In this text you will find information about whale and dolphin watching from Playa de las Americas in Tenerife. At bananapalmbay.com we specialize in renting boats in Tenerife for different purposes. We have sailboats, motorboats, yachts, catamarans and other types of boats for you to spend a wonderful day at sea.
This time we would like to tell you about the activities available for whale watching from Playa las Americas and which also include transport from the hotel where you are staying.
Whale and dolphin watching from Playa de las Americas
This is one of the most popular activities for holidaymakers coming to Tenerife. We are pleased to offer you private boat charters and shared whale watching excursions in total comfort. On our website you will find the best boats to see cetaceans from Playa de Las Americas and other resorts on the island.
The waters of Tenerife South have a high probability of seeing dolphins and whales. Boats leave from Puerto Colón for La Gomera, whose waters are home to a variety of marine animals. It is common to see dolphins and whales swimming happily in this area of the Atlantic.
The sightings are safe for the animals and the environment. You only have to worry about taking nice pictures and enjoying the moment. We remind you not to throw objects into the water and not to make loud noises that may scare the whales.
Time goes by without noticing when we are in the presence of these friendly animals. Enjoy the experience with your loved ones and especially with the children, who are the ones who enjoy the activity the most.
Cetacean species that you can see all year round in Tenerife
Here are some of the species that you may encounter during boat trips in Tenerife:
Scientific name: Tursiops truncatus. You can see them very close to the coasts of Tenerife. You can identify them by their intense grey colour, which gradually fades towards the lower parts of the body. They reach a length of 3 metres when mature. They usually swim in groups of 20 dolphins on average.
Scientific name: Globicephala macrorinchus, also known as pilot whale. It is a large toothed cetacean that can reach 5 metres in length and weigh up to 2 tonnes.
They have the ability to dive to depths of over 1,000 metres for more than 20 minutes.
Species with sporadic occurrence
The species listed below appear at specific times of the year, so their sighting will depend on the time of year when you are on holiday in Tenerife.
Atlantic spotted dolphin
Scientific name: Stenella frontalis. Its name is due to the spots that cover the surface of its body and that are completely present in adulthood. They are very active dolphins that swim in groups. They grow up to 2.3 metres long and weigh up to 80 kilograms.
Scientific name: Steno bredanensis. They are characterised by their grooved teeth, which in turn give them their name. They also have an elongated skull which makes them easy to distinguish from other species. They reach a length of 2.7 metres and can weigh up to 150 kilograms. Their colouring is darker than that of bottlenose dolphins and they have lighter spots. They swim in groups of 8 individuals on average.
Scientific name: Physeter macrocephalus. It is a large species with a length similar to that of a whale. You can identify them by their small dorsal fin, large head and dark skin with striations.
This species can reach up to 18 metres and 50 tons in weight. They dive up to 2,000 metres deep to forage for food and stay underwater for more than an hour. They can be seen more frequently during spring.
Migratory species that appear at specific times of the year
The waters between La Gomera and Tenerife are part of the migratory route of different migratory species. If you are lucky you will be able to see the following cetaceans on our boat trips in Tenerife:
Scientific name: Delphinus delphis. Being a very popular species in all the seas of the planet, in Tenerife you can see them in winter. It is characterised by its yellowish colouring on the sides. It reaches 2.5 metres in length and weighs 120 kilograms.
False killer whale
Scientific name: Pseudorca crassidens. It is a sociable and charming animal. You can identify them by the bulge in the middle of their fins, slender body and dorsal fin of about 10 inches. Its intense grey colouring is homogeneous. They reach 6 metres in length and weigh 1,500 kilograms. It usually swims in large groups of up to 50 individuals.
Other species that appear sporadically in Tenerife are the northern fin whale, fin whale, pygmy sperm whale, Fraser’s dolphin, orca whale, among others.
Private whale and dolphin watching excursion in Playa de las Américas
With the following activities you can take a completely private boat trip, just you and your guests. We offer you comfort and privacy at sea for a fascinating adventure.
Motor boat charter for whale watching with Fairline 42
Enjoy this incredible boat with a maximum capacity of 12 people. We depart from Puerto Colon to the whale watching areas of Tenerife. Then we will anchor somewhere in the bay for everyone to go for a swim and cool off. Depending on the length of the trip, you can visit the cove El Puertito, the cliffs and the radiant Masca Bay.
Private boat charter with Neptuno for groups
Spend a wonderful day in the bay of Tenerife South with this majestic boat for up to 22 passengers. Watch cetaceans in their natural environment. After whale watching we head to a beautiful cove where we can swim and snorkel.
Shared boat trips to see cetaceans in Tenerife
Here is the list of activities available on our website for shared whale and dolphin watching excursions.
Excursion to see cetaceans in Tenerife south with Eden catamaran tour
We have a short activity just for whale watching in Tenerife. This excursion lasts two hours and will take you to the areas most frequented by dolphins and whales.
The boat departs from the harbour of Puerto Colon in Costa Adeje to the neighbouring island of La Gomera. The tour focuses on the sighting of dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. The activity includes a refreshing drink.
If you book the 3 hour Eden catamaran tour you will enjoy the sea even more. This tour includes a stop in the bay to cool off, swim and snorkel. Soft drinks, water and beer are also included.
Royal Dolphin catamaran to see cetaceans from Playa de Las Américas
This is one of our best options for whale watching in Tenerife. We offer you a great boat for an unforgettable excursion.
The Royal Dolphin is a modern and spacious boat on which you will experience the best emotions. The boat takes you to see cetaceans in a unique way as it has large windows in the floor to see the underwater activity under the boat. Without a doubt, this is a way to see the sea like never before.
In addition to the underwater windows, it also has different cameras that record the passage of the animals near the boat and then project it on different televisions. As you can see, through this activity you will get to know Tenerife’s marine fauna up close.
After the sighting, the boat heads towards the bay of Masca and along the way you can enjoy the immensity of the Cliffs of Los Gigantes. When you reach the bay, the boat is anchored so that everyone can get off to cool off in the Atlantic waters. Take the opportunity to relax on the sand and play with water toys. Enjoy with your friends and family. Share beautiful moments together.
The activity ends with a delicious lunch and the return to the harbour while you admire the views that the island has to offer.
Maxicat catamaran trip to Los Gigantes
We invite you to enjoy the sea and see cetaceans in Playa de Las Americas with our catamaran Maxicat. You can book excursions of 3 or 5 hours to sail the Atlantic waters in search of dolphins and whales.
The boat departs from Puerto Colon in Costa Adeje and takes you in the direction of the island of La Gomera, an area with a high presence of cetaceans. Here different marine animals gather, the most popular being the bottlenose dolphins that approach the boats with joy. The marine animals in this area are accustomed to the boats, so they approach calmly.
With the Maxicat you can also tour the cliffs and anchor in Masca Bay to swim in its waters. Take your friends to enjoy a great day at sea, sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling and playing with water toys. This activity includes transport and lunch.
Assistance and transport
As we mentioned at the beginning, all these activities offer pick up from the main tourist centres in Tenerife. If you are in Playa de las Americas just write to us, tell us where you are staying and we will pick you up.
Choose one of these whale watching activities from Playa de las Americas and write us to make your reservation. We put at your disposal our WhatsApp to which you can write to clarify your doubts and make your request. Take the opportunity to enjoy the sea in Tenerife and spend the best moments of your holidays.