales and a turtle, had a quick snorkle and saw some fishes, lovely staff, really enjoyed the whole experience

We had an amazing experience myself and my partner. The instructors were very helpful with everything. Really recommend it.

Amazing trip! Many thanks to crew for amazing experience :)