Whale Watching in Tenerife – The Ultimate Guide (2020 Edition)

01 Feb 2020

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You don’t need to be a travel aficionado to realise that Tenerife is one of the best places to go whale watching. With an astounding number of whale species to spot, beautiful weather all year around, and a whole plethora of whale watching tours on Tenerife, you’d be really missing out if you travel to the Canary Islands without seeing the whales!

But with a plethora of excursions to choose from comes one huge, overwhelming dilemma. Choosing just 1 of the dozens of tours is no easy task. What boat type should you book? Is food included? Can I find a more luxurious option? Unless you plan on spending hours scrolling through TripAdvisor, it’s hard to get a grip on which whale tour is the perfect one for your holiday. And so, the ultimate guide was created. Here you can find everything you need to know and search for the best whale watching Tenerife trip, with helpful resources all in one place.  

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Why Tenerife is an Incredible Place for Whale Watching

The depths of the Pacific Ocean meet the glorious warm weather off the coast of Morocco, creating the perfect spot for whale watching right by the Canary Islands. Forget huddling down from the sea spray in a weathered anorak aboard a chilly expedition from Alaska, Reykjavik or the coast of New England. Whale watching from Tenerife, the main island in the Canary Islands, can be as exciting and luxurious as you desire. One of the reasons Tenerife is considered the best place in the world to see whales and dolphins in the wild is the absolutely beautiful sunshine, blue skies and clear water, all year around.

Gorgeous Weather

The weather in Tenerife is sunny all year round, with temperatures still around 20°C even in the depths of winter. In the summer, the whale watching hot spot Costa Adeje has a 27°C average daily temperature on the mainland. A whale watching trip is a great way to enjoy the sea breeze and glorious sunshine away from the beach crowds. Check our Costa Adeje weather article for a more detailed forecast.

Choose Your Boat for the Perfect Atmosphere

Hop on a sailing boat with your partner for a relaxing trip to sail alongside the dolphins, hire a luxury motorboat for a day of romance, or head off on an adventure with all the family on a viking longship adventure. With so much choice in Tenerife for whale watching tours, you can find a trip that fits the theme of the holiday. Keep reading to see our recommended Tenerife whales trips for each kind of holiday.

So Many Types of Whales in Tenerife!

The pilot whale, the Tenerife whale, is a resident in Canarian waters. Along with bottlenose dolphins, these species ensure that you always have a 99% chance of spotting dolphins and whales. No matter when your Tenerife holiday, there will be the option of whale watching!A large whale breaching in the water

The waters around Tenerife are home to some incredible whales. There are over 20 species in total that visit the Tenerife coast around the year, including sperm whales, killer whales and minke whales. Explore all the whales you can spot from Tenerife.

The Most Affordable Whale Watching Trips in the World

First of all, Tenerife can be a very affordable holiday all together, with cheap flights from Europe and budget hotels aplenty for English-speaking tourists. Anyone can see the whales around Tenerife, with many tour types for all budgets. Below we’ll cover the most affordable way to see the whales on a large catamaran, or you can check out our comparison table to work out the most cost effective way to see the sealife! Whale watching on a private tour is not as pricey as you thought…The tail of a whale diving into the water

You can spot whales all-year-round in Tenerife

The 5 Types of Whale Watching Tours in Tenerife

Picking out the perfect whale watching tour can be tricky as there are so many different options to choose from including specialty options and a full range of boat varieties. Don’t worry though, we can give you a digestible insight into each and every wonderful whale watching tour and help you choose your perfect whale watching tour boat.

Sailing Boats

Offering that extra comfort, especially compared to the catamarans, sailing boat excursions aim to provide a luxury whale and dolphin watching experience. Better still, they’re priced competitively making them tremendous value for money. Say goodbye to the crowds and settle into a cosy and tranquil whale watching experience. Amaro Pargo, a luxury sailing yacht blissfully passing through the waves Tenerife.fun – fancy lounging lazily on the open deck of a sailing boat while indulging in some champagne? Tenerife.fun specialise in creating memorable and relaxed sailing boat excursions. See whales and dolphins at your own pace and leisure. The 3-hour tour on private or semi-private 10-person sailing boats is all-inclusive. If you’re looking for the full package that turns a simple boat trip into a day trip to remember, you need to consider Tenerife.fun.

  • Free pick-up and drop-off
  • Luxury and comfort aboard an Instagram-worthy, modern sailing boat
  • Gourmet food and drink (you’ll love the focaccia)
  • Snorkelling, sunbathing and swimming stop
  • Whale sighting guarantee and weather rebooking if it’s too rough to sail (or a full refund)

It’s not just the whales and dolphins that are amazing in Tenerife. From the sunny weather to the crystal waters to the knowledgeable tour guide, this boat tour with Tenerife.fun will show you so much more that the Tenerife coast has to offer. Of all the tours, this option offers you the most and is the best value for money. Just remember to book in advance as tickets are snapped up quickly all year round! Book your Tenerife.fun excursion now. Mola-Mola – Mola-Mola excursions are also a consideration if you’re looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the large catamarans and aren’t bothered about luxury and comfort on a sailing boat. The trips have a decent dolphin spotting success rate making them popular for those looking to see dolphins as well as whales. Standard food and drink is available with Mola-Mola, even though their boats tend to be smaller and older models. Climb aboard Mola-Mola and book your trip now.

Large Catamarans

The most accessible option for pretty much everyone. They’re the generic option that can swallow up couples and solo travellers in a huge crowd and even make room for those traveling in large groups. These big boats accommodate up to 300 eager whale spotters at a time and offer a cheap alternative. Typically, the prices for a seat aboard a large catamaran are between $20 and $30. There are draw-backs to the large catamarans though which you should be aware of before you book. On busy trips the catamarans can get very crowded and the food and drink isn’t as good as on smaller or specialty vessels. Large catamaran trips also tend to be fast trips that take you quickly to the whale spotting location and then return you right away. For those looking for something a bit more intimate, relaxed and with better food, you should look at other options below. White Tenerife – The White Tenerife is a vast and surprisingly elegant looking catamaran that regularly takes hoards of tourists out to see whales and dolphins from Puerto Colon. Prices start from as little as $35 but be aware that they don’t have a whale and dolphin spotting guarantee. Book your seat aboard the White Tenerife now! Freebird – The Freebird catamaran tours offer a dirt cheap large catamaran experience to spot both whales and dolphins off the Tenerife coast. You’ll probably have seen their ads all over Tenerife trying to pull you in. They focus more on quantity than quality, so you’ll be visiting all the best whale and dolphin spotting locations with quite a busy tourist crowd! Go for this tour with low expectations on comfort and quality to make the most of it. Book your Freebird whale and dolphin spotting trip now!

Speciality Boats

Specialty boats are the best for offering whale watching with a unique twist. These trips are one of the best ways to entice children onto a whale watching tour, if the beauty and majesty of the ocean just isn’t enough for them. The entertainment they offer is good but your chances of seeing whales and dolphins, plus the crowds you’ll be surrounded by, are not any better than other boat type tours. If you’re serious about whale spotting, you may find these specialty tours a bit distracting. All the tours, from sailing boats to motorboats are perfectly suited to taking kids onboard, so if you can convince the family to take a more comfortable tour without the crowds and noisy entertainment, do it! Viking – Put on your sea legs and don your Viking attire to set sail for whales and dolphins. The Viking boat is popular, entertaining and a good way to distract the kids while you spot whales. Food and unlimited drinks are included, but don’t expect the same quality of food and service you’d get on a smaller boat tour. Book your trip aboard the Ragnarok; now where did you leave your axe? Royal Delphin – the Royal Delphin offers the opportunity to see whales, dolphins and all manner of sea critters as they sail under the boat as it boasts a glass observation deck. It also has built in marine microphones that capture the clicks, calls and songs of our whale and dolphin friends. Bear in mind that food offered by Royal Delphin is buffet style rather than made fresh per order, and the shortest excursion option does not include food in the ticket price. Book your opportunity to hear the awesome whale songs now!

