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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Tenerife: Kayaking and Snorkeling with Turtles

1. 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: 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.

Tenerife: Dolphins by Kayak Tour

3. Tenerife: Dolphins by Kayak Tour

Your adventure will begin in the morning when the ocean is still very calm. Begin with kayaking instructions and all the safety measures needed for a great time on the sea. At this hour of the morning, enjoy the relaxing atmosphere as you get into the kayak on the empty beach of Playa de Los Cristianos.   Start paddling along the harbor, exiting into the open sea followed by seagulls for around 30 minutes to get out to where the dolphins pass by. You can enjoy a great time watching the dolphins playing around and sometimes doing a really wild show.   After around 1 hour, we will paddle away gently, trying as much possible not to disrupt the dolphins’ morning routine. This will be an adventure you will always remember.

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What people are saying about Arona, Tenerife

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 397 reviews

Very nice experience. We actually saw big turtles. One appeared just a meter from me. We also saw a few dolphins. The material was in good condition. The organization worked well. Our guide - Andreas - guided us well and knows the right places. His decision to accompany a team of two back after the first few meters was professional and correct. You should have some kayaking experience. On the sea, the waves are added, which makes it more rocky. Andreas also took photos that we could later download for free via a link. Thanks! A very good price/performance ratio. I wouldn't book it without snorkeling. You see too little. Danger! Two outdoor companies are housed in the house. You have to know where you booked and then ask. It's not on the outside yet! All of this is definitely recommended!

first-class guides who instruct well, are in a good mood and have fun with what they are doing. At the first attempt, we were extensively instrumented and lowered into the water, but because the waves were too strong when we came around the first group of rocks into the open sea, the tour was canceled. Safety first! We had already driven almost 1 km and easily cost the crew 1 hour, but the entire price was refunded in full. The next day the money was in the account. The crew apologized three times that they were sorry, they were very sad that they had to cancel it. But we already liked this first contact with the canoe and the crew so much? That we dared to do it again 4 days later, even though we came from Santa Cruz from the north.

We have seen several dolphins (50 meters from us) and one turtle (on reach of your hand) but after 2 hours of kayaking and snorkeling we got sea sick and the way on the beach was horrible for us (but that's not anyone's fault). Service was excellent and I am satisfied, but don't expect swimming with turtles or dolphins, as I understood it is not allowed.

Good experience, the instructor Pablo was a charming boy, very attentive to the group and had a lot of information about the excursion, at all times it was noted that his main objective was to see the marine animals.

Good organization. The kayaks are well prepared and the guide very attentive. Unfortunately we did not see dolphins but we did see turtles.