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Tenerife: Whale and Dolphin Tour with Underwater Views

1. Tenerife: Whale and Dolphin Tour with Underwater Views

Discover the majestic of playful whales and dolphins on this catamaran cruise from Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Choose between a 2-hour and a 3-hour tour, with the latter including lunch, drinks, and a swim stop in the waters of Playa Blanca Bay. Hop aboard your stylish catamaran, which features underwater viewing stations. Pick a spot on deck to view the many sights in-store during this tour. As you head out from the harbor, your professional crew will use their local knowledge to track the families of whales and dolphins who live near the island year-round. Hear an introduction speech from your guide, including a demonstration of safety vests.   Sail along the coastline past Adeje, Guia de Isora, and Santiago del Teide, where pods of spirited dolphins and groups of pilot whales are a common sight. If you are lucky enough to spot them, spend a few minutes below deck and observe them from a vantage point underneath the water's surface. Then, enjoy a cold beer or a glass of sangria along with lunch back on deck (if you book the 3-hour option). The boat will return to Puerto Colon and if you have booked a transfer, your bus will take you back to your pickup point.

Tenerife: Teide National Park Stargazing Experience

2. Tenerife: Teide National Park Stargazing Experience

Join a stargazing activity with the Night Sky Star Safari. Feast on a 3-course meal at an authentic Canarian restaurant on your way up the mountain. Stop to watch an amazing sunset from above the Sea of Clouds. Learn the guided use of telescopes for night sky observation of visible planets, the Moon, stars, galaxies, and more. Take a safari trek across the night sky with lasers using constellations and detailed explanations of the science and mythology by expert astronomy guides. This astronomy tour is an ideal excursion for holiday goers in Tenerife, as it is one of the best locations in the world for professional as well as amateur astronomy. So look up and enjoy the sky as you have never seen it before. This activity is your introduction to the night sky, stars and the Universe, and you can choose either to be picked up or to drive yourself.

Tenerife: Teide National Park Full-Day Scenic Tour

3. Tenerife: Teide National Park Full-Day Scenic Tour

Explore the diverse geography and geology of Tenerife on a full-day tour to 4 distinct landscapes around the island’s tallest mountain. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the National Heritage Site of Mt. Teide and the Teide National Park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the island’s west coast. Travel through local villages, such as Vilaflor, and see magnificent pine forests before going to the plateau of the volcano. Marvel at the lunar landscape that has been used as the location for films such as “Planet of the Apes” and “Clash of the Titans.” Drive through the Orotava Valley to Icod Los Vinos, famous for its wines. See the legendary drago tree, known for its mystical powers. Stop for a Canarian lunch (own expense), before transferring to Garachico, a local town destroyed by the volcanic eruption of 1706. Next, experience the magic of Masca, and enjoy fabulous views of La Gomera. With only around 120 inhabitants, Masca was the traditional hideout for pirates and their contraband stolen from the ships from La Gomera. Pass the giant cliffs of Los Gigantes before the transfer back to your hotel.

Tenerife: Scandal Dinner Show Entry Ticket and 5-Course Meal

4. Tenerife: Scandal Dinner Show Entry Ticket and 5-Course Meal

Spend an evening at the Scandal Dinner Show in Tenerife with this entry ticket. Choose a 5-course dinner menu to accompany the show. Watch performers carry out a variety of burlesque acts while enjoying haute cuisine prepared in the GF Victoria’s kitchen. Relax in the dim light of the Las Olas auditorium. Scandal Dinner Show offers burlesque acts with a modern sensibility. Different acts include singing, music, and dance. Costumes range from the lavish to the sparkly. The mix of humor and sensuality provides a full night’s entertainment. Along with the show, enjoy a 5-course dinner. Choose from the regular and vegetarian options. Whichever one you pick, the balance of flavor profiles promises a meal as varied as the performances. Take a moment to savor the local gastronomy.

Tenerife: Music Hall Tavern Comedy Drag Show Ticket & Dinner

5. Tenerife: Music Hall Tavern Comedy Drag Show Ticket & Dinner

Embark on a magnificent night of dazzling costumes, laughter, and a cast of unique characters who sing and dance the night away at the Music Hall Tavern's comedy drag show. Tuck into a 3-course before you watch the show and choose return hotel transportation to keep the whole evening stress-free. Take the entire family out for a fun night filled with fantastic frocks and fabulous feathers, and go on a musical and comedic journey through the decades of Drag. See the glamour and comedy in live song, mime, and dance of what has been the most popular and fun form of entertainment for decades. Before watching the show, tuck into a delicious 3-course meal. Savor a seasonal vegetable soup for starters, a turkey roast dinner with mash and roast potato, seasonable vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, and gravy for your main meal, and cooling ice-cream for dessert.

