The beauty of Tenerife is that you can go whale watching no matter where you are staying. The handy TF-1 highway takes you across the island in 1 hour and with plenty of car hire places (particularly by the airport), you can easily reach a whale watching area for a day trip. Or if you don’t feel like driving, take a look at some of the boat trips that will pick you up anywhere on the island.
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Whale Watching in Tenerife South
There are so many trips from Tenerife South! This coastline of Tenerife faces the Atlantic Ocean and has more specialist trips to see the larger whales around Tenerife (humpback, sperm, etc.) as well as specialty boat trips. You’ll be spoilt for choice all year around. You also have more pickup options than Tenerife North. Most southern whale excursions will pick you up from hotels within 5 to 10km of the starting point. These 5 cities and towns have the best whale watching opportunities.
Whale Watching in Costa Adeje
Costa Adeje is the most popular holiday destination in Tenerife and has an abundance of whale tour operators to choose from – you can find those in our comparison table. Adeje whale watching is one of the top things to do in Costa Adeje according to TripAdvisor, with thousands of rave reviews. Puerto Colon is the home port for many of the whale and dolphin watching Tenerife tours, including Tenerife.fun and Freebird. These tours will pick you up from anywhere in Tenerife South. If you want the most choice when it comes to whale tours, you should head straight here. You can easily make a day trip out of your visit to Puerto Colon too, thanks to the amazing restaurants, busy bars, sandy beaches, and exciting shopping opportunities around the port.
Whale Watching in Playa de Las Americas
Sandwiched between Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Americas is a great place to start your Tenerife holiday for whale watching. Even though no tours are set off from the beach at Playa de Las Americas, you can quickly reach Puerto Los Cristianos on foot where several of the large tour boats are waiting, including Viking Ragnarok and Travelin Lady tours, as well as the inter-island ferry system. The area is more known for the nightlife but there are plenty of surf schools and watersports to do in the area. You are a 25-minute walk away from Los Cristianos whale watching and a 30-minute walk from Puerto Colon, where many of the Costa Adeje whale watching tours start from. You’re also within 5km of both locations so you’ll easily be within the pickup service.
Whale Watching in Los Gigantes
Los Gigantes is to the North of Costa Adeje and is renowned for the giant cliffs, giving the town its name. There are fewer boat tour options from here, but you will get to see the whales and the cliffs from the best angle – out on the ocean. Boat tours that depart from Los Gigantes include Flipper Uno and Third Element. Tenerife.fun offers boat trips from Costa Adeje to see Los Gigantes cliffs as well as the whales and dolphins, so you can fit both into your itinerary even if you’re not planning to visit Los Gigantes on foot.
Whale Watching in Las Galletas
Las Galletas Tenerife whale watching tours take off from the very southern point of Tenerife, by Puerto de Las Galletas, and take you along the rocky, picturesque coastline before heading further out to see the whales. The most notable tour company operating from here is Mustcat with their catamaran trip. Away from Costa Adeje, this whale watching destination tends to be a little quieter… and a little rougher! Las Galletas is primarily a commercial port, so you won’t find a nice mall or many tourist-friendly restaurants around. You’ll also need to be prepared for higher winds and trepidatious ocean waves. Best leave this port to more experienced sailors!
Whale Watching in Tenerife North
There are no tours available in North Tenerife that take off from Santa Cruz or Puerto de la Cruz, however, there is an overabundance available in the South of Tenerife along the southwest coastline. Only the whale watching tours hosted by Tenerife.fun offers a transfer service from North Tenerife. The other option is to take a day trip to South Tenerife, where you’ll have a wider selection of whale excursion companies to choose from. Many of the boat trips in South Tenerife won’t drive up to North Tenerife to pick you up, so you have the scenic hour-long drive if you choose to hire a car, or you can find a public transport route to take. Car hire is the best option as it’s relatively inexpensive and gives you the freedom to explore more of the South of Tenerife and the Teide National Park. Tenerife.fun whale watch tours in Costa Adeje offer pickup for those staying in North Tenerife, or anywhere else on the island.
Whale Watching in Santa Cruz
The capital of Tenerife in the North East of the island is 45 minutes away by car or public transport. Being the capital, it is very well connected and you’ll find it easy to arrange transport to the South coast for whale watching. If hotel reception can’t help you book transport or you don’t want to hire a car, head to the main Intercambiador Santa Cruz (the main bus station) and take the 110 services towards Costa Adeje – it departs every 20 minutes.
Whale Watching in Puerto de la Cruz
Like Santa Cruz, Puerto de la Cruz is approximately an hour away from the South coast by car. Unfortunately, the quickest way to take public transport from Puerto de la Cruz if you miss the direct bus is to take the hour-long bus to Santa Cruz and the 110 services from there – total travel time is 2 hours at best, usually longer! Your best bet is to book a Tenerife.fun whale watching trip, with transfer service to the North, or you could go to Loro Parque to see orcas (killer whales) in captivity instead.