GOAT guide to Boat Trips

Fancy bobbing about in the big blue on a boat?  Of course you do, it’s brilliant!  There are such an amazing variety of Tenerife boat trips that searching through the lot can easily leave you with a scrollers-thumb injury.  Add to that the constantly changing covid-19 regulations playing havoc with boat schedules that once you’ve clicked on your pick you can be disappointed to find that it’s not currently available.  This is why we at GOAT offer our free personal booking service with up to date information to match you up with your ideal aquatic jaunt. Whether that’s whales and dolphins watching with the family, a fishing expedition, or private hire for your select few, we work with an extensive list of reputable boat tour companies with options to suit all budgets. Here are the many ways in which you may splice the mainbrace on the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’.

The Tenerife Fleet: there are big boats, catamarans of every size, large and small sailing and motorboats, those with glass bottoms, speed boats, luxury yachts, a submarine, and a Viking ship.

What do they do: whale and dolphin watching, sightseeing, sunset cruising, swimming and snorkelling, entertaining the kids, partying, scuba-diving, sea fishing, turtle visiting, and booze-cruising, either en-masse, a smaller group, a tour for 8, or private hire of a boat (with or without crew) just for you and your friends, or a special occasion with a loved one.

Timetables and sailing times: Each boat company keeps their own departure schedule so you can find one to suit, whether you’re an early bird or enjoy a lay-in.  Choose from two-hour short jaunts perfect to test your sea-legs (or your childs attention span), going up to five-hour ocean adventures

Additional details: some tours offer drinks, others include snacks, a buffet, or a full lunch, the shorter trips may not stop, but most 3 hours and upwards include a swim and snorkel, there may be a free pick-up/drop-off service from your door (or nearest designated point), guides that speak your language, onboard kids activities, and wheelchair accessibility.

Departure points: Boat trips depart from several ports including Puerto Colon, Las Galletas, Los Cristianos, and Los Gigantes.  Once you’re out in the big blue you’ll have the magnificent south-western coastline to marvel at and, depending on which tour you’re on, the spectacular cliffs of Los Gigantes and Masca bay, caves, coves, and beaches, or the fish farm by the Palm-Mar cliffs. 

What to bring with you:

Gents -sunscreen 

Ladies – sunscreen, camera, a cap, water-resistant bag, a sarong, towel, a smaller towel, a book, flat shoes, SPF20 lip balm, spare swimsuit, inflatable pillow, and a cardigan.

Kids – a parent carrying all of the above

Party booze cruise – sunscreen and your best dance moves.

*In line with virus regulations, you should bring your own snorkel mask*

If they liked it then they would’ve put a Flag on it

The ‘Blue Flag’ is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education, and is awarded only to boats and companies which meet safety and service standards, and respect the environment and wildlife.  The whales and dolphins who happily flourish in our waters have to be protected, so care is taken not to interfere with them or their habitat.  It can’t actually be guaranteed that you will see them on your boat tour as they’re not on the payroll and obliged to show up, but your experienced captain will know their favourite hang-outs so you have to be unlucky not to get a glimpse.  We of course only work with Blue Flag certified companies.

Top Tips

Tenerife is blessed with a year-long temperate climate, with trade winds saving us from the searing heat of our Morrocan neighbours.  In winter months you can enjoy the sun on the beach while Mount Teides peak is covered in snow.  But while the Atlantic looks calm from the shore it may not be so peaceful further out.  Having a heads-up regarding the weather conditions can really make a difference to your excursion.  There may be a calima on the way, or certain days predicted better than others, so give us a shout and we’ll let you know if you need to pack a sou’wester. 

For the best choice and range of options, it’s advisable to book at least a couple of days in advance.  With that said, you are on holiday after all and last-minuters are always welcome at GOAT.  So when you’re sat enjoying your barraquito and are suddenly overcome with the urge for a sea-bound adventure, drop us a message and we’ll let you know late availability without making you walk the plank.

In conclusion

Contact your GOAT advisor via the WhatsApp button or email, tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll get right on it, give you options, and deliver your tickets. 

With Tenerife boat trips in particular there are such a variety of excursions to choose from.  So if you’re in the south of Tenerife, why not request a visit by a GOAT advisor who, for no extra charge, can meet you at your hotel, or even your favourite cafe, armed with videos, photos, schedules, and up to the minute information on all your options.  With trips for every budget, we’ll find you an excursion that really floats your boat!

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