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Tenerife is an island full of experiences. Visit the Teide National Park to see the volcanic origins of the island, enjoy the sea on one of its wonderful beaches, discover the mysterious pyramids of Güímar, enjoy yourself in one of the great all inclusive hotels on Tenerife… There is much to do and see in Tenerife, but today we want to experience an authentic marine adventure: to learn about the different species of cetaceans in their natural environment.
The Canary Islands have the perfect conditions to enjoy the large concentration of cetaceans in their waters. Many species are residents to the area, such as bottlenose dolphins and tropical pilot whales, as well as other species that pass through the area on their migration routes. In addition, the waters around the archipelago are very deep, reaching in some areas up to 3,000 meters deep.
All this means that in Tenerife you can see up to 21 different species of cetaceans, although the ones you get to see will depend on the time of year you visit Tenerife. So, why not enjoy with the whole family the unique experience of being able to see these incredible animals in their natural habitat?
There are numerous ways to see these animals in action, but all excursions leave from the ports of Los Cristianos, Puerto Colón and Los Gigantes, all near the Sunlight Bahia Principe Tenerife hotel, ideal for your Tenerife vacation.
Of course, whatever excursion you choose, they all have to carry the ‘Blue Boat’ flag that means they are able to provide these tours. It is a way to ensure that they know and respect the behavior of cetaceans and tell tourists all about these animals.
There are excursions of different durations, something that you have to take into account especially if you go with small children. The ideal in these cases is to choose the excursion that lasts between 2 or 3 hours, although without doubt the best options are the longer excursions, in which besides enjoying these wonderful animals you can see different areas of the Tenerife coastline, enjoy the food on board and occasionally stop to bathe off the back of the boat.
Anything else to keep in mind? Yes, it’s several hours in the sun, so do not forget to bring sunscreen and a cap. And take the camera with you, because you are certain to get some great photos that will give you some great memories long after the trip.