Tenerife Whale Watching.

We are Responsible & Sustainable with the ocean.

Tenerife Whale Watching will truely bring you the best in whale and dolphin observation.

Explore the island coastline, soak up the sun, and enjoy a dip in the Atlantic ocean. An activity for all ages, fun for all the family.

Whale watching is one of the top activities to do in Tenerife! Therefore let it be a highlight of your holidays!

Discover the European Capital of Whale Watching in Tenerife, Heritage Whale Hope Spot.


Freebird Catamarans: Eco friendly sailboat catamarans.

Daily from Puerto Colon

Freebird Catamarans in Puerto Colon, Costa Adeje is an iconic fleet of three luxury eco-friendly catamarans. Sail the west coast of Tenerife in search of whales and dolphins while enjoying the sunkissed deck of any of these 3 magnificent catamarans. Lunch, drinks, and swimming are included in any of their experiences. Choose between the 2 different options available.

Royal Delfin Catamaran: Glass Bottom Whale Watching from Puerto Colon, Tenerife.

Best Seller from Puerto Colon

The Royal Delfin in Puerto Colon, Costa Adeje is the best glass bottom boat with BIG underwater Panoramic 50inch windows. Through these big underwater windows, you will observe whales, dolphins, and if you are lucky enough turtles under the water. Additionally, their professional multilingual Live Guides onboard will provide all the information needed. Choose between the 3 different options available.


Mar de Ons Bahriyeli: Whale Watching from Los Cristianos, Tenerife.

Favorite option from the Port of Los Cristianos

Why choose Mar de Ons Bahriyeli?

Mar de Ons Bahriyeli has a strict no chase policy.
Marine Biologists are available on board the Mar de Ons Bahriyeli.
A portion of all Bahriyeli ticket sales goes to Sea Shepherd UK.
One of the best whale watching adventures from Los Cristianos.

Roulette Charters: Luxury Sailing Whale Watching from Puerto Colon, Tenerife.

Best whale watching SAILING BOAT

Roulette Charters offers a wide variety of seafaring excursions in the south of Tenerife. They will make sure you have a fantastic day out on the Atlantic ocean. They will provide you with all you need to relax and enjoy the trip and remember to bring sun cream, swimwear, and your camera!

Departing daily from Puerto Colon in Costa Adeje, enjoy and set sail with all the comforts and experienced crew at your service.


Picarus Sailing Club, departing from Los Gigantes Port.

Discover the whales and dolphins living in our coastal waters. Join us and set sail along the majestic cliffs of Los Gigantes, cruising along the North-West coast of Tenerife. Enjoy incredible blue water and activities like swimming, snorkeling, or SUP paddle surfing. Their staff will provide you with all the necessary equipment for these activities. Selected beverages and menu depending on the season. Join a shared charter or Private with maximum 8 people onboard.


Enjoy an experience of a lifetime. Promote Sustainable Whale Watching in Tenerife.

We offer sustainable cetacean, dolphin, and whale watching on boat excursions in the canary islands. All the boats provided by Tenerife Whale Watching and listed below. The Southwest Coastline of Tenerife is one of the most important areas to watch whales and dolphins. Whale Watching excursions sail in the Special Area of Conservation (ZEC) Teno-Rasca marine strip ES7020017 in Tenerife. This ZEC zone is integrated into the Natura 2000 Network.

Blue Boat Flag

We will ensure a correct, responsible, and sustainable sighting of whales and dolphins. First of all, the boat companies hold the “Blue Boat” flag. Above all, authorized by the Ministry of Tourism of the Canary Islands Government and by the Ministry of Environment of Spain.

Sustainability Charter: Whale and dolphin Watch in Tenerife.

Our main objective is to ensure the long-term survival of species and habitats of Europe. We want to help detain loss of biodiversity caused by the adverse impact of human activities, such as illegal boat excursion companies. Not only do they not commit to sustainable behavior but they also do not follow the rules and regulations proposed by the Government.

With this in mind responsibility for our ocean is yours. Because you should be part of a unique sustainable whale watching experience.

Natura 2000.

A European ecological network of biodiversity conservation areas. It is made up of Special Areas of Conservation (ZEC) designated in accordance with the Habitats Directive, and Special Protection Areas for Birds (ZEPA), in addition, established by virtue of the Birds Directive. These are the breeding grounds for our two resident species.

Tenerife Whale Heritage Site.

The Tenerife La Gomera Whale Heritage Site has become an important whale-watching destination. Its unique resident population of pilot whales can be found alongside a high diversity of other whales and dolphin species. All can be observed in the Special Area of Conservation (ZEC Zone).

