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Arona, Tenerife Outdoor sports

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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: South Coast Jet Ski Experience

2. 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.

Tenerife: Kayak Safari with Sea Turtles and Snorkeling

3. 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.

Kayaking and Snorkeling with Turtles

4. Kayaking and Snorkeling with Turtles

Head out onto the beautiful clear waters surrounding Tenerife and discover the magic of this beautiful island. Spend time kayaking across the ocean taking in the scenery as you go passed the rocks of Palm Mar. See huge caves and the stunning, sweeping coastline. Stop to snorkel in the blue waters and discover a vast world of fish and other marine inhabitants, a perfect opportunity to know the ocean life of Tenerife. Sometimes on the way back, dolphins swim passed adding to the magic of the afternoon. Make friends with the turtles who live here as you explore this underwater paradise. 

Tenerife: Teide and Las Cañadas Half-Day Tour

5. Tenerife: Teide and Las Cañadas Half-Day Tour

Benefit from a pickup in the south of Tenerife and then drive up to Mount Teide via lovely local villages. Stop for coffee, then at Vilaflor village. Journey through a beautiful pine forest that provides precious water and arrive at an unforgettable plateau with a lunar-like landscape. Ascend above the clouds at an altitude of approximately 2,000 meters above sea level and marvel at the volcanic rock formations surrounding you. Admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain from different perspectives.

Las Galletas: Whale & Dolphin Tour with Local Skipper

6. Las Galletas: 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: Go Karting Adventure

7. Tenerife: Go Karting Adventure

Climb aboard a speedy go kart and tear around the best circuit in Tenerife. Benefit from a free shuttle bus service from the south of the island, and then get behind the wheel of your choice of kart. Choose from karts suitable for adults, or avail of 3 different karts suitable for younger drivers. Reach high speeds in safety as you zip around the many bends. The Junior Circuit is equipped with the highest technical and safety conditions and is ideal for all children. Keep track of your laps via the LED display and timing system for a richer experience. Challenge your mates and track your times individually or between participants of the group activities. 

South Tenerife: Beginners Scuba Diving Experience

8. South Tenerife: Beginners Scuba Diving Experience

The beginners Discover Scuba program always starts at 9 AM at the dive center, with the exception if there is nothing setup prior with the customer, like pick up time or afternoon program. The dive center is located in El Fraile, a small distance away from Las Galletas on the southern end of Tenerife. The center is easy accessible with a rental car and there is ample parking space. If there is need for we can offer pick-up if your accommodation is situated in Las Americas, Los Cristianos, Palm Mar, Costa del Silencio or Las Galletas The program starts with a meet and greet, filling in the documents required for the program, explaining the time table, after that, you will receive a short introduction to the basic skills involved in scuba diving and the dive equipment that will be used during your dive experience. Together with one of the staff members, you will try the dive equipment for the dive and will get familiar with the equipment you are using before entering the water. The briefing is always given at the dive center by instructors or Discover Scuba leaders and the same dive professional(s) will join you for the dive activity. When everything is packed you will proceed to the chosen dive location. There you will receive a short recap of what is told at the dive center . Together with one of the staff members, you will prepare your dive equipment for the dive. Hands-on assembly of the gear yourself (under supervision) will get you familiar with the equipment you are using before you enter the water. Your professional dive guides will then show you how to get used to breathing using the scuba gear. Once in the water, there will be a few small exercises to make sure you are comfortable. Then, under close guidance, you will be free to explore the fascinating underwater world of Tenerife and say hello to the “colorful locals”. The dive is in general between 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the air consumption and comfort level. Upon return to the dive center, the staff will collect up and wash down all the equipment used. Once having returned, you will be free to ask questions or share your experience with others.

Tenerife: Quad Bike Off-Road Adventure

9. Tenerife: Quad Bike Off-Road Adventure

Start your quad bike tour at Arona. From here, you’ll wind your way up to Villaflor along dirt paths and surrounded by nature. Your guide will adapt the ride to the group’s driving skills. You’ll spend approximately 90-minutes exploring the region by quad bike, with the total activity time being approximately 2.5-hours. Follow your guide along with a range of off-road paths as you challenge your driving skills. The tour takes place in groups. Your guide will provide clear safety instructions and assist you in driving your quad bike. The quad bikes are powerful and make climbing easy even with 2 people on them (maximum 180 kg or about 396 pounds).

Playa de las Americas: 3-Hour Quad Bike Forest Ride

10. Playa de las Americas: 3-Hour Quad Bike Forest Ride

Following pickup from your hotel, you will start your 60-kilometer quad bike drive from Playa de las Americas. You will venture along dirt tracks and secondary roads whilst viewing the stunning forests and ravines from a different perspective. Next, you will ascend into the hills to reach an altitude of up to 1,700 meters. You will then travel deep into the forests and admire the impressive landscapes of the foothills of Teide mountain in the villages of Arona and La Escalona. Later, continue to the village of Vilaflor at the foot of Teide, where you will get some time to explore and recharge. You will then make your way back to the starting point in Playa de las Americas where you will get more impressive views of the protected landscapes and endemic flora along the way.

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What people are saying about Arona, Tenerife

Fantastic fun experience, my husband and I had our own quad which I would recommend. Staff and guides were very friendly and made sure you enjoyed the experience, I would definitely recommend! We did get EXTREMELY dusty which we were made aware of so don't wear your best clothes.

Awsome! A lot of fun! Instruction was fast explained and god. Awsome experience would recommend for everyone who loves speed and adrenalin.

Excellent experience excursion made with my friends super fun, nice and helpful guide. We saw dolphins and turtles. I would do it again!!

We were really lucky, saw dolphins, multiple turtles (few meters from us!). Guide was amazing, great experience overal!

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