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Whale Watching Tenerife

🐋 Whale Watching Tenerife

Journey, Spot, and Be Amazed 💙

On this page you can compare and book several registered Tenerife boat trips. In addition, you will find a lot of info about the whale and dolphin species and how best to spot them.

Boat Trips in Tenerife

Here are some tips to help you prepare for one of the Tenerife whale watching tours.

  1. Dress in layers: The weather on the ocean can change quickly. Therefore, it is important to dress in layers that you can easily add or remove, depending on the temperature and the time you go on a boat trip.
  2. Bring sunscreen and a hat: The sun in the Canary Islands can be intense on the water, so it is important to protect yourself from sunburns.
  3. Bring binoculars: Binoculars will help you get a better look at the Tenerife whales and hopefully other wildlife you may see on the trip. If you don't have these, do not worry normally the boat gets close enough to admire the whales and dolphins with your naked eyes.
  4. Bring motion sickness medication: If you're prone to motion sickness, it's a good idea to bring medication or other remedies to help prevent it. You can find more tips to prevent it in our seasickness blog.
  5. Drink enough: It can be tremendously hot in the Canary Islands. It is therefore important to drink enough during your Tenerife boat trip. The good news is that just about every boat trip offered by Club Canary on this page has water and other drinks included.

Boat Trips Tenerife

All Tenerife boats that Club Canary works with, operate with respect for environmental regulations and have been awarded the Blue Flag, a recognition for their ecological compliance. This recognition means that you can observe whales and dolphins in a sustainable and respectful way. The purpose of Tenerife whale and dolphin watching boat trips is to admire and study the animals and disturb them as little as possible.

Boat Tour Tenerife

You can spot whales and dolphins in Tenerife all year round. With this in mind, we recommend booking your Tenerife boat tours in advance, regardless of the time of year. In high season, popular Tenerife boat trips can be fully booked weeks in advance, so you should book in advance to ensure a place on board. In low season, booking in advance ensures that we have the minimum number of people needed to organize the Tenerife whale and dolphin excursion.

Private Boat Trips

Whale excursions on this page are shared trips Tenerife boat trips. If you are looking for more luxury and privacy, you can opt for a private boat trip. Club Canary has a great selection of boat hire in Tenerife with a captain. Currently, this is a very popular way to experience something extra special and put together a trip to your liking. If you have money to spend or something to celebrate, a private boat trip in Tenerife is definitely worthwhile.

Fishing trips

In addition to people booking boat trips to spot whales and dolphins, Tenerife's waters are also rich with fish. Visitors can go fishing in Tenerife to catch tuna, swordfish and other species. Boats and equipment are provided and trips can be arranged for both experienced and novice fishermen.

Tenerife Best Whale Watching Trips

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98 Reviews - 4.88

👥   Max 10

📍   Puerto Colón

Tenerife Whale Watching

Hop on the Atlantic Star, one of the biggest sailing boats in Costa Adeje. At 15.68 meters long, it’s a special boat for a special experience: seeing whales!

Club Canary’s Special Whale Promise

We know you’re excited to see whales. So, we make a promise. If you don’t see any whales on your trip and you’ve paid an extra 7.99€ for our guarantee, you can either try the trip again for free or get your money back. Just remember, the 7.99€ for the guarantee isn’t returned.

A trip for everyone

The Atlantic Star is great for everyone! Couples can enjoy a romantic day out, and families will have fun too. Seeing whales is always special, no matter who you’re with.

Book in advance

The Atlantic Star is really popular. Often, it’s fully booked for more than a week. So, if you want to join, make sure to book your spot early.

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56 Reviews - 4.75

👥  Around 90

📍   Puerto Colón

Tenerife Freebird Catamaran Boat Trips

The Freebird boat company has 3 catamarans at its disposal. All catamarans have a VIP area, an open bar, toilets and also  a comfortable seating area.

