Tenerife Snorkeling

Is Tenerife good for snorkeling?

Because of the year-round warm water temperature (19°C/66°F in spring and 23°C/73°F in autumn), snorkeling in Tenerife is extraordinary. Also what makes snorkeling in Tenerife so great, is the underwater visibility of over 20 meters. There is a lot of sea life to spot around the Canary Islands. Many people that have been to snorkeling, have spotted turtles, octopus, rays, cuttlefish, and a lot more beautiful ocean life in Tenerife.

Tenerife snorkeling spots

Snorkeling is one of the best things to do in Tenerife and can be done in a lot of places. If you are not the best swimmer or snorkeling is very new to you, we would recommend booking a Tenerife snorkeling excursion first. The guide will provide and help you with the snorkeling gear and will as well give you some great snorkeling tips. Besides that, this snorkeling tour will take you to a place where many turtles and rays come together. It gives you a great opportunity to snorkel with turtles in Tenerife. If you would like to go by yourself, then check out some of the best snorkeling spots in Tenerife down below.

Snorkeling in Abades

This small Canarian village is without a doubt a great snorkeling location in Tenerife. That is because of the easily accessible beautiful reef which is a 2-minutes swimming distance from the cozy beach of Abades.

Snorkeling in Alcala

Alcala is a beautiful snorkeling location but the rocky entrance can sometimes make it a bit tricky. However, there’s a good chance to find here the Tenerife turtles.

Snorkeling in El Puertito

El Puertito is a beautiful bay where many yachts stop for a break. It is easily accessible for snorkeling. El Puertito was formerly known as the best location in Tenerife to snorkel with turtles. We rarely see them there now but you can still see a lot of nice fish near the rocks. Besides snorkeling, the beach in El Puertito is a great place to relax while spotting the boats.

Snorkeling in Punta de Teno

The water there is beautiful and there are many underwater caves to explore. However, this location is more suitable for experienced snorkelers. If you would like to see the underwater cave but do not necessarily want to snorkel, check out some of the beautiful natural pools in Tenerife from here.

Tenerife Snorkeling and Kayaking

For those who want to snorkel in Tenerife with a guide, another popular option is to combine it with a kayak excursion in Tenerife. The guide will accompany you with a kayak to a place in Tenerife where we normally see turtles and rays, and with a little luck, you can even come across dolphins during this kayak tour.

If you know a great snorkel location in Tenerife that we haven’t mentioned yet, let us know in the comments.

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  1. I’ve always wanted to go snorkeling, our next holiday in Tenerife will be in September 2020, we’re definitely going to visit one of these snorkel sites, thank you very much for sharing greetings from Freyja!

  2. Thank you very much for sharing these beautiful snorkel locations in Tenerife, I will definitely try some. Personally I go snorkeling in Costa del Silencio, it is also very beautiful there!

  3. We went to try the snorkel spot at Punto del Teno, indeed not the best spot for beginners but very nice there with all the lava rocks

  4. Mijn kinderen houden van snorkelen! Ik wist niet dat Tenerife hiervoor een goede locatie was, we zijn van plan om naar Tenerife te komen voor een vakantie met kerstmis als het water niet te koud is gaan we een snorkel locatie proberen die jullie aanraden!


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