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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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Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife

Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife

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Discover the magnificent landscapes that surround Tenerife’s Mt. Teide and the Masca Valley on an exhilarating full-day excursion. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, travel through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Teide National Park on a voyage of natural discovery; gaze at sweeping volcanic panoramas and capture photographs of the island’s unique dragon tree. Ascend to Vilaflor, one of Spain’s highest villages, and enjoy leisurely time in Masca and Garachico, provincial villages cradled by rolling hills. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation on this fascinating tour.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Camel Riding in Maspalomas Dunes

Camel Riding in Maspalomas Dunes

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Explore the dunes of Maspalomas the traditional way on this 40-minute camel-riding adventure in Gran Canaria. Climb into the saddle and head deep into the Gran Canarian countryside on camelback with a guide. Along the way, enjoy the sensation of riding on the back of these gentle giants. Admire sweeping views over the rolling sand dunes, rocky ridges and rugged landscapes for which Gran Canaria is famous.
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Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour from Los Cristianos

Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour from Los Cristianos

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Discover the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean on this Bahriyeli boat tour from Los Cristianos Harbor. You won’t have to worry about missing a whale or dolphin sighting as you have experienced crew members to answer your questions, and point out any marine sightings. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and get fantastic views and photo opportunities of Mount Teide, the Tenerife coastline, and marine life.
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  • 2 hours
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Tandem Paragliding Flight in South Tenerife
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Tandem Paragliding Flight in South Tenerife

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Rather than going to Tenerife's famous viewpoints that often draw crowds, this tandem paragliding experience allows you to take in panoramic views that most visitors miss. Fly over the island with a pilot who will assist you throughout the journey and provide expert guidance. The experience is suitable for beginners and includes certified safety equipment for complete peace of mind.
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  • 2 hours
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Canyoning Experience in Gran Canaria (Cernícalos canyon)
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Canyoning Experience in Gran Canaria (Cernícalos canyon)

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Outdoor adventure enthusiasts will love this canyoning trip in Gran Canaria. Jump, abseil, dive, and swim through rivers, waterfalls, and waterholes during a fun day in nature. All safety equipment will be provided so you can feel safe and confident. The exact activities depend on the season, but you’re sure to have a great time.
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La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife
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La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife

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Explore the idyllic island of La Gomera, a place replete with spectacular sights and authentic culture, on a full-day trip from Tenerife. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, discover the highlights of the gem of the Canarian archipelago, gaze at panoramic vistas of Tenerife Mount Teide volcano, and visit legendary landmarks like Torre del Conde in San Sebastian.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Whale Watching Catamaran in Costa Adeje
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Whale Watching Catamaran in Costa Adeje

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Gain insight into Tenerife’s underwater world and travel into waters that are home to diverse ecosystems with this catamaran adventure. Going on a marine life themed tour has the benefit of traveling with crew who are familiar with the places where whales and dolphins have been spotted before. Relax as you travel, and benefit from the onboard perk of having delicious food and drinks included.
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  • 3 hours
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Sailing Boat with Drinks, Snacks and Swimming Time
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Sailing Boat with Drinks, Snacks and Swimming Time

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Explore the seas around Tenerife on this small-group cruise in a genuine and tasteful sailing boat. Enjoy snacks and drinks on board as you watch dolphins and whales swim by and listen to their calls with state-of-the-art sonar equipment. The captain of the boat is an experienced local sailor who answers any questions about these spectacular animals. After lunch, provided on board, take some time to jump on the water and swim or snorkel.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Full-Day Volcano Hiking and Winery Tour in Las Palmas
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Private Full-Day Volcano Hiking and Winery Tour in Las Palmas

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Experience the authentic side of Gran Canaria far from the crowds and beaches. Head up to the rim of Caldera de Bandama to take in the views over the island before venturing into the volcanic crater itself, learning about its formation and ecosystem from your guide. After your hike, relax at a local cellar where you’ll meet the winemaker and taste a number of unique wines.
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  • 7 hours
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Kayaking with Dolphins and Snorkeling With Turtles in Tenerife

Kayaking with Dolphins and Snorkeling With Turtles in Tenerife

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The Atlantic waters of Tenerife’s Costa Adeje are home to five different species of dolphins, including bottlenose, striped, and common dolphins. On this tour, paddle around the beaches and bays on a sea kayak, enjoy spectacular ocean views, and have the chance to cruise among pods of wild dolphins in their natural environment.
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  • 3 hours
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Snorkeling and Boat Tour in a Turtle Area

Snorkeling and Boat Tour in a Turtle Area

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Tenerife is known for its abundance of marine life, but knowing exactly where to go for wildlife sightings can be tricky without insider knowledge. With this combination of a boat tour and a snorkeling adventure, travel to the natural habitat of turtles. Also, sail past a spot where dolphins and whales have been spotted before. Enjoy free time to hop off the boat and go snorkeling—and perhaps even have a close encounter with turtles if you're lucky.
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruising Catamaran with Lunch and Drinks

Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruising Catamaran with Lunch and Drinks

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On this tour with a small group on board our friendly and experienced crew will welcome you and take you from Puerto Colon straight to discovering the wonderful world of the whales and dolphins swimming freely in their natural habitat around the coast.You can then relax on our spacious sundecks and fly-bridge and enjoy a wonderful selection of drinks, fruit, snacks, tapas and more. You can just soak up the sun in front of the beautiful mountains of Tenerife.
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  • 3 hours
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Yacht Trip in Puerto Colon
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Yacht Trip in Puerto Colon

