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La Palma: 3-Hour Dolphin and Whale Watching Experience

1. La Palma: 3-Hour Dolphin and Whale Watching Experience

Depart from Puerto de Tazacorte where you’ll board the Flipper and receive a warm welcome from the crew. Set sail in search of dolphins and whales, listen to the crew share information about these fascinating creatures and learn about their marine environment. Cruise around the beautiful coast of La Palma, which is home to up to 29 different types of cetaceans, and enjoy the unique opportunity to see a wide variety of whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. During the excursion visit the famous Cueva Bonita, a volcanic cave formed by ocean erosion. Soak up the magical atmosphere before heading to another idyllic cave, the Poris the Candelaria one of La Palma's most famous coastal villages. And finally, visit the volcanic deltas formed during the last volcanic eruption of La Palma in 2021.

La Palma: Wildlife Viewing and Cumbre Vieja Boat Tour

2. La Palma: Wildlife Viewing and Cumbre Vieja Boat Tour

Board the Fancy II, a beautiful catamaran with a 60-passenger capacity and a deck for exciting underwater viewing. Sail to the south of the island. Discover lots of marine life, including playful dolphins, beautiful sea turtles, and serene whales. Get close to the lava flows of the Cumbre Vieja volcano. Learn more about some of the details and anecdotes about this active volcanic ridge.

Fantasy - Boat trip along the Northwest Coast of La Palma

3. Fantasy - Boat trip along the Northwest Coast of La Palma

Climb aboard a beautiful catamaran in the port of Tazarcorte and set sail off the north coast of La Palma. Travel by boat designed to access areas such as the Cueva Bonita cave, and with submarine-style views for a complete and amazing experience.  Avail of the services of a friendly crew with 15 years experience in the waters of the Canary Islands to help answer any questions you may have. Relax in the knowledge that the catamaran is equipped with a rescue boat, life jackets for adults and children and an auxiliary zodiac for your complete safety.  Make use of the on-board bar and wide deck to enjoy the sun. Discover beautiful locations, such as Porís de Candelaria,Cueva Bonita, Veta Beach, Cueva Colorada, and Puntagora Poris.

La Palma: Caldera de Taburiente National Park Guided Hike

4. La Palma: Caldera de Taburiente National Park Guided Hike

Explore the Caldera de Taburiente National Park on a guided hiking tour with bus pickup and drop-off from meeting points on the island. Admire this park which encompasses a crater that is 8 kilometers in diameter and 1,800 meters deep. Pass through ravines and view the Waterfall of Colors. Board a comfortable and air-conditioned bus at one of the centrally-located meeting points in La Palma. Relax on the scenic drive to the Los Llanos de Aridane Bus Station. Transfer to a spacious 4X4-bus ride to the Los Brecitos observation deck.  Begin your hike with sweeping mountain views. Walk through rocky vegetation and under cedar and pine trees. Keep an eye out for local birds as you follow your guide along the PR LP 13 trail to uncover the lush heart of the National Park of La Caldera de Taburiente. Pass over wooden bridges that span sparking streams. Stop to swim in the cool waters of Playa de Taburiente. Rest before traveling the through the Taburiente ravine to get to the vibrantly colored Waterfall of Colors. Finally, take the Las Angustias ravine through volcanic formations to get to the Los Llanos de Aridane Bus Station. Transfer back to your meeting point on the bus.

La Palma: Cueva Bonita Sea Kayaking Tour

5. La Palma: Cueva Bonita Sea Kayaking Tour

Discover the scenic landscapes, secluded caves, and famous volcanic Cueva Bonita on this kayak tour. Meet your guide at Proís de Candelaria, a small cove where the locals have built homes in the numerous sea caves. Learn about the history of the area from your local guide. After a short introduction and safety briefing, you'll have time to get kitted out before taking to the sea on your 1.5-hour adventure. Follow the coast towards Cueva Bonita, one of the island's main attractions which is only accessible by sea. Avoid the crowded tourist boats and travel through the cave by kayak before heading back to the meeting point.

From Tenerife: Day Trip to La Palma Volcanic Landscapes

6. From Tenerife: Day Trip to La Palma Volcanic Landscapes

Discover the highlights of Santa Cruz de La Palma and explore the effects of La Palma's volcanic activities on this day trip from Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Have a scrumptious lunch at a local restaurant and visit the Caldera de Taburiente National park. Take in views of the newest volcano in La Palma.  Meet your guide at the tour partner's office in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and board the ferry. Relax and enjoy the azure Mediterranean sea on the ride to the port of Santa Cruz de La Palma. Once on land, listen as your guide explains the tour route. Hop aboard the comfortable and air-conditioned bus and begin your tour of Santa Cruz de La Palma. See a reproduction of Christopher Columbus' Santa María ship at the 'Ship of the Virgin.' Hear about La Palma's connection to this historical ship. Continue to admire views of the 17th-century Castle of Santa Catalina which was an important location on the route to the Americas. View some traditional houses with stunning Canary-style balconies. Relax on the drive to the 'Mirador de la Concepción' viewpoint. Stop to enjoy views of the island and crater from the highest part of the Caldereta volcano. Notice how the vegetation changes on the island on the drive towards the Time Tunnel. Observe how the Cumbre Vieja volcano has affected the local area. Make your way to the exclusion zone of the Tacande neighborhood where you will catch your first glimpse of the volcano. Have the chance to see the youngest lava flows in Spain in Tazacorte. Sit down at a restaurant to a delicious lunch of salad, bread, fish, potatoes, and cheese. After lunch, head out to see lava-formed coastal cliffs. Finally, go to the Tajuya viewpoint to witness the newest volcano in the Canary islands and snap some breathtaking pictures. Return to the port in the afternoon and take the ferry back to your starting point in Tenerife.