Different Boats Available

Depending on the tour and the number of bookings, you will travel in one of the following catamarans:

  • Freebird One flagship: 28 m x 20 m
  • Freebird F13: (Tahití 75) 22 m x 10 m
  • Freebird F15 One4You: (Tahití 75) 22 m x 12 m

Catamaran Boat Trips Tenerife

Freebird is well-known for its catamaran trips in Tenerife, especially for watching whales. They are famous at Puerto Colon for their catamaran excursions. These trips are usually great fun, but sometimes there can be many people on the catamaran, especially during holiday seasons.

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👥  Around 40

📍  Marina del Sur

Luxe Catamaran Trip with Five Star Tenerife

Hop on Five Star’s luxurious catamaran at Marina del Sur for a top-notch sea adventure. This elegant boat is perfect for watching whales and enjoying the beauty of Tenerife’s waters. Onboard, guests are treated to delicious meals and relax in a cozy setting. Five Star Tenerife is the ideal choice for those seeking a special and memorable sea journey. Experience nature’s wonders in style with this premier whale watching trip in the Canary Islands.

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51 Reviews - 4.72

👥   Max 16

📍   Puerto Colón

Boat Trip Tenerife

For a spectacular boat trip in Tenerife, Opera 60 is a good choice. The Opera 60 is an 18.3-meter inflatable boat, a large size considering that it is a rib model.

Boat trip in style

The Opera 60 has been organizing whale safaris in style for a long time. But to avoid disappointment, it is important to mention that the boat can take a maximum of 16 customers per trip. Because of this reason, there is not always a guarantee to have sitting/lying places at the front of the boat.

Opera 60 is booked up quickly

This boat trip is recommended for young couples and groups of friends. Please note that during the summer and vacation periods, the Opera 60 is often fully booked 5 days in a row, so be sure to secure your spot as soon as possible.

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63 Reviews - 4.83

👥   Max 11

📍   Puerto Colón

Tenerife Boat Trips

The Tenerife boat trips from Kailani are suitable for nature lovers of all ages. The daily Kailani whale watching trip has great reviews and is often booked. Therefore, try to book this unforgettable sailing trip as soon as possible.

Sailing Tenerife

Kailani’s daily whale watching excursions are guided by a master. The captain is an expert in finding whales and dolphins, in addition he can sail very well. Just be aware, should you really want to enjoy a Tenerife sailing experience, it is better to rent the Kailani privately.

Magnificent sailing boat

The Kailani is a Dufour 410 that has earned a reputation as one of the top yacht models in Europe. The boat is 12.35 meters long and is one of the newest sailing yachts in Costa Adeje.

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25 Reviews - 4.76

👥  Around 60

📍   Los Cristianos

Tenerife Boat Trip

If you are looking for a basic Tenerife boat trip, the Peter Pan is a great choice. This pirate-looking boat actually offers fun boat trips in Tenerife for very little money.

Boat Trip On a Pirate Boat

The Peter Pan is a Portuguese Goleta from the last century. The boat has a length of 18 meters. Because of this authentic look, the boat is also known as the pirate ship of Tenerife. A whale watching trip on a pirate ship is very suitable for families with small children.

Boat Trips Los Cristianos

The Peter Pan departs from the port of Los Cristianos and not from Puerto Colon like many of the boats mentioned above. The Peter Pan pirate boat offers 2 Los Cristianos boat trips.

  • Depart by boat from Los Cristianos at 10:00 am for a 3-hour tour. Drinks and lunch included.
  • Depart by boat from Los Cristianos at 1:30 p.m. on a 2-hour tour. Drinks included.
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31 Reviews - 4.84

👥  Around 90

📍   Puerto Colón

Tenerife Whale Watching on a Boat With Underwater Vision

Royal Delfin is the only catamaran in Tenerife that allows you to observe whales and dolphins underwater. Should you be lucky enough to observe marine life from underwater it can turn out to be a truly unique experience.

Tenerife Dolphin Watching

Tenerife dolphin spotting is potentially a show on this boat. The catamaran with its 16 panoramic underwater windows is a perfect choice for everyone: from marine life enthusiasts to curious children. These unique windows can give you the opportunity to admire dolphins or whales from a beautiful angle with some luck.