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Tenerife is one of the world’s top destinations for spotting whales and dolphins and this small-group tour, with a maximum of 12 travelers onboard your yacht, lets you experience these magnificent creatures in style. Sip beer, wine, soft drinks and water, and eat ham and cheese baguettes (vegetarian and vegan options available on request) as you glide through the water and look up at the bird life high above.
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  • 3 hours
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La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife
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La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife

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On this full-day excursion to La Gomera — an idyllic Canary island — from Tenerife, you’ll get acquainted with local culture and admire spectacular sights with a guide. Travel with ease to and through the island, and explore Garajonay National Park, El Cedro forest and the island’s capital, San Sebastian. Lunch, a boat ride and round-trip hotel transport are included.
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  • 12 hours
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Jeep Tour in Gran Canaria with Optional Camel Ride
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Jeep Tour in Gran Canaria with Optional Camel Ride

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From dirt tracks to rural roads, some of the most beautiful places in the interior of Grand Canaria can only be accessed by 4-wheel-drive vehicle. Go deep into the rugged island's gorgeous landscape on an off-road tour that explores swim spots and sand dunes, with the option to add a camel ride through the Gran Canaria sand dunes.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Sailing Experience with Food and Drinks from Puerto de Mogán
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Sailing Experience with Food and Drinks from Puerto de Mogán

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The landscapes of southern Gran Canaria are best viewed from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. On this sailing tour, you get to choose your level of adventure. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the sea breezes, or joint the crew as you learn how to handle the boat. Head out into the water in the morning or afternoon, with lunch served onboard.
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  • 4 hours
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Tenerife 3-Hour Luxury Sailboat Tour with Bath and Food On Board
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Tenerife 3-Hour Luxury Sailboat Tour with Bath and Food On Board

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Sail away for a day of luxury, food, and fun during this sailing excursion from Tenerife. Spend your day swimming, eating, and relaxing on board your sailing vessel, enjoying the majestic views of the Costa Adeje and keeping your eyes peeled for marine life like whales and dolphins. Round-trip hotel transport, plus snacks and beverages are included. If you want to further upgrade your experience, an optional celebration package offers paella, Spanish Cava, wine, and dessert.
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  • 3 hours
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Kayak Safari with Dolphin and Turtle Watching in Guaza

Kayak Safari with Dolphin and Turtle Watching in Guaza

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Take the guesswork out of spotting local marine life and let a guide take you on an adventure to a place where dolphins and turtles have been spotted before on this kayaking tour. Start at Los Cristianos beach and paddle towards the cliffs of Guaza with a break to admire the local scenery. The trip also includes time to go snorkeling with equipment included for extra convenience.
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  • 3 hours
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Tenerife Turtle and Snorkel Tour from Costa Adeje
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Tenerife Turtle and Snorkel Tour from Costa Adeje

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Tenerife’s waters are a haven for marine life, including sea turtles, but knowing where to enjoy sightings is something the locals are best at. This snorkeling trip from Costa Adeje takes you straight to key viewing spots, and includes snorkeling gear so you don’t need your own equipment. Simply board the boat, relax as you cruise to selected bays and coves, and enjoy guided snorkels to watch for turtles, fish, and other underwater life.
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  • 3 hours
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EXCURSION IN UTV BUGGYS ON and OFFROAD FUN FOR EVERYONE!

EXCURSION IN UTV BUGGYS ON and OFFROAD FUN FOR EVERYONE!

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Hop into a buggy for an off-road adventure and explore the landscapes around the Fataga Natural Park. You will travel in a convoy following your guide and driving a quad bike with which you will easily tackle paved roads and dirt tracks. Please note that groups of up to five passengers can ride in the same buggy; if everyone wants to drive, you'll have to make separate reservations.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Camel riding in the dunes of Maspalomas

Camel riding in the dunes of Maspalomas

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Hop on a camel in Gran Canaria for a tour of the sand dunes of Maspalomas. Declared as a cultural heritage in the region, a camel ride offers you the chance to see the desert-like landscapes around the nature reserve in an easy way, that’s fun for family and friends alike.
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  • 30 minutes
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Tenerife: Quad Adventure Teide Tour
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Tenerife: Quad Adventure Teide Tour

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Drive an ATV through Teide National Park on a half-day tour that’s an adventurous alternative to exploring by bus or car. Instead of being enclosed in a vehicle, you’ll enjoy sun, breezes, and totally unobstructed views as you drive through rolling forests, with the chance to duck off the paved road and discover dirt tracks along the way.
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  • 4 hours
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Whale Watching Eco-Adventure from Costa Adeje

Whale Watching Eco-Adventure from Costa Adeje

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See whales, dolphins, and other marine life from a small boat on this educational, eco-friendly whale-watching tour led by biologists that has a maximum of ten guests. The tours depart three times per day from south Tenerife, where you’ll not only observe whales and dolphins but get to listen to them via hydrophone, too.
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  • 2 hours
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Beginners Scuba Diving Experience in Gran Canaria

Beginners Scuba Diving Experience in Gran Canaria

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Splash into the clear, colorful waters of Gran Canaria on this introductory scuba diving experience. Learn essential scuba tools and techniques during an hour-long lesson in an outdoor pool, and then put your new knowledge into action with a 1-hour dive at a Puerto Rico scuba site, with your professional instructor by your side. After swimming among the fantastic coral formations and fish, you’ll be well on your way to earning PADI scuba certification.
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  • 3 hours
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