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Tenerife dolphin trip: The Best Time for Whale Watching

Опубликовано: May 5, 2023 в 11:47 pm


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Whale and dolphin watching boat trip in Tenerife

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Boat Cruise

Languages spoken: 

English, Spanish

3 hrs


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  • Sailboat trip
  • Whales and dolphins spotting
  • Snorkeling session
  • Diego Hernández beach
  • Turquoise waters
  • Dramatic views

All about the trip

Let us welcome you to our luxury boat named Big Smile with friendly crew for a 3-hour session of one of the best experiences you can have in Tenerife. You are about to explore one of the most beautiful sites of Tenerife and its incredible marine life.

The tour starts at Puerto Colón. Once you embark, you realize that the friendly crew honors the name of this vessel. As a reception drink, you get a glass of Cava, a delicious and traditional Spanish sparkling wine.

When you are accommodated on the boat, your captain heads towards Diego Hernández beach, also known as Hippie Beach, which is only accessible by boat or by foot. On the way, our captain will search for whales and dolphins so you have the chance to get personal with the local wild marine life. You also can see the astonishing landscape of Tenerife. Breathtaking panoramic views and turquoise waters are all around you.

Once your captain anchors the sailboat, you can go for a snorkeling or swimming to explore a little bit more the local sea life. You can also relax on the sand while the crew prepares your lunch.

On the way back, you still have time to appreciate the beauties of Tenerife coast one more time while treating yourself with delicious desserts.

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What is included in the price

  • Sailing
  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Whale and dolphins watching
  • Snorkel equipment

What is not included in the price

  • Accommodation pick-up and drop-off
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel

You should know how to swim if you want to get into the sea.


What to take with you?

Don’t forget to bring a jumper with you as well as your swimsuit, sun lotion, sun glasses, and your camera.

Where do we meet and where will the trip end?

Meeting place:

Puerto Colón, dock 2. Costa Adeje, Tenerife

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Final destination:

Same as the starting point

Cancellation Policy – Benevolent

  • Cancellation more than 4 days prior to the starting date. Clients are automatically refunded the full booking price.
  • Cancellation within 48 to 96 hours prior to the starting date. Clients are entitled to a 50% refund of the booking price.
  • Cancellation less than 48 hours prior to the starting date. No refunds.

The full Terms and Conditions are available on our website.

This activity is organised by Big smile luxury charters, C/ Elcano, 26, Edificio Capri l, apto. 606, Radazul Bajo, 38901, Spain, +34 654 615 701, [email protected].


Do you have a question or need more information about the activity?

You can reach our European office between 9am and 5pm CET on weekdays and between 11am and 5pm on weekends and holidays.

Whale watching in Tenerife ᐈ whale and dolphin watching trip in Tenerife island

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  5. Whale Watching Tenerife – 3h Trip by Arriro Yacht
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  2. Europe, 
    Costa Adeje

  3. Duration – 3 hours

  4. Boat Trips & Charters

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  6. Cancellation Policy

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    If you cancel this tour booking at least 14 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

    If you cancel between 13 and 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee charged from the paid deposit.

    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, or don’t show up at the meeting point on time there is a 100 percent cancellation fee charged from the paid deposit.


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  8. Costa Adeje

Whale Watching Tenerife Trip with Arriro sailing yacht is an inexpensive option to see pilot whales, sometimes also dolphins and swim or snorkel and sometimes see sea turtles from a sailing yacht if you don’t like big and often crowded catamarans. Private atmosphere!

  • Boat trip with Arriro sailing yacht in a small group – max. 10 people on board!
  • The best whale watching Tenerife can grant is guaranteed!
  • With a bit of luck you see also dolphins and sea turtles!
  • Swimming and snorkelling stop at the best site!
  • Beer or sangria, soft drinks and sandwich included!

Whale Watching Tenerife – 3h Trip by Arriro Yacht

Whale Watching Tenerife – 3h Trip by Arriro Yacht

Enjoy this unforgettable Tenerife whale and dolphins watching trip aboard the spacious Arriro sailing yacht. With just 10 people on board – you’ll get a chance to watch these majestic marine animals without feeling crowded.

