With warm weather, dramatic landscapes, sandy beaches, and secluded bays, the Canary Islands are ideal cruising territory. Whether you choose to island-hop on a luxury catamaran, sail out to snorkeling and kayaking spots, or search for breaching whales, here are your options for Canary Island cruises.
Water Sports Cruises
The Canaries offer abundant sunshine and warm year-round temperatures, making this area ideal for water sports. Water sports cruises often make the most of remote beaches and bays that are only accessible by boat, letting you snorkel and kayak in tranquil surrounds.
With seven main islands in the archipelago, and many more small islets, there’s a lot to explore. Island-hopping day cruises typically carry passengers between two or more neighboring islands, such as Tenerife and La Gomera, or Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Island-hopping cruises also visit the smaller, lesser-known islands, such as Lobos, a protected nature reserve, and La Graciosa, an uncrowded beach-fringed paradise. Most island-hopping cruises include free time to explore.
Nothing quite matches the wondrous experience of a whale encounter; seeing these mammoth marine mammals rise from the deep is a sight you’ll never forget. In the Canary Islands, whale-watching is a year-round activity, with short-finned pilot whales and humpbacks among the most commonly spotted species. Choose between sailboat cruises with spacious decks, motorboat cruises, or high-speed rigid inflatable boat (RIB) excursions, which allow for intimate, eye-level encounters.