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Adeje

Tenerife’s south coast promises fun for the whole family with sandy beaches, whale watching, and watersports.

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Tenerife: Whale and Dolphin Tour with Underwater Views

1. Tenerife: Whale and Dolphin Tour with Underwater Views

Hop aboard your stylish catamaran, which features underwater viewing stations. Pick a spot on deck to view the many sights in-store during this tour. As you head out from the harbor, your professional crew will use their local knowledge to track the families of whales and dolphins who live near the island year-round. Hear an introduction speech from your guide, including a demonstration of safety vests.   Sail along the coastline past Adeje, Guia de Isora, and Santiago del Teide, where pods of spirited dolphins and groups of pilot whales are a common sight. If you are lucky enough to spot them, spend a few minutes below deck and observe them from a vantage point underneath the water's surface. Then, enjoy a cold beer or a glass of sangria along with lunch back on deck (if you book the 3-hour option). The boat will return to Puerto Colon and if you have booked a transfer, your bus will take you back to your pickup point.

Tenerife: 3-Hour Boat Party with Open Bar

2. Tenerife: 3-Hour Boat Party with Open Bar

Your experience begins at 3:00 PM, with a pre-party at the Skybar Puerto Colon. The pre-party includes a welcome drink, as the Utopia DJs warm you up and get you in the mood for your boat party. At the pre-party, you will collect your necessary boarding cards for the boat and your drink vouchers. Following the welcome party, you will board your boat for 3 hours of madness on the waves with pumping sets by some of the UK's best house DJs, Killer MCs, and a monstrous sound system to keep the vibe going. The DJs will be playing the best house to garage, old school, dance classics, and drum and bass, through to RnB and on-board requests. Those brave enough, and with enough stamina, are also welcome to continue into town where resident DJs will keep the party alive.

Mount Teide: Tour with Cable Car Ticket

3. Mount Teide: Tour with Cable Car Ticket

After picking you up in the selected location, you will visit the largest national park in the Canary Islands and experience a volcanic landscape of unrivalled beauty with your Mount Teide cable car ticket. Forget the car and contribute to a sustainable Teide. By choosing group transport, you’ll help to beat overcrowding in the vehicle parking zones inside the national park which, as a conservation measure, are small and unsuitable for expansion. From the base station, board the cable car for the 8-minute ride up to the highest peak in Spain. The cable car’s upper station, at 3,555 meters, is the point of departure for 3 interesting trails for hiking enthusiasts. There are paths to Pico Viejo Lookout and La Fortaleza Lookout, where you’ll have spectacular views of the north and south of the island, respectively. The Telesforo Bravo path leads to the highest point of the volcano, at an altitude of 3,718 meters. To visit the peak you must apply for a permit in advance.

Teide: Romantic Sunset and Stargazing Tour with Dinner

4. Teide: Romantic Sunset and Stargazing Tour with Dinner

Tenerife is one of the most recognized destinations in the world for stargazing and home to a famous observatory located at the summit of the world’s third-tallest volcano. Begin your 9-hour experience taking in panoramic views of Tenerife and absorbing the fragrance of the pine forest in Teide National Park. Break through the clouds at 7,000 feet and marvel at the astonishing views of the Atlantic Ocean and the islands of the archipelago. Watch the sun melt into soft pinks, reds, and purples and celebrate the sunset with a glass of chilled sparkling cava. As darkness blankets the landscape you’ll be taken on a tour of the stars by one of the few professional star guides in the world. The position of Tenerife makes it possible to see all the constellations of the northern hemisphere. Spot famous constellations with the help of your guide and telescopes.

Tenerife: Snorkeling Trip in the Turtle Area

5. Tenerife: Snorkeling Trip in the Turtle Area

Marvel at the marine life of the Canary Islands on a snorkeling adventure off the south coast of Tenerife. Treat the family to an adventure suitable for adults and children. Encounter a wide variety of creatures in near-perfect conditions. Great for beginners, the trip takes place in an area where turtles live and includes a speedboat ride along the coast.  Benefit from the services of a guide who will give you advice on where you can see marine species, including colorful fish, dolphins, whales, turtles, rays, and octopuses.

From Adeje: Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise with Lunch

6. From Adeje: Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise with Lunch

Set sail in search of pilot whales and dolphins in their natural habitat on a relaxing cruise. Board the boat and enjoy a snack as you look out for marine wildlife. Watch these amazing creatures through underwater windows on the boat.   Travel along the southern coast of Tenerife, until you arrive at the spectacular Acantilado de los Gigantes and the Bay of Masca. Marvel at the dramatic cliffs that reach 600 meters high. Stop to enjoy a relaxing swim in the calm waters of the bay. A courtesy lunch and drinks are included in this tour (beer, sangria, softdrinks, juice, and water).   Enjoy beautiful views of southern Tenerife on the return journey to the port in Puerto Colon. If you select the option with hotel transfers, the bus will take you back to your pickup point.

