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Snorkel with turtles in Tenerife


To snorkel with turtles in Tenerife is a unique and unforgettable experience. The essence of marine nature just a few metres away from you.

To travel to the Canary Islands, and especially to Tenerife, you should be a great nature lover. Although we have all the services and facilities of a big city, we are surrounded by sea, mountains, volcanoes, sand, forests and many native species. Our wild and natural side provides a contrast that all tourists and locals fall in love with. One of those activities that everyone should experience once in a lifetime is to snorkel with turtles in Tenerife.

Snorkel with turtles Tenerife

What types of turtles are there in the Canary Islands?

These marvellous animals have inhabited the earth for 200 million years. There are currently 7 species of sea turtles, 4 of which can be seen in Canarian waters.

  • The loggerhead turtle is the most common in the archipelago. These groups are made up of young animals that feed in our waters. These animals probably come from the American coast and return later to reproduce.
  • The leatherback turtle has a skin-covered carapace with 7 longitudinal ridges. It is black in colour and adult individuals reach up to 2 metres in length.
  • The green turtle has a rounded beak and its underside is characterised by the white colour of its belly.
  • The hawksbill turtle is the one with the sharpest beak and the least frequent in Canary Islands waters of all those mentioned.

Where to find turtles in Tenerife?

Finding these animals at shallow depths and close to the coast in Tenerife is not easy. Therefore, perhaps snorkelling is not the best option if your aim is to see these reptiles. Scuba diving will ensure greater success in your search for this species.

However, there are some key places to spot sea turtles. In the Palm Mar area there are still a few specimens in shallow waters. With a bit of luck you may be able to spot them.

Differences between snorkelling and diving

Scuba diving is immersion in an aquatic environment: either in the sea or in the pool, either with basic diving equipment, professional equipment or without equipment.

Snorkelling, on the other hand, is the observation of the sea but at the water’s surface or at a depth of a few metres. There are big differences in terms of risk, knowledge and equipment with respect to scuba diving, which has the proximity and the possibility of interacting with new species.

Snorkel with turtles in Tenerife

Make your diving activity with Baobab Suites and Actifday

At Baobab Suites we have prepared a wonderful diving activity with our friends from Actifday, the best professionals in the activities sector on the island. In small groups you can enjoy a unique experience with 40 minutes of duration and pick up at the hotel. In addition, we take care of the details and we will share the experience in English, Spanish, French, German and Dutch. This activity includes: instructor, insurance, diving equipment, transport and snack (if there is a second dive).

The dive centre is located in Las Galletas, a picturesque harbour village. Las Galletas is also known as the heart of diving in Tenerife. Therefore it is from here that most of the diving in Tenerife takes place. It is a PADI five star centre, which means maximum safety, personal attention and first class equipment. Trust in a sustainable, safe and professional idea.

The price for a group dive is 75 euros per person including transport. If you wish to live a private experience, the price is 95 euros including transport. Even night dives are possible with us.

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