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An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife


Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
Journey to another planet at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
How to Enjoy a Unique Excursion Around Stunning Santa Cruz
El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
www.hellocanaryislands.com
20 Jun 2016

 

I first visited the Canary Islands back in summer 2012, when I was lucky enough to enjoy a two week holiday to Lanzarote.

 I have to admit that before that trip, I knew very little about the Canaries; mainly just that they were warm and sunny, and the main language was Spanish. Back then, apart from Lanzarote, I had only heard of Tenerife because of friends that had been there. Since that first visit to Lanzarote, I fell in love with the Canary Islands and have holidayed and lived in Lanzarote, and also visited Fuerteventura and La Graciosa. I had heard from more and more people how amazing Tenerife is, but up until very recently though, I had still not made it there to see if it would really live up to my high expectations.

 Thankfully in April this year that all changed when I was invited to stay at Pearly Grey Resort in Costa Adeje, in the south west of Tenerife for a week. This was part of a media trip for GoTimeshare to help promote some of the amazing experiences available for visitors via blog and social media posts, photos and videos. I had an action packed week ahead of me involving many different trips, most of which I had never tried before, including a wonderful whale and dolphin watching catamaran excursion. I love nature and seeing beautiful animals in the wild, so to say I was excited was an understatement!  

This particular trip is run several times daily by the Freebird One Sailing Company who have a modern fleet of Catamarans, designed for a comfortable and luxurious ride as you sail on the open seas. We headed to Puerto Colón marina where our Catamaran Sailing excursion was scheduled to depart from, just a short drive south from the town I was staying in, Callao Salvaje. During the drive to the marina I was once again struck by the huge contrast between Tenerife and Lanzarote and the other islands I had visited. I love the laid back lifestyle of Lanzarote, but Tenerife really does offer an exciting destination to visit due to its larger population, bigger size and greater variety of excursions available. The scenery and landscape is also incredible.

 As we reached the marina 10 minutes before departure, I was feeling really lucky that soon we would be enjoying a three hour sailing trip to see dolphins and whales in the wild. Given a choice from different excursion options, a trip like this would definitely be one of the top of my list of things to do in Tenerife! The Canary Islands are blessed with an incredible climate of almost guaranteed warm, sunny weather, and today was no exception as there was a beautiful blue sky, and barely any breeze. Perfect conditions for a tranquil catamaran sailing journey. Even if you suffer from occasional feelings of sea-sickness like me, there was absolutely no need to worry on a day like this as the sea was calm and flat, with peaceful waves.

Catamaran Sailing excursion

 

We were warmly greeted onboard the luxury catamaran by Captain Javier, and his friendly crew where we joined around twenty others from many different nationalities. The catamaran was large and comfortable though so there was no feeling of overcrowding, instead there were plenty of well spaced out seating areas available to lounge at our leisure. The crew are also very accommodating and conversed with the guests in English, Spanish, French and German, as Tenerife is well loved by tourists all over Europe and the world. As we headed from the marina into the open water, everyone, from the kids to the grown-ups, were in high spirits and eager to set sail.

 This excursion was great for so many reasons, one of which being that it was one of those rare moments in modern life where I could completely disconnect. Apart from my camera, there were no modern distractions, and as we sailed away from the coast it was so liberating to be able to switch off and become completely immersed in the moment. We glided effortlessly through the waves, and as the sun shone down keeping us warm, any worries I had drifted away. I imagined what it would be like to be a sailor setting sail, with the slight breeze out to sea feeling great against my skin. Behind us was beautiful Tenerife with snow-tipped Mount Teide in full view, and to the front of the catamaran, truly stunning views out to neighbouring La Gomera. Looking out to the vast unending horizon of the amazing Atlantic ocean I felt a combination of relaxation and wanderlust. 

Snow-tipped Mount Teide

 During our trip we were well catered for as the ticket included unlimited drinks such as juice, soft drinks,  beer, and water, and for lunch, a tasty sandwich, which in my case was vegetarian. No sooner had I taken my first bite of my sandwich, sightings of Bottlenose Dolphins and Pilot Whales started, and the real excitement began. You absolutely have to see these amazing mammals in the wild to truly appreciate how beautiful they really are. Every time any of these stunning creatures surfaced, there was a real ripple of excitement throughout the passengers, and everyone stood along the side to see them swimming wild in their natural habitat. This really was one of those wow moments in my life!

 The coast off of Tenerife is the best place in Europe to see these magnificent creatures, as Canarian waters are literally teeming with whales and dolphins. In fact it is one of the top three whale and dolphin watching destinations worldwide, so if you take one of these trips you are almost guaranteed to see Bottlenose dolphins and Pilot whales, and sometimes many other varieties including Sperm Whales and Killer Whales.

Whales watching

 You will absolutely love this excursion if you enjoy top quality service, beautiful sights, and amazing animals, and overall it was incredible. There was even time for short swim to top it all off. The dive into the sea was wonderfully refreshing, especially after sailing along under the warm sun for several hours. Back at the harbour everyone arrived in great spirits and a looking a bit more tanned. While the tans will fade though, these magnificent memories will last a lifetime.Tenerife completely exceeded my expectations, especially because of excursions like this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
Journey to another planet at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
How to Enjoy a Unique Excursion Around Stunning Santa Cruz
El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
www.hellocanaryislands.com