RIB Boats

RIB boats or R.I.B. (rigid inflatable boats) are a good way to see whales and dolphins in the blink of an eye. Incredibly fast, the RIB boats will get you to the best whale spotting locations in no time at all, allowing you to enjoy watching the whales and then get back to the beach as quickly as possible. The perfect boat type for those that have an action-packed holiday agenda and don’t mind the loud motor noise as you’re propelled out to sea. Due to the size of the boats, it is highly unlikely there will be food or drink on board. Whale Watch Tenerife – exhilarating and interesting from start to finish, Whale Watch Tenerife offer tours alongside underwater microphones to hear the whales and dolphins talking. They also offer a sighting guarantee, meaning if you don’t see whales or dolphins, they will take you again for free, just like Tenerife.fun. These boats also only hold a small group of people, but unlike luxury sailing boat options you’ll find the ride to a bit too white-knuckle to relax and get to know your tour guide and fellow whale spotters. Book now with Whale Watch Tenerife for a wonderful whale watching experience. PisPas – PisPas offer snorkelling, diving and whale watching galore, all packaged with their noisy, adrenaline-pumping RIB boats. Perfect for more adventurous travellers who don’t mind the rough sea and a bumpy ride. Their standard 1-hour tour includes drinks but not food. Book your PisPas excursion now and don’t miss out!

Motorboats

Motorboats are best if you want to sacrifice a little of the luxury and trimmings of the most exclusive whale watching packages in Tenerife for more speed! Great for those who want a small taste of the finer things in life but don’t want to enjoy the slow, relaxed pace of a sailing boat. White Dreams (Exmaran) – Charter this Italian-style yacht and indulge yourself on your Tenerife whale watching excursion. Perfect for those with (very) deep pockets who want to spend a good amount on their whale watching trip. Charter White Dreams now.

Whale Watching from Anywhere in Tenerife

The beauty of Tenerife is that you can go whale watching no matter where you are staying. The handy TF-1 highway takes you across the island in 1 hour and with plenty of car hire places (particularly by the airport), you can easily reach a whale watching area for a day trip. Or if you don’t feel like driving, take a look at some of the boat trips that will pick you up anywhere on the island.

Whale Watching in Tenerife North

There are no tours available in North Tenerife that take off from Santa Cruz or Puerto de la Cruz, however, there is an overabundance available in the South of Tenerife along the south-west coastline. Only the whale watching tours hosted by Tenerife.fun offer a transfer service from North Tenerife. The other option is to take a day trip to South Tenerife, where you’ll have a wider selection of whale excursion companies to choose from. Many of the boat trips in South Tenerife won’t drive up to North Tenerife to pick you up, so you have the scenic hour-long drive if you choose to hire a car, or you can find a public transport route to take. Car hire is the best option as it’s relatively inexpensive and gives you the freedom to explore more of the South of Tenerife and the Teide National Park. Tenerife.fun whale watch tours in Costa Adeje offer pickup for those staying in North Tenerife, or anywhere else on the island.

Whale Watching in Santa Cruz

The capital of Tenerife in the North East of the island is 45 minutes away by car or public transport. Being the capital, it is very well connected and you’ll find it easy to arrange transport to the South coast for whale watching. If hotel reception can’t help you book transport or you don’t want to hire a car, head to the main Intercambiador Santa Cruz (the main bus station) and take the 110 service towards Costa Adeje - it departs every 20 minutes.

Whale Watching in Puerto de la Cruz

Like Santa Cruz, Puerto de la Cruz is approximately an hour away from the South coast by car. Unfortunately, the quickest way to take public transport from Puerto de la Cruz if you miss the direct bus is to take the hour long bus to Santa Cruz and the 110 service from there - total travel time is 2 hours at best, usually longer! Your best bet is to book a Tenerife.fun whale watching trip, with transfer service to the North, or you could go to Loro Parque to see orcas (killer whales) in captivity instead.

Whale Watching in Tenerife South

There are so many trips from Tenerife South! This coastline of Tenerife faces the Atlantic Ocean and has more specialist trips to see the larger whales around Tenerife (humpback, sperm, etc.) as well as specialty boat trips. You’ll be spoilt for choice all year around. You also have more pickup options than Tenerife North. Most southern whale excursions will pick you up from hotels within 5 to 10km of the starting point. These 5 cities and towns have the best whale watching opportunities.

