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Tenerife: South Coast Jet Ski Experience

1. Tenerife: South Coast Jet Ski Experience

Meet your guide at the port of San Miguel, where the jet skis will be waiting for you. Get equipped with all the necessary gear, including a life jacket, snorkeling mask, goggles, and a wetsuit. Listen briefly about how to drive safely, then embark! Pass through different spots such as the Yellow Mountain, the bay of Costa del Silencia, Las Galletas, the lighthouse of Punta Rasca, the Palm Mar Cliff, Los Cristianos, and much more. Depending on the weather, see different locales and keep your eyes peeled to spot whales, dolphins, turtles, and fish. If choosing the 2-hour tour option, make a stop to dip into the ocean and try out your snorkeling gear halfway through. Afterward, return to the initial dock to enjoy coffee, tea, water, juices, and beers. Take a shower, change into some fresh clothes, and admire the photos from the day.

Tenerife: Whale & Dolphin Tour with Local Skipper

2. Tenerife: Whale & Dolphin Tour with Local Skipper

First, choose from an optional pickup from your hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife or make your own way to the meeting point at the port. The skipper will welcome you aboard the Cruz del Sur, a spacious 14-meter yacht. Listen as he explains the itinerary of the excursion and gives some information about safety measures. Then, set off to explore the whale and dolphin sighting area off the coast of Tenerife.  As you sail, keep your eyes peeled for these wonderful marine creatures. If you're lucky, you may even see some turtles. After spotting the wildlife, approach the coast and anchor the boat. Enjoy the opportunity to bathe or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters whilst the crew prepares lunch. Snorkeling equipment is provided.  For lunch, enjoy a delicious spread of typical, local food. Later, return to the port, sailing along the coastline and admiring the protected natural site of Punta de Rasca. Arrive at the port and bid farewell to the crew. Either your tour concludes, or you can benefit from the return transfer back to your hotel by selecting the option with hotel pickup and drop-off.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Hiking in the Anaga Mountains

3. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Hiking in the Anaga Mountains

Discover the Anaga Rural Park forest on a 3.5-hour walk to the volcanic dome close to the hamlet of Taborno, coming down through the magnificent laurel forest of Anaga, a Unesco Biosphere Reserve since 2015. Hike while enjoying amazing views as the path comes out of the forest and approaches the cliffs facing the northeast shore of the island. Taborno is a hamlet right on top of the crane of two different gorges. It is considered a viewpoint hamlet.  Witness the local country life of the island and listen to your guide that will explain the local uses in such an amazing mountain chain. Anaga is one of the places in Tenerife where some aboriginal pre-Hispanic uses have been kept longer. After the walk, lunch will local products will be served.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: 2-Hour Hiking Tour in Anaga Forest

4. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: 2-Hour Hiking Tour in Anaga Forest

Explore the beautiful and ancient Laurel Forest and get in contact with the nature on this hiking tour. Take a simple walk without great difficulty and feel and smell the pure air of this laurel forest. If you think of yourself as a novice hiker, or simply want a more relaxed and slow–paced hike, step onto the route through the Anaga Forest. Discover all of life's natural treasures as you amble through the wondrous nature of what was once an isolated territory and see the original Canarian architecture. Wander through a landscape which, millions of years ago, was an independent island separated by the sea from the rest of the insular territory. Even today, it is still considered as a separate world, an island inside another with its own identity.

Tenerife: Anaga Rural Park Full-Day Guided Tour

5. Tenerife: Anaga Rural Park Full-Day Guided Tour

Discover one of the last laurel forests in the world on a full-day tour of Anaga Rural Park, where time appears to have stood still for centuries. Start in the typical fishing village of San Andres, just outside Santa Cruz de Tenerife, near Teseritas Beach. You will be immersed into the natural world almost immediately. Your guide will provide information on the history of one of the oldest sides of Tenerife, sculpted by millions of years of volcanic erosion. Cross the Fayal-Brezal to discover places full of rural traditions, and friendly locals who are always waiting for visitors. Learn the legends and stories of the aboriginals, and the 1st governors who conquered the island. At the summit of Anaga, you will experience one of the best secrets of the Alisio wind; revel in the magic of the humid Laurisilva forest. Then, visit isolated villages that are still lived in by locals to see traditional rural architecture. Enjoy a unique view from a privileged vantage point, directly over a cliff that towers 550 meters above sea level. End with a walk in the UNESCO World Heritage city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, and discover why it is sometimes referred to as the “Florence of the Canary Islands.”

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Palmetum Entry Ticket

6. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Palmetum Entry Ticket

Gain your entry ticket to the Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a 12-hectare botanical garden that specializes in palm trees. Marvel at the 2 lakes, stream, 3 waterfalls, and beautiful corners decorated with immense volcanic rocks. Visit a truly valuable project — a transformed municipal rubbish dump that is now a recreational space for plant lovers. See how it’s now bursting with spectacular plant life brought here through partnerships with institutions from all over the world. Take in its splendid landscapes, achieved through years of elaborate and improved garden design. Get your camera ready for the great views from the mountain of the sea and the city below. Be wowed by about 3,000 species of plants from tropical and subtropical climates around the world. The botanical family of palm trees, technically called Arecaceae or Palmae, is the best represented in the collection, with more than 600 species distributed throughout the park according to their geographical origin. See how most of the area of the Palmetum has been dedicated to island territories, so palm trees from islands, such as Madagascar, the Caribbean or Polynesia, are very well represented. Take in a truly relaxing and nature-inspired visit to a worthwhile project for the planet.

