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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.

Tenerife: Kayaking and Snorkeling with Turtles

2. 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.

Tenerife: Scuba Dive for Beginners In Turtle Area

3. Tenerife: Scuba Dive for Beginners In Turtle Area

Start your journey to explore the underwater worlds of the oceans on a try dive activity in Tenerife. Meet at the dive center in Costa Adeje and get a short information session with your instructor before your first dive. Dive to a depth of no more than 7 meters under the careful control and supervision of your PADI-qualified instructor. Experience what it feels like to breathe underwater and get closer to the sea life than you ever imagined possible. Then, go on a snorkeling safari in waters that have been voted some of the best in the world. See the diverse marine life of the Tenerife as you explore a site populated by different fish and turtles. Look for whales and dolphins from the boat as you sail from one location to the next. ITINERARY • Meet in the school, fill in the medical statement, dress in wet suits and fins, and listen to a 10 to 15-minute briefing • Walking to the speed boat (2 minutes) • Boat ride (15 to 20 minutes depending on water conditions) • Scuba diving with an instructor (25 to 30 minutes) • Snorkeling with mask and tube (25 to 30 minutes) • Return boat ride (15 to 20 minutes depending on water conditions) The total duration of the excursion (including preparation in the school, activities, and boat rides) is around 2.5 to 3 hours.

Tenerife: South Coast Jet Ski Experience

4. 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: Snorkeling Trip in the Turtle Area

5. Tenerife: Snorkeling Trip in the Turtle Area

Marvel at the marine life of the Canary Islands on a guided snorkeling adventure off the south coast of Tenerife. Admire the coastal views of Tenerife on a speedboat ride to the Turtle Area. Encounter a wide variety of creatures in near-perfect conditions. Great for beginners, the trip takes place in an area where turtles live and includes a speedboat ride along the coast.  Benefit from the services of a guide who will give you advice on where you can see marine species, including colorful fish, dolphins, whales, turtles, rays, and octopuses.

Tenerife: Los Gigantes Whale Watching Cruise by Sail Boat

6. 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.

Tenerife: 3-Hour Luxury Sail with Food and Snorkeling

7. Tenerife: 3-Hour Luxury Sail with Food and Snorkeling

Tour the south coast of Tenerife by sailboat and take in the dramatic views. Join a crew specialized in sighting cetaceans with extensive knowledge of marine life and their environment. Set sail on the crystal waters and keep an eye out for the wildlife who call the sea home. Relax on deck and admire whales, turtles, and seabirds. Take time to swim and snorkel in the warm waters. Your sailboat of 12 meters has a capacity for 10 passengers and 2 crew to meet their needs, with 3 double cabins, 2 bathrooms, and deck mats for passenger comfort.

Tenerife: 5-Hour Whales and Dolphins Tour

8. Tenerife: 5-Hour Whales and Dolphins Tour

You'll depart from Puerto Colon at 11:00AM at which point you will go in search of whales and dolphins. During your 5-hour excursion you will visit the cliff of Los Gigantes, as your boat sails to an area where there is a greater possibility to see pilot whales. You will have a 30-minute stop to see the whales in their natural environment, and at the end of the whale watching experience you will sail to the cliffs of Los Gigantes. Once there, anchor in one of the bays under the cliffs of Los Gigantes whilst enjoying some lunch. Following that, go swimming in the inviting waters before sailing back to Port Colón along the southwestern coast of Tenerife.

Puerto Colón: Ecological Catamaran Cruise

9. Puerto Colón: Ecological Catamaran Cruise

Set off from Puerto Colón on a comfortable, modern, and ecological catamaran bound for the open sea. Take in the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean and stunning views of Tenerife's southern coast. Marvel at the towering Los Gigantes cliffs from the water.  Receive a warm welcome from the boat's friendly crew and relax in the sun with a refreshing drink. Sail to an ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling and get acquainted with some of the region's diverse underwater life.  Look out with your guides for any of the 28 species of cetaceans that pass through the islands, including bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales. Enjoy complimentary food and drink as you sail on the open sea.

Kayaking and Snorkeling with Turtles

10. Kayaking and Snorkeling with Turtles

Head out onto the beautiful clear waters surrounding Tenerife and discover the magic of this beautiful island. Spend time kayaking across the ocean taking in the scenery as you go passed the rocks of Palm Mar. See huge caves and the stunning, sweeping coastline. Stop to snorkel in the blue waters and discover a vast world of fish and other marine inhabitants, a perfect opportunity to know the ocean life of Tenerife. Sometimes on the way back, dolphins swim passed adding to the magic of the afternoon. Make friends with the turtles who live here as you explore this underwater paradise. 

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What people are saying about Tenerife

Very good experience, we really enjoyed the walk and the excursion, we missed seeing the turtles, but without a doubt I recommend doing the activity

That was very good and guided very good as well . The staff is very friendly. So thats very good experience Thanks

Such a great experience, didn’t see any turtles but the dive was amazing, all the dive instructors were brilliant

Andrés was an amazing guide and it was so much fun seeing the turtles and dolphins

Very fun experience. Friendly staff and good instructor.