Whale Watching in Costa Adeje

Costa Adeje is the most popular holiday destination in Tenerife and has an abundance of whale tour operators to choose from - you can find those in our comparison table. Adeje whale watching is one of the top things to do in Costa Adeje according to TripAdvisor, with thousands of rave reviews. Puerto Colon is the home port for many of the whale and dolphin watching Tenerife tours, including Tenerife.fun and Freebird. These tours will pick you up from anywhere in Tenerife South. If you want the most choice when it comes to whale tours, you should head straight here. You can easily make a day trip out of your visit to Puerto Colon too, thanks to the amazing restaurants, busy bars, sandy beaches and exciting shopping opportunities around the port.

Whale Watching in Playa de Las Americas

Sandwiched between Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Americas is a great place to start your Tenerife holiday for whale watching. Even though no tours set off from the beach at Playa de Las Americas, you can quickly reach Puerto Los Cristianos on foot where several of the large tour boats are waiting, including Viking Ragnarok and Travelin Lady tours, as well as the inter-island ferry system. The area is more known for the nightlife but there are plenty of surf schools and watersports to do in the area. You are a 25 minute walk away from Los Cristianos whale watching and a 30 minute walk from Puerto Colon, where many of the Costa Adeje whale watching tours start from. You’re also within 5km of both locations so you’ll easily be within the pickup service.

Whale Watching in Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes is to the North of Costa Adeje and is renowned for the giant cliffs, giving the town its name. There’s fewer boat tour options from here, but you will get to see the whales and the cliffs from the best angle - out on the ocean. Boat tours that depart from Los Gigantes include Flipper Uno and Third Element. Tenerife.fun offers boat trips from Costa Adeje to see Los Gigantes cliffs as well as the whales and dolphins, so you can fit both into your itinerary even if you’re not planning to visit Los Gigantes on foot.

Whale Watching in Las Galletas

Las Galletas Tenerife whale watching tours take off from the very southern point of Tenerife, by Puerto de Las Galletas, and take you along the rocky, picturesque coastline before heading further out to see the whales. The most notable tour company operating from here is Mustcat with their catamaran trip. Away from Costa Adeje, this whale watching destination tends to be a little quieter… and a little rougher! Las Galletas is primarily a commercial port, so you won’t find a nice mall or many tourist-friendly restaurants around. You’ll also need to be prepared for higher winds and trepidatious ocean waves. Best leave this port to more experienced sailors!

The Best Time of Year to Go Whale Watching in Tenerife

The best time to see whales in Tenerife is... always! This is thanks to the pilot whales that make their home in the Tenerife waters. As for when the best time for you to see the whales is, that really depends on what you’re looking for. You're almost guaranteed to see pilot whales around Tenerife The time of year will not only dictate the weather, but also the footfall and crowd levels on the boats. It’s well worth planning in advance!

The Best Tenerife Whale Watching Season

The best month for whale watching Tenerife is, in our opinion, June. At this time of year, before the school holidays traditionally start, you get the best of both worlds. Great weather with daily temperatures ranging from 21°C to 26°C will keep it feeling like a holiday and the tour companies won’t quite be entering their busiest periods, so you’ll have less crowded boats and not as much pressure to book way in advance. The whales you’ll typically see in June are pilot whales, with the possibility to catch the end of sperm whale high season and the very rare occurrence of orcas.

How to See The Most Whale Species

February/March is the best time to see the most whale species as you’ll catch the usual pilot whales plus the chance to spot migratory humpback and fin whales. Towards the beginning of March, you also wander into sperm whale high season too. Also, you’ll be better off taking a smaller tour on a sailing boat or motorboat rather than the standard catamarans that will only go out for the pilot whales and dolphins.

July, August and September Trips

These are the busiest months in Tenerife for everything, including whale watching trips. 6 million tourists visited Tenerife in 2018 and as the popularity of Costa Adeje increases, that number continues to climb!

  • Tours are fully booked in advance, so it’s often best to book your whale watching tour 2-3 weeks before you visit Tenerife during these months.
  • Expect hot weather! Even on the boat with the cool sea breeze, the sun is still harsh so pack sun cream, a hat, and read our other tips for successful whale watching.