La Palma: Atlantic Snorkeling Tour with Full Gear Rental

7. La Palma: Atlantic Snorkeling Tour with Full Gear Rental

Before you start, you will receive an introduction on how to use your snorkeling equipment, and what you can expect to see. The Atlantic sea is full of parrotfish, trumpetfish, brass, and even pufferfish - you will be amazed at how much wildlife you can see. The beach is just a couple of meters from the dive center, you just walk down to reach it. You will enjoy a guided tour of about an hour, adjusted to your pace. After the tour, you are welcome to have a shower, a coffee and look through the fish books to learn more about what you have seen. If you want to do more snorkeling, you can use the equipment for the whole day and just drop into the water again on your own.

La Palma: Basic Diver Certification with 2 Atlantic Dives

8. La Palma: Basic Diver Certification with 2 Atlantic Dives

At your first dive, you will receive an introduction to the Scuba Diving equipment and the basic knowledge that you need to enjoy the time underwater safely. Your adventure starts at a very shallow depth, where you have time to get used to the sensation of breathing underwater. Your instructor shows you the basic skills and lets you train, so you can handle your gear, and will then take you on a nice tour. Still at really shallow water, you can enjoy a full dive without any complications. After a surface break, with some cookies, water and the briefing for the next dive, you get back into the water with a fresh tank of air. Some more skills, and you will be prepared to dive to a maximum depth of 12m - you don't have to go that deep if you prefer to stay shallower. After successfully finishing these two dives you will receive the SSI Basic Diver certification, which allows you to do more dives to a maximum of 12 meters in the next 6 months, and can count towards your Open Water Diver qualification.

La Palma: Guided Trekking Tour to El Roque de los Muchachos

9. La Palma: Guided Trekking Tour to El Roque de los Muchachos

Venture to the highest point on the island of La Palma during a trek with a professional guide. Complete with transport to and from your accommodation, this tour of El Roque de los Muchachos is a great way to get outdoors and experience the natural landscape and picturesque terrain. Start your day with a convenient pickup from your hotel. Hop aboard your air-conditioned tour bus and take in the scenery en route to the Mirador de los Muchachos as you ascend the winding road. The Roque de Los Muchachos, boasting 2,426 meters in altitude, is the top of Isla Bonita and is crossed by several paths that will allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of clouds and the terrain below. Trek along a path that was once used as a commercial route connecting the municipality of Tijarafe to the capital in Santa Cruz de La Palma. Your trip will locate you at the border of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park and lead you to some of the telescopes of the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory. Experience breathtaking views of the Cumbre Vieja or Cumbre Nueva as well as the municipalities of Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte and Tijarafe. Witness the cedars, lards and summit pansies before reaching Roberto's Wall. Continue on your path as you reach Pico de La Cruz where, if the day is clear, you will be able to see as far as the island of Tenerife. Once you have completed the hike at Pico de La Nieve you will head back to your tour bus.

La Palma: Santa Cruz and Cumbre Vieja Natural Park Tour

10. La Palma: Santa Cruz and Cumbre Vieja Natural Park Tour

Discover the highlights of the island of La Palma on a guided day trip. Explore the capital city of Santa Cruz de La Palma, and the picturesque landscape of the Cumbre Vieja National Park. Meet your guide in the harbor of Santa Cruz de La Palma and head off to discover some of the most notable sights of the city. See The Ship of the Virgin, a reproduction of the sailing ship Santa María, which Christopher Columbus used to discover the Americas. Then, visit the Castle of Santa Catalina which was one of the most important in Spain during the Age of Discovery. Stroll through the colonial-era streets of the city and see the typical double balconies of the residential homes. Hop on the bus and travel to the Mirador de la Concepción. Admire the views of the volcanic landscape and the island's capital from this spectacular viewpoint. Travel southwest, entering the area affected by the recent Cumbre Vieja volcano. Stop in the exclusion zone of the Tacande village where you will have a first view of the recently active volcano. Then, continue to Tazacorte to see the youngest lava flows in Spain. After lunch, head to the last stop of the tour at the Tajuya viewpoint. Take some time to safely observe the effects of the most recent volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands. Then, relax on your journey back to Santa Cruz.

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What people are saying about La Palma

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 167 reviews

The tour passes through an area covered by new deep black volcanic ash. High walking shoes are an advantage. Make sure you wear sun protection and take plenty of liquid with you. The lectures of the guide are informative and extensive. We really enjoyed the certainly strenuous tour.

Access to the event was difficult and demanding. The event was very fun. The guide was nice and very helpful. He helped beginners. The cave was amazing, what colors! But adventure worth every penny

Super experience to experience dolphins, whales and a sea turtle in the wild. Plenty of room on the boat to see everything. Cooling drinks available on board.

Unforgettable experience, very well organized, our guide Rosi very professional and friendly, makes you fall in love with the island, highly recommended

Very cool experience, the biologist explained everything very well and the respect towards the animals was noted