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Los Cristianos: Eco-Yacht Whale Watching Cruise with Swim

1. 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 Palma: 3-Hour Dolphin and Whale Watching Experience

2. La Palma: 3-Hour Dolphin and Whale Watching Experience

Depart from Puerto de Tazacorte where you’ll board the Flipper and receive a warm welcome from the crew. Set sail in search of dolphins and whales, listen to the crew share information about these fascinating creatures and learn about their marine environment. Cruise around the beautiful coast of La Palma, which is home to up to 29 different types of cetaceans, and enjoy the unique opportunity to see a wide variety of whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. During the excursion visit the famous Cueva Bonita, a volcanic cave formed by ocean erosion. Soak up the magical atmosphere before heading to another idyllic cave, the Poris the Candelaria one of La Palma's most famous coastal villages. And finally, visit the volcanic deltas formed during the last volcanic eruption of La Palma in 2021.

Mogán: Las Palmas Submarine Tour

3. Mogán: Las Palmas Submarine Tour

Discover the seabed of Puerto de Mogán aboard the Golden Shark in a submarine tour. Explore the world beneath the waves and watch the maneuvers when diving and surfacing with TV screens available for each passenger. Reach depths of 25 meters without experiencing any change in pressure. Marvel at the incredible habitats and ecosystems of the Atlantic Ocean. Drift past shipwrecks on the sea floor and admire unique underwater formations. Enjoy a tour suitable for all and capture one-of-a-kind photos. At the end of your tour, you will disembark at the departure point.

From Los Cristianos: No-Chase Whale and Dolphin Cruise

4. 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.

Fuerteventura: Return Lobos Island Ferry Ticket with Entry

5. Fuerteventura: Return Lobos Island Ferry Ticket with Entry

Cruise from Fuerteventura to Lobos Island on this return trip by ferry. Visit the beach, immerse yourself in Lobos's unique and tranquil atmosphere, and benefit from an all-in-one ticket which includes the island's entry fee. After just 20-minutes by boat from Corralejo, be amazed by the different tones of blue water whilst you disembark to this hidden corner of the Atlantic Ocean. Looking to the right of the harbor, you will find the path that takes you to El Puertito, an old fishing village next to a white-sand beach. At El Puertito, you can find the only restaurant on the island and a few buildings that were built before the island had been declared a Natural Park. Surrounded by tranquil waters, you will enjoy the island’s rich and exotic sea life. To the left of the harbor, you can find the most famous beach on this side of El Río. Take a swim in the calm and crystal clear, turquoise blue water or sunbathe in the fine sand, perfect for families with children, couples, young and old. This beach is commonly known as “La Concha” (the Shell) because of its shape, although the official name is La Caleta because of the limescale oven that played an important role in the construction of the “Martiño” lighthouse. From here you can see in the distance the dunes of Corralejo, the contours of Fuerteventura and when turning your back to the sea, appreciate the unique mountain “La Caldera”. Don’t forget to visit the nearby statue of Josefine Plá, the Spanish writer, poet and essayist, who was born on the island. Take a deep breath, a bottle of water and get ready to climb the highest peak of the island. The “La Caldera” mountain is a volcanic cone of relatively recent origin. Enjoy a fantastic view of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote from its 127-meter peak. Time stands still here as you take in the silence and colour of this splendid natural surrounding.  Whilst visiting the Northern part of the island, you will find the lighthouse, whose first lighthouse keeper was Josefine Plá’s father. Nowadays, the lighthouse works fully automatically and has been restored to its full splendour. Within the shade of this structure, stop for a rest while admiring the sea and Lanzarote with its volcanoes in the background. Admire the volcanic nature of the island’s interior and take a walk on the “Saladar (salt marsh) del Faro Martiño” and “Las Lagunitas”. More than 130 plant species and endemic birds live here, which has converted this idyllic paradise into a protected natural park. Enjoy a hiking excursion that will see your senses awakened to the island’s wildlife.

Tenerife: Dolphin and Whale Eco-Cruise with Snack & Drinks

6. 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.

From Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Dolphin Watching Cruise

7. From Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria: Dolphin Watching Cruise

Head out on a journey from the Puerto Rico harbor to spot whales, dolphins, and other marine animals in their natural habitat in the Atlantic Ocean. Get up close to the animals from your glass-bottom boat with unlimited drinks. Sail along the southwest coast of the island in search of marine mammals and benefit from the services and expertise of the friendly multi-lingual crew. Get up-to-date information about the sightings and different species. Avail of a boat equipped with a large glass bottom in both keels to experience life below the ocean waves without getting wet. Encounter a great diversity of animals including pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, green turtles, and flying fish. 

Lanzarote: 2.5-Hour Sunset and Dolphins Cruise

8. Lanzarote: 2.5-Hour Sunset and Dolphins Cruise

Commence your sunset tour of Lanzarote at 18:00 in the summer season (April - October) or 16:00 during the winter season (November - March) with pick-up from your accommodation. Hop aboard an air-conditioned bus and travel to the Marina Puerto del Carmen in the Old Town harbor.  Climb aboard the modern "Biosfera Jet" boat get panoramic views of the coast as you go in search of dolphins frolicking in the water. Look for whales and other marine mammals in their natural habitat, and get detailed information about the cetaceans from the expert crew. Benefit from a trip with a high percentage of success spotting the wildlife. Then, watch the sunset over the ocean as you sip Champagne and nibble on complimentary pastries. Sail back to Puerto del Carmen, where a shuttle bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

From Morro Jable: Dolphin & Whale Watching Day Trip by Boat

9. From Morro Jable: Dolphin & Whale Watching Day Trip by Boat

Explore the waters off the coast of Fuerteventura on a dolphin and whale-watching day trip departing from the village of Morro Jable. Head to one of the meeting points, hop into the air-conditioned van, and enjoy a convenient transfer to the starting location at the Port of Morro Jable where you'll board your vessel. Travel along the coastline in a comfortable speedboat as you make your way toward the Jandia peninsula in search of these magnificent marine mammals in their natural habitat. Along the way, enjoy the fantastic panoramic view of the coastline, with vistas of a rugged mountain landscape, turquoise water, and golden beaches. Keep an eye out for the playful dolphins and whales which frequent the area. You may also encounter flying fish or turtles. At the end of your boat trip, return to the port in Morro Jable and benefit from a return transfer to your chosen pickup location.

Costa Adeje: Whale and Dolphin Tour with Underwater Views

10. Costa Adeje: Whale and Dolphin Tour with Underwater Views

Discover the majestic, playful whales and dolphins on this catamaran cruise from Puerto Colón. Hop aboard your stylish catamaran, which features underwater viewing stations. Pick a spot on deck to view the many sights in-store during this tour. As you head out from the harbor, your professional crew will use their local knowledge to track the families of whales and dolphins who live near the island year-round. Hear an introduction speech from your guide, including a demonstration of safety vests.   Sail along the coastline past Adeje, Guia de Isora, and Santiago del Teide, where pods of spirited dolphins and groups of pilot whales are a common sight. If you are lucky enough to spot them, spend a few minutes below deck and observe them from a vantage point underneath the water's surface. The boat will return to Puerto Colon and if you have booked a transfer, your bus will take you back to your pickup point.

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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

Erg mooi! Een wat kleinere groep met veel ruimte om rond te lopen en rond te kijken. Grote aanrader!

Very enjoyable. We didn’t see dolphins but it was a lovely evening despite this.

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

Great diving point and professional staff, also friendly. Top experience