A Sea Adventure to Dolphins and Whales on a Pirate Ship off Tenerife

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Dolphins and Whales

Tenerife, alluring numerous vacationers throughout the year, is particularly popular among families with children, thanks to the perfect climate of the Canary Islands. Beyond the variety of entertainment parks and zoos, the island is famous for offering encounters with marine life, especially the abundant dolphin family.

From the numerous ports of the island, daily excursion boats set sail to meet dolphins and whales in the coastal area. Special attention is drawn to Puerto Colon port in the south of the island, as well as Los Gigantes port, which offers trips not only to marine animals but also to the breathtaking Los Gigantes cliffs and Masca gorge.

The offered excursions are diverse and suitable for any budget, ranging from group tours starting at €15 per adult to private yachts and stylized pirate schooners.

Our family chose the pirate schooner Flipper Uno with a three-hour program, costing €32 per adult with free entry for a small child, while older children are offered a 50% discount on the adult ticket price.

The cost of the excursion varies depending on the season, the ability to negotiate at company offices, and additional services, including hotel transfers. The convenience of booking online in advance is undeniable.

For those who prefer to travel by car, considering parking in the small village of Los Gigantes with its narrow streets and limited parking spaces is crucial.

The excursion on the schooner includes watching dolphins and whales, as well as a journey along the Los Gigantes cliffs to the beach at the Masca gorge. Onboard, drinks, light alcohol, and a snack in the form of paella are provided, though bringing additional snacks is also a wise choice.

Yacht Rental in the Balearic Islands

Yachting in the Balearic Islands is a popular activity among sailors worldwide. These islands attract with a unique combination of natural beauties (like Cape Formentor) and picturesque coastal towns (such as the village of Valldemossa). The main starting point for yacht charters is usually the capital of the archipelago, Palma de Mallorca on the island of Mallorca.

For yacht rental, it is recommended to plan in advance:

  • Vacation period. Choose your dates, considering that yacht charters typically start on Saturday evening and last for a week. Accommodation in a hotel can be arranged before and after the charter.
  • Crew composition. Decide who will join you on this sailing adventure – be it family or friends.
  • Number of cabins. Virtually allocate your team to the cabins.
  • Professional skipper. If there is no qualified captain in your group, you can hire an experienced skipper.
  • Flight arrangements. Usually, this involves flying to Mallorca with a stopover in Barcelona.
  • Transfer to the yacht. We can arrange transportation for the entire crew with luggage.

Mallorca

Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic archipelago. The Serra de Tramuntana mountain range crosses the island from southwest to northeast, stretching along the western coast from Andratx to Cape Formentor. The northwest coast of Mallorca features rocky cliffs and narrow bays, while the southwest coast is lined with sandy beaches and cozy coves. Mallorca is known for its mild climate, favorable for yachting.

In the past, when the sea was full of pirates, locals preferred to live away from the sea. Today, proximity to the sea is considered advantageous. The western part of Mallorca is stunningly beautiful. Valldemossa, situated on a mountainside, impresses with its palaces and lush Mediterranean vegetation. To the north lies Deià, where houses cling to hill slopes among palms and cypresses, making it an unofficial capital of the island, attracting artists and celebrities.

Ibiza

Ibiza, the third-largest island in the archipelago, draws thousands of tourists to its bays, small coves, and pine forests. Known as the “pearl” of the archipelago, Ibiza is famous for its rocky slopes and terraces. The traditional houses on Ibiza, called “fincas,” are characterized by flat roofs, narrow windows, and are well-suited for the local climate.

Until the 18th century, Ibiza had strong pagan traditions. The church sought to eradicate them by resettling the islanders, whose “fincas” were scattered across the island, into parishes around new churches. Most settlements on the island are named after patron saints. South of Ibiza lies the island of Formentera, known for its houses with blue shutters. Both islands have a rich history, and their residents strive to preserve nature to attract tourists.

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