Tenerife is a paradisiac island with exuberant forests, exotic fauna, impressive mountains, enigmatic deserts, dormant volcanoes and an incredible coastline with many beautiful beaches. You can go inland to explore the island, delve into its culture or rest on the beach, but you can also take a plunge in the waters or on a boat to enjoy marine treasures that not too many people know about.
The rich seabed and the excellent water temperature attract a wide variety of marine fauna. 26 different cetacean species can be found in these waters, ranging from the huge blue whale to six different dolphin species. They gather so near the coast that the Canary Islands have become the prime spot in Europe for whale watching. The southwest coast of Tenerife is the best area to see these animals. Many companies organize excursions to go whale watching—the offer is such that you are sure to find something just right for you. But you are not allowed to feed the whales or go swimming with them, in order not to disrupt their life of freedom in their natural habitat.
The island offers unbeatable conditions for scuba diving, with the possibility of swimming among bright fishes or feeding large rays. The waters of Tenerife conserve marine ecosystems with many endemic species and a great variety of marine fauna. The island has many diving clubs, around thirty all along the coast. They can inform you and provide you with everything you need to go diving. San Miguel is one of the most recommended immersions, with a spectacular marine scape under a black coral dome.
Besides scuba diving you can also go snorkeling in shallower waters to enjoy the underwater flora and fauna. You might even be able to swim alongside the turtles near the coast.
The fascinating coast of Tenerife and its impressive marine biodiversity are a true pleasure for Nature lovers and you don’t have to travel outside Europe. Paradise is much closer than you imagined!
“IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Group has 7 hotels on the island of Tenerife. These 4 and 5-star hotel complexes are in privileged locations of Tenerife, right by the sea and in calm, relaxing areas to offer guests the best service and the most satisfactory vacation in the Canary Islands. The hotels in Tenerife feature an elaborate entertainment program for all age groups that is meant to please everyone.”