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Sailing in Tenerife

A perfect climate all year round, crystal clear waters and an impressive marine fauna: discover the charms of Tenerife by spending the afternoon sailing on a catamaran.

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

5 min read

Sailing in Tenerife

Boat details | ©Ian keefe

Costa Adeje, in the south of Tenerife, is one of the most impressive places to get a glimpse of the natural habitat of whales and dolphins in the Canary Islands and listen to the mesmerizing song of the cetaceans in the sea.

Even better if you take a catamaran excursion in Costa Adeje to watch whales and dolphins, the most genuine way to enjoy the sea and sail with only the wind and the waves as a guide. An adventure you can't miss on your trip to Tenerife: read on and I'll tell you how unforgettable this excursion is.

1. Catamaran trip around Costa Adeje with whale watching

Catamaran sailing off the coast of Tenerife | ©Mark
Catamaran sailing off the coast of Tenerife | ©Mark

This catamaran tour in Costa Adeje is a great way to enjoy a beautiful morning or afternoon in the Atlantic Ocean watching whales and dolphins.

What is included in this experience

You will be picked up at your hotel and taken to Puerto Colón, on La Pinta beach, where the catamaran will be waiting to take you on an adventure.

For three hours you will cruise the waters of the south of Tenerife, from where you can see La Gomera on the horizon, while enjoying the sun on a sun lounger, with soft drinks and other beverages and sandwiches as snacks.

As you approach the marine animal sighting site, the captain will slowly approach the whales and dolphins resting on the surface and you will be able to see them up close, as they usually welcome visitors and play around the boat.

The boat is equipped with a hydrophone to listen to the whales communicate live under the sea, one of the most beautiful and special experiences you can live on your trip.

It is also possible to see other marine species such as turtles, jellyfish, fish and fishing birds, which gives you the impression of visiting a natural aquarium in the middle of the sea. The disadvantage of this experience compared to other boat trips is that it does not include snorkeling, so you will not see the real marine fauna of Tenerife in all its exuberance.

You will be able to swim in the sea, so bring a towel and swimsuit to experience the freedom of swimming in the water among all kinds of marine animals.

At the end of the experience you will return to Puerto Colon and transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel if you prefer.

Why I recommend this experience

This catamaran tour in Costa Adeje has a very good price, especially if you take into account that it is an excursion that includes transfer to and from your hotel, and snack with drinks.

This, added to the fact that sailing on a catamaran is a more special and genuine experience than on a conventional boat, makes the ride one of the top activities on any trip to Tenerife, whether it is a short break or a week-long vacation.

The other reason is that you will see marine animals with almost total guarantee and you will not have to fight with other people to be able to see something from the shore, since it is an uncrowded experience.

More information

  • What's included: Transfer from your hotel and back, catamaran ride, drinks (soft drinks, beer or wine) and sandwich.
  • What is not included: Sun loungers (payable separately and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis), extra refreshments
  • Group size: Maximum of 50 people

2. Before booking

Enjoy the beautiful Costa Adeje I ©Tony Hisgett
Enjoy the beautiful Costa Adeje I ©Tony Hisgett
  • The weather must be good for catamaran sailing, so if the wind is too strong or it rains, the experience will be postponed or cancelled and you will receive your money back. You can also cancel the activity if, for any reason, you decide not to do it, but you will only receive a 100% refund if you cancel at least 24 hours in advance.
  • My advice is to bring sunglasses, a towel, a bottle of water and sunscreen. Even if you don't pay for a sun lounger, you can sit in other places on the boat and enjoy the sun.
  • When you go to book the catamaran tour, you will have to choose the date and the size of your group. Then you will be asked for some personal information and your email address. Important: put one that you normally use, as this is where you will receive the confirmation email that you will have to show to the captain before getting on the boat (or to the driver who will pick you up at the hotel).
  • By the way, in this experience you also have the option to choose the time: either in the morning or in the afternoon, which is a big advantage because you have no excuse not to include it in your plans. If you are especially interested in taking pictures of the whales and dolphins, I recommend you to choose the morning time.

Alex's Traveller Tip

The great advantage of a catamaran sea excursion is that it is less crowded than on larger boats and the experience is more genuine, making it the perfect option if you are fleeing from large groups of tourists.

3. Why is Tenerife famous for its whale watching experiences?

See Tenerife's rich marine fauna I ©Tony Hisgett
See Tenerife's rich marine fauna I ©Tony Hisgett

Tenerife has a great climate all year round, which makes its waters the perfect temperature for whales, dolphins and other marine animals. Another reason why there is a huge concentration of marine fauna on this island is its deep sea beds, where the animals can hunt the fish and squid that come with the strong currents of the Atlantic.

What species can you see on this excursion? Pilot whales (also known as pilot whales), bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins, loggerhead turtles, jellyfish, mackerels, anchovies, and even small sharks.

For this and other reasons, Tenerife is one of the most important destinations in the world to see cetaceans in their natural habitat. If, beyond enjoying a catamaran ride, you are especially interested in this amazing and unforgettable experience, I recommend you to read our complete guide in this link, with all the available options and extended information: Whale and Dolphin Watching.

4. Make your trip to Tenerife unforgettable with these other activities

Paragliding | ©Michael L
Paragliding | ©Michael L

The waters of Tenerife are a delight to sail, but maybe riding a boat and letting yourself go doesn't give you the thrills you're looking for. In that case, put on your wetsuit, grab your paddle and go kayaking to discover the sea caves in the cliffs of the island and see with your own eyes the underwater world that hides beneath the surface. Read all about these activities here: Kayaking and Snorkeling With Turtles.

Another adrenaline-filled experience I recommend you to do in Tenerife is paragliding. Why in Tenerife? For the spectacular views you will have of the island and the Teide and the thrill of landing on the beach. In this guide I have selected the safest and best value for money experiences for an activity that is worth doing at least once in a lifetime: Paragliding flights.

Finally here is a list of the top 10 experiences you can do in Tenerife to ensure a perfect trip: