Whale & dolphin watching in Tenerife

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The observation of cetaceans in Tenerife is undoubtedly one of the activities you shouldn’t miss. There are many whales and dolphins in the waters of Tenerife. Some are huge and reach a length of up to 30 metres, others are small and fast as the lively dolphins that love playing with the boats. Take a trip to Los Gigantes on a sailboat, refresh yourself in the Atlantic, enjoy an aperitif on board and relax…

Cetaceans in Tenerife: Bottlenose dolphins, short-finned whales and many more

Up to 21 different species of whales and dolphins coexist in the waters of Tenerife, 8 belong to the dolphins (including orcas are among them) and 13 belong to the whales. From the charming bottlenose dolphin with its characteristic gray color, to the short-finned pilot whale of five metres in length.

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The chance to see cetaceans, by the way, is almost 100% and throughout the whole year, because there are resident populations of the bottlenose dolphins and short-finned pilot whales living in our waters. For the other species it depends on the season.

Whale watching trips: everything you need to know

We recommend you to check the offer beforehand, because there are very different activities with different timetables and duration. Check out and choose what’s best for you, because some of them include a stop for swimming in the coastal waters!

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Normally the activity takes about two hours; ideal if you do not have much time and still enough to say “hello” to the cetaceans. But if you want to spend a few more hours on the Atlantic Ocean and prefer a relaxing trip, then choose one of the companies that offer three hours and even five hours with a stop for swimming in the sea and a delicious meal on board to recharge your batteries.

Tips for boat trips in Tenerife

When you’re on the sea, you want to immortalize whales and dolphins with your camera. As the cetaceans are very playful and it may become difficult to take a picture of them as they are constantly moving and the boat also rocks.

Be patient! If you have a SLR camera, try to use a fast shooting mode (“Sports” setting) or, if you can adjust it manually, choose a fast shutter speed to capture that moment when the dolphin jumps out of the water. For photos with your mobile phone, it is advisable to avoid zoom as it often adds blur to the photo.

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By the way, to make sure it really will be a nice trip, do not forget to pack suncream and take some medication with you to prevent sea sickness. You can also bring binoculars with you and think of warm clothes, because at sea it can become windy.

Respect the nature: Quality Charter for the cetaceans

When you book the trip, make sure that the company has a Quality Charter, as this indicates its environmental commitment.

According to the certificate, companies undertake to use recyclable products during their excursions, actively collaborate with the cleaning of the seabed, maximize the tourist experience with minimum environmental impact and ensure the satisfaction of the tourist, surveying at a minimum to 5% of their daily customers. Therefore, if you are on a blue-flag boat, you know that you will not only have a unique experience with whales and dolphins in Tenerife, but also do something for the environment.

5 curiosities about whales and dolphins

A few things you have probably never heard of…

  1. At the back fin you can distinguish a shark (vertical position) from a whale (horizontal position).
  2. The common dolphin is very fast! It reaches speeds of 45 km/h (28 mph).
  3. If whales had to go to the dentist, sperm whales would have expensive dentistry! Because they have up to 50 teeth, each weighing up to 1 kg!
  4. Have you ever wondered how dolphins breathe? They make it through a hole in their head, which is called blowhole.
  5. The waters of south-west Tenerife are Europe’s largest mating ground for the bottlenose dolphin!

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So, after this little insight, you certainly would love to get to know the whales and dolphins personally. Are you coming?

Leisure Parks in Tenerife: Fun in abundance – Part 2

Today we present you part 2 of our post “Leisure parks in Tenerife”, ideal for small racing drivers, cave explorers, pyramid researchers and botanists.

Karting Indoor Tenerife – speed and fun

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You jump into the kart, put your helmet on, check everything, you step on the gas pedal and ride your little race on a track of 600 metres, with 21 curves and ramps with height differences up to 8 metres.

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A “Grand Prix” among friends – Karting Club Tenerife

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How about a karting championship with your friends? In the Karting Club Tenerife, in the south of the island, you can drive up to three tournament modes: Mini Prix, Grand Prix and Super Prix. The the last two allow you celebrating even a ceremony on the podium, of course with a bottle of sparkling wine. A real race!

Also younger family members can participate; in the junior circuit with two-seat karts, pony (children from 6 to 9 years) and Junior Cadet (10 to 14 years). Ready to give gas?

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La Cueva del Viento – the cave of the wind, an underground world

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The largest volcanic tube in Europe and the 5th largest in the world, right behind the Hawaiians, awaits you in the north of Tenerife. Discover a new volcano world for you and take part in the over 200 metres long tour.

The difficulty of the path is medium, therefore it is recommended to explore the natural cave, with long trousers and sports or walking shoes. A guide accompanies you at any time to explain the special features of the tunnel and help you with your visit.

The pyramids of Güímar, an outdoor museum

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In Güímar, this open-air museum is home to a variety of theories, including the anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, who compares these with similar structures in Mexico, Sicily, Mesopotamia, Peru and Polynesia.

In Güímar there is an open-air museum with buildings whose origins have many interesting theories. The anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl compares these pyramids with similar structures seen in Mexico, Sicily, Mesopotamia, Peru and Polynesia.

The pyramids are not the only attraction of the park, because there are also four routes: the botanical, the plants native to the Canary Islands; then the export route, where you learn a lot about the livelihood of the Canarian people in the last five centuries; the cultural route, the history and ethnography of the times from the conquest of the archipelago, and finally the volcanic route, where you can learn everything about the volcanic origin of the islands. You can also visit the Poison Garden, unique in the Canary Islands, with more than 70 species of poisonous plants.

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Now you have a few new excursion ideas for the whole family and can plan your trip to Tenerife.

Tenerife Film Commission travels to you

We’ll be at San Sebastian Film Festival, 3D Wire, MIPCOM, MIP Cancun and Content London

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While at San Sebastian Film Festival this year we’d like to invite you to the meeting “Learn about the new film aids and incentives in the Canary Islands” to be held on Monday 25 September at 12 noon at the Keler space. Under the promotional umbrella of Canary Islands Film you’ll learn all about the new incentives for both Spanish and foreign productions, the aids available for Canaries films, and you’ll also meet some of our producers and directors. Please confirm attendance in the following link.

In autumn we’ll also be at:

  • 3D Wire (Animation, Segovia, 5-8 October). Tenerife Film Commission will be at this professional market, the most important animation, video games and new media market in Spain and one of the top events in Europe.
  • MIPCOM (TV, Cannes, 16-19 October). Tenerife Film Commission will be there to meet TV series producers under the umbrella Canary Islands Film which is located at the Audiovisual from Spain stand (Riviera, R7.J11)
  • MIP Cancun (Animation and TV, Mexico, 15-17 November). With a view to exploring the Latin American animation market and promoting the Quirino Awards, Tenerife Film Commission is attending this TV market.
  • Content London (TV Series, London, 27-29 November). Tenerife Film Commission will be present at this event specialising in TV series and online platforms.
  • Focus. The meeting place for International Production (London, 5-6 December), where will be present through Canary Islands Film.

For a meeting contact us:

Concha Díaz

Coordinator

+34 647346462

film@webtenerife.com 

www.tenerifefilm.com 

Volcano’s feature films keep going

‘Desamparados’ and ‘Puenting’ were both directed by women

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The documentary feature ‘Desamparados’, directed by María Cuenca and produced by Volcano Films, Ulula Films and O Camiño Films with the collaboration of Televisión Canaria, is still being screened. After premiering at TEA in February, it went to Seville (Plaza de Armas Shopping Centre Cinemas, in collaboration with the NGO Crecer con Futuro), and then on to Adeje Cultural Centre. On 20 September it will be screened in Fundación Caja Sol (Seville), and on 1 October in El Matadero, Madrid.

The experimental feature ‘Puenting’, directed by Bibiana Monje, is in the last stages of postproduction. The experiment in this film relies on there being no script during the pre-production stage, in the blending of film genres and in the experiences of the characters/actors during the shoot. The main topic is the responsibility of daring to get what one wants, a metaphor that is implied in the making of the film itself. It portrays the process and the characters’ reaction to the suggestion of “leaping into the void”, creating a reality half way between wakefulness and dream.

To know more about VOLCANO FILMS, click here.

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Diptica Photography

A new photography studio in Tenerife

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Diptica Photography Studio and agency has opened in Tenerife by photographer and director Emmanuel Avargués. With new and fully equipped facilities, they offer services in all the Canary Islands, working both in exteriors –land, sea and air- and in the studio for products, fashion, corporate and business features or still photography, at all times providing quality productions. The staff at Diptica speaks English, Spanish, French and German. One of the latest equipment purchased by the studio is the Ronin MX stabiliser.

For more information about DIPTICA PHOTOGRAPHY, click here.

Call for entries at the 12th MiradasDoc

Films for the international, national and Canaries competitions are accepted up to 15 October

 

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MiradasDoc call for entries is now open to films wishing to compete in the official section until 15 October 2017. You can register in the Guía de Isora International Documentary Film Festival through the website festival.movibeta.com. The factual film meeting will be held from 26 January to 3 February 2018 in the municipality of Guía de Isora in the south of Tenerife (Canary Islands).

