Tenerife Water sports

Our most recommended Tenerife Water sports

Tenerife: Eco-Yacht Whale and Dolphin Watching and Swimming

1. Tenerife: Eco-Yacht Whale and Dolphin Watching and Swimming

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, sail through the "cave of love", and enjoy a stop for a swim in the ocean.  Depart from the port of Los Cristianos and begin the search for the gentle ocean giants. Besides whales, be on the lookout for other marine mammals like dolphins and sea birds.  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. Eco-Yacht along the coast of Canary Island on a vessel that has been awarded the “Blue Boat” flag by the local government. This certifies that the vessel meets by law all the requirements to carry out the activity in a safe and sustainable manner. The yacht has enclosed propellers that don't harm marine life, and no waste is thrown in the sea.

Los Gigantes: Whales and Dolphin Watching Cruise with Lunch

2. 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.

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.

Tenerife: Kayak Safari with Sea Turtles and Snorkeling

4. 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.

Tenerife: South Coast Jet Ski Experience

5. Tenerife: South Coast Jet Ski Experience

Join a jet ski adventure in Santa Cruz de Tenerife with all gear and instruction included. Admire views of the Yellow Mountain, Costa del Silencio, and Las Galletas from the water. With the 2-hour option, enjoy enough time to pass next to the Palm Mar cliff with a snorkeling break along the way. Meet your instructor 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 Silencio, 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.

Abades: Snorkeling Tour in a Marine Protected Area

6. Abades: Snorkeling Tour in a Marine Protected Area

Dive in and explore the crystal waters along Tenerife's southeast coast. Swim amongst tropical and sub-tropical fish and spot species that you can't find anywhere else in the world. Learn about the world below the waves from your professional instructor. The tour leaves from Abades and heads to the marine protected area, a sheltered bay with calm waters that are suitable for all swimmers. Explore the multiple reefs in the area and even enjoy the beach – a relaxing alternative to the touristy resorts in the south. Unlike scuba diving, you don't need any certification or training to snorkel, and your guide will be there to help you every step of the way. Even seniors and non-swimmers are encouraged to give it a try. Before diving in, you will be given a safety briefing to know what to expect and how to interact with marine wildlife.

Tenerife: Discover Scuba Diving with Free Photos

7. Tenerife: Discover Scuba Diving with Free Photos

Enjoy your first scuba diving experience with photos to document your adventure. Begin with a lesson on the theoretical aspect of diving. Learn the basic concepts of diving, how to use the equipment and techniques for breathing and underwater communication. Head to the beach in a shallow, calm area for your first underwater practice. Work at your own pace until you start to feel confident. Then go a bit deeper (maximum of 12 meters), enjoying the epic underwater scenery. See amazing underwater volcanic formations and a great diversity of marine life. A certified instructor will support you at all times to ensure you safely enjoy the experience.

Tenerife: South Coast Guided Jet Ski Adventure

8. Tenerife: South Coast Guided Jet Ski Adventure

Glide through the waves of the gorgeous Tenerife sea as you leave behind Puerto Colon on board a powerful jet ski, accompanied by an experienced guide to assist you on this ocean journey. Enjoy the turquoise waters far from the crowds on the beach. Ride alone or bring a partner with you to share this unforgettable experience. The instructor will give you some safety recommendations and stay by your side for the duration of the rental to ensure everyone's safety. Take a break from the speed to enjoy a leisure swim along the way. Gaze at the south coast skyline from afar and take in the magnificent Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain. You'll even be able to snorkel if you choose to and discover the majestic underwater world of the island's creatures.

Tenerife: Los Carrizales Water Canyoning and Hiking Tour

9. Tenerife: Los Carrizales Water Canyoning and Hiking Tour

Don your wetsuit, helmet, and harness and go on an aquatic adventure in the canyons of Los Carrizales. Try out abseiling techniques with the help of your instructor to traverse the unique landscape in Teno Rural Park. See island wildlife unique to Tenerife as you tour the canyons. Find the perfect challenge for adrenaline junkies with tough hiking paths and steep walls that lead to the river. Rappel, jump, and slide your way around the uneven basalt walls formed by the river. Be sure to bring sturdy hiking shoes for this trip, the rest of the equipment is available onsite. Once you’re tired out from splashing and jumping around, take a scenic journey back along an uphill hiking route. Take breaks as you need and admire views of the surrounding mountains and La Gomera island in the distance.

From Abades: Marine Protected Try Diving

10. From Abades: Marine Protected Try Diving

Discover Scuba Diving in the Atlantic Ocean's breathtaking underwater life of Abades, a marine protected area, perfect for first-time divers. Explore several reefs with small caves and walls, admire the seagrass, and try to spot a turtle. Relax on the beach afterward, away from the tourist crowds. Arrive in Abades, and enjoy a warm welcome at the meeting point right in front of the beach. Get introduced to scuba diving and learn the first steps needed to start exploring the world beneath the surface. Feel safe in a bay, completely sheltered with no current, big waves, and calm waters. Dive in and explore different reefs with smaller caves and walls to explore. Get up close to the seagrass and watch it wave as you spot sea turtles that like to swim nearby. Besides diving, this small holiday resort is ideal for spending time on the beach away from the crowds.

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based on 401 reviews

Fantastic! Don’t wear a cap because it won’t stay on for long! We did the 2hr experience and we each had our own jet ski. I’m 56 and I wasn’t judged, didn’t feel intimidated and wasn’t expected to keep up. However, I did keep up haha. Do it! And to top it all we had 3 dolphins swim alongside us for 2 minutes. It was worth every penny! I’ll certainly do it next time we come to Tenerife

burnt my ankle badly. got 1st degree burns so be warned if your pale. the tour was brilliant, saw allot of amazing sights. only saw 1 dolphin (briefly) but this of course ant guaranteed. I would recommend this. but know that it's quite hard, and not for people out of shape.

Great tour on a small yacht. There were only 10 people on the boat and we felt like we were alone. Great alternative for trips full of people where you have to fight for the seat on the deck. We can highly recommend it.

Such a glorious day. We saw Whales and Dolphins (literally metres away from the boat) and had a lovely swim in a beautiful location by the cliffs

Good tempo and nice tour, proffesional and chill guide