The Tenerife Whale Watching Season

When is the best time to see whales (and dolphins) in Tenerife?

season for whale watching along Costa Adeje Tenerife

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Costa Adeje Whale and Dolphin Watching Season

The Tenerife whale watching season that lasts all year. The southern coast of Tenerife, called Costa Adeje, is home to large resident populations of Pilot whales and Bottlenose dolphins. These resident populations can be observed on our small group whale and dolphin watching tours 365 days a year. This is one of the best things about the Tenerife whale watching season – it’s always a great day to go whale watching in Tenerife!

Beyond the resident Pilot whales and Bottlenose dolphins there are also different species of whales and dolphins that we see with varying frequency. These are both migratory and pelagic (open ocean) species that pass through the deep ocean channel offshore from Costa Adeje. During the 2018 Tenerife whale watching season we encountered 17 different species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins).

The resident Pilot whales are seen on 99% of our tours and Bottlenose dolphins are seen over 70% of the time. There are resident Sperm whales in the Canary Islands archipelago that are usually seen a few days per month. The Bryde’s Whale is known to be another resident species around the islands, this is the only species of baleen whale not currently known to migrate. There are also some Fin whales that have been identified as regularly visiting the archipelago and it is possible they reside here year round as well.

During the winter and early spring months of the Tenerife Whale watching season is the best time to catch a glimpse of migrating baleen whales, but it is a matter of luck! Migrating baleen whales seen off Costa Adeje include; Fin whales, Humpback whales, Sei whales, Blue whales and Minke whales – listed in order of frequency that they have been seen on our tours.

Throughout the year there are also different species of dolphins that can be encountered. Atlantic Spotted dolphins are seen throughout the season, they are the third most commonly observed cetacean species at almost 45% of our trips. We have also seen; Common dolphins, Striped dolphins, Rough-toothed dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and Frasers dolphins listed in descending order of how frequently we have found them.

So why not join us and meet the resident Pilot whales and Bottlenose dolphins that live here throughout Tenerife’s whale watching season. We may encounter some other cetacean species, possibly Sea turtles and typically several species of marine birds as well. Tenerife is a beautiful place to go whale watching and we look forward to welcoming you onboard.

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