Following from a previous blog on ‘Land and Air Sports’, as an island, Tenerife is perfect for all manner of water sports with its constant sunshine and warm, clear waters. If you’re looking to make a splash there are few places better and certainly something to suit all, whether you are a novice in the water or an experienced water baby.
While Los Cristianos is the perfect destination for boat lovers to enjoy a fishing trip, pleasure cruise, or a trip on a glass-bottomed boat, where you are guaranteed to catch sight of dolphins or whales in the sea that surrounds Tenerife. Playa de las Américas gives you the chance to try jet-skiing, kayak or banana boat rides. If you prefer to be underwater than on top of it then opt for scuba diving or BOB Diving and for those who want to explore the fascinating underwater world of the Atlantic ocean without dipping a toe in the water there is a Yellow Submarine
Scuba diving – For those who have not tried scuba diving, it’s hard to believe that submerged just below the surface is a secret world where you can explore the ancient remains of shipwrecks, glide silently through dazzling exotic fish and explore underwater caves. With temperatures between 19 o – 25oC and water so incredibly clear that you can see up to 30m in any direction Tenerife is a paradise for diving enthusiasts. The island’s coast can be divided into three zones. Off the north coast, there is a beautiful seabed with a variety of marine life. Las Galletas is one of the best places to dive in the south of the island, here along with a number of wrecks, divers can expect to encounter moray eels and rays. Playa de las Américas is home to a wide range of marine life and Playa San Juan in the west has the best cave diving to be found on the island. http://www.aquamarinadivingtenerife.com/
Jet ski – is a major recreational activity and the perfect way of inducing an adrenalin rush for the spontaneous types. Built to hold either one or two people, you can either go fast and jump the waves or cruise around at a leisurely pace while enjoying the scenery. You will find places to rent jet-skis along any of the large beaches in the south of the island.
Sea canoeing – is becoming a very popular holiday activity. The variety of routes along the coast pass beautiful spots that are inaccessible by land and the would-be sailor can disembark at small, hidden beaches. The sport is perfect for both beginners and experienced canoeists, you can hire all the equipment you need and for the more adventurous, there is even a crossing between Tenerife and the island of La Gomera.
Sailing – In Tenerife, you have optimum conditions for enjoying sailing. If you’ve always wanted to learn to sail, you can hire a boat complete with crew, take a beginners course with experienced instructors or if you prefer relax on a leisurely nautical day out, sailing past beaches and cliffs where you can discover the most varied and seductive landscapes.
Sport fishing – There is nothing quite like spending a sunny morning with a few friends out on the wide-open sea, fishing. Tenerife waters are full of everything from tuna to sharks; the most famous is the Blue Marlin that can weigh more than 600 kilos and catching one involves skill and a lot of excitement. No matter where on the island you are, in marinas and harbours you will see advertisements for fishing excursions that offer everything you need to go sport fishing.
When fishing from the coast, follow the example of the local anglers who have acquired their knowledge over many generations. The main species are sole, barracudas, snappers and one of the most popular Canarian fishes, the “vieja” (sea bream) you’re sure to make a catch!
Surfing and Windsurfing – Tenerife’s unbeatable surfing conditions make the island ideal for challenge-seekers of all levels. There are surfing and wind surfing havens along the entire coastline so grab your board and hit the waves! The island is recognised internationally and the three best wind surfing zones are El Medano, El Cabezo and La Jaquita, all of which have hosted various World Cup Gran Slam windsurfing events, which means that the best surfers in the world are regularly seen on the Island.
Kite surfing, a spectacular combination of surfing and paragliding where you can see young people ride the waves in Tenerife’s huge playground Whether you’re a veritable wave-busting phenomenon or a surfer-in-training, Tenerife is a top-notch place to “hang ten?”
Ahh… the sea.