Icod de los Vinos: Dragon Tree & Botanical Garden Ticket

6. Icod de los Vinos: Dragon Tree & Botanical Garden Ticket

Encounter the drago milenario, the oldest tree of its kind in the world. Witness this national monument in person, then spend some time walking the lush surrounding park at your leisure. See for yourself the impressive Millennial Dragon Tree, with its thick branches whose leaves simulate sharp swords. The ancient tree's fame comes from its dense and blood-colored resin. Already worshiped in Roman times, this striking substance was considered a health benefactor and desired by all. After seeing the tree, take the opportunity to stroll in the surrounding national botanical garden. Experience this outstanding parkland, full of plant species together with displays on local customs. Explore different zones of the park like the laurel forests and orchard.

Teide National Park Stargazing

7. Teide National Park Stargazing

Starting the tour after sunset, beginning with sights using the naked eye. Learn to recognize the different constellations and the most important stars. Point out the Polaris position and the celestial north pole. Navigate the the ecliptic and zodiac line. Follow Greek mythology through the skies to learn shapes and constellation positions. Then once orientation is established, observe objects and planets through the telescope.  This tour is offered at Teide National Park on areas with good and safe access. With a sky free from light pollution, the National Park, is ideal for such an experience. The professional guide/staff and the advanced telescopes, make for an evening to remember.

From Tenerife: Day Trip to La Palma Volcanic Landscapes

8. From Tenerife: Day Trip to La Palma Volcanic Landscapes

Discover the highlights of Santa Cruz de La Palma and explore the effects of La Palma's volcanic activities on this day trip from Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Have a scrumptious lunch at a local restaurant and visit the Caldera de Taburiente National park. Take in views of the newest volcano in La Palma.  Meet your guide at the tour partner's office in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and board the ferry. Relax and enjoy the azure Mediterranean sea on the ride to the port of Santa Cruz de La Palma. Once on land, listen as your guide explains the tour route. Hop aboard the comfortable and air-conditioned bus and begin your tour of Santa Cruz de La Palma. See a reproduction of Christopher Columbus' Santa María ship at the 'Ship of the Virgin.' Hear about La Palma's connection to this historical ship. Continue to admire views of the 17th-century Castle of Santa Catalina which was an important location on the route to the Americas. View some traditional houses with stunning Canary-style balconies. Relax on the drive to the 'Mirador de la Concepción' viewpoint. Stop to enjoy views of the island and crater from the highest part of the Caldereta volcano. Notice how the vegetation changes on the island on the drive towards the Time Tunnel. Observe how the Cumbre Vieja volcano has affected the local area. Make your way to the exclusion zone of the Tacande neighborhood where you will catch your first glimpse of the volcano. Have the chance to see the youngest lava flows in Spain in Tazacorte. Sit down at a restaurant to a delicious lunch of salad, bread, fish, potatoes, and cheese. After lunch, head out to see lava-formed coastal cliffs. Finally, go to the Tajuya viewpoint to witness the newest volcano in the Canary islands and snap some breathtaking pictures. Return to the port in the afternoon and take the ferry back to your starting point in Tenerife.

Tacoronte: Guided Winery Tour with Wine and Cheese Tastings

9. Tacoronte: Guided Winery Tour with Wine and Cheese Tastings

Get to know the history of the Familia Monje and their vineyards during this guided winery tour. The family-run winery has operated since 1750, including growing the vineyards and making delicious wine. Learn about the uniqueness of Canary wine and its varieties of grapes grown in volcanic soil. This tour includes a tasting of four wines with four types of cheese. Indulge in local wine paired with artisan goat cheese from the Canary Islands:  A glass of Dragoblanco (a young white wine) paired with fresh white goat cheese from Tenerife. A glass of Hollera (a red wine produced using carbonic maceration) paired with smoked goat cheese from La Palma. A glass of Monje Tradicional (a young red wine) paired with a semi-cured peppery goat cheese from Fuerteventura. A glass of Listán Negro (a red wine aged in the barrel) paired with cured goat and sheep milk cheese from Gran Canaria.

Tenerife: Teide and Las Cañadas Half-Day Tour

10. Tenerife: Teide and Las Cañadas Half-Day Tour

Benefit from pick-up in the south of Tenerife, and then climb Mount Teide through the lovely local villages. Journey through a beautiful pine forest that provides precious water and arrive at an unforgettable plateau with a lunar-like landscape. Ascend above the clouds at an altitude of approximately 2,000 meters above sea level and marvel at the volcanic rock formations surrounding you. Admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain from different perspectives.

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Expect a day out on the sea so be ready for it, waves, rocking and everything. If you are ok with that, then the experience will be great. Plenty of dolphins and three decks to watch them from. The bottom one is a bit crammed but good underwater views. The speaker is excellent and speaking many languages. An excellent experience all in all.

Our tour guide was Joanna, and she was very lovely! She gave us a lot of interesting details during our tour, many thanks for her! The smoothie she prepared at the farm was delicious and we also purchased some local things at the market as souvenirs. It was worth it, thank you again!

To the sunset views above the clouds and the marvelling of stars & constellations, it was truly an outstanding experience! We had so many wow moments. And if you get lucky you’ll get to see a few shooting stars too!

This was a great cruise, saw dolphins and whales. Loved this and would definitely go again... this was the 2 hour cruise we done , so much cheaper and saw everything we where supposed to. Would totally recommend

Beautiful weather, lots of dolphins & whales to see & photograph