 

January, February and March Trips

The winter months in Tenerife are the least busy but still you will find many whale watching tours open for business, especially in Costa Adeje. The weather will be cool but still blissfully sunny - you’ll want to take a jacket with you as it’s also the windiest time of year! If you’re eager to go sailing, these windy months are perfect, just don’t forget to take your seasickness medication as the waters will be at their choppiest. You have a higher chance of seeing the migratory whales at this time of year, but remember the closer you are to the coast the harder it will be to spot them. The large whales live far out in the ocean so consider booking a more specialist tour instead of the standard catamaran if you’ve travelled to Tenerife just for the whales.

The Rest of The Year!

The Spring and Autumn months still offer you the chance to see pilot whales and dolphins, with increased chances of spotting killer whales in the springtime and migratory blue whales in the Autumn - although are very rare. While you can plan very carefully, there’s never a 100% guarantee that you’ll spot these wild animals no matter what time of year you visit. This is why you should look for whale tours that include a guarantee, like Tenerife.fun.

Complete Whale Spotting Tenerife Guide - 17 Species to See!

There is such a diverse pool of sea-life to spot from the waters around Tenerife. Our location is right besides the migratory path of many whale species as they travel up and down the Pacific ocean over the year. The permanent, resident species that you can spot are pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins, with risso dolphins also living in the area and sperm whales living a little further out into the ocean. You have the chance to spot these 4 graceful species and 15 other whale species on your Tenerife whale watching trip. Read our full guide to Tenerife whales for more information.

Pilot Whales in Tenerife

Chances of Seeing: high, almost guaranteed High Season: all year Appearance: black/grey body, 3m to 6m long, short-finned Diet: squid, octopus, herring, small fish Pod Size: 10 to 30 Pilot whales watching in Tenerife is practically guaranteed. You’ll spot the pilot whales relaxing at the surface of the water during the day after a night hunting, with fins poking out of the water. They tend to be more active in the afternoon or in rougher water. A pilot whale in the sea Tenerife is an amazing place to go whale watching

Humpback Whales in Tenerife

Chances of Seeing: medium High Season: December to February Appearance: humped, large body, 13m to 16m long, long pectoral fin Diet: krill, small fish Pod Size: 1 to 3 Humpback whales are spectacular to see as they launch themselves out of the water and crash back down. This “breaching” is rare to see on a boat tour as humpback whales pass through Tenerife migratorily, rather than staying in our waters all year round. Humpback whales are truly remarkable to see

Killer Whales in Tenerife (Orcas)

Chances of Seeing: low High Season: June to August Appearance: large and stout, black with white patches, dorsal fin up to 1.8m Diet: fish and squid (available near Tenerife) Pod Size: 5 to 6 The beautiful and often deadly killer whales have occasionally reared their heads around Tenerife, most recently in 2018. Their diet varies depending on the environment, so you’ll usually see their pods feasting on the plentiful fish and squid in our waters.

Sperm Whale in Tenerife

Chances of Seeing: medium High Season: March to May Appearance: dark grey, bulbous forehead, 11m to 20m long, large tail Diet: giant squid Pod Size: 6 to 9 Sperm whales live 3 to 5km away from the coastline so you’re unlikely to see them on catamaran tours that stick to shallower waters. With approximately 240 living permanently in the deeper waters around Tenerife, you still have a good chance of spotting that distinctive large tail before they dive for giant squid. The tail of a sperm whale Sperm whales visit the waters around Tenerife in spring

Blue Whale in Tenerife

Chances of Seeing: low/specialist boat trip only High Season: December to February Appearance: mottled blue-grey body, long and thin, broad triangular flukes Diet: krill Pod Size: 1 to 3 Although rare, you can spot blue whales from Tenerife far out into the ocean. You’ll spot the elegant, long back of the blue whale and broad triangular flukes of this humongous whale in the winter months, when they migrate down from the Antarctic. A bird's eye view of a blue whale in the ocean You can even spot blue whales in Tenerife

Dolphin Watching Tenerife

While it’s illegal to swim with dolphins in the wild around Tenerife, you’ll find they’re very playful and love coming up to see you on your whale watching tour - especially the bottlenose dolphin. There are 7 dolphin species you can see on your tour, plus the pilot whale which is technically part of the oceanic dolphin family.

  • Risso dolphin
  • Bottlenose dolphin
  • Fraser’s dolphin
  • Rough-toothed dolphin
  • Common dolphin
  • Atlantic spotted dolphin
  • Striped dolphin

The best way to spend some time with the dolphins is with a private or shared sailing boat tour, rather than a catamaran where you’ll be fighting the crowds to get a good view. The Tenerife.fun Silver Whale Watching tour gives you 3 hours to get up-close to these beautiful creatures.