Tenerife whale watching excursions are a common way to make the most of your vacations thanks to the near-constant presence of pilot whales all year round. You’re almost guaranteed to see whales every time you head out into the Atlantic, making this a unique trip to embark on.

Ready to go on a Tenerife whale safari? Keep reading for all the details about this incredible (and affordable!) vacation.

Whale Watching Tours Tenerife

This Spanish island is well-known for its trips to go whale and dolphin watching. Tenerife South is located near some famous pilot whale territory, making it easy to see these stunning creatures no matter when you have your holidays.

These Tenerife whale watching excursions typically head out on comfortable sailboats, yachts, and even catamarans. Depending on your budget and your preferences – you can get a range of whale and dolphin cruises. Tenerife gives you the chance to see the best of nature, up close and personal.

Pilot whales are nearly guaranteed every time you head out onto one of our Tenerife dolphin and whale watching trips. You’ll also get a chance to go snorkeling with turtles, plenty of fish, and even some dolphins.

This tour is an affordable option for families to go out into the deep ocean and see the best the ocean has to offer.

Best Places to Spot Pilot Whales and Dolphins

The Atlantic Ocean gives us an incredible opportunity to see pilot whales nearly any time of the year. We’ll embark out from the Marina Puerto Colón and head straight out into open waters in search of pilot whales.

Thanks to our experienced captains, you’re almost guaranteed to see these enormous creatures every time you go whale watching in Tenerife. Our team knows the best spots to head out and go whale watching. Tenerife’s oceans are full of marine life – making out excursions a great family-friendly event for any holiday.

While dolphins and sea turtles require a bit more luck to spot – you’re almost guaranteed to be able to go swimming with pilot whales. Tenerife sea charters know the right spots to head out to near the Costa Adeje.

Benefits of Whale and Dolphin Watching in Tenerife

The Arriro Yacht trip makes it easy to go see the best the ocean has to offer. While you’re on board, we’ll offer some light beverages and sandwiches to keep your spirits up while gazing at these awesome creatures.

The Whale watching Tenerife sailing charters with the Arriro Yacht are:

  • Affordable options

  • A more intimate viewing experience

  • A private atmosphere

  • Guaranteed to see pilot whales

  • Able to stop at the best beaches

  • Equipped with cabins, WC, and shaded zones

If you’re goal is to have an exceptional time while going whale and dolphin watching – Tenerife, Spain is the holiday spot for you.

Whale Watching Tenerife – Arriro Trip Details

Ready to get out there and see some giants of the sea? Hop onto the Arriro sailing yacht for a 3-hour excursion out into the deep sea.

When you jump onto the boat, you’ll get:

  • The best whale and dolphin watching in Tenerife

  • A chance at seeing some sea turtles

  • Swimming and snorkeling in crystal-clear water

  • Beer, sangria, soft drinks, and sandwiches included

The Arriro Yacht is a 39ft (12m) long yacht, equipped with a cabin, a WC, shaded zones, and open space for tanning. It’s also equipped with a small bar area to prepare snacks and drinks to make the most out of your relaxing trip.

Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Watching Itinerary

The trip will embark out from Pier 11 from the Marina Puerto Colón in Tenerife South. You’ll jump on the boat and from there, we’ll head out immediately to the deep waters in search of the pilot whales.

We’ll get up-close and personal with these majestic creatures, having time to even go swimming with them. Then we’ll head over to our swimming and snorkeling spot at some of the best beaches in Tenerife.

We might head over to:

Depending on the water and what we discover out in the sea – we might adjust locations and times just a bit. While the trip is 3 hours from embarking to disembarking, we may change the itinerary slightly.

Important Things to Know about Whale Watching in Tenerife

If you’ve never been on one of our whale watching tours, Tenerife is going to be full of wonders for you. But even though this holiday experience will be full of awe-inspiring sights – there are a few key points you need to keep in mind:

This particular Tenerife dolphin and whale watching trip is meant to be a budget excursion. Our primary focus is to head out into the waters and see these stunning animals. For this reason – we’ll offer simple beverages and snacks to keep your spirits and energy up. However, our gastronomic selection is limited and won’t offer a full restaurant-style experience. If you have any special requirements for food or drink – feel free to bring them along with you.