Best Whale Watching in Tenerife Boat Tours, Excursions, and Charters.

Experience the best whale watching tours in Tenerife. Taking care of our oceans and their environment is easy. Simply choose your excursion on one of our sustainable companies to protect their natural environment. At Tenerife Whale Watching we have made it easy for you to choose the best charters. With this in mind, all the necessary important information is right here on this website. We are the best local whale-watching boat providers.

Be conscious and help protect our marine life and oceans by choosing only between the boats listed below.

Help protect our marine life by choosing any of the boats departing from all the ports located on the southwest coastline. A Daytrip for the whole family on the best whale watching tours. Choose between charters, sailboats, catamarans, or RIB. Be a marine biologist for the day, snorkel our blue sea, and listen to them communicate by a hydrophone. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and fully charged camera. This is an experience of a lifetime you will not want to miss.

Choose your port of departure for your Whale Watching trip  in south Tenerife.

Feel free to choose the desired whale and dolphin watching boat trip, excursion, or experience below organized by departure port. You can find all these ports in the South West coast of Tenerife. Some companies offer to pick up from the north of the island. Living an unforgettable whale and dolphin adventure or experience and being friendly to our environment is possible.

Whale Watching in South Tenerife with transfer from Puerto de la Cruz.

To avoid confusion, there are currently no boats sailing from the north of the island. All trips and excursions depart from  Tenerife south. Mainly in the Las Americas area. These boats listed here offer transfer service from the North of the Island. Please check availability dates.


Whale and Dolphin Watching in Tenerife Boat trips & Excursions.

Tenerife: located in a prime location for whale and dolphin observation. In the first place, we have many sustainable boat trips or excursions offering this experience, therefore you will find the best whale and dolphin watching here. More importantly, we want to be your whale & dolphin watching guide for boat trips in Tenerife. Spend some family time on a boat trip for all ages. Discover marine life on one of our whale-watching tours. Sail and discover wildlife in their migrating routes and also keep an eye out for our marine birds.

Best Whale Watch Tours in Tenerife.

The best whale watching tours you will find on the southwest coast of sunny Tenerife. Set sail from the main ports located on the coastal line between Las Galletas and Los Gigantes, being the main departure port of Puerto Colon in Playa de las Americas.

Certainly, we will show you the best companies in the business. All boats sail from the South West Coast of Tenerife. The two top sailing destinations are Los Gigantes and La Caleta. Let us provide you with the best sustainable excursions, and whale and dolphin boat trips Tenerife has to offer. Registered by the Ministry of Tourism.  Observation of Whales and dolphins has never been easier, with a success rate of 99%.

Chance for Whale and Dolphin watching in Tenerife.

Whales and Dolphins have always held a fascination for man. As a result, the chance for watching and photographing them in their natural habitat is no longer a privilege reserved for specialists and scientists. Make whale and dolphin watching a  highlight in your holidays. It is important to realize that many boat companies offer trips and cruises to see these creatures in places like Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Norway, California, Mexico, Azores, and … TENERIFE.

Whale and Dolphin Watching in Tenerife Statistics.

According to our whale and dolphin watching statistics and experience in whale migration and whale and dolphin watching boat excursions, we have calculated for you the chance of sighting these marine mammals. Surprisingly there is no better sighting time or area throughout the day. Due to this everything can change due to current weather conditions, water currents, food availability, etc. To point out that although the chances may be high, as a result, remember that these are wild animals and cannot guarantee sightings at all times. 

Tenerife Whale Watching: Observable species in Tenerife.

Best places for whale watching in Tenerife.

The spectacular good weather provides an ideal hábitat for these marine mammals. Some species have established their permanent residence here in these Canarian waters. Tenerife has been known for its all-year-round Spring Season weather. As a result, making this area an ideal location for daily whale watching.

The depth between La Gomera and Tenerife can reach up to 2400m in-depth.

This creates an ideal habitable área for marine life. Marine life includes giant squid, jellyfish, and fish of different forms and sizes. Equally important it is part of the main diet of these cetaceans. Below is a list of both dolphin and whale species that you can observe. Although other marine wildlife such as turtles and marine birds can also observe.


Calderón tropical

Short Finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorinchus)

Short Finned Pilot Whale belongs to the Delphinidae family. This toothed cetacean (Odontoceti) owes its classification as a whale to its size, it can grow to well over 5 meters long and weigh between 900 and 1,800 kg. This is the easiest species to come across on a whale-watching excursion in Tenerife.

Delfín mular

Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Most well-known species of dolphins can easily be spotted just off the coast of Tenerife. An average length is 2.7 meters for males and 2.5 meters for females, with the oldest individuals measuring over 3 meters. They live in groups of between 10 and 30 members known as pods. Their backs are a dark grey color which grows gradually lighter towards the belly.

