Observable cetacean 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.
ALL YEAR (RESIDENTS)
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
Whale watching is a popular activity around the world, providing an opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. There are many different species of whales that can be observed during whale watching tours, each with their own unique characteristics and behaviors.
Whale watching tours typically take place in locations where whales are known to congregate, such as near feeding grounds or breeding areas. Tour operators use specialized boats and equipment to safely approach the whales while minimizing disturbance to their natural behavior.
Some of the most commonly observed whale species include humpback whales, gray whales, blue whales, and killer whales. Each species has their own unique characteristics, such as the humpback whale’s acrobatic displays, the gray whale’s long migrations, and the killer whale’s intelligence and social behavior.
Whale watching is not only a thrilling experience, but it also has educational and conservation benefits. By observing whales in their natural habitat, researchers can learn more about their behavior and ecology, which can help inform conservation efforts. Additionally, responsible whale watching practices, such as maintaining a safe distance and minimizing disturbance, can help minimize the impact of human activity on these sensitive creatures.
Overall, whale watching is an unforgettable experience that offers a glimpse into the incredible diversity of marine life. With responsible and sustainable practices, we can continue to enjoy this activity while also protecting these amazing creatures for generations to come.
RELATIVE & IMPORTANT WHALE WATCHING INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR EXCURSIONS.
On this page of Whale Watching Information, there is a lot of significantly unsaid and miscomunicated information about whale watching tours in Tenerife. Overall here you will find information about rules, regulations and sustainable practices. This activity in particular is very popular in Tenerife. As a reminder, Tenerife is europes most important place for cetacea watching. Thanks to migration routes passing through the stretch of water between La Gomera and Tenerife. Also to point out its extensive marine wildlife that you can find along the coastline and waters.
In short, links posted on here, firstly offers as a guide as to what to expect. Secondly to provide enough information about sustainability to the consumer. And most importantly explain the negative impacts if things are not done accordingly to the law.
Best Practices & Useful Information for Co-Operating.
Above all with view to protecting and conserving cetaceans and marine environment. We suggest the following best practises.
Charter for Sustainability.
Important to realize that this is a voluntary commitment of whale watching companies. With respect for cetaceans and the environment. While offering a significant and transformative tourist experience for the client.
Vessels authorized to perform whale watching.
Uniquely distinguished by carrying a yellow flag with the “Blue Boat” logo.
The space called Teno-Rasca Marine Strip.
Located in the western sector of the island of Tenerife. Notably it covers an area of 69,489.68 hectares. It bathes the coastline of the municipalities of Buenavista del Norte, Santiago del Teide, Guía de Isora, Adeje and Arona.
Sustainable Whale Watching Ports of Departure
Until now there are five different ports. Therefore all sailing from the southwest coastline of Tenerife. You will find catamarans, sailboats, Rib’s and other vessels. All authorized by the governement for Cetacean Watching. Some offer underwater experience through their submarine cabin windows. Also others offer onboard marine biologist for a more educational value. Some even have onboard hydrophones to listen to whales and dolphins comunicate. Consider a private charter and tailor your own whale watching experience. With this in mind not all boats offer snorkel equipment.