The Coronavirus situation in Tenerife: Covid 19

The Coronavirus situation in Tenerife is evolving favourably. Currently, new infections are below 10 cases per day. This is one of the lowest infection rates in the whole of Spain (in Tenerife it is 157 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and lower than in many European regions. In Tenerife the contagion rate is just 0.15% of the island’s 917,841 inhabitants.

The current Covid 19 situation in Tenerife

National Covid 19 De-escalation Plan

Tenerife is going through the phases of Spain’s national de-escalation plan. These are the most relevant points for each phase in terms of tourism and holidays.

Tenerife is currently in Phase Two of the de-escalation process as it meets all the sanitary requirements regarding the number of infections and health system capacity.

Phase One 

Until when? Phase One is expected to last until the end of May.

What happens in Phase One?

  • Hotels: Can open, but without using common areas such as gyms, swimming pools, spas, etc.
  • Outdoor terraces: Limited to 30% of their tables and always respecting the safety distance between tables (2 metres)
  • Shops: Small shops can open but at 30% of their total capacity. 
  • Museums: Can open at one third of capacity. Visits are allowed but cultural events are not.
  • Cultural events: Events of up to thirty people can take place indoors. Outdoor events can have up to 200 people.
  • Active tourism: Allowed for groups of up to ten people.

Phase Two 

When? Phase Two started on May 25, and is expected to last until June 7th.

What changes in Phase Two?

  • Hotels: Common areas can open with a limit of 30% of their capacity.
  • Swimming pools: Can open at 30% of their maximum capacity and using a reservation system and safety measures to guarantee the minimum safety distance of two metres.
  • Restaurants and cafes: Can open indoor areas at 40% of capacity and always respecting safety distances between tables. Late night bars and nightclubs cannot open.
  • Shops: Large shops and shopping centres can open but common areas can only be used for transit rather than leisure. Their capacity is limited to 30%. All other shops have their capacity limited to 40%.
  • Cultural events: Cinemas, theatres, auditoriums and other similar venues may open at one third of their capacity.  
  • Active tourism: Groups of up to 20 people will be allowed. 
  • Beaches: Beaches reopen with priority given to senior citizens during the periods between 10.00 and 12.00 and 19.00 and 20.00.

Phase Three

When? Expected to last from mid-June until the end of June 

What changes in Phase Three?

  • Hotels: Common areas open at up to 50% of their maximum capacity.
  • Restaurants y cafes: Indoor areas limited to 50% of capacity. Bar areas can be used as long as there is 1.5 metres between each person.
  • Shops: Common areas can be used at 50% of their capacity. The minimum safety distance of two metres must be observed. 
  • Cultural events: Cinemas, theatres and other cultural venues can open at 50% of their capacity. Performances and shows in enclosed spaces can have up to 80 spectators and open air shows up to 800.
  • Theme parks: Can open with a limit of 800 visitors at a time.
  • Active tourism: Can take place without any restrictions.

Holiday flights to Tenerife

Flights between Spain’s autonomous communities are not expected to restart until the end of Phase Three. The European Union will coordinate a scaled end to the restrictions on travel between countries. Tourism to Spain and the Canary Islands will be allowed from July 1st.

The Canary Islands, supported by the World Tourism Organisation, will receive the pioneering Covid 19-free flight thanks to the Hi+Card digital health passport which certifies that the holder does not have the virus.

From May 15 and only during the current Spanish national State of Alarm, all people arriving in Tenerife have to undergo a quarantine period of 14 days. This will not be required once holiday flights resume because the State of Alarm will have ended. The need for quarantine on arrival in Tenerife ends on July 1st.

For questions about flights you have already scheduled or reserved, the best source of information is your airline. In Tenerife, we can’t wait to share all our joy, sunshine and nature with all of you and we are sure that soon we will be able to do it again.