Tenerife: Teide Volcano and North of the Island VIP Tour

7. Tenerife: Teide Volcano and North of the Island VIP Tour

Visit La Laguna, the first capital of the island of Tenerife, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the richness of its agriculture and the good state of the old buildings. Go for a walk with your tour guide and learn all about this elegant city while taking beautiful photos of your surroundings.  Next, visit the Esperanza forest on the way to the Teide Volcano. Stop here to taste a delicious coffee known as barraquito before pausing at several different viewpoints throughout the forest to enjoy its beautiful Canarian pines and eucalyptus trees. Then, arrive at the National Park where you will make several stops, steering clear of tourist traps. Heading down, see Chinyero Volcano which saw the last volcanic eruption in Tenerife in 1909. Before arriving at Garachico, stop for lunch where you can try some traditional Canarian food. Garachico is a very elegant town with a rich architectural heritage from the XVI, XVII, and XVIII centuries which deemed it a relevant Site of Cultural Interest in 1994.  Finally, visit Icod de los Vinos where you will see the Millenary Dragon Tree, a very important tree that is more than 1000 years.

Tenerife: Island VIP Tour

8. Tenerife: Island VIP Tour

After pick-up, your first stop on this day-long tour will be La Laguna, an important historical center of the island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, it's on to Candelaria, a fishing town and where you can find a statue of the Candelaria Virgin, patron saint of the Canary Islands, as well as the stunning Candelaria Basilica. This city is an important place of pilgrimage situated in the southeast of the island. Your next visit will be to El Médano, a charming beach with majestic views of the volcanic cone Montana Roja. The next stop, Garachico, is a city blooming with flowering trees and full of fascinating history. Other highlights of your tour include La Orotava and Los Gigantes Cliff. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel, port or apartment.

South Tenerife: San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Anaga Tour

9. South Tenerife: San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Anaga Tour

Start with pickup form Playa de las Américas, and first visit the town of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site steeped in tradition, legends, and beauty. See the many churches, historical buildings, and charming streets of a town described as the "Florence of the Canary Islands". Then, make your way to Anaga, a volcanic rock formation that is between 7 and 9 million years old. Explore the area's landscapes which are adorned with geological formations such as roques, or old volcanic chimneys and dikes, which are fractures filled with solidified magma forming sheets of rock that look like walls. See beautiful cliff faces and deep ravines. Explore the nearby forests of laurel and dragon trees before returning back to your accommodation.

Tenerife: 4-Hour Gauchinche Food Tour

10. Tenerife: 4-Hour Gauchinche Food Tour

Immerse yourself in Tenerife's gastronomic culture on this guided tour of the best eateries on the North coast, including a visit to a traditional Guachinche, which is a traditional establishment where quality food and drink are served. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to a winery, where you can sample red, white and rosé wines, expertly paired with an assortment of Canarian cheeses.  Next, head to the selected Guachinche and discover Tenerife’s gastronomy by savoring its traditional food, choosing from a range of starters and rotisserie main courses. Finally, visit a bodega and enjoy a glass of coffee as you admire views of the coast. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the tour.

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4.6 / 5

based on 221 reviews

The whole thing is set up professionally, we were 4 couples who rode the jet skis in pairs, there was a short instruction in English, which is really very easy to understand, in advance. Pictures may only be taken with the GOPRo in the holders provided for this purpose and holders you have brought with you. However, pictures will be taken of everyone, and also a short video, which can be purchased at the end with a cool drink of your choice. 20€ if you want everything. I really enjoyed the ride, the jet skis are well maintained and run great. The guide and all the staff are super nice. I can only recommend the tour to everyone. We took the 2 hour tour first thing in the morning at 9:15. Don't be afraid of falling from jet skis far out at sea. In the middle of the tour there will be a break for swimming and snorkeling experience. The guide drives a boat ahead all the time. How fast you can go depends heavily on the sea state.

We had a wonderful time. Great instructor. Equipment and facilities were excellent. Location was great. Free street parking. The activity was different than description however: total of 3 hours (not 6 as I saw listed). We had a short introductory lesson on land, then two dives with a short break in between, then we showered, dressed, and got a cold drink. Overall great experience

Amazing time with our guide Angel. Very informative and we so appreciated the pick up from our resort as we were staying at Amarillo Golf. Because of heat and fire scare the forest paths were shut so we went on an alternative tour (malpais de guimar) which was great.

Absolutely recommendable tour! The guide picked us up in front of the hotel and we were able to discover many places together. He explains a lot, speaks very good English and is extremely friendly. The stops are beautiful, it is really amazing to see this island!

Good fun one hour was enough as the sea was very rough but jet sky are quite nice!