Delfín moteado

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis)

This species can be identified by the spots that cover most of their skin once they reach adulthood. They form large pods and are very active. Most often spotted between autumn and late spring. Weighing between 60-80kg and reaching lengths of up to 2.3 meters.

Delfín diente rugoso

Rough-Toothed Dolphin (Steno bredanensis)

Ridges and wrinkles on their teeth and their long heads are the most significant features of this species. Darker than bottlenose dolphins and have light spots on their skin. They group together in pods of 6 to 10 members. Weighing up to 150kg and reaching up to 2.7 meters in length.

Rorcual tropical

Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni)

Similar in appearance to the sei whale, the Bryde’s whale is smaller and more robust, featuring a character that is unique to this family: three ridges on the top of its head as opposed to one central ridge. Male specimens can reach up to 13.7 meters, while females can measure 14.5 meters and can reach up to 15 meters. Their backs are a dark bluish-grey to metallic grey color, with slightly lighter sides and an even lighter throat and belly.

Delfín listado

Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)

Bluish color and stripes that run from its eyes almost down to its tail, this dolphin is very easy to identify. They often steer clear of boats but they are fast swimmers and you might glimpse them jumping out of the water. Their usual weight can reach between 100-130 kg, and measure 2.7 meters in length.

Calderón gris

Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus)

Morphologically, this mammal is very similar to the pilot whale but its skin is grey in color, or even closer to white in some adult specimens, which contrasts with the dark color of its dorsal fin. Risso’s Dolphin can weigh between 300 to 600kg.


Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus)

Largest of the Odontoceti family and is as big as most whales. Its most notable features are its huge head, grooved dark skin, and small dorsal fin. It can hold its breath for more than an hour underwater in order to find food at depths of over 2,000 meters. They are most often seen in springtime. Their weight can reach between 13,500 and 54,000 kg and reach lengths of between 11 and 18 meters.

Delfín común

Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis)

Common dolphins can be found in most of the world’s oceans. It is easy to identify due to the special yellow markings on its sides. They are most often seen in winter. Weighing between 80-130 kg and reaching lengths of up to 2.5 meters.

Falsa Orca

False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens)

Slender body and a dorsal fin that can measure up to 30 cm high. Two of its most distinctive features are the bend and elbow-like bulge halfway along each of its flippers. The false killer whale is dark grey to black all over. It can grow to up to 6 meters, weigh up to 1,500 kg and live as long as 60 years. They are sociable animals who live in pods of 10 to 50 members.

Rorcual común

Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus)

The top and sides of the body are black or a dark greyish-brown, which fades gradually into white on the belly. The color of the head, however, is asymmetrical. The right side of its face is light grey with a white jaw, matching the coloring of the throat and belly. The left side of its face is darker, with a dark grey jaw and throat. It also has a series of color markings across the width of its back, behind its head, the most distinctive being shaped like an upside-down V, which is more visible on the right side.

Rorcual norteño

Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis)

Similar to the Bryde’s whale but bigger, darker, and more slender, and with a single ridge on their head. The proportion of the head is similar to that of the Bryde’s whale, ranging from 1/4 to 1/5 of its total length, but looks narrower from above and has a well-defined ridge. The overall coloring is dark grey or brown, almost black, often resembling galvanized metal, except on the belly, which has a white coloring that varies in size. Male sei whales can measure up to 17.1 meters, while females reach up to 18.6 meters and can weigh as much as 25,000 kg.


Orca or Killer Whale


Blainville’s Beaked Whale

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Tenerife Whale Watching collaborates with your purchase

With the purchase of your Tenerife whale and dolphin watching boat trip, excursion, or experience as a consequence you will collaborate with these important sustainable causes. For this reason for every whale watching excursion purchased you help clean up the ocean’s plastic and also promote the following local and international associations and institutions that help and protect the whales and dolphins in our oceans.

TWW: Important notice

According to WebTenerife, all boat trips, excursions & vessels listed here comply and commit to all obligations and responsibilities to ensure a Sustainable Whale and Dolphin Experience on the South West Coast of Tenerife in the ZEC Zone. A reminder to everyone that swimming with wild dolphins and or whales in Tenerife is prohibited by law in Spain. Please help our environment by choosing boats that only offer sustainable whale watching in Tenerife. This intention is to ensure and protect the lives of these wild peaceful creatures. With this in mind be responsible for the ocean.

Blue Boat regulations         Carta por la sostenibilidad del avistamiento de cetáceos         Tenerife Whale Heritage Site