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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, and much more. Depending on the weather, see different locales and keep your eyes peeled to spot whales, dolphins, turtles, and fish. Halfway through, make a stop to dip into the ocean and try out your snorkeling gear. 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: Kayak Safari with Sea Turtles and Snorkeling

2. Tenerife: Kayak Safari with Sea Turtles and Snorkeling

Experience one of the most attractive and unforgettable activities you can do in Tenerife on a kayak safari. Depart on a route from Los Cristianos beach located in an emblematic fishing village in the south of the island. Take the course towards the cliffs of Guaza to a protected nature reserve where you’ll enjoy the scenery, the cliffs, and tremendous biodiversity. With the assistance of your expert kayaking guide, in the middle of the tour, after visiting the cave we go to a point to relax and enjoy the sunset. Look out for the dolphins in their natural habitat throughout the adventure.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Whale Watching Ticket with Lunch

3. Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Whale Watching Ticket with Lunch

Enjoy the nicest and funny family Cruiser aboard an authentic Portuguese schooner of last Century that will make us relive the emotions of the old sailing as well as stories of pirates who once sailed these seas. It also has an upper deck for relaxing and sunbathing. The boat is based in the town of Los Cristianos, from where we will start the trip to visit the pilot whales colony and dolphins. After the cetaceans observation finalized, the boat will sail to the cost where it will anchored to offer you the lunch and swim on the open waters of the atlantic ocean. At the end of the lunch time, the boat will sail to the departure harbour.

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.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Palmetum Entry Ticket

5. 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 Island Tour

6. Tenerife Island 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.

Tenerife: Teide Mountain and North of the Island Tour

7. Tenerife: Teide Mountain and North of the Island 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 Chinvero 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.

South Tenerife: San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Anaga Tour

8. 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: Anaga Rural Park Full-Day Guided Tour

9. 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. Continue to Chinamada to see the traditional cave houses that are still lived in by locals. 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.”

Tenerife: Teide National Park and Teno Full-Day Tour

10. Tenerife: Teide National Park and Teno Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day adventure on Tenerife, traveling to the stunning Teide National Park and Teno Rural Park, 2 areas of breathtaking volcanic beauty. Following a pick-up, transfer by minibus (maximum 8 passengers) through the forests of canary pine trees. This paradise for hikers boasts some amazing observation points above the clouds. Climb 2,000 meters above sea level to the Teide National Park, dominated by Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain and volcano. Feel as if you have stepped onto another planet as you walk around the rocky landscape. With the majesty of Mt. Teide fresh in your mind, travel to the Teno region around noon, stopping at picturesque spots which surround the breathtaking Valley of Masca. Immerse yourself in the traditions and rich gastronomy of the region, and learn about the local way of life in the small hamlets nestled among the hills and forests of Teno Rural Park.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 586 reviews

What a great trip, Joel was super cool guy. Great with my family, taking time to chat with my youngest and sat with my 13 year old who didn’t want to snorkel. We had lovely trip, good stories and facts from Joel and even better we saw dolphins and swam with 2 turtles!!! Amazing, everyone loved the day, highly recommend!

Joel was a very good safari guide, talked us through everything we needed to know before we started. Made sure we were comfortable before we headed off. Luckily we were able to see the dolphins and also got to snorkel with turtles, would highly recommend.

I completely recommend this activity. Seeing a turtle was amazing. Also Silvio the guide was really friendly.

Excellent tour. Great guide who was prompt and knowledgeable.

Joey was really nice. Got to see some dolphins up close.