Water activities in Tenerife

Dive, sail, swim, surf, snorkel, scuba dive. Use all these verbs on your arrival in the Canary Islands. Find out about the best water activities in Tenerife.

The Canary Islands and the sea are inextricably linked for life. A perfect union that combines the tranquillity of bathing in the Atlantic Ocean and its endless coasts with the fun of being able to enjoy a wide range of water activities in Tenerife. Our territory has a perimeter of 342 km, of which 67.14 km are beaches. You can also find magnificent natural pools and rocky areas of great beauty.

Diving in Tenerife

The island’s seabed is internationally renowned for its beauty and variety. The flora and fauna of our seabed is numerous and of incomparable natural wealth. There are many protected areas to prevent the destruction that we have in our territory. These are some of them: Sebadal de San Andrés, sebadales de Antequera, marine strip of Teno-Rasca, marine cave of San Juan, sebadales of the South of Tenerife or the coast of San Juan de la Rambla. Columnar disjunctions, underwater caves, basaltic columns, artificial reefs and many other unique elements in the world.

If your wish is to fulfil your dream of diving during your holidays, at Vanilla Garden we will help you choose the best place and make your booking. All you have to do is ask our reception team and we will make it easy for you.

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Surfing and windsurfing on the island

Our island is perfect for experts in waves and for those who want to get started in this exciting sport. Windsurfing and surfing are practised all along the coast of Tenerife, from north to south. With a little skill and a lot of enthusiasm, you can make rapid progress if you let yourself be guided by the best professionals in the sector. We are going to recommend some of the best surf schools.

At the Mahalo Surf School they travel every day to the best sandy beaches in Tenerife to find the most spectacular waves. As they themselves say, you can enjoy European Hawaii by starting your surfing career, perfecting your techniques or training with the school’s excellent staff.

Secret Surf School Tenerife offers you the possibility to share special moments while you get to know the most impressive marine corners of the island. They will teach you from the first steps so that you can master the keys to surfing during your lessons. In addition, the course includes wetsuit, lycra, surfboard and liability insurance.

Open 365 days a year, Atlantik Surf is one of the main surfing references on the island. With a starting point in Puerto de la Cruz, they offer tours in search of the best waves, complete equipment, transport and activities for those who prefer bodyboarding.

Whale and dolphin watching

Another of the maritime attractions that can be found in Tenerife is whale watching. If you are a more relaxed person who likes plans with a little less physical activity, this is a very good option. Our island is the first European destination to be named a Whale Heritage Site, a designation that only Hervey Bay (Australia) and The Bluff (South Africa) had previously obtained.

Nearly 1.5 million people each year see pilot whales, dolphins, sperm whales, turtles and many other species that inhabit our seabed permanently or temporarily.

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Other activities and Vanilla Garden

And as if that wasn’t enough, at Vanilla Garden we will advise you on the best options to visit beaches, natural pools and places of interest on the coast. A sailboat ride, the adrenaline of the jet skis, getting to know the heights in parasailing and many other water activities in Tenerife to enjoy the sea.

Actividades acuaticas Tenerife Sur | Vanilla Garden Hotel

If you have chosen this island for your holidays, then congratulations because here it will be impossible to bore you. Especially Tenerife South is a perfect destination for water activities of all kinds.

Everything you can think of and what you can not, here you will surely find it and very close to our Vanilla Garden Hotel. On the nearby beaches you will see the great and varied range of activities you can do at sea. We recommend the ones we like the most:

Surf lessons

In the Americas you will find some points where Surf Lessons are taught for groups or individuals. It does not matter if you are a beginner or if you already have some experience, since the classes are adapted to the particular needs. Classes are usually semi-private or private for those who prefer it. After this you will love much more the beaches with waves …

Fly Board

It is one of the most fashionable experiences in aquatic activities in Tenerife and the world. There is nothing complicated about learning this sport and it is also very fun. It consists of a curious device with motor with a hose that connects to some boots. This releases a powerful jet of water that will propel you upwards and you will have to hold on tightly to the hand stabilizers. You will feel that you fly!


This aquatic activity is ideal to enjoy as a group! But if you go alone or as a couple you can also get on the Banana and feel the adrenaline. Have you ever been on a roller coaster? Well it’s something similar but in the water. In Tenerife South they know it as the main experience and most recommended as far as aquatic activities are concerned. If you come to the island and you want to have an amazing time, then you have to try to get on one of these.

Pedal Boats

If you want to enjoy some aquatic activity, but you do not dare to anything too hectic, do not worry that for this there is also a great option. In the Pedal Boats you can get up with a swimsuit or sportswear, as you wish. It is a very enjoyable ride that you can do alone or accompanied and it is also a way to play sports and tone your leg muscles when pedaling. The tour lasts approximately one hour so you can contemplate the aquatic landscape and talk with your companions.

And if you’re worried about prices, there’s no problem. You can always choose a pack that includes several activities for a better price. And in any case we assure you that it will be worth paying for living such unique and exciting experiences.

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