Boat Trips From Puerto Colón

Of the many possible boat trips from Puerto Colon, Royal Delfin stands out as no other boat has a similar underwater glass. Club Canary offers online the 2 most popular options from Royal Delfin. You can choose between a 3-hour trip or a 4.5-hour trip where you will also discover the beautiful bay of Masca and the cliffs of Los Gigantes.

31 Reviews - 4.82

👥   Max 11

📍   Puerto Colón

Tenerife Dolphin Boat Trip

The Sea Safari is a good choice for people looking for a Tenerife dolphin boat trip. This fast boat from Sea Safari offers a fantastic tour, where dolphins are often spotted. The speedboat is the only boat in the port of Puerto Colon that travels to Los Gigantes and Masca and back in 3 hours.

Puerto Colon Whale Watching

Sea Safari not only goes dolphin watching but is also one of the licensed Puerto Colon whale watching tours. Given that the boat is quite low on the ocean, you can get very close to whales and dolphins, which is great.

Tenerife Zodiac Trip

Besides whale and dolphin spotting, this Tenerife zodiac boat trip gives even more benefits. For example, Sea safari’s zodiac also has blade fish available, which are a kind of underwater scooters that you may use during the snorkeling break in Masca.

10 Reviews - 4.90

👥   Max 11

📍   Puerto Colón

Boat Trips Costa Adeje

The Kalima boat is one of the boat trips available from Costa Adeje. This is a pleasant boat for whale watching because it is not too crowded. Cetaceans and other wildlife can be spotted during this boat trip.

Tenerife Catamaran Excursions

Kalima Kat is a Tenerife catamaran of medium size. The Kalima Cat catamaran will depart from Costa Adeje on an unforgettable whale watching experience.

Sunbathing and snorkeling

During the Kalima boat trip, you will have enough time to tan, since there are various sunbathing places. Snorkeling equipment is also available on the boat so you can explore the sea on your own.

4 Reviews - 4.75

👥  Around 80

📍   Los Cristianos

Tenerife Whale Watching Experience

If you are looking for a special Tenerife whale watching experience this is the ship. This themed boat excursion began in 2017. With its eye-catching design and crew dressed as vikings, it became a Tenerife boat trip adventure hit among families.

Los Cristianos Boat Trips

When you get close to the port of Los Cristianos you cannot avoid seeing the Viking boat. This is probably the most extraordinary Los Cristianos boat trips. The viking boat experience is not only about spotting whales and dolphins. You can also enjoy viking games, including archery, sword fighting and much more.

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15 Reviews - 4.67

👥  Around 80

📍   Puerto Colón

Eco Whale Watching Tenerife

Eco whale watching in Tenerife is possible on the White Tenerife catamaran. The White Tenerife catamaran is an eco-customized catamaran for sustainable sailing designed by Fountaine Pajot with a length of 20 meters and a maximum capacity of 74 people.

Eco Catamaran

The White Tenerife catamaran is a Fountaine Pajot model and it is one of the most modern Catamaran in Tenerife. Powered by wind energy and solar panels, it is a fully ecological catamaran, the only one that can boast an electric drive unit to reduce its carbon footprint.

Boat Trips Tenerife Costa Adeje

The White Tenerife offers 2 boat trips departing from Costa Adeje. One of the boat tours is a 3-hour whale-watching trip, including delicious snacks and drinks. In addition, a 5-hour whale-watching trip with paella on board. During the 5-hour boat trip you will sail from Puerto Colon in Costa Adeje to admire the beautiful cliffs of Los Gigantes and swim in Masca Bay.

Listen to whales during the boat excursion

The White Tenerife has an underwater sound system and Bose speakers on deck for listening to cetaceans (also suitable as a music system) and it is very convenient. It has a large sun deck with nets for sunbathing and a terrace with benches overlooking the sea with sun beds.

4 Reviews - 4.75

👥  Around 80

📍   Puerto Colón

Whale Watching Tenerife Costa Adeje

The Shogun is a top choice for whale watching in Tenerife from Costa Adeje. The whale watching trip from Costa Adeje promises to be a great experience on the Shogun boat. This trip includes whale watching, food, drinks and a refreshing swim session to enjoy the Tenerife coast.

