Snorkel in Tenerife

Explore our rich seabed.  

Is it possible to Snorkel in Tenerife?

Of course! Snorkel in Tenerife is an experience that you shouldn’t miss. Immerse yourself in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean to find a wide variety of fish, vegetation and seabed.

I like to think that in another life I was a fish, diving is like visiting my family. Anonymous 

In the north of the island, you will see different fish-specimens of small and medium-size such as salemas, viejas, lisas, fulas, pejeverdes, morenas, octopus, chocos as well as the different crabs that inhabit the coasts.

On the other hand, the south of the island is home of larger animals such as manta rays, dolphins, whales, loggerhead turtles, squid, and tuna. On many of the most popular beaches, you can snorkel and watch marine life while having safe fun on the coast in an area frequented by tourists and locals. Besides, there is the possibility of making excursions accompanied by a guide to locations that would be inaccessible if you go on your own, especially in the southern area.

What you need to snorkel in Tenerife

No kind of permit is required to snorkel in Tenerife, a licence would be required only if you want to dive with a bottle.

Where and how to do it?

El Puertito de Adeje: A small cove of black sand frequented by green turtles and multiple species of fish. With a volcanic background, it is located in a fishing district.

La Pared de El Palmar: This place abounds with the most exotic genre of the island, including turtles. In front of you, there is a rocky wall approximately 25 meters deep on average.

Costa Sauzal: In the north of the island, this area of rocky bottom contains many small species such as sargos, salemas, viejas, pejeverdes, and black fulas.

Punta Teno: Our favorite cove in Buenavista. With stone bottoms, it’s perfect for spending a day at the beach with the family and for beginners to snorkel. It is isolated of the winds that usually whip the area. It is perfect for the activity at any time of the year.

Las Gaviotas: In front of us, a small bathing area with a sandy bottom near the popular Las Teresitas beach, next to the beautiful views of Punta de los Órganos. This volcanic formation is full of wonderful underwater life. It is about a 30-minute drive from the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

El Bollullo Beach: Near Puerto de La Cruz, this small beach with a volcanic bottom has a good variety of fish species and underwater flora. It is a less known location and for that reason, it is not recommended to go there in winter for the levels of danger that reaches the sea.

Caleta de Interián: located between Garachico and Los Silos and surrounded by numerous plantations, this area provides a rich rocky bottom where you can observe local species. After the excursion, you can relax in the colourful village that surrounds the beach. The area has several places protected from the open sea, where you can rest and let children enjoy a quiet bath.

  • Amazing

  • Essential

  • Alone or in a Group

  • Several Locations

  • Difficulty level: Easy

  • 1 to 3 hours

  • Economic (€)

If you don’t want to go on your own.

Here is a list of the different companies that have snorkelling excursions in Tenerife:

Travel Sub Dive Center: They have departures in Adeje along the coastline to take you snorkeling with dolphins, turtles, rays and whales and also other smaller species of local fauna. Before diving, they do a 15-minute boat ride.

Blue Ocean Yacht Charter: It is based in Las Galletas and is somewhat different from the other companies on the list because it offers four activities like jetski, jetovator, water ski, and subwing, which will give a unique experience. This is a device that is towed by the boat and allows you to dive at speeds that would be impossible on your own. You’ll feel like just another dolphin!

GooDiving: This company has professional marine biologists who will give you instructions as well as advice on an underwater experience for the whole family. With transportation from Golf del Sur and snacks included, you will be taken from the dive center to the chosen place.

Scubana Dive Center: Whenever you need to rent any kind of snorkeling equipment, you can go to Scubana Dive Center in Puerto Colon. Neoprene, weights, fins, goggles and tubes are available for all ages and needs.

Skyline Charters Tenerife: Based in Los Cristianos, this charter company offers excursions aboard a sailboat in which you will see whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. You will be taken to a cove where you can snorkel away from the hustle and bustle of the area’s tourist beaches. The 3-hour tour is completed with snacks, water, drinks and refreshments included in the price.

«The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.»

What is the best place to snorkel at Tenerife?

Tenerife has locations for snorkeling with family or friends, including beaches that are safe for the inexperienced to get started. In most popular locations there are no large marine fauna species that could pose any kind of danger. You should only be cautious with jellyfish that usually appear in August and September. They’re not dangerous unless you’re allergic, they’re just a little annoying. Moving away from the place where they are will be enough.

Don’t miss the opportunity to snorkel in Tenerife…

To see turtles, whales and other cetaceans in their natural habitat along with viejas, meros, lisas, salemas and many other species of fish. If you have problems choosing the tour companies or coves do not hesitate to ask us. Virtually any beach is valid for diving. A good part of the island’s bathing areas shares the rock formations that give life to the area’s underwater ecosystem.

Wonder at the underwater scenery and the tranquility of the sea. We hope that you come and enjoy what the island has to offer. Remember that you always have the option of completing your getaways with different leisure options available on our website, to ensure that your visit to Tenerife is unforgettable and unique.