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Canary Islands Snorkeling

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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.

Los Cristianos: Eco-Yacht Whale Watching Cruise with Swim

2. Los Cristianos: Eco-Yacht Whale Watching Cruise with Swim

Embark on an unforgettable whale watching trip along Tenerife’s Los Cristianos coastline. See whales and other marine life at a close but respectful distance, without chasing and pestering marine animals. Discover the Travelin Lady, a yacht that was built with a low side of port and a starboard close to sea level so that viewers appreciate marine mammals from to the sea surface. Depart from the port of Los Cristianos and begin the search for the gentle ocean giants. Besides whales, be on the lookout for bottlenose dolphins, fin whales, pilot whales, resident tortoises, and maybe even killer whales, blue whales, and some kind of shark. As you travel along the coast, see the famous cave of "love." Before returning back to the port, end the tour with a relaxing break on the water for a chance to swim and snorkel. Enjoy an eco-yacht along the coast of Canary Island, which has been awarded the “Blue Boat” flag by the local government, certifying that the vessel meets the law requirements to carry out the activity in a safe and sustainable manner.

La Graciosa: Island Cruise with Lunch and Water Activities

3. La Graciosa: Island Cruise with Lunch and Water Activities

Cruise the coast of La Graciosa on a guided catamaran sailing excursion with stops to swim and relax. Enjoy local lunch and take in the views from the boat. Start your day with pickup from the main tourist resorts in Lanzarote and head to the northern village of Órzola.  Board an express ferry to La Graciosa island at the port of Caleta del Sebo. Explore Caleta de Sebo during some free time before enjoying a welcome mojito on the catamaran. After cruising for a while with free WiFi for your connectivity needs, drop anchor at French Beach. Enjoy a refreshing swim and try some of the water activities, like snorkeling and kayaking.  Sit down for a traditional Spanish paella and fresh fruit lunch on board. Make use of the bar’s unlimited draft beer, sangria, soft drinks, and water. Learn about the area from your local guide. Return with a brief stop in La Graciosa.

Tenerife: Los Gigantes Whale Watching Cruise by Sail Boat

4. 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 of dolphins and pilot whales in an intimate group. Help raise the sail if the conditions are right and travel across the waves powered by the wind. Get served 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: Scuba Dive for Beginners In Turtle Area

5. Tenerife: Scuba Dive for Beginners In Turtle Area

Begin your adventure into scuba diving with a beginner's dive in Costa Adeje. Have a great chance of seeing Tenerife's beautiful marine life as you dive at a site known for its turtle population. Learn the basics of scuba diving and then float along on a snorkeling safari. Start your journey to explore the underwater worlds of the oceans on a beginner's diving 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 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. Finally, ride the boat back to the meeting point.

Lanzarote: Day Trip to the Papagayo Beaches by Catamaran

6. Lanzarote: Day Trip to the Papagayo Beaches by Catamaran

Set sail along the Costa de Papagayo on a catamaran cruise from Lanzarote. Sample a traditional Spanish paella, enjoy a welcome mojito, try out fun water sports, and help yourself to drinks from the open bar. Be picked up at your resort and transferred to the port in Puerto del Carmen to board the Lineas Romero sailing catamaran. Be welcomed with a refreshing Mojito cocktail and a tapa and receive a short introduction from the experienced crew. Sail to the southern tip of Lanzarote, making your way to the Costa de Papagayo, where the beaches are golden and the natural environment is still untouched. Drop anchor and enjoy plenty of free time to soak up the sunshine and try out the many water sports on offer. Tuck into a delicious lunch on board, consisting of a traditional Spanish paella, pasta and tomato sauce, and a fresh fruit bar. Relax on board as you sail back to port and take in the dramatic evening views. On arrival, the bus will be waiting to take you back to your resort.