More information here.

 

3 Doubles is in the final stage of ‘The Steam Engines of Oz’

This animation feature film is co-produced with Canada

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3 Doubles Producciones, an animation production company established in Tenerife, is in the final stage of their Canadian co-production with Arcana for the animation feature ‘The Steam Engines of Oz’. In August they were visited by Sean O’Reilly, director of the film and founder of the publishing house. In the coming months, the 3 Doubles team will be attending several markets like Cartoon Connection, 3D Wire or MIPCOM to talk about the advantages of co-producing in Tenerife and to offer their services as animation and VFX studio.

To know more about 3 Doubles Producciones, click here.

The Quirino Awards to be held in Tenerife

The first Quirino Latin American animation competition will be held from 6 to 8 April

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The initiative, whose aim is to highlight the value of Latin American talent and industry, will give awards to all the different formats: feature films, short films, school pieces, series, online series, etc. at a gala on 7 April in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The event also aims to create networks and encourage the films to travel from both sides of the Atlantic. On 6 April a professional meeting will be held on the island to bring together the animation sectors of Latin America, Portugal, Andorra and Spain.

The date of these awards was announced at the opening ceremony of the Cuernavaca International Animation, Videogames and Comic Festival of Pixelatl, Mexico.

The awards are named after the creator of the first animation feature film, the Argentinean of Italian descent Quirino Cristiani, who in 1917 directed “El Apóstol”; an Argentinean production in which 58,000 hand-made drawings were used and shot in 35 mm, in addition to several scale models representing public buildings and the streets of Buenos Aires. His work was known even to Disney, who travelled to Argentina in 1941 for the premiere of “Fantasia”.

The Quirino Awards are sponsored by Turismo de Tenerife in collaboration with some of the major international animation events held in Latin America, like the Mexican Cuernavaca International Animation, Videogames and Comic Festival; the Spanish 3D Wire, International Animation, Videogames and New Media Market; and many other Latin American professionals.

Further information at this link.

Leisure Parks in Tenerife: Fun in abundance – Part 1

In Tenerife, you will not only find extraordinary landscape and an exquisite gastronomy, but also lots of fun. Do you want to experience the world’s biggest water adventure? You need an adrenaline rush? Or would you like to explore the subterranean world of the island? Here we go!

Siam Park, the world’s best water park

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For four years in a row it has been chosen as the „Best Water Park“ in the world by TripAdvisor users, and its 185,000 square metres offer everything you can imagine. A beach to relax, where you can watch the other guests diving under the biggest artificial wave in the world, 3 metres. This is Siam Beach. Or maybe you prefer to slide down at maximum speed feeling „gravity 0“? Then you should try the Tower of Power.

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Loro Parque, the “must” of the Canary Islands

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It is said that Loro Parque is the “must” of the Canaries, an essential visit if you come to the Islands as it is considered the best zoo in the world by TripAdvisor travellers.

Observe exotic animals such as African lions, penguins, sea lions, gorillas, dolphins, orcas, parrots…

Here, you will learn everything about the fauna and flora, but also get an inside of the scientific work of the park, Animal Embassy, with its foundation, the Loro Parque Fundación.

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Forestal Park, climb in the tree tops

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Ninety different attractions await you in the highest Canary pine trees on the islands, in Lagunetas. The climbing park is unique in the Canary Islands and offers fun for the whole family, with easy circuits for the little ones to more strenuous circuits.

There are picnic areas and beverage service to recharge batteries and continue the adventure.

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Aqualand Costa Adeje, fun with the dolphins

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The Aqualand is a combination of water park and dolphinarium. The show is controlled by IMATA (International Association of Marine Animal Trainers) and is recognised by the Association as the best in the world. In addition, you can get to know the sympathetic sea mammals in the “Dolphin Planet”.

Try the “Tornado”; an attraction in which you will glide circularly towards a pool with dizzying changes of pace.

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Las Águilas – Jungle Park, more than 75,000 square metres of jungle

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Falcons, vultures, eagles… All kind of birds of prey are waiting for you in this animal park in the south of the island, an experience between waterfalls, lagoons and caves surrounded by an exotic free-flight bird show.

So, that was the first part… And have we promised too much? Fun in abundance and the best: with our wonderful weather you can visit the parks all year round. Soon, we´ll present you to the second part of our leisure parks and give you some more excursion ideas. Stay tuned!