• Dolphins are highly intelligent animals and for many it is a dream to get in the water and swim with them. There aren’t many places in Europe where you can swim with dolphins, but there are a few. If you don’t fancy flying long haul to meet the dolphins, head to Tenerife this year for a chance to see these fun-loving creatures up close.   

    Can you swim with dolphins in Tenerife?

    Yes, but not in the wild. Like the other Canary Islands, Tenerife has made swimming with dolphins in the wild illegal. There are places on the island, however, that offer you opportunities to get in the water with the dolphins and witness the magic in a legitimate environment.

    Where can you swim with dolphins in Tenerife?

    Image of a dolphin close up to the camera in Aqualand, Tenerife

    Aqualand, a water park in the resort of Costa Adeje, offers the opportunity to see these beautiful creatures up close with its dolphin education programme, which allows a small but limited number of visitors to enter the water with the dolphins. The park is open the whole year round, from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (10.00 to 6.00 pm in July and August) and runs a daily dolphin show which starts at 3.30 pm and features a range of different programmes to interact with the dolphins.

    Costa Adeje itself is one of the most popular Tenerife resorts and is situated in the south of the island. It’s home to gorgeous beaches, some fantastic hotels and is just a stone’s throw away from the magnificent Teide National Park. You can even take boat trips out into the Atlantic to see dolphins in their natural habitat – an amazing sight!

    How much does it cost to swim with dolphins in Tenerife?

    You’ll need to buy a general admission ticket plus a ticket for the Dolphinarium pool at Aqualand, as well as to sign up for the dolphin education programme. The programme teaches kids and adults more about dolphins, with lessons on anatomy, conservation and breeding at the park.

    See the current prices on the Aqualand website. After the presentation and tour, if you have indicated you wish to get in the water with the dolphins, hopefully the dolphin trainers will grant you it. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee they will since they handpick people from the group, which means only a limited lucky few in the group receive the opportunity. When you state that you’d like to swim with the dolphins, stress how much this would mean to you and you might be selected. A trainer will be on hand to help you if you do get the nod.

    Tips for swimming with dolphins

    Image of dolphins performing at Aqualand, Tenerife, the Canary Islands

    Bottlenose dolphins have incredible physical and mental abilities, balance, coordination, spatial awareness, speed and agility. You’ll see these talents on display during the dolphin show. Remember, though, that the average bottlenose dolphin weighs more than 1,000 lbs, so it’s important to follow the advice of the trainer if you get to go in the water. Always avoid grabbing or poking the dolphins. Don’t try and go swimming with wild dolphins – you will be fined if you get caught!

    Sharing a pool with dolphins is one of the many exhilarating activities you can do on a Tenerife holiday. Try your hand at water sports, mountain climbing, horse riding and much more. Not only this, but the island is a stellar destination to relax and work on your sun tan. The temperatures are warm. The days are sunny. Book with us for a memorable, magical memorable trip.

    Images by Erik Kristensen, mRIO and jay-jerry used under CC license 2.0