Lanzarote: 1.5-Hour Dolphin Watching Mini Cruise

7. Lanzarote: 1.5-Hour Dolphin Watching Mini Cruise

Climb aboard the "Biosfera Jet" fast boat and sail along the west coast of Lanzarote from Puerto del Carmen marina. Get a quick briefing about the trip and safety issues before you set off. Then, look for dolphins, whales and other marine species with the help of the crew and binoculars. Listen to detailed information about the different species of cetaceans you will encounter, along with other technical and historic information to ensure a complete and unique experience. Take in the views of the coast, and then relax with a swim and snorkel with the aquatic wildlife of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Los Gigantes: Whales and Dolphin Watching Cruise with Lunch

8. Los Gigantes: Whales and Dolphin Watching Cruise with Lunch

Go on a search for pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins on this three-hour cruise from Los Gigantes. Keep an eye out for all kinds of marine life, and make a stop for swimming and snorkeling in a secluded location while your lunch is prepared on the boat. Leave the port of Los Gigantes in order to begin the search for pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins. Snap photos of the beautiful Teide Volcano, which can be seen on the journey, as well as the island of La Gomera and the rural park of Teno. Spot different cetacean species on the whale and dolphin watching experience, like bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales, and other species like loggerhead sea turtles who are also native to the area, along with fin or sperm whales depending on the season. Finish the whale watching portion of the tour and then move on to the cliff of the giants, vertical rocky cliffs rising to a height of around 600 meters, and make a stop for 30 minutes at the base of the cliffs where there is a cove perfect for swimming or snorkeling. Enjoy a delicious appetizer with fresh fruit and drinks after swimming and snorkeling. Rest as you enjoy the appetizer before returning to the port along the cliff.

Los Gigantes: Sailing Excursion with Swimming, Drink & Tapas

9. Los Gigantes: Sailing Excursion with Swimming, Drink & Tapas

Set sail from Puerto de Los Gigantes on board the Sangría to explore Tenerfie’s coast. Watch for dolphins and whales as you travel between quiet bays and coves. Stop to bathe, or snorkel and admire sea life like sea turtles, octopi and manta rays. Relax on deck with a drink and tapas. Get picked up from your hotel in the Los Gigantes area and travel to the port, where you will meet your skipper and board the Sangría. Set sail along the coast, following dramatic red cliffs as you stop in bays and coves, and watch for whales and dolphins. Head out to sea, where the boat will stop for a deep sea snorkeling session, giving you a chance to admire sea turtles, manta rays and octopi. Enjoy tapas and a drink on deck as you set sail again. Once you are back in the port, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Tenerife: Whale & Dolphin Watching with Drinks and Snacks

10. Tenerife: Whale & Dolphin Watching with Drinks and Snacks

Gaze out across the clear azure waters of Southern Tenerife in the Canary Islands on this yacht cruise. Have plenty of space onboard to enjoy uninterrupted views of local wildlife and dramatic coastlines. The area around the Canary Islands has petitioned to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover why this part of the world is so beloved. Look out for dolphins and pilot whales playing by your ship, and above for the birdlife. See the most populated dolphin and whale spots along the way. Listen to the whales, dolphins, and other sea life with new state-of-the-art sonar equipment. After navigating the open waters, anchor in a secluded bay and swim with the turtles, or just relax and enjoy a free snack and drink. Hear about the area, and feel free to ask any questions.

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4.6 / 5

based on 4,106 reviews

This is so worth doing and one of the best experiences I've had. If you enjoy being out at sea, watching beautiful pilot whales in their natural habitat combined with some nice snacks and drinks, this is for you. I loved it and was back at the harbour the following morning for another trip. Simply delightful and energising and amazing. Loved, loved, loved it!

We saw a sea turtle and some whales. We did a small stop to swim near the end of the voyage. Crew was very knowledgeable and eager to tell us about the animals. Really friendly

The experience was amazing! We couldn’t believe the amount of fish that were so close to the beach. The guide was really good too. 100% recommend!

We have seen lots of whales and dolphins without chasing them. Great crew And great experiences

Excellent landscapes. Funny and super nice crew. Very good food! Go for it!