Tenerife: 3-Hour Luxury Sail with Food and Snorkeling

7. Tenerife: 3-Hour Luxury Sail with Food and Snorkeling

Tour the south coast of Tenerife by sailboat and take in the dramatic views. Join a crew specialized in sighting cetaceans with extensive knowledge of marine life and their environment. Set sail on the crystal waters and keep an eye out for the wildlife who call the sea home. Relax on deck and admire whales, turtles, and seabirds. Take time to swim and snorkel in the warm waters. Your sailboat of 12 meters has a capacity for 10 passengers and 2 crew to meet their needs, with 3 double cabins, 2 bathrooms, and deck mats for passenger comfort.

Adeje: Aqua Club Thermal Spa Entry Ticket

8. Adeje: Aqua Club Thermal Spa Entry Ticket

Release the stress of traveling with a full-day ticket to all 18 zones of the Aqua Club Termal in Adeje, Europe’s largest urban spa. Explore all 1,000 square meters of the facility, including whirlpools, a Turkish Bath, and a footspa. Exit the locker rooms through pools of cleansing water, and enter the pool area to find an instructor who will explain the order of the 2.5-hour spa circuit. The large pool is kept at a temperature of 34°C, while the 2 jacuzzis are maintained at 38 °C. Enjoy the 375 streams and cross-current river of the stream area to activate your gluteal area. Then, relax on the poolside beds. Let off some steam in the Turkish Baths (45°C), and cleanse yourself with essential oils in the Temple of Showers. Next, float in the sea salt pool of the Flotarium (36°C), before going to the footbath to indulge your tired legs (especially recommended for pregnant women). Other facilities at your disposal include a mineral dew area and Finnish sauna (90°C). Between these 2 areas you will find 2 whirlpool baths and a toning pool (10°C). Consistent with a respect for the environment, only ecological chlorine with sea salt extracts are used in the water, which is not just environmentally friendly but beneficial to the eyes, hair and skin.

Costa Adeje: Masca and Los Gigantes Whale Watching Cruise

9. Costa Adeje: Masca and Los Gigantes Whale Watching Cruise

Set sail from Costa Adeje in search of whales and dolphins. Cruise in a catamaran to the cliffs of Los Gigantes and Masca. Sunbathe on deck and enjoy a stop to swim in the sea. Learn about the characteristics of whales and dolphins from your guide on this exciting excursion.   Discover the customs of these animals, how they eat, their migration paths, and their behavior. You might see different species such as pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, and spotted dolphins, amongst others. Relax on board as you enjoy the drinks and snacks provided. Return to Costa Adeje at the end of your cruise.

Tenerife: Teide National Park Full-Day Scenic Tour

10. Tenerife: Teide National Park Full-Day Scenic Tour

Explore the diverse geography and geology of Tenerife on a full-day tour to 4 distinct landscapes around the island’s tallest mountain. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the National Heritage Site of Mt. Teide and the Teide National Park. Enjoy breathtaking views of the island’s west coast. Travel through local villages, such as Vilaflor, and see magnificent pine forests before going to the plateau of the volcano. Marvel at the lunar landscape that has been used as the location for films such as “Planet of the Apes” and “Clash of the Titans.” Drive through the Orotava Valley to Icod Los Vinos, famous for its wines. See the legendary drago tree, known for its mystical powers. Stop for a Canarian lunch (own expense), before transferring to Garachico, a local town destroyed by the volcanic eruption of 1706. Next, experience the magic of Masca, and enjoy fabulous views of La Gomera. With only around 120 inhabitants, Masca was the traditional hideout for pirates and their contraband stolen from the ships from La Gomera. Pass the giant cliffs of Los Gigantes before the transfer back to your hotel.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Where is it?

    Adeje (or Costa Adeje) is a coastal town in southwestern Tenerife – the largest of the Canary Islands.

  • What airport?

    Though small, Tenerife has two airports to handle its turnover of tourists. Adeje is just 17 km from Tenerife South Airport (formerly known as Sur Reina Sofia Airport). Don't worry if you're flying to Tenerife North Airport instead – the drive south only takes an hour!

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    Tenerife is great for a visit year-round, but high season is considered November through March, and temperatures get pretty high from May to July, so plan according to what matters to you most!

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What people are saying about Adeje

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6,172 reviews

A wonderful tour to discover the main sites of the island. The 15€ optional lunch was very nice too. We couldn’t hear the guide very well but he never stops...however it is very well organised and timings are impeccable. The road up from Masca is impressive but I had every confidence in the driver! Beautiful views, amazing scenery, fascinating geology, picturesque villages and also glimpse of the past eruptions and the black volcanic rock left behind! I thoroughly recommend this excursion. Do not try to drive it yourself!

We are a family of five with three children aged 9-12 and we thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It was the kids’ first time on a sailing boat and despite cloudy weather it was really enjoyable. Seeing dolphins and whales close up was fantastic.

Great ! To do it's wonderful to see these creatures in their natural environment!

Excellent, we loved our trip with Hugo. Very friendly. Thank you so much

Saw dolphins and whales in a short time! Very nice ship staff!