Spot a whale or dolphin in Tenerife
Imagine bobbing around on the Atlantic ocean on a catamaran as dolphins frolic over and under the water all around you. The glorious sun is beating down on your sun-tanned skin and the splashes of water from a whale circling the boat refreshes you on yet another morning in Tenerife. Sound good? Read on to find out how you could be hanging out with whales and dolphins in the Canaries this summer…
Tenerife is well known as a popular spot for whale and dolphin spotting, year-round. There are 79 species of cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises – in the world and 19 of them have been seen in the waters surrounding Tenerife. The island is proud to have one of the biggest varieties of cetaceans in the world thanks to the water temperature here, the current and the water depth. The particular patch of water around Tenerife is so occupied by whales and dolphins that if you go on a spotting trip you are (almost) guaranteed to see them both!
Where to see whales and dolphins
There’s a known colony of short-finned pilot whales that swim between the neighbouring island of La Gomera and the south west of Tenerife year round. The whales are sociable and used to humans watching them so you’ll get a great view of them around here.
If it’s bottlenose dolphins you want to see, head to the Los Gigantes area on the west coast to see a school of them cavorting in the waters. Make sure you take your camera and you’re ready for the tricks of the young spotted dolphins though – smaller than the bottlenoses, you’ll be fascinated by their aerial antics.
Other holidaymakers on the island of Tenerife have also reported regular sightings of sperm whales, false killer whales, Bryde’s whales, a few different species of dolphins, and blue whales and killer whales. There are 28 species of marine life in this area of the Atlantic alone!
Scuba diving in Tenerife
There’s so much to do in Tenerife, and it’s well-known to be the scuba diver’s favourite in the Canaries. The Spanish island is surrounded by reefs, drops offs, wrecks, caves and drift dives. The visibility underwater is brilliant too – you can see up to 20 metres in front and the temperature is lush. Stingray, loggerhead turtles, barracuda, blue marlin, parrot fish, eels and angel sharks wait beneath the waves.
Non divers, novice divers and qualified licensed divers can all enjoy the Tenerife seas to their level – the south and west coasts are the best spots, around places like Costa Adeje and Los Gigantos.
See the marine life in Tenerife
If you’re going to Tenerife on your holidays make sure to book onto one of the dolphin and whale watching cruises out to sea on a catamaran. They’re popular for a reason!
Just ask your holiday rep or hotel and they’ll be able to sort it out for you – some of the boats even have underwater cameras so you can see all the action from inside the boat too.