STATEMENT FROM THE TENERIFE TOURISM BOARD, 30th April 2020

The coronavirus situation in Tenerife remains at the low levels of incidence that the disease has had since the very beginning of the outbreak. To date, the number of positive cases detected on the island has reached 1,400, representing just 0.15% of the population (152 per 100,000 inhabitants), a much lower percentage than that of other parts of Spain: Madrid and Catalonia have the highest number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with more than 900 and 600 respectively.

Furthermore, of the total 1,400 cases detected in Tenerife, 653 people have already been discharged. In the past few days, there has been a marked decline in the number of new cases on the island, which now remain under 10. This decline has been continuous since March 27th, when the highest number of cases were reached in a single day, 89.

In this manner, the island looks set to soon become a covid-19 free territory.

Situation in destination

At the Tenerife Tourism Board (Turismo de Tenerife), work continues on the relaunch of the destination, to ensure it is in the best possible position when once it reopens for tourism. To achieve this, a comprehensive strategy is being developed, with particular emphasis on aspects such as connectivity, innovation and the development of an ambitious marketing plan.

The likelihood that air connectivity from outside the region will be gradually allowed to resume could provide Tenerife with an advantage, as air transport allows for a greater control of passengers when it comes to detecting possible cases of coronavirus. 

Easing of Lockdown

The Spanish Government announced yesterday its process for gradually lifting the lockdown throughout the country, following the State of Emergency that came into force on 15th March. The restrictions will be lifted in four phases until June 22nd. In the following link you will find a detailed explanation of the conditions of each phase:

https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/consejodeministros/Paginas/enlaces/280420-enlace-desescalada.aspx

Coronavirus in Tenerife, tourist information

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The Coronavirus has caused a lot of questions and doubts amongst Tenerife’s tourists and visitors. Here, we will try to answer the main questions and give you as much useful information as possible.  

The status of Tenerife’s airport

The official source of all information about the airport is AENA. Tenerife’s airports will remain open but with limited operating capacity. 

AENA’s official advice is to:

  • Always check the state of your flight with your airline
  • Don’t go to the airport any earlier than 90 minutes before your flight time
  • Maintain a one metre distance between yourself and other people

We publish the list of outbound flights from both Tenerife’s North and South airports on our social media profiles every day. If you have any doubts about getting back to your home country, please contact your consulate. It will be able to give you detailed information about getting a seat on a flight back home. 

If you plan to travel to the airport using public transport, please allow an extra hour of travel time as some services may not be running.  The aeroexpress line from Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje has been cancelled and the route is now covered by bus lines 111 and 711 in both directions. Passengers must buy a Ten+ card at the Los Cristianos or Las Americas bus stations as cash payments are not currently allowed.

How long will the State of Alarm last

The State of Alarm will last until at least May 24th 2020 but could be extended for a further 15 days. All restrictions remain in force until the State of Alarm is officially lifted. 

Hotel closures

From March 19 hotels have closed to business due to a decree from the Ministry of Health that affects all tourist accommodation establishments in Spain. 

As a consequence, hotels cannot accept new guests during the national State of Alarm. Current guests have a seven day grace period, until March 26, to leave their hotel. This shutdown will last as long as the State of Alarm, including any extensions to the alarm period. 

How does the State of Alarm affect Tenerife? 

From Saturday 14 March, 2020 the Government of Spain decreed a State of Alarm covering the whole country. This lasted for an initial period of 15 days and was extended by the Spanish parliament until at least May 24th. During the period, these are the restrictions that could affect tourists and visitors in Tenerife:

  • People are only allowed out of their home or accommodation for the following reasons:
  • To buy food, medicine or other essentials
  • To travel to a health centre or hospital
  • To travel to work
  • To assist the elderly or other dependent persons
  • To attend to urgent business at a bank or insurance company
  • Due to force majeure or an emergency
  • All journeys must be carried out alone unless your companion is a child, elderly person or other dependent. 
  • All shops are closed to the public, except those that sell food, essential items, medicine and medicinal items, hygiene products, press, stationary, vehicle fuel, and pet food, and those that operate online. 
  • Consuming food or drink inside an open shop is forbidden, as is forming groups and not maintaining the correct safety distance between people.
  • All restaurants, bars and other hospitality businesses are closed with the exception of those that deliver.
  • Museums, libraries and monuments are closed as are all sports, entertainment and leisure venues.
  • Public transport continues in a limited capacity. Check the reduced bus timetable from local bus company TITSA:

For more detailed information about the State of Alarm, please see our official announcement.