Turtles in Tenerife

You could spot up to 5 different species of turtles around the coast of Tenerife. While you can’t snorkel with the Tenerife turtles from your whale watching boat tour (here’s why) you still have the chance of spotting them on dedicated snorkeling and kayaking trips. Learn more about the turtles that live in Tenerife.

Here’s What to Look for When Booking Whale and Dolphin Watching in Tenerife

As beautiful as our whales are, we need to take care of them! To keep the sealife around Tenerife healthy and happy, we must responsibly take on ethical and eco-friendly values. Respect for the wildlife and their natural habitat will ensure that the whales will always have a sustainable home in Tenerife and will be here for generations to see on whale watching tours in the future. But how do you tell if a whale watching trip is responsible?

Blue Boat Licenses - They Matter!

The Blue Boat license, also called the Barco Azul, is a sign of quality you should look out for. It shows that the boat is reliable and trustworthy for whale and dolphin watching, as it meets the strict standards needed to receive a license from the government. It not only covers the eco-friendliness of the vessel itself, but also the service/trip/route that the tour goes on and how it respects the whales and dolphins you encounter along the way. Getting too close to the whales and dolphins can cause them stress and damage their natural habitat. Always check that a tour provider has the Blue Boat license in Tenerife before booking a trip! Any tour that doesn’t have this license is operating whale watching trips illegally.

Book Your Whale Watching Tenerife Smartly

The best whale watching tours in Tenerife will adhere to the Blue Boat license and go beyond. From ensuring the food is excellent, to not over-booking their boats with too many tourists. Here are a few of our top tips to ensure you end up on a great whale watching tour.

  • Don’t book from hotel reception. Some tour companies allow hotels and resellers to take a large portion of the money you pay for your tour, just to be competitive. As the actual tour company receives a smaller portion of the money you paid, they’re not able to provide the high quality service you expected. Book directly with the reputable tour companies on our list instead.
  • Ask questions about the boat. You’ll want to know how old it is and that it’s Blue Boat licensed, first of all. You also want to know how big the boat is and how many people will be on it. The boat tour you want to choose has the most boat space and the least number of passengers to keep things comfortable and personal.
  • Plan in advance. Aim to book at least 4 days in advance, preferably a week or so. The best tours are booked 2 to 3 days in advance, stretching to 2 to 3 weeks in the busiest season. You’ll also want to find out exactly what’s included in the ticket price, so grill the tour operator about complementary food, photos, souvenirs, pick-up and drop-off etc.

 

Bottom Line: Our Whale Watch Tenerife Recommendations

There are so many types of whale watch excursions, boats, prices and packages that it is little wonder that it can be confusing picking out the perfect whale watching trip for you. Below is a complete overview to help match traveller to tour. Simply pick your main priority and match to your ideal Tenerife whale watching experience.

For a Complete Whale Watching Experience

Tenerife.fun offers the works when it comes to a complete whale and dolphin watching experience. Tours are expertly packaged together to give you everything you expect and more from your whale and dolphin watching experience. It’s not just about seeing the whales and dolphins up close (although that’s certainly going to be the highlight of your tour) there’s also the ambiance and your comfort to consider. These tours offer equal measures of relaxation and excitement aboard a modern and luxurious sailing boat. Your knowledgeable tour guide can help you spot the best marine life and don’t forget the gourmet, freshly prepared food and drink you can enjoy on-the-go or when you stop for swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling. After all, the magnificent ocean and always-sunny coastline are the jewel of Tenerife that you’ll want to admire thoroughly.

For Trips on The Fastest Boats

For those looking to get to and from the whale watching location in as little time as possible, then RIB boats are your best bet. Great for whale watchers who aren’t interested in added frills and luxury touches. It won’t be a peaceful journey, but you will feel the buzz of adrenaline from the super fast, bumpy boat ride on your 2-3 hour tour.

