Tenerife is a destination filled with a whole variety of must try experiences, locations and attractions you should definitely visit, and excellent places to stay. It really is one of the top destinations for a vacation not only in Europe but also globally, with so much more than might initially spring to mind.
If you are looking for a holiday filled with sun, sand and sea and plenty of opportunity to relax, then this is absolutely somewhere you should head to. What we try to recommend to you, our readers though, is to explore the island and go on some of the wonderful trips and excursions here, as well as enjoying the fantastic beaches and weather to truly make the best use of your time in Tenerife.
One such trip to try out if you’re looking for something different while you’re here, is a superb sea kayaking trip! Recently some of the Tenerife Magazine team joined some of the Pearly Grey team and some friends on this excursion with the excellent Tenerife in Kayak, a company owned and run by the super friendly, experienced and professional Paolo Condolo, who also owns Dive Club Tenerife.
Our group of six met with Paolo and his colleague at the beach in Palm Mar, where the company is based. While some of us had taken this trip before, for those that hadn’t Paolo gave some safety instructions and details about the trip and we were each given a life jacket to wear. Then in pairs we each got into the kayaks which were kept steady by Paolo while we did this and then got handed the oars.
Once we were all in the kayaks, we headed off out into the ocean trying our best to keep the kayaks heading straight and following Paolo’s lead. It felt amazing to be out on the ocean waves which that day were very calm, under the bright blue sunny sky with some great friends. We raced towards the fish farm in the hope of catching sight of some dolphins.
Unfortunately this particular day we weren’t lucky enough to see the dolphins, although on most of the sea kayaking trips in this area you are likely to see them swimming around the fish farm often very close to the kayaks, including leaping in and out of the water. This was our experience on our previous sea kayaking excursion with Paolo.
Even though he provides an excellent excursion, he isn’t able to control nature which of course is sometimes unpredictable. Unlike in the water parks and zoos where dolphins are unfortunately held captive for entertainment, the dolphins in the ocean are thankfully free to make their own decisions.
We were still all having a wonderful time though, kayaking in the open ocean waves, gazing out into the distant horizon and managing quite successfully to keep the kayaking in pairs in almost perfect timing. We headed round the fish farm with views of Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje in the distance and back towards the cliffs of the coast next to Palm Mar.
Once we had reached the right spot we stopped for some snorkelling. Almost immediately even before we jumped into the water, there was a large sea turtle swimming near the surface. Seeing animals like this in the wild is truly an incredible sight and 100% beats seeing them in captivity in a zoo or park. We all quickly put on our snorkelling masks and jumped into the ocean so we catch a glimpse of more turtles and other sea creatures swimming about.
We were able to get a good sighting of the turtles swimming about underwater and enjoying their ocean habitat, plus a variety of different fish. While the water wasn’t exactly warm, it also wasn’t super cold so made it a perfect temperature for a short swim and to cool off after kayaking under the sun. Following this we got back into the kayaks with Paolo and his team mates help and headed back along the coast towards Palm Mar beach.
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Before getting back we were able to kayak close to an impressive cave that it’s sometimes possible to kayak right inside when the waves aren’t too strong. Afterwards it was time to head back, so all eight of us kayaked alongside the cliffs towards the beach.
Once we arrived Paolo and his team mate got out first, then helped each of the other pairs in turn to make sure we could all get back onto the beach safely and easily. This is the kind of professional and excellent level of service that it is great to see!
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Back at the beach after saying goodbye and thanks to Paolo and changing out of our wet swim gear we were ready for a drink and something to eat after a couple of hours of kayaking and some swimming. Thankfully there is a perfect spot in Palm Mar right on the beach, the excellent Chiringuito Palm Mar beach bar, run by the friendly Martin Hejnar. Here we enjoyed drinks, a live World Cup match on the TV, snacks, a delicious Paella and even a fun game of boules on the beach.
All in all this was a perfect way to spend a Sunday with a perfect activity of sea kayaking with friends, followed by a fun lunch and watching football at the excellent Chiringuito. We all had a lot of fun and really enjoyed ourselves seeing nature, staying active and socialising with friends. All of this is so important, especially in today’s world which can often be too focused on work and technology. These kind of excursions really are great and are definitely worth trying out in Tenerife, to help break up simply a week of beach vacation!
Thanks to Paolo and Martin for sponsoring this day for the Tenerife Magazine and Pearly Grey team members and our friends!