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Outdoor Adventures in the Canary Islands

By Viator, November 2017

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The Canary Islands are a melting pot in every sense of the word, and the best part is it always feels like summer, with long daylight hours and no extreme cold or heat. Here are some of our favorite island outdoor activities no matter the time of year.

Cruises and Boat Trips
A visit to the archipelago off the coast of Africa wouldn’t be complete without spending some time on the water, and there are plenty of options to do so. Hop aboard a traditional Canarian fishing boat or a luxury yacht for a morning or afternoon of dolphin and whale watching in the seas around Tenerife (it’s common to spot whale mothers with their babies) while learning about these majestic mammals. Sun-seekers can opt for a catamaran cruise from Corralejo to the beaches of Papagayo in Lanzarote for a day of swimming, snorkeling, jet skiing, or simply relaxing in the sun.

Guided Hikes and Volcano Walks
Rightfully famous for hiking, the Canary Islands have something for just about everyone. Led by a local guide, make your way through Corona Forestal Natural Park and into the red rock-strewn landscape of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Teide National Park on Tenerife, home of Spain’s tallest volcano. A cable car ride to the 11,663-foot (3,555-meter) lookout point on Mt. Teide offers an ideal vantage point for sunset watching or stargazing, and marks the start of a more challenging 30-minute hike to the volcano’s summit. On the island of Lanzarote, head into Timanfaya National Park for a walk into the crater of Volcán del Cuervo, where you might spot a rare barbary falcon.

Off-Road Adventures
The varied landscapes of the Canary Islands make them a popular spot for alternative modes of transportation. On Lanzarote, get behind the wheel of a buggy for an off-road adventure past whitewashed villages, beautiful beaches, and volcanic landscapes. On Gran Canaria, the rolling Maspalomas Dunes (Dunas de Maspalomas) and lunar landscapes are best explored the traditional way, from the saddle of a camel.

Snorkeling and Diving
The waters off Tenerife’s Costa Adeje provide a critical habitat for sea turtles, and mild weather and excellent visibility make the area a prime spot for snorkeling, where it’s possible to see not only Canary turtles but also many other colorful marine plants and animals in their natural habitats. Those who want dive deeper into the marine ecology of Tenerife can opt for a specialty scuba diving course in fish identification, led by a certified PADI instructor.

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Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Sailing Yacht Small Group Charter, Tenerife, null
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Sailing Yacht Small Group Charter

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The luxury way to see whales and dolphins, no crowds with a shared charter limited to a maximum of 11 people.there will be you and a maximum total of 11 people ...  Read more

Location: Costa Adeje, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.66
Southern Lanzarote Day Trip, Lanzarote, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Southern Lanzarote Day Trip

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Get up close and personal to the magical landscapes of southern Lanzarote on an action-packed half-day or full-day tour. Both options include a tour of the ...  Read more

Location: Lanzarote, Spain
Duration: 6 to 9 hrs

From USD $29.52
Private Tour: Teide National Park Tour in Tenerife Including Mt Teide Hike and Cable Car, Tenerife, ... 
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Private Tour: Teide National Park Tour in Tenerife Including Mt Teide Hike and Cable Car

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Venture to the top of Tenerife’s Mt Teide volcano on this private, half-day tour, led by an expert guide. After traveling through the beautiful Corona Forestal ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $177.10
Mt Teide Sunset and Stargazing Experience in Tenerife Including Sparkling Wine and Dinner, ... 
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Mt Teide Sunset and Stargazing Experience in Tenerife Including Sparkling Wine and Dinner

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Wonder at the sun and the twinkling night sky during this unforgettable 4-hour sunset and stargazing experience in Tenerife. Travel into the heart of the ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.67
3-Volcanoes Guided Walking Tour from Lanzarote, Lanzarote, Half-day Tours
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3-Volcanoes Guided Walking Tour from Lanzarote

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This walk is an easy alternative for those who want to learn about volcanology and admire the moonscape of the Natural Park of Volcanoes from close without ...  Read more

Location: Lanzarote, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.59
Camel Riding in Maspalomas Dunes, Gran Canaria, Walking Tours
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Camel Riding in Maspalomas Dunes

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Experience camel riding on this Gran Canaria adventure. You'll take a 40-minute ride across the dunes of Maspalomas, taking in views of the rolling landscape ...  Read more

Location: Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $15.11
Catlanza Catamaran Sailing Fuerteventura, Fuerteventura, Nature & Wildlife
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Catlanza Catamaran Sailing Fuerteventura

Catlanza Sailing excursion from Corralejo on board our 75" catamaran to the beaches of Papagayo in Lanzarote. Swim, snorkel, jet ski, relax in the sun. ...  Read more

Location: Corralejo, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.66
Tenerife Turtle and Snorkel Tour from Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Catamaran Cruises
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Tenerife Turtle and Snorkel Tour from Costa Adeje

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Join this fantastic snorkeling trip in Costa Adeje and spot turtles. With the guidance of an experience guide, you will explore the beautiful waters of ...  Read more

Location: Costa Adeje, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.96
Whale and Dolphin Watching in the Canary Islands, La Gomera, Snorkeling
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Whale and Dolphin Watching in the Canary Islands

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Set off to sea and watch whales and dolphins in their natural environment during this half-day sailing tour of the Canary Islands from Valle Gran Rey. With a ...  Read more

Location: Valle Gran Rey, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.23
Bird Watching Guided Half-Day Tour from Lanzarote, Lanzarote, Nature & Wildlife
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Bird Watching Guided Half-Day Tour from Lanzarote

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Embark on a half-day bird watching tour and witness some of the local species. Embark on a 4x4 safari trough the desert with an experienced guide. This ...  Read more

Location: Lanzarote, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.85

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