Travel restrictions to non-EU countries 

THe European Council has limited non-essential travel to and from countries outside the EU and the Schengen Zone. Entry into the EU for all non-EU citizens with the following exceptions. 

  • Residents of the EU or Schengen Associated Nations who are returning to their primary residence.  
  • Holders of a long-term visa issued by a member country who are headed to that country. 
  • Transnational workers
  • Healthcare professionals travelling for work purposes. 
  • Freight and good transports workers who are travelling for work purposes and those aviation workers essential to commercial air travel activities.
  • Diplomats, consular staff and international aid agency workers travelling for work purposes. 
  • People travelling for essential family reasons.

Entry may also be denied to European Union citizens who are not registered as Spanish residents or are not travelling onwards to their residence in another EU country. These restrictions are in place for 30 days from March 23.  

Tourist Information Services

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Tenerife Tourism has launched a tourist helpline service for any visitor who needs assistance or information about Tenerife, COVID-19, or future visits to the island. Contact the service via telephone, email or via the GOIO virtual assistant. 

  • Telephone numbers: (0034) 922 255433 / 678 226 838 / 922 386 000 – 9:00 to 21:00 (+0 GMT).
  • Email: info@webtenerife.com
  • Goio virtual assistant:

Remember to stay safe and in your home or accommodation. It will be a pleasure for us here in Tenerife to welcome you back in the future and continue to make great memories together. You can keep up with us at our corporate blog here 

Easter holidays in Tenerife

Thinking of spending your Easter holidays in Tenerife? You may already be preparing your suitcase, camera, essential toiletry bag, clothes, etc. Talking about clothes, do you know whether to bring warm clothes or something lighter? Or, are you still have doubts about the places to visit? Don’t worry, we’re here to be your travel guide and resolve any doubts.

The weather in Tenerife

The weather in Tenerife is pleasant and mild. For Easter Week 2020, which is celebrated in Tenerife from April 5th to 12th, average temperatures are expected to be around 20ºC.

Easter Holidays Tenerife

By the way, have you heard of Tenerife’s microclimates? This unique feature of the island allows travelers to sunbathe on the beach at the same time as adventurers dressed in coats climb to Teide’s summit. Tenerife is an island of contrasts so you can always choose what you like best.

Where to go on your Easter holidays in Tenerife

It is important that you know where to go on your Easter holidays in Tenerife, since the island’s  contrasts mean that there is an ideal spot for everyone.

The north of Tenerife

Tenerife North Easter

The north of Tenerife is a leafy and green area, with a multitude of culture and historical sites to visit such as Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava, Garachico… For the more adventurous, the Cave of the Wind is the place to visit because it allows you to explore the inside of the island.

The south of Tenerife

Tenerife South Easter

The south of Tenerife is full of beaches and volcanic landscapes. Arona, Adeje, Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide are some of the places to visit if you are looking for paradisiacal beaches or volcanic enclaves like Chinyero. If you packed a surfboard (if not don’t worry, you can always rent one) then you have an appointment with El Médano, a beach that hosts world windsurfing championships.

What to see during Holy Week in Tenerife

If your trip to the Canary Islands coincides with Easter Week lies in Tenerife, you’ll want to make the most of your time. Here are some of the places you should visit during your stay.

Punta de Teno

Punta de Teno Tenerife Easter

Punta de Teno is one of the places  most recommended by travelers, thanks in part to the views of La Gomera and Los Gigantes. Your access is restricted to preserve the environment, so check the schedules well before visiting.

