Swimming with dolphins in Tenerife

Tenerife dolphin swimming

Are you planning a trip to Tenerife soon? Then you can’t leave the island without doing a Tenerife whale and dolphin watching trip. In Tenerife, you can observe dolphins and even whales all year round. Moreover, the sea channel between the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera is home to a wide variety of animals. Of the 80 marine mammals listed in the world, 23 are found in these waters. But is it also possible to swim with the wildlife, you can find out below.


Can you swim with dolphins in Tenerife?

Swimming with wild dolphins is not allowed in Tenerife. The repeated presence of people in the water may also reduce their fear of human interaction, making them more vulnerable to collisions with boats, entanglement in fishing gear or even intentional harassment. Furthermore, scientifical studies discovered that close encounters of dolphins with humans could seriously disrupt biological behaviour. In some dolphin populations worldwide, frequent close interactions with humans have caused essential impacts, such as habitat desertion, decreased female reproductive cycle, restricted activity and energy budgeting, and augmented vigilance.

Penalty for swimming with dolphins

Any act of pursuit that may disrupt the behavior of a marine mammal is prohibited by law. Swimming with resting bottlenose dolphins can be “harassment” under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. If you do it, you are breaking the law and must pay a costly fine. Swimming with dolphins is not ethical or responsible tourism, and it is critical that tourists be aware of this. 

Swim with dolphins in Tenerife the only way

Although swimming with wild dolphins is not allowed in Tenerife, you can go in the water with dolphins and meet them at Aqualand. Aqualand is one of two water parks in Tenerife, along with Siam Park. If you are an animal lover and respect animals and nature, the best way to appreciate these amazing creatures is to watch them from a Tenerife dolphin watching tour on a boat with a blue certificate. The blue flag certificate guarantees that whale watching activities are legal while contributing to marine life protection, conservation and environmental awareness. 

Girl with inflatable dolphin

But if you want to swim with wild dolphins, the only way Club Canary can do so without causing harm is with an inflatable dolphin. Like Club Canary employee Cristina swimming with an inflatable dolphin for a promo video for yacht rentals in Tenerife.

Tenerife Dolphin Watching

1 thought on “Swimming with dolphins in Tenerife”

  1. What a fantastic and enlightening article by Club Canary on swimming with dolphins! I must admit, I was completely unaware that swimming with dolphins is prohibited by law in Spain, and I find it incredibly useful to know that now. As someone who cares deeply about animal protection, I truly appreciate Club Canary for advocating responsible and ethical interactions with these beautiful creatures.

    The recommendation to enjoy and appreciate dolphins through a Tenerife whale/dolphin watching tour on a boat with a blue certificate is simply brilliant. Not only does it ensure a safe and respectful distance from the dolphins and whales, but it also allows us to witness these amazing creatures in their natural habitat, without causing them any harm or distress.

    Thank you, Club Canary, for this eye-opening article filled with valuable information. It’s essential for us as travelers to be aware of the impact our actions can have on wildlife, and I’m grateful to have this newfound understanding of how we can enjoy these magnificent animals while also protecting their well-being.

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