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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: Dolphin and Whale Eco-Cruise with Snack & Drinks

2. 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.

Los Cristianos: Eco-Yacht Whale Watching Cruise with Swim

3. 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.

Costa Adeje: Whale and Dolphin Tour with Underwater Views

4. 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.

Tenerife: Whale Watching Catamaran Tour

5. Tenerife: Whale Watching Catamaran Tour

Sail off the coast of southwest Tenerife on a 2-hour boat excursion looking for whales and dolphins. Sip on free drinks on board, and learn fascinating facts from your crew as you look out for marine creatures on your voyage. Depart from Puerto Colon, traveling 2 or 3 miles from the coast where pilot whales are located. The beautiful sea mammals live permanently in the area and are seen all year around. Sailing by catamaran, pass by fish farms, where clever dolphins are often looking for an easy meal. The crew is knowledgeable about the whales and Tenerife's other marine life. Learn about the huge squids that can grow up to 40 feet in length and live 2,600 feet deep between Tenerife and La Gomera. Enjoy free drinks on board the boat. If you choose the 3-hour option the catamaran will stop in the bay of Playa Espagueti and you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling off the boat.

Tenerife: Los Gigantes Whale Watching Cruise by Sail Boat

6. Tenerife: 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 of dolphins and pilot whales in an intimate group. Help raise the sail if the conditions are right and travel across the waves powered by the wind. Get served 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: Scuba Dive for Beginners In Turtle Area

7. Tenerife: Scuba Dive for Beginners In Turtle Area

Begin your adventure into scuba diving with a beginner's dive in Costa Adeje. Have a great chance of seeing Tenerife's beautiful marine life as you dive at a site known for its turtle population. Learn the basics of scuba diving and then float along on a snorkeling safari. Start your journey to explore the underwater worlds of the oceans on a beginner's diving 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 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. Finally, ride the boat back to the meeting point.

Los Gigantes: Whales and Dolphin Watching Cruise with Lunch

8. 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.

Los Gigantes: Sailing Excursion with Swimming, Drink & Tapas

9. Los Gigantes: Sailing Excursion with Swimming, Drink & Tapas

Set sail from Puerto de Los Gigantes on board the Sangría to explore Tenerfie’s coast. Watch for dolphins and whales as you travel between quiet bays and coves. Stop to bathe, or snorkel and admire sea life like sea turtles, octopi and manta rays. Relax on deck with a drink and tapas. Get picked up from your hotel in the Los Gigantes area and travel to the port, where you will meet your skipper and board the Sangría. Set sail along the coast, following dramatic red cliffs as you stop in bays and coves, and watch for whales and dolphins. Head out to sea, where the boat will stop for a deep sea snorkeling session, giving you a chance to admire sea turtles, manta rays and octopi. Enjoy tapas and a drink on deck as you set sail again. Once you are back in the port, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Tenerife: Whale & Dolphin Watching with Drinks and Snacks

10. Tenerife: Whale & Dolphin Watching with Drinks and Snacks

Gaze out across the clear azure waters of Southern Tenerife in the Canary Islands on this yacht cruise. Have plenty of space onboard to enjoy uninterrupted views of local wildlife and dramatic coastlines. The area around the Canary Islands has petitioned to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover why this part of the world is so beloved. Look out for dolphins and pilot whales playing by your ship, and above for the birdlife. See the most populated dolphin and whale spots along the way. Listen to the whales, dolphins, and other sea life with new state-of-the-art sonar equipment. After navigating the open waters, anchor in a secluded bay and swim with the turtles, or just relax and enjoy a free snack and drink. Hear about the area, and feel free to ask any questions.

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This is so worth doing and one of the best experiences I've had. If you enjoy being out at sea, watching beautiful pilot whales in their natural habitat combined with some nice snacks and drinks, this is for you. I loved it and was back at the harbour the following morning for another trip. Simply delightful and energising and amazing. Loved, loved, loved it!

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

Great staff, really kind and knowledgeable. Saw lots of whales. Nice to be offered a drink on board. Boat comfortable and a relaxing boat trip

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

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