San Cristóbal de La Laguna

La Laguna Easter

As a World Heritage Site, this is always worth a visit. However, La Laguna lives Easter Week with special passion, so if you are interested in seeing the processions or Easter celebrations you should visit.

El Teide

El Teide Tenerife Easter

We couldn’t end this list without talking about another World Heritage Site. If you haven’t visited the Teide National Park yet, Easter Week is the perfect opportunity to experience its volcanic landscape, which seems more Martian than terrestrial because of its reddish tones.

So, are you coming to Tenerife this Easter? If you want more information about things to do, see our guide to hiking for newbies or, for a more astronomical experience, the best places to observe stars. Have fun!

The 3rd Ibero-American Quirino Awards will be held from 16th to 18th April in Tenerife

The call to the Co-production and Business Forum is still open

The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards have announced the nominated titles in the nine categories of its third edition, which will be held on April 18th in the island of Tenerife. The selection reflects the richness, creativity and diversity of the animation produced in the Ibero-American space and includes everything from films for the public to author or experimental works made by both consecrated filmmakers and new talents.

With 14 works each, Spain and Portugal top the list of countries with the greatest participation, followed by Argentina and Brazil with 10 nominations respectively. Among the nominees are also works from Chile (4), Mexico (4), Bolivia (2), Colombia (2), Costa Rica (1) and Paraguay (1), which aspire to be finalists in the nine categories of the Awards: feature film, series, short film, school short film, animation for video game, commissioned film, visual development, animation design and sound design and original music. The 39 nominated works were selected from the 219 applications received.

The Spanish film “Klaus” and the Portuguese short films “Uncle Thomas Accounting for the Days” and “Nestor” are the works with the highest number of nominations (4 each). Among those selected are works nominated for the Oscar and Goya awards, and others selected and awarded at international festivals such as Annecy, Locarno, TIFF, DokLiepzig, IDFA or Havana, among others.

The Portuguese animation confirms its good moment tripling its presence compared to last year. This growth, together with the usual presence of Brazilian works in the Quirino Awards, triggers the participation of films in Portuguese, which come to cover some of the categories such as Best Short Film and Best Visual Development.

Feature Films, Series and Short Films

Animation aimed to the family audience predominates in the Best Ibero-American Animation Feature Film category, in which Spain accumulates three nominations: “Klaus”, the first feature film by Sergio Pablos Oscar-nominated animator in the category Best Animated Feature Film and distributed by Netflix; “Turu, the Wacky Hen”, Spanish-Argentine co-production that has more than 84 thousand spectators in Spain since its premiere on January 1st; and “Elcano and Magellan, The First Voyage Around the World“, new feature by Ángel Alonso (“El ladrón de sueños “) nominated for the Goya 2020 Awards.

This category is completed with the Chilean “Homeless”, a film aimed at the adult audience, inspired by the successful TV series written and directed by Jorge Campusano, José Navarro and Santiago O’Ryan; the Argentinian “The Longleg“, a film made in cut-out and photo-collage directed by Mercedes Moreira (only female director nominated in this category); and the Colombian “Reconciliation Stories”, a transmedia social research project that collects stories of violence victims in Colombia.

On the other hand, works from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Portugal and Mexico will seek to be finalists in the category Best Ibero-American Animation Series. Among the nominees are series broadcasted on some of the main animation channels in the region, such as the Chilean “The Legend of Zeta and Ozz” (Cartoon Network Latin America); the Argentinian “Mini Beat Power Rockers” (Discovery Kids); the Spanish “Momonsters” (TVE), which has the participation, among others, of the Tenerife studios 3Doubles Producciones and Vitotito; the Mexican “Space Chickens in Space” (Disney XD Latin America); and the Brazilian “Tainá and the Amazon’s Guardians” (Nickelodeon). This category is completed with “Crias” (RTP), a didactic series that brings together 29 filmmakers from Portugal and France and was selected in the last edition of the Annecy festival.

