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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: Scuba Dive for Beginners In Turtle Area

2. 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: Kayaking and Snorkeling with Turtles

3. 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.

Los Gigantes Whale Watching Cruise by Sail Boat

4. 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: South Coast Jet Ski Experience

5. 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

6. Tenerife: Snorkeling Trip in the Turtle Area

Marvel at the marine life of the Canary Islands on a snorkeling adventure off the south coast of Tenerife. Treat the family to an adventure suitable for adults and children. 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: 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.

Tenerife: Whale & Dolphin Tour with Local Skipper

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Tenerife

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,101 reviews

Excellent boat trip with amazing staff. We saw so many whales and dolphins, and even a few sea turtles. The boat was not overcrowded and drinks were a great price. Would highly recommend to anyone thinking of booking a boat trip. Although it was only 2 hours I believe this is a perfect amount of time as any longer might have been a bit boring. Genuinely have no complaints!!

We had a wonderful catamaran trip with White Tenerife. Lots of close sightings of dolphins, whales and turtles! The crew were great, making sure everybody had plenty of drinks and offering assistance to help people down the steep ladder to the toilets. Overall a brilliant day and well worth the price! Will be booking again on my next holiday to Tenerife :)

The team was very nice and fun. You know that they love there job and know what they are doing. We got lucky and saw alot of animals. I would totally go again.

Super team, very friendly and with personal touch. Enjoyed the day with seeing whales, fishing and some swimming in sea. Really awesome experience.

Everything perfect! Great tour with almost 100% certainty of seeing dolphins and whales up close.