Pirate Ship in Puerto Colón

This vessel was built in hard wood, which gives it a true pirate ship touch. This pirate vessel was built for an Arabian Sheikh giving it additional prestige and importance. Get on board this amazing vessel and get the full pirates of the Caribbean experience on the Canary Islands.

Puerto Colón Boat Trips

The Shogun is a ship moored in the port of Puerto Colon that is hard to miss because of its appearance. Of the different Puerto Colon boat trips, Shogun is a popular choice for whale watching in Tenerife. The reason is because the 5-hour boat trip is relatively inexpensive, and is perfect for families with children.

36 Reviews - 4.83

👥  Around 70

📍   Puerto Colón

Catamaran Boat Trip Tenerife

This boat trip is a good choice for families and friend groups. The catamaran has some areas to sit in the shade and to sunbathe. It makes very little noise, which allows you to observe the whales in silence.

Catamaran Puerto Colon

The Maxicat Catamaran was built in La Rochelle, France, and came to Tenerife in 2000. After the Freebird boat, it is the largest catamaran in Puerto Colón.

Different tours from Maxicat catamaran

Maxicat catamaran offers 2 different whale watching tours. The normal trip takes 3 hours and is normally enough to spot wild life. The 5 hour trip continues to Masca providing a unique whale watching experience.

  • A 5-hour trip with drinks and buffet included.
  • A 3- hour trip with drinks and snacks included.
31 Reviews - 4.65

👥  Around 20

📍   Puerto Colón

Costa Adeje Boat Trips

The Monte Cristo catamaran is one of the top Costa Adeje boat trips. Because of the pleasant atmosphere on board, the quality of the food and drinks and the good service, the Monte Cristo is often booked. This applies to both the regular trips and the private boat version, so book well in advance.

Whale Watching Tenerife South

Whale watching in Tenerife south on this boat is a good choice for those looking for a shared tour where quality and service matters too. The catamaran sets out with a minimum of 2 staff and always has fresh snacks and drinks on board.

16 Reviews - 4.75

👥   Max 11

📍   Puerto Colón

Whale Watching Costa Adeje

The Skyline sailboat is our most economical sailboat whale watching tour of Costa Adeje. For people who don’t like being on a catamaran with lots of people, but also don’t want to spend too much money, this is a top choice.

About the Skyline sailboat in Tenerife

The Skyline is a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37.2. The boat is 11.40 meters long. Skyline has cushion to lie on in the front of the boat and seating in the back in shade.

16 Reviews - 4.69

👥   Max 11

📍   Puerto Colón

Whale And Dolphin Tours Tenerife

The Abrazo Catamaran has been organizing whale and dolphin tours of Tenerife for many years. But in 2022, this catamaran has been completely renovated. The boat now has a new look and even new additions.

Tenerife Boat

The Abrazo catamaran is a unique Tenerife boat. This is because of the spectacular addition to the Abrazo catamaran which is a glass deck. In addition to its elegant appearance, with any luck you can admire the sea life through this glass.

Catamaran with top service

Abrazo only takes a small group of tourists on each trip. This allows them to offer the quality and service of each Tenerife whale watching excursion at the highest possible level.

👥  Around 50

📍   Puerto Colón

Mustcat Tenerife: Thrilling Whale Watching Adventure

Experience the enchantment of the ocean with Mustcat Tenerife’s whale watching excursions. Setting sail from Puerto Colon, this popular large catamaran promises intimate, crowd-free trips ideal for families. On your journey, witness the awe-inspiring dance of whales and dolphins, enjoy a delicious meal featuring typical Canarian flavors, and relax with a swim in serene bays. Perfect for marine life enthusiasts, Mustcat offers two daily trips, with mornings being especially family-friendly. Come aboard for a maritime adventure that combines Tenerife’s natural beauty with top-notch hospitality.

👥   Max 2 – 150

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Tenerife Boat Hire with Club Canary

Discover the freedom of the open sea with Club Canary’s boat hire service in Tenerife. Whether you’re planning a family outing, a romantic trip, or an adventure with friends, our diverse selection of boats caters to all needs. Experience luxury and comfort as you explore Tenerife’s stunning coastline, secluded coves, and vibrant marine life at your own pace. Our boat hire options offer the perfect blend of privacy and adventure. Set sail on an unforgettable journey and create memories that last a lifetime with Tenerife’s premier boat hire service.