Portugal and Brazil lead the nominations in the category Best Ibero-American Animation Short Film. In this category, the Portuguese animation is represented by “Uncle Thomas Accounting for the Days”, a new short film by the renowned director Regina Pessoa (“Tragic Story with Happy Ending”, “Kali, the Little Vampire”) who has participated in more than 80 festivals worldwide; “Purpleboy“, a reflection on the gender identity directed by the Brazilian Alexandre Siqueira; and ” The Peculiar Crime of Oddball Mr Jay “, a stop-motion film directed by Bruno Caetano.

I Bleed”, a work based on a true story that seeks to make visible the daily life of a person with HIV; and “Flesh”, animated documentary directed by Camila Kater, are the Brazilian short films nominated in this category, which is completed with the Colombian film “The Cubicbird”, recognized as Best Animated Short Film in the latest edition of Bogoshorts.

An international jury will choose three finalists in each category, that will aim for the awards to be delivered at the ceremony on April 18th in Tenerife. The finalists of each category will be announced at Casa de América de Madrid on Tuesday, February 18th. The jury is made up of Colombian Alfredo Marun (Disney Television Animation); Polish Anja Franczak (Human Ark); Salvadorian Simón Vladimir Varela (Production Designer and Visual Development Artist for several studios, including Pixar, Disney, Warner, among others); the American Vera Verba (Sesame Workshop YouTube Channel) and the French Véronique Encrenaz (MIFA Annecy).

The Quirino Awards organization also announced the nominated works in the School Short Film categories -where 5 of the 6 nominated works are directed by women- commissioned film, animation for video game -category included as of this edition-, visual development, animation design and sound design and original music.

List of all the nominated works here.

 The call to the Co-production and Business Forum is still open

In parallel to the awards, the Quirino Awards intend to continue generating networks and favoring the circulation of works on both sides of the ocean. For this, a new edition of the Ibero-American Co-production and Business Forum will be developed, which will take place on April 17th and 18th in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Participation in this Forum is open to professionals from Latin America, Portugal, Andorra and Spain, as well as distributors, channels, sales agents and potential co-producers from the rest of Europe and North America interested in Ibero-American animation. Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney TV Animation, Discovery Kids, Sesame Workshop, Zodiak Kids, RTVE, Human Ark, Momakin, Barley Films and Indie Sales are some of the channels and companies that have already confirmed their participation in the forum, which has the collaboration of ICEX and Animation From Spain. The second edition of this Forum convened 300 professionals from 20 countries that participated in more than 630 B2B meetings.

Registration must be done through the Quirino website before February 20th (early bird) and March 2nd (final deadline).

About the Quirino Awards

The awards are named after the creator of the first animated feature film in history, the Italian-Argentine Quirino Cristiani, who in 1917 directed “The Apostle”; an Argentine production in which 58,000 drawings made by hand and shot in 35 mm were used, in addition to several models representing public buildings and the streets of the city of Buenos Aires.

The Quirino Awards, which have the main sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife through the Tenerife Film Commission, reflect the determined commitment that has been made for years to animation on the island. This commitment also materializes in concrete actions to support the blooming local industry, assistance to major international markets and the promotion of the “Tenerife Isla Cartoon” brand, specific to this sector.

The initiative also has the sponsorship of ICEX Spain Export and Investments, City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, PROEXCA, TEA, HP and Tangram Solutions; the collaboration of ICAA, AECID, Ibermedia Program, Embassy of Brazil, Embassy of Portugal, Auditorium of Tenerife and RTVE; and the support of DIBOOS, SAVE, Pixelatl, 3D Wire, Ventana Sur Animation!, La Liga de la Animación Iberoamericana (the Ibero-American Animation League), Casa de América and Annecy Festival, as well as the associations: APA – Association of Animation Producers of Cordoba Argentina; ANIMAR CLUSTER – Argentine Animation Cluster & VFX; ABCA – Associação Brasileira de Cinema de Animação; Animachi Chile; GEMA Colombia – Animation Entrepreneurs Group; Guild of Animators of Ecuador; ACDMX – Association of Digital Creatives of Mexico; Peru Animation and Casa da Animaçao of Portugal.

