Best Practises and Information = Responsible Whale Watching:
With a view to protecting and conserving cetaceans and the marine environment, we suggest the following responsible whale watching best practises:
- Respect and care for the marine environment, by discovering its biodiversity and its importance for our life on the planet.
- Engage in sea-related activities (whale watching, fishing, diving, sailing, etc.) in the most environmentally-friendly manner possible. Also complying with all the regulations that govern these activities.
- Collaborate in the campaigns to protect the marine environment and marine mammals by calling 112 or the law enforcement agencies. Then advising them of the presence of any injured or stranded marine mammal or turtle that you find.
The Canary Islands contribute a total of 177 Special Areas of Conservation (ZEC Zones), 24 of them are marine areas. The aim of 12 of them includes protecting the habitat of the marine mammals: Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and the Short Finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus).
On the island of Tenerife there are several companies dedicated to sustainable and responsible whale watching. All of its vessels depart mainly from the 5 existing ports in the southwest of the island: Los Cristianos, Puerto Colón, Las Galletas, Playa San Juan and Los Gigantes. We hope you will find an option that fits what you want, both in price and time, with the boats that we offer here on this website.
ALL YEAR (RESIDENTS)
Short Finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorinchus)
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
ALL YEAR (SPORADIC)
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis)
Rough-Toothed Dolphin (Steno bredanensis)
Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni)
Striped Dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)
Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus)
Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus)
OCCASIONALLY SEEN (MIGRATORY)
Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis)
False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus)
Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis)
Orca or Killer Whale
Blainville’s Beaked Whale
Responsible Whale Watching Tours
2 Hour Dolphin & Whale Watching Excursions
On the short or express excursions the only purpose is to observe these marine mammals in the Teno – Rasca ZEC. These excursions are perfect for those who have limited time on their vacation and want to see whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. Usually these are the best options when traveling with small children.
3 Hour Dolphin & Whale Watching Excursions
This option usually includes extra activities apart from responsible whale watching. These types of excursions normally include food onboard and a stop in a bay to make a swimming stop. Some companies provide snorkeling equipment so that one can enjoy swimming and observing the depths and marine nature of the island.
4’5+ Hour Dolphin & Whale Watching Excursions
These excursions are usually the most emblematic and memorable. These cruises last 4’5 hours or more. Apart from responsible whale watching, they will include a tour of the coastline through the most emblematic places of the coastal area of the island, such as the majestic cliffs of Los Gigantes and the Bay of Masca. Swimming and complimentary lunch stop included to top of the day. These cruises are ideal to spend the day out at sea.
Responsible Whale Watching Private Charters
Private charters on yachts and sailboats are also available to make your holiday even more memorable. For this type of excursion please contact us by email for more information on packages and availabilities.
We must remember that being wild animals the behavior of these cetaceans is not entirely predictable, which makes each responsible whale watching excursion a unique and different experience. The behavior of these marine mammals depends on many factors, such as:
- Migratory route season
- Sea state
- The food available
- Breeding season
However, they are very active animals that can be observed in full action like hunting for their prey, playing, jumping or even taking a nap.
Remind our customers that it is a responsible whale watching excursion out at sea. There is the possibility of sea sickness.