This trip offers a more private atmosphere compared to larger catamaran excursions. We’ll take up to 11 people onboard – making this great for anyone looking for a more personal experience.

If you believe you are prone to seasickness – please take any appropriate medicine 1 hour before boarding. This will help prevent nausea and make sure you are able to enjoy swimming with pilot whales. Tenerife offers plenty of seaside experiences – so make sure you’re prepared!

We always suggest bringing your own large beach towels, especially if you’d like to tan on the boat and comfortably dry off after swimming.

Be sure to book your whale watching Tenerife trip as far in advance as possible. As this is a popular excursion and only 11 people are able to board – tickets sell out fast.

Please be sure to arrive on time for boarding so as to not cause any delays or cancellations.

The captain of the Arriro speaks English and Spanish, but if you are still welcome to participate in the dolphin and whale boat trip (Tenerife) regardless of any language barriers.

How to Book Your Excursion

  1. Book your day and time here.

  2. Head out to Pier 11 at the Marina Puerto Colón at the time you chose – make sure to get here a few minutes earlier

  3. Show your e-Voucher upon boarding

  4. Enjoy your 3-hour whale watching trip!

Alternatives to the Arriro Whale Watching Excursion

Depending on your needs (and your budget!) you’ll have plenty of different options to go see some pilot whales while you’re here in Tenerife. From large catamarans to private luxury yachts – the options are nearly endless.

The Arriro Yacht trip is a great choice for anyone who wants to have a bit more privacy – but still go right out and see the majestic sea life. This is an affordable option for people who aren’t so worried about having a luxury experience.

If you have the budget for it, you can rent the Big Smile Luxury Yacht if you’d like even more space on a trip out to Los Gigantes. And if you’re looking for exclusivity – don’t forget about the possibility of renting the Arirro Yacht all to yourself.

For those of you looking for a non-traditional experience, you’ll be able to check out the Flying Diamant for their glass-bottom boating trip. This is a great choice for anyone who’s prone to getting seasick.

And if you’re looking for a longer experience – without paying too much – the Maxicat Catamarans offer 5-hour excursions for just a bit more. You’ll have some extra guests along with you, but the views will be just as wonderful.

It all comes down to what kind of experience you want to get out of whale watching! Tenerife has something to offer for just about anyone.

Tenerife Whales and Dolphins Trips

This Spanish island paradise is home to tons of exciting excursions and experiences. From 5-star gastronomical journeys to sightseeing out in the deep blue – you’ll never be without something fun to do.

Book your whale watching Tenerife – 3-hour Trip by Arriro now! And then check out all of the different experiences we have to offer and make your Tenerife holiday one to remember!


What’s included

  • Inclusions:
  • 3 hours long boat trip.
  • Whale watching in Tenerife South marine life reserve.
  • Swimming and snorkelling stop.
  • Beer or sangria, soft drinks and sandwich.
  • Exclusions:
  • Transportation – you will have to come to marina Puerto Colon in Costa Adeje by yourself for boarding.


  1. Visited Places:
  2. Atlantic Ocean
  3. Costa Adeje

The Whale Watching Tenerife Trip with Arriro Yacht is available daily at 10:00 AM or 1:00 PM in winter season and also at 4:00 PM during the summer season.

Because we take max 11 people on board, please, book as more as possible in advance – last-minute bookings are not the best option in this case.

Arriro captain speaks English, Spanish and understand more, but basically no matter what language you speak, you can participate in the boat trip!

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What is included in the reservation

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What is not included in the price

    What is not included in the reservation

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    Languages ​​spoken by the tour guide

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    Additional information

    Please provide your email address when registering.

    A special menu is available for vegetarians and people with celiac disease. If you require this service, please indicate this at the time of booking.

    Organizer Freebird Catamaran


    Meeting point

    Dock 10 or 15 of Puerto Colón, Av. de Colón 11, Playa de la Américas, Tenerife, 38660

    You will receive a confirmation prior to the start of the tour with the exact berth for boarding the catamaran.

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