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Arona, Tenerife Safaris & wildlife activities

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From Los Cristianos: No-Chase Whale and Dolphin Cruise

1. From Los Cristianos: No-Chase Whale and Dolphin Cruise

Join an eco-friendly, no-chase whale and dolphin cruise from Los Cristianos. Explore Tenerife South's marine life with the only cruise company in Spain that collaborates with the Sea Shepherd UK and the Dolphin Project non-profit organizations to ensure a safe and conscious whale watching experience. Depart the Los Cristianos harbor on a boat that can go further than a 3-mile radius due to the qualified captains onboard, which is highly advantageous to spot larger whales and other species. Set out to visit resident short-finned pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins as well as other species. Fin whales, sperm whales, blue whales, and even orcas can be seen on your tour. Keep an eye out for migrating turtles, tuna, and even sharks.  Listen to your guide tell you about the ecosystems of the region. Learn about the habits of the resident dolphins in front of the cliffs of Los Cristianos. As you cruise, enjoy the view of Mount Teide and the southern coast of Tenerife. Feel comfortable knowing that the whales and dolphins are always put first. To make sure that they are not disturbed, they are not forced to dive, an important part of ethical whale watching. Observe them in your natural environment and see how they naturally behave.

Tenerife: Loro Parque Ticket with Transfer from the South

2. Tenerife: Loro Parque Ticket with Transfer from the South

Spend the day at Loro Parque, a world-famous animal adventure park in the Canaries that’s loved by all. Get up close and personal with the magnificent animals for a memorable experience in a special piece of paradise. Discover the Antarctic at Planet Penguin, home to a real iceberg and hundreds of penguin inhabitants. Take your seat at spectacular Orca Ocean and watch as killer whales demonstrate their strength and agility. See if you can keep from smiling as acrobatic dolphins and sea lions entertain you with their gravity-defying moves. New to Loro Parque is Katandra TreeTops, a place to meet the most amazing species of birds. Be on the lookout for loris, cockatoos, emus, and kookaburras as you traverse hanging bridges and make your way along jungle paths.

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: South Coast Jet Ski Experience

4. 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

5. 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: Admission Tickets for Jungle Park

6. Tenerife: Admission Tickets for Jungle Park

Experience the only real jungle in Europe with wild vegetation, 400 animals and more than 100 different species. It offers three unforgettable and incredible shows of sea lions, birds of prey and exotic birds. See humboldt penguins, eagles, hawks, vultures, marabouts, cranes, ibis, flamingos, swans, storks, parrots, macaws, pelicans, toucans and more. Visit the free flight aviary, Great Orchid Garden, and paths between the lemurs, all within their natural habitat. Discover this fascinating jungle in the south of Tenerife.

Kayaking and Snorkeling with Turtles

7. 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. 

Las Galletas: Whale & Dolphin Tour with Local Skipper

8. 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: Loro Parque & Siam Park Entry Ticket with Transfer

9. Tenerife: Loro Parque & Siam Park Entry Ticket with Transfer

Visit 2 of Tenerife’s favorite attractions at 1 exceptional price. Enjoy an activity which includes transportation and entrance to Loro Parque, as well as entry tickets to Siam Park without transportation. Get close to animals with a day out at Loro Parque zoo. Witness many species of birds, orcas, and other animal sights. Take a stroll in the orchid garden, and enjoy the sea lion, dolphin, and parrot shows. Benefit from transportation as part of your experience. Make a splash at with your visit to Siam Park. Ride on thrilling water slides, and relax in the unique atmosphere inspired by Thailand and Thai culture. Have a fun day out filled with experience wave pools, raft rides, and fun for all the family.

South Tenerife: Beginners Scuba Diving Experience

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Arona, Tenerife

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4.7 / 5

based on 397 reviews

Lots of dolphins and whales spotted. The captains took very good account of the space that the whales and dolphins need. They were not disturbed by the drill. Very good explanation, even in Dutch!

Excellent activity, we were able to see what was announced, only B mol, there must have been explanations in French which we did not have while on the bridge we were a good 20 of French.

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

Great experience with great guide that speaks many languages. We saw both whales and dolphins.

We've spend a lovely day. Te shows were amazing. Must be visited.