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Dolphin watching in Tenerife

There is much to do and much to see in Tenerife, its National Parks, the pyramids of Güímar, the Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts… But today we emphasize an authentic marine adventure: an approach to different species of dolphins in their natural environment.


The Canary Islands have great conditions to welcome a great concentration of cetaceans to their waters. The species resident in the area, the bottlenose dolphins and the tropical pilot whales, are joined by other species that pass through the area in their migrations.

Did you know? The waters of the archipelago are very deep, reaching in some areas up to 3,000 meters deep.

Tenerife can feature up to 21 different species of cetaceans, and the ones you encounter will depend on the time of year when you travel to Tenerife. So, why not enjoy the unique experience of being able to see these incredible animals in their natural environment?

There are numerous options begin this dolphin adventure. Most excursions depart from the ports of Los Cristianos, Puerto Colón and Los Gigantes, all near the hotels Bahia Principe Sunlight Tenerife and Bahia Principe Sunlight Costa Adeje. Ideal for your holiday in Tenerife.

Whatever excursion you choose, make sure the boat carries the ‘Blue Ship’ flag. This seal allows them to carry out these tours, since it is a way of guaranteeing that they know and respect the behavior of the cetaceans, providing accurate information of the customs of these animals.

There are excursions of different duration, something that you have to keep in mind especially if you go with small children. The ideal in these cases is to hire the 2 or 3 hours, although without a doubt the best option is the longer trips. Besides enjoying the marine encounter, these will allow you to see different areas of the Tenerife coast, food on board and a stop for a dip in the sea.

Anything else to consider? Yes, it is several hours in the sun, so do not forget to bring sun protection and a hat. And take your camera with you, for sure you will get some great photos of your experience with the dolphins in Tenerife.

Check out our article about sun protection.

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