For Romantic Boat Trips

Tenerife.fun just knows how to create perfect packages that offer whale watching and all the trimmings. Get up close and personal in an intimate setting, and that is just meeting the whales and dolphins! Perfect for courting couples and those looking to add a little bit of romance to their whale watching trip with a side of champagne. Few whale watching tour companies allow you to completely book out the boat for a private tour, so if you’re looking to make your trip extra special you should head straight for luxury sailing boat options.

For the Budget-Conscious

Freebird tours have 4 catamarans that work tirelessly transporting large groups of people to and from the whales and dolphins. They aren’t the most glamorous but for those looking for a decent whale watching experience on a budget, Freebird is a tour worth considering. They’re dirt cheap. If you’re more concerned about getting the most value for each euro you spend, then scroll back up to the Complete Whale Watching Experience and learn about the all-inclusive sailing boat tours.

For Family Entertainment

Jump aboard a Viking longboat with the Ragnarok tour and get imaginative with your friends and family. Circular shields, lots of food and enough drink to drown a sailor... oh and you may spare a bit of time for some whale and dolphin watching too. Don’t underestimate the other boat options for keeping kids entertained, however. Avoid the catamarans and take a glance at the sailing boat and motorboat options too. Snorkelling, sunbathing and taking selfies at the helm are available and a little more palatable for tired parents!

For Groups Under 10 People

Tenerife.fun private sailing trips offer the best way to enjoy whale watching with your family or friends without shelling out a fortune on chartering a yacht. These smaller package trips offer all the whale watching fun and adventures of a larger trip but allow you to relax in familiar company too. When you split the cost, these trips also offer exceptional value.

For Groups Over 10 People

Tenerife.fun once more excel when it comes to large parties and groups looking to get in on the whale watching action but without wanting to share the memories with strangers. Hire a large catamaran all to yourselves and split the cost with the Tenerife.fun private catamaran tours. You’ll be surprised at how much we can pack into your tour without compromising on the quality and luxury we’ve become known for.

4 Practical Tips for Whale Watching in Tenerife

Before you set off on your Tenerife whale and dolphin adventure, there are 4 important tips you need to take note of.

Prepare for the Weather!

It’s sunny all-year-round. Even in December, you can still get sunburnt in the winter sun. The cool sea spray can trick you into feeling safe, but don’t underestimate the strength of the sun’s rays. Bring sunscreen and a towel for the sun and sea.

Hold Onto Your Camera

Bringing your camera is a must for photographing the whales and taking beautiful selfies on our sail boats. Keep your phone or camera on a strap around your neck, so it won’t get dropped overboard!

Bring Some Cash

On some tours you’ll have the option to buy souvenirs, digital and printed photos, postcards and even props for the kids like sailor’s hats. And of course, you’ll want an ice cream when you get back onto the island. Bring some cash for impromptu buys.

Sea Sickness - It’s Real

Tenerife borders the Pacific Ocean. Not a calm lake or gentle sea. It’s important to take sea sickness medicine 1 hour before your boat trip, just in case, as the water is rough and choppy. The larger catamaran boats will have less motion compared to a small boat. Buy sea sickness medicine from the many pharmacies around Tenerife.

Other Tenerife Sea Life Trips You’ll Love

If the boats are all booked up or you’re just eager to get back out to sea, you’ll find plenty of other excursions around Costa Adeje. Whatever you choose to do, remember to be respectful to the wildlife and don’t forget to have fun.

Tenerife Snorkelling with Turtles

Snorkelling with turtles is one of the most tranquil experiences… but due to a lot of unauthorised tourism in the past, you won’t be able to snorkel with the turtles from your whale boat tour. Instead, you’ll need to take a kayaking or snorkeling trip. The warm waters around Tenerife make snorkelling a really pleasant experience, but you should take some time before you go to research the turtles. Some turtle species can be several metres long, which is quite intimidating up close. Nonetheless, the turtles are graceful and harmless, you’ll also see the subtropical fish while you’re there! Book your kayaking trip to see the Tenerife turtles.

Jet Ski Safari

This excursion takes you on a fast-paced tour of the coastline, with opportunities to spot (and overtake) the dolphins. If you like the sound of a boat trip but want to up the adrenaline, a jet ski safari is ideal. You’ll book per jet ski and head off with a tour guide who will help you amp up the speed safely. Learn more about Jet Ski Safari trips with Tenerife.fun.

 

   

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