More info at Premiosquirino.org

We’d love to meet up with you

MiradasDoc, Kidscreen, European Film Market and Series Mania, our next engagements

At Tenerife Film Commission (TFC) we’d like to tell you first-hand all the news and advantages that make Tenerife an increasingly attractive place to shoot international series and feature films. That’s why we’re travelling with local production companies to the most relevant events in the first quarter of the year: Kidscreen Summit and European Film Market (Berlinale).

We’ll start at MiradasDoc Market, in Guía de Isora, Tenerife on 6 and 7 February, an international market for documentaries focusing on the South of the globe.

We’ll be in Miami (US) at Kidscreen Summit, (from 10 to 13 February), under the Animation from Spain umbrella. Production companies Drakhar Studios, In Efecto, Mondo TV Iberoamérica and Tomavisión are joining us.

Then, from 22 to 25 February, we can meet up at the European Film Market and at the Berlinale Series Market where we’re travelling with production companies La Crème Films, Seven Islands Film, Macaronesia Films and Sur Film. We’ll be there with Canary Islands Film (the promotional Canarian film umbrella) in the Cinema from Spain stand (MGB C1). We’d like to highlight that on 23 February in the morning we’re taking part in the Canary Islands Film’s event to talk about sustainable film shooting. If you’d like to come, do ask for an invite.

We’re also attending the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux (France), from 3 to 5 March and will be represented at Series Mania, (Lille, France) from 25 to 27 March through Canary Islands Film.

In Tenerife, production companies can benefit from 40% deduction for foreign productions or 45-40 % tax credit for Spanish productions or co-productions. In addition, companies can be established at the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC) and pay 4% on Corporate Income Tax as opposed to 25% paid in the rest of the country.  The island also offers valuable local talent plus experienced production companies and rental equipment companies. 

To arrange a meeting please write to film@webtenerife.com or call +34 647 346362.

TENERIFE FILM COMMISSION

www.tenerifefilm.com

Welcome to the sunny island of Tenerife!

A great place to film your summer campaigns in the middle of February  

Where could be a better place for Northern European’s supermarket chains to film their summer campaigns than the sunny island of Tenerife in the middle of February when the continent is bracing for Arctic weather? 

In January 2019, German major supermarket chain Edeka was pondering where to kickstart their summer marketing campaign , featuring several German celebrity chef on their barbecue grills. There has to be a house that looks like one of those in Germany. There has to be a garden, that looks like one of those in Germany. The key to all is the sun factor and that the celebrity chefs need to rekindle the spirit of summer in front of the “grillen” after a long winter spell in Germany. Scouts were sent out to look for the perfect location, when local Tenerife company Seven Islands Film came up with the solution which they are familiar with. Edeka took an instant liking to the location and the rest is history! Click here to see the campaign. 

The latest news is that Edeka sets to return in 2020 to take advantage of the same sunny setting. In fact weather has always been a top tier factor when it comes to producers opting to film in the Canary Islands, with Tenerife as a frontrunner (although there are seven islands in the Canary Islands) due to its developed infrastructure including flight connections with major European cities. 

As one of the longest running production companies in the Canary Islands, Seven Islands Film is equipped to provide full production services to shoots of all sizes of feature film, television drama and commercial. Not to mention facilitating qualifying audiovisual projects to take advantage of the 40% tax rebate in the Canary Islands. Its principals will be attending Berlinale from 21st to 26th February as part of an ongoing marketing effort to meet with international film and television producers with projects at various development stages.

