Things to do in Tenerife
As you would expect from a Spanish holiday destination, Tenerife has plenty of opportunities for those people wanting to get away from the