Such is the importance of Tenerife’s coastal waters as sanctuary of biodiversity that in January 2021 it was declared a World Heritage Site for whales, becoming the first marine reserve in Europe to receive this designation.

Whale-watching is growing in popularity on the island, but BeTenerife’s curated experience takes you a step further into the fascinating world of these gentle giants. Leaving the port of Los Gigantes for a cruise (3-4 hours) in a luxurious motor-launch, you’ll traverse the straits between Tenerife and La Gomera.

These waters are rich in cetacean species from right whales to dolphins, orcas and, occasionally, even blue whales and humpbacks. Your guide, a marine biologist and renowned authority on whale sounds, will help you locate and identify the different species, placing the emphasis firmly on respect for the animals.