Why Tenerife is the Perfect Place for Whale and Dolphin Watching

If you are looking for something to do on your next trip to Tenerife that will leave you truly awe struck, then we have the perfect excursion for you! The opportunities for most people to see animals in the wild are severely limited these days, especially when living in big cities. The only animals in the wild that many people might see are the odd fox, bird or possibly some stray cats or dogs. Not exactly very exciting I’m sure you’d agree!

Well we have some good news for you! The waters surrounding the Canary Islands are some of the best in the world to see some of Earth’s most majestic and incredible creatures; whales and dolphins, enjoying their natural habitat. You might have seen these animals on the TV before or perhaps in a zoo, but nothing prepares you for the time when you get your first glimpse of a whale breaking the surface of the water for air, or dolphins leaping in and out of the waves.

Seeing these animals in their natural habitat is like nothing you will have ever experienced before, because of how majestic they are in the water. The ocean is where they belong and they are able to glide through it effortlessly. Apart from the odd Olympic swimmer (think Michael Phelps), most people look rather ungraceful in the water when they swim. Humans are simply not naturally designed for swimming around in the ocean. Not so for whales and dolphins of course, who move in a seemingly effortless way. This is especially true for dolphins who move with an absolutely breathtaking speed and agility, as they leap playfully in and out of the water.

A superb option for a whale and dolphin watching experience is with the excellent catamaran excursion company Freebird One who are based in Puerto Colon in the South of Tenerife. The company offers two excellent options to see whales and dolphins either on their three or four and a half hour excursions. Both of these will take you out into the open ocean in between Tenerife and La Gomera which is literally one of the only places in the world where you can see Pilot Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins together enjoying their natural environment.

In fact, when you head out on either of these sailing excursions you can almost be guaranteed sightings of these stunning animals which literally leaves those on board gasping in amazement. Most of the time it is not just one or two solitary creatures, but multiple whales and whole pods of dolphins. The dolphins especially put on an incredible show as they swim alongside the luxury Freebird Catamaran. It’s almost as if they know exactly how to please the crowds. At certain parts of the journey you will witness 20 or more of these majestic animals swimming, leaping and playing. It is clear that they are not doing this for anything other than the shear fun of racing the catamaran and putting on a show!

While onboard the catamaran you will be looked after by a friendly, attentive and professional crew who will make sure you are comfortable and safe at every stage of the journey. You will be provided with refreshing drinks (alcoholic and drinks throughout the trip and you a tasty lunch. Towards the end of the excursion after you have enjoyed the whale and dolphin show, the crew will drop anchor near a beach where you can dive into the beautiful ocean for a refreshing swim or alternatively you can just stay onboard relaxing in luxury while you top up your tan. The choice is entirely yours on this luxurious sailing journey.


So if you love Tenerife but are looking for something more adventurous and interesting than laying on the beach or by the pool all week, you should definitely book a whale and dolphin watching adventure with Freebird One, who are one of the most well-established and highly rated companies on the island.

For more information about Freebird One make sure to check out their website: http://www.freebirdone.com/en/ and follow them on Facebook.



Eldorado Casts A Stylish New Reflection In Tenerife Waters

Rusting, neglected and with it’s glory days behind it, the fishing cutter Eldorado has undergone a total sea change and was taking a breather in San Miguel marina with a new image and new purpose. Forty years of fishing out of Ostend, Belgium took it’s toll but Jan Van Klaveren from Holland rebuilt from the water line up to extend it to a two mast gaff sail schooner ready to take slow sedate cruises to La Gomera from 26 November 2012.

Sat on deck surrounded by mahogany and steel Jan described the five year labour of love to make the ship a floating home for 12 guests and four crew. ” The hull was strong but all the fishing gear had to go and myself and three helpers cut away eight metres at the front and back and rebuilt to increase the length from 30 metres to 37. Dutch inspectors visited us each week to make sure we used the minimum amount of wood to avoid fire risks and also to check the quality stamps on the local steel, we could have brought it in from Poland for half price but it wouldn’t be approved.”

Home comforts are important for crusing, I couldn’t help noticing the lounge bar was well stocked and the galley was well equipped for cooking. The cabins had showers and toilets as well as decent sized bunk and double beds and a compact laundry room, fridge and freezer completed the functional must haves. Being nosey I had a good look around on deck, reclining on the rear netting, there was even a Jacuzzi waiting to be filled ““ perfect to soothe the sea legs. The masts looked imposing at 28 metres but sturdy enough to display the crowning glory, 325 square metres of sail.

Eldorado has already tested the European waters. ” We took to the sea in May 2012 and have sailed to Germany and Denmark, and came over to Santa Cruz to deliver a lady from Madrid. It took six hours to sail down to San Miguel, it will take a day to ease across to La Gomera from Los Cristianos, perfect for a weekend cruise and the other islands are well placed for slightly longer voyages.”

Eldorado carries her 170 tons with grace and style, it’s a far cry from the days of fighting the waves for the best of the catch. A new lease of life will see the sails billow with the spirit of adventure to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

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Tenerife Is The Gateway To Cruise Ship Adventures

If you wait long enough history is sure to repeat itself. For hundreds of years Tenerife was an important trading hub for sailing ships as they introduced new tastes and experiences across the globe. That spirit of adventure is back in Santa Cruz port again but this time with ample rations of comfort and style as cruise ships welcome aboard a new generation of adventurers.

The walkway from the docking area to the city centre has taken a good pounding over the last year as ships pull in four or five at a time. January 2012 saw records tumble as 16 ships unleashed 44,000 visitors and another 28,000 called in during Carnaval week, it seems people can’t get enough of luxury cruises. Tenerife is not just a stop off point, many cruises start and end in Santa Cruz and another ship is about to make a temporary home here.

Braemar is part of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and has traditionally had a winter base in the Caribbean, but from January to March 2013 it will be rubbing shoulders with its owners well known inter-island ferries. Cruises will run from seven to 14 days and take in Senegal, The Gambia, and the Cape Verde Islands. Sounds like a great way to combine two types of holidays; sort some cheap return flights to Tenerife and have a few days here either side of a voyage of discovery. Many Brits with homes in Tenerife use their base to test the waters with a five day jaunt to one of the other Canary Islands, Madeira, and Morocco. A specialist travel agent like The Cruise Line is a good starting point if you want to see what’s on offer.

Ship spotting has become quite a popular diversion in Santa Cruz. The big new names like the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 always attract crowds but there’s something majestic and proud about all the visitors that call in, and the background of the Anaga Mountains makes for great photos. Even with just a day to discover Tenerife a lot can be crammed in. Santa Cruz will satisfy those shopping urges but liners also pre-arrange a series of coach excursions that take passengers from cabin to Mount Teide, La Orotava, Garachico and beyond.

Things have come a long way since those old creaking timber ships used to drop anchor in Santa Cruz. The world is now more accessible but there is still a hunger for new horizons. Luxury, leisure, and relaxation are on everyone’s wish list and Tenerife is happy to be part of this new golden age of cruise ship holidays.