Tenerife is known as the island of eternal spring and with this wonderful weather comes whale watching opportunities throughout the entire year. No matter when you choose to visit this beautiful Canary Island, you will have a good chance of seeing these majestic creatures on a boat tour. And trust me – this is one experience you will want to tick off your bucket list!
The Canary Islands are blessed with a diverse range of marine mammals including dolphin species and pilot whales, rorquals, sperm whales, fin whales, humpback whales, killer whales and blue whales (although the last two types of whales mentioned are less frequently seen in these waters).
If you want the best chance of seeing migratory species like fin whales or humpback whales then you should visit during winter or spring. The best part about “winter” is that it doesn’t feel like winter at all. Temperatures hover around the 22° mark and sunshine is all but guaranteed. This can be a nice time of year to visit for those who enjoy milder weather.
Pilot whales and dolphins are pretty much guaranteed to be seen all year – so the time of year you come for Tenerife whale watching will depend on the type of whales you would like to see. Marine experts believe there are around 400 pilot whales who inhabit areas between Puerto Colon and Los Cristianos – in the direction of La Gomera (another amazing Canary Island).
There are three main areas of Tenerife where whale watching tours depart from: Puerto Colon and Los Cristianos (in the south) and Los Gigantes (on the west coast). Los Gigantes is an awesome destination home to these spectacular cliffs where you can see whales from the land or sea. But in this article we will be focusing on the boat tours departing from Puerto Colon.
Whale Watching in Tenerife with Club Canary
If you are looking for an experienced and well-reviewed tour company to book your whale watching with in Tenerife then Club Canary is the perfect choice. This company has 114 Google Reviews with an average rating of 4.9/5 – so you know from this positive feedback that they can be trusted to give you the best experience out on the water while whale watching.
Their whale watching tours in Tenerife take you on a variety of different vessels, including: sailing boats, motor boats, catamarans and theme ships. Club Canary’s most popular whale watching tour is called the “Atlantic Star Boat Trip”. This trip takes guests on a thrilling three hour journey with a professional guide and experienced captain onboard a Cyclades 50.5 boat.
Each one of these boats can take up to 10 people, so your experience out on the water will have an intimate feel to it. Not only can you see whales but you may also see dolphins. What can be said for sure is that whales are guaranteed because this trip has a “100% Whale Sighting Guarantee”.
Another reason to book this tour is because the hostess on board prepares lunch and there are unlimited drinks. Not bad considering the price starts from 25€ pp! The tour is very reasonably priced which means everyone from large families to backpackers can enjoy the trip. Make sure you bring your swimwear too as you will be jumping in the water a few times!
Staying in Puerto Colon for a Couple of Nights
Staying in Puerto Colon for a couple of nights is a fantastic addition to your Canary Islands holiday. This modern marina is home to a couple of nice beaches, sunshine almost every day and plenty of accommodation options.
This is a great place to bring the whole family or perfect for couples and groups of friends looking to tick off a few bucket list experiences. As well as whale watching, tourists can visit Club Nautico and enjoy a beach club atmosphere equipped with sun loungers, swimming pools, jacuzzis and a beach bar where you can sip on cocktails and eat Canarian food.
Then you have La Pinta Beach – the best beach in the Puerto Colon area. This beach offers golden sand in a secluded bay, so you can enjoy wave-free swimming and sunbathing. In addition to the whale watching tours, a scuba diving school is well worth attending too. You can take a short boat trip to amazing places and learn all the tips and tricks to scuba diving.
Puerto Colon is a wonderful destination to base yourself for a few nights to tick whale watching off your list and spend the rest of your time relaxing at beach clubs, swimming at the beach and enjoying a drink or two.
Why Go Whale Watching in Tenerife?
So in conclusion why should whale watching be on your Tenerife itinerary? For starters it’s just lovely to be out on the water with your friends, getting some sunshine on the skin, enjoying the wind blowing through your hair and jumping off the boat into the sea. Then when you see these majestic creatures you can’t help but be happy! Whales are amazing animals.
It’s also a unique experience for passionate photographers (both professional and amateur). Capturing whales and dolphins out on the water in their natural habitat is so rewarding and makes for the perfect social media post or professional print. But even if you just roll with an iPhone you will still be able to take some incredible photos on these tours.
Another reason to book your whale watching tour with Club Canary is the group nature of their trips. Meeting other travelers from around the world, or locals within the Canary Islands, is always a wonderful thing. Making new friends and new memories is guaranteed with this epic company.