SEVEN ISLANDS FILM
T. 00 34 922 274 457
info@7ifilm.com
www.7ifilm.com

Occidental Santa Cruz Contemporáneo, a film friendly hotel

The establishment specialises in film crews

The Occidental Santa Cruz Contemporáneo hotel, located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife city centre, has been chosen by nearly twenty production crews in the past few years. International feature film crews like Jason Bourne, Rambo: Last Blood or of series such as Dr Who or Silent Witness have enjoyed the hotel’s flexibility and discretion.

It has 150 rooms and there is a swimming pool available from June to September plus solarium, WIFI, laundry, car park options 50 metres away and all kinds of services to suit the special needs of film crews. Also, being in the centre of town it’s ideal for your days off. You can enjoy our coffee shop and our à-la-carte restaurant, or practise sport in the emblematic Garcia Sanabria park, just one minute away.

And if you’re curious about it, here goes a list of the feature film titles, TV series, commercials and photoshoots the hotel has welcomed (in addition to those mentioned above) in the last few years: Maus; El mejor verano de mi vida; Operación Concha; Tiempos de Guerra; Girls with balls; Kill Skills; Sky Rojo; Amina Rubinacci; Lo&Behold; Stylist Magazine; Hasta que la boda nos separe; Hogarth Worldwide; La Templanza or Meli Ecofuegos.

For further information:

HOTEL OCCIDENTAL SANTA CRUZ CONTEMPORÁNEO

T. 00 34 922 271 571

santacruzcontemporaneo.comercial@occidentalhotels.com 

www.barcelosantacruzcontemporaneo.com

The day I meet the wild whales and dolphins of Tenerife

“Your excursion to see whales and dolphins in Tenerife is confirmed,” said the email. I checked it over and over to make sure because I couldn’t wait to get out on the ocean and see the cetaceans.  

Where does my Tenerife whale and dolphin trip in Tenerife leave from?

The email said to be at “Puerto Colón” in the southern municipality of Costa Adeje although I could have chosen a trip from Los Cristianos or Los Gigantes. I arrive early so I go for a walk to watch people having fun on pretty Playa de la Pinta beach. I think I’ll head back tomorrow for a swim!

Right on time, I head to the boat and meet the small group of people coming with me on the trip. Everyone is excited to get the chance to see whales and dolphins swimming free in the ocean. 

I meet Julian, a friendly traveller who is on holiday and staying in the north of the island. He got up at dawn to make it to the boat in time for the trip. We exchange experiences for a while and he gives me some good tips about places to visit in Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava y Garachico.

Then the captain calls us all on board.

At last we head out to see to look for whales and dolphins

After a quick safety briefing, our guide tells us all about the experience of watching whales and dolphins in Tenerife. He starts by telling us that the boat is proud to be signed up to the Quality Charter that guarantees that it respects the environment and doesn’t disturb the whales and dolphins.

Oh, I almost forgot to say! I put on plenty of sunscreen and a hat as the hot sun. It’s always best to be prepared and protect yourself from the sun’s rays. 

Waiting to see the cetaceans 

After a few minutes we are out on the open water. The sea is calm but at first we don’t see any animals. Our guide tells us not to worry as we are close to the area where they live. Then, suddenly, a group of whales appears right by the boat. 

The captain switches off the engines so we don’t disturb them and as they drift closer to us we can hear the sounds they make as they break the surface to breathe. It’s a magical experience  to be out there on the ocean sharing this moment with such beautiful creatures. 

As we keep our eyes on the whales, our guide tells us all about the 21 species of whales and dolphins that live in or visit the ocean around Tenerife. The most common species are the bottlenose dolphin and the short-finned pilot whale. 

Back to the harbour at Puerto Colón

After two hours on the water and a lovely snack we head back to Puerto Colón. Other trips include a swimming stop at a sheltered cove (especially around Los Gigantes) and there are short options for anyone in a hurry. I’m quite happy with my two-hour trip and have time to chat to Julian again. We swap impressions and a few photos of the day and we even agreed to go diving together in the north of Tenerife. Tomorrow will be another adventure; it looks like my day on the beach will have to wait.