Explore our tabs to learn all about whale watching in Tenerife! Find out about different whales and dolphins, see where to watch them, and get ready for your trip. Start your adventure here!

Tenerife Whale Watching Season

The Tenerife whale watching season typically runs from late December through April. During this time, various species of whales and dolphins can be seen off the coast of the island, including pilot whales, sperm whales, and bottlenose dolphins. The peak Tenerife whale watching season is usually in January and February, when the largest number of whales can be seen. However, it's important to note that the exact timing of the whale watching season in Tenerife can vary from year to year depending on a variety of factors such as weather conditions and migration patterns of the whales.

Whales in Tenerife

Tenerife is known for its diverse population of whales and dolphins. Some of the most common species of whales you may encounter when you book whale watching excursions in Tenerife with Club Canary are: Pilot whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales and Humpback whales. The biggest chances you have of seeing during your Tenerife boat trip are pilot whales and with some luck the sperm whales we will tell you more about them below.

Pilot whales

The most famous whale species that you can encounter year-round near Tenerife are the pilot whales. Pilot whales are often spotted in large groups and can grow up to about six and a half meters and have a life span of around 45 years. The favorite snacks of the pilot whales around the Canary Islands are giant squids, which they often catch at depths of over 300 meters. The main danger for pilot whales around the Canary Islands are large boats like ferries that cannot change their track and killer whales. Orcas usually pass by the Canary Islands several times a year for a short period and prey on infant pilot whales.

Sperm whales

One amazing sight for your eye to encounter are sperm whales. These whales are not often spotted on whale watching excursions in Tenerife, but the chances of seeing them are somewhere around 8%. Sperm whales can grow up to 16 meters long. Like pilot whales, sperm whales hunt giant squid. They are said to be natural enemies of each other, and you often see scars on the sperm whales because of a fight with the squid. The greatest danger to sperm whales around the Canary Islands is ferry traffic and orcas. Although the adult sperm whales can defend themselves well, the calves are vulnerable until they are big enough. Another interesting fact is that in the past, pilot whales have also been found to have attacked sperm whales and shown aggressive behavior.

Dolphin Watching Tenerife

Although whale watching is a very unique experience, there are also many people who would like to see dolphins in Tenerife. This is no surprise since dolphins are normally a lot more active than whales and can swim alongside the boat and even jump up high out of the water. The good news is that in addition to whales, dolphins can also be spotted in Tenerife all year round. Typically, 4 out of 10 Tenerife boat trips will spot them. The most common dolphin is the bottle nose dolphin and the spotting dolphin. Many people also wonder if it is possible to swim with dolphins in Tenerife, in short it is not possible since they are wild dolphins, and we want to leave the nature in peace as much as possible.

Bottlenose Dolphin

The bottlenose dolphin is common in Tenerife, so much so that it is considered a resident species. It is the best known of the dolphins, being the largest of its species. It is gray with a white belly. Males grow up to 4 meters long and weigh 600 kg; females are slightly smaller. Bottlenose dolphins usually live to be 40-60 years old. Although they live underwater, bottlenose dolphins must come to the surface to breathe air. They can hold their breath underwater for about seven minutes. Spotting bottlenose dolphins on a Tenerife boat trip is an awesome experience.

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

The Atlantic spotted dolphin is very similar to the bottlenose dolphin, but can be distinguished from it by the tiny spots that appear on its skin as an adult. The spotted dolphin can be observed on our whale and dolphin watching tours in Tenerife. The Canary Islands' deep marine ecosystem and marine currents create a perfect environment for spotted dolphins to hunt and feed. They are usually active with long shallow jumps and often ride the bow past the boat.

Explore Our Whale Watching Tour Route

Club Canary has compiled a map of locations where you can see where boat trips in Tenerife leave from. In addition, you can see where the whale tours go to spot whales and dolphins.