By emanuel

Whales and Dolphins – The marine life of Tenerife

Tenerife has a rich marine life. On every boat trip that you take you are almost guaranteed to see both dolphins and whales. It sure is a magnificent sight to see them jump out of the blue waters and swim alongside the boat.

When I went with the Ragnarok Viking boat there were dolphins and whales constantly swimming a jumping beside it which really enhanced the experience of the boat ride. This is the case for basically all boat tours that departs from southern Tenerife. You can see both whales and dolphins in their natural environment all year long.

When going by boat there are species that you can see all year long. There are also whales and dolphins that are migratory and can be seen for certain periods of the year. There are four species of whales and dolphins that always resides at the islands. These are the Pilot whales which are black and are easy to spot from any boat. You can see the Bottlenose dolphins playing around and jumping in the waters. The Risso’s dolphins which usually resides on deeper waters rather than closer to land. These are easy to differentiate from the Bottlenose dolphins due to their characteristic “scars”. And finally, there are the Sperm Whales which are enormous whales that can become up to 20 meters long and weight up to 57 tones! But to see these you probably have to go for a longer boat ride.

The Bottlenose dolphins and the Pilot whales are the most common to see on shorter cruises. They are beautiful creatures and seeing them in the wild rather that in a zoo or aquarium is an amazing experience in its own right.

Check out the any of the cruises and boat tours on our website and I can almost guarantee you that you will spot several of these magnificent creatures!

Quad driving - What makes the quad special?
By emanuel

Quad driving – What makes the quad special?

One of the most popular excursions there is are is quad driving, but what makes a quad special?

The quad, also known as an ATV is a vehicle primarily made for off-road driving. It’s a rather light weight vehicle and it often weighs around 300 kilos or about 700 pounds. The quads core components are its engine and its suspension. These core parts are covered by a shell that is often made of plastic or in some cases metal. It is these components that makes quad driving amazing!

Due to the construction of the quad it’s a vehicle that you can drive in basically anyway you want. As the outer body of a quad is not something that needs to be protected the vehicle can drive on almost any surface without risking any damage.  I went quad driving in Tenerife in March of 2020. I drove a quad on a bumpy desert road in a way that very few vehicles could do.

A quad lets the driver be in control to a very large extent. You can take the vehicle basically anyway you want without any issues. This is due to the fact that the suspensions of a quad is special in many ways. This is explained in great detail in an article from the site howstuffworks.com. But in short the suspensions are complemented by so-called “shocks” that uses oil to push back the suspension to it’s original shape when hitting bumps and obstacles.

I would personally recommend trying out driving a quad as it is a very unique experience. It is a lot of fun driving and it lets you as the driver access places that would be impossible to reach by car. You can book a ride by Freedom Tours in Tenerife which take you to an amazing desert landscape close to the ocean. It’s probably the best way to utilize the massive potential of the quad! Hope this article helped you!

By emanuel

Pyramids of Güímar

One of the most fascinating building to see in Tenerife is the Pyramids of Güímar. The origin of these constructions was for a long time clouded in mystery. There were rumors that these constructions were in fact constructed by the native Guanches of Tenerife. This however is not the case.

The pyramids were most likely constructed in the 19th century as a side effect of agricultural labor. When the farmers plowed their fields, they placed the rocks in the formations that eventually became the Pyramids of Güímar. The reason for building these pyramids is however unclear. It has been stated that these sorts of pyramids might have existed all over the Canary Islands but have been razed due to the need of building supplies.

Aesthetically, these pyramids share a lot of traits with Aztec pyramids even though they are not as old. However, they are still really worth a visit due to the sheer beauty of Güímar and the amazing pyramid constructions. Güímar is located only 29 kilometers south of Santa Cruz which is a drive well worth the time. The former excavation site covers an area of 65 000 m2. Here one can also visit a museum with Guanche artifact that were found in a natural lava cave nearby the pyramids.

The entrance price is about €14 and you can get a lot of value for your money. Including the poisonous garden that feature over 70 poisonous and even lethal plants for you to see. There is also a environmentally sustainable garden planted in a ravine that shows the natural plant life of these environment as well as eels that swim through the rivers and streams of the garden. There are also some shops and restaurants in Güímar to make your visit into a full day of exploration.

So next time you’re in Tenerife: visit Güímar and experience everything the place has to offer!

Also, if exploration is your thing, read more about the hiking possibilities of Tenerife here! 

By emanuel

Dragon Tree of Tenerife

An article about a tree? Doesn’t that sound rather dull? Well it’s named the Dragon Tree after all, which must make it a little bit exciting. And in Tenerife you can find the Ancient Dragon Tree which many say is a thousand years old.

The Dragon Tree, with the latin name of Dracaena draco, is a tree that is native to the Canary Islands. The tree has a distinct apperance as it does not really grow in the same way as a “normal” tree. The Dragon Tree goes through many different stages while growing. During the first 10-15 years it consists of a single stem that grows by itself. But when the first decade of the trees life has passed, something happens. The tree shoots out new stems that grow from the first one. Meaning that it branches out more and more.

The tree is actually a national symbol of Tenerife and the entire Canary Islands. In Icod de Los Vinos you can find the “Ancient Dragon Tree“. It is often stated that this tree is over a thousand years old. But there is really no way of telling as the Dragon Tree does not produce “age rings” in the same manner as other trees. The tree is however at least a couple of hundred years old. The tree has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

The Dragon Trees status in the world is vulnerable according to IUCN. Meaning that the tree is in the risk zone of becoming endangered unless actions are taken for its preservation.

There’s also a story about a Dragon Tree that excited for thousands of years on the island and was worshipped by the Guanches. The Prussian explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt saw it during his visit to Tenerife. Due to it’s massive size of over 20 meters in height and almost 15 meters in width it is argued that this tree was 6000 years old. However, the tree was destroyed by a storm in 1868 so there’s no way of ever knowing if this is true.

Another World Heritage Site is Teide National park. Why not visit it?

Loro Parque - The greatest zoo in the Canary Islands
By emanuel

Loro Parque – The greatest zoo in the Canary Islands

Loro Parque is the largest zoo on the Canary Islands. It is also the only one that has a fuller Killer Whale-show that is truly magnificent.

Loro Parque is located in Tenerife and was founded back in 1972 and the name translates to “Parrot Park”. This is because of the zoo has over 4000 parrots of 350 different species. Besides this vast variety in parrots the park also features a lot of other animals. If you go to Loro Parque you will see both tigers and jaguars as well as sea lions and dolphins. But the main attraction is probably the Killer Whales.

The Killer Whale, also known as the Orca, is a largest animal in the dolphin family. The Killer Whale can grow to upwards of ten meters and weigh 6 tonnes. These massive animals are one of the greatest predators of the ocean. Their diet consists of fish, squids and seals. But like many other animals in the dolphin family the Killer Whale is actually a very social animal and communicates by using different sounds.

The Killer Whale show is an amazing way of getting to see these magnificent animals up close. It is when watching this show I realized how massive these animals actually are. The park is also rather good from an animal rights perspective as the facility is very modern and the four Orcas swim around in 22,5 millions litres of ocean water. Besides the Orca Show Loro Parque also have a Sea Lion- and a Dolphin-show that i sincerely recommend.

A day at Loro Parque never really gets boring. You can go to one of the many shows and roam around looking at all of the great animals while waiting for the next one. If you’re ever in Tenerife it’s a visit that i surely recommend!

You can get your tickets HERE!