There is a certain perception of Tenerife that has somehow persisted, in part due to the misinformation circulated by some media outlets that the island is nothing more than a budget destination for those looking for sun, sand and sea.
Of course, if you are searching for a vacation with plenty of time to relax at the beach or by the pool soaking up some rays in between refreshing swims, then it is certainly possible, with a variety of great value apartments, resorts and hotels dotted around the island that are never far from the sea or swimming pools. What many don’t realise though, is that Tenerife offers so much more than this!
Among many of the incredible features to discover in Tenerife, one that consistently surprises visitors is just what an amazing destination it is to see dolphins and whales in the wild! The waters surrounding the Canary Islands, including the section of water between Tenerife and La Gomera are some of the best in the world to spot them. This makes it a perfect place to be able to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, where they rightfully belong.
Instead of going to see these animals in captivity, here in Tenerife you have the perfect opportunity to be able to view them enjoying life in their natural environment, wild and free as they should be. While there are a number of different excursion options available, aboard a variety of sea vessels, a luxury yacht trip is undoubtably one of the best choices if you’re looking for a truly memorable experience.
There are numerous companies offering whale and dolphin watching trips from various harbours around Tenerife. If you are staying in the South of the island though, a fantastic option is Blue Jack Sail, a family run business offering amazing trips aboard either their stunning luxury sailing yacht or their beautiful motor boat.
Our group of friends were Italian, Spanish and Lithuanian and those also on the trip were a Dutch couple and a British family. On almost every excursion I take in Tenerife it becomes more and more apparent just how much of an internationally popular destination it is and rightly so. It really does attract visitors from all over the world which breaks another stereotype as Tenerife being simply a cheap getaway for Brits. While it is true that British tourists love the Canary Islands, so do increasing numbers of visitors from all over the world, as they discover how unique these islands are!
It felt great sailing out into the open ocean with the wind in our hair and the sun overhead, with the boat certainly able to race along at speed. Under the expert control of Jesús, the safety and comfort of all of us onboard was always top priority. There really is something very relaxing and luxurious about being on a beautiful sailing boat enjoying the bright blue ocean and magnificent views of Tenerife.
On this particular trip we were especially lucky as the ocean was particularly calm that day and felt so tranquil as we sailed along. As we sailed away from the coast of Tenerife and headed out in the direction of La Gomera, reaching deeper waters, we arrived at the best possible area to see whales and dolphins. We managed to get some incredible views of pilot whales, as pods (groups) of them swam right alongside the side of our boat, continually surfacing for air.
While the waters around the Canary Islands are certainly some of the best to witness whales and dolphins in their natural habitat, it would be untrue to say sightings are guaranteed, as these are wild creatures. Sometimes when conditions are more rough or due to other reasons, you may only glimpse a couple of these animals or sometimes none at all, if you are very unlucky.
That day we were especially lucky though with the whales swimming for quite some time alongside, us. With perfect conditions that day including calm, clear water, the number of whales and their proximity to the boat, it felt like a real privilege seeing these animals living life as nature intended.
It seems so obvious when you see these animals in the wild, how much they enjoy freedom in their natural habitat. The whales swim peacefully through the water, minding their own business, surfacing for air and showing no fear at being within almost touching distance of the boat. It seems as though they are as curious about us as we are of them.
The same can definitely be said of dolphins which I have seen on many other occasions, including on other trips I have taken. The dolphins show a genuine joy for life as they race along both beside and in front of the boat and leap in and out of the water. This can be for no other reason other than playfulness and fun. While the speed, agility and power of the dolphins is no doubt incredible, seeing large pods of pilot whales right alongside the boat was equally as amazing due to their size and grace!
Following these awesome views, we then headed back to the coast, towards tiny El Puertito. This picture perfect typical Canarian village is located between Playa Paraiso and Costa Adeje and provided a perfect backdrop for a swim after the anchor was dropped.
While some of the group took this opportunity to top up their tans, others, including myself, couldn’t miss the chance to swim. It was also great fun jumping off the front of the boat!
Following this refreshing swim, we were provided with freshly prepared bocadillos (which included a vegetarian option), delicious fresh fruit and drinks including soft drinks, beer and chilled cava which added even more to the feeling of luxury. This was the icing on the cake of a fantastic trip.
While at the start there had been a few clouds in the sky which felt unusual for the south of Tenerife, by the time we had our swim and were lounging back on the deck eating, and sipping glasses of cava the sun was shining gloriously. The trip seemed to have raced by as we had all been having such fun, but it was then time to head back to Puerto Colón.
The anchor was raised, the sails raised and off we went. As the boat sailed along back to base, we lay out in the sunshine chatting, with the wind in our hair taking in the amazing views of the Tenerife coastline, such as the beautiful town of La Caleta. The evening sunlight lighting up the island magnificently. It really did feel like paradise, especially after seeing all those whales earlier!
This was certainly a trip to remember with a company that really puts its clients first, and are clearly passionate about providing the best possible service. The whole profile of Tenerife (and the Canary Islands in general) have been significantly raised in the past decade, with increasing numbers of more discerning visitors arriving on these beautiful shores.
Hopefully more people will take advantage of the amazing experiences Tenerife has to offer such as a luxury boat trip, to be able to realise that the island has so much more to see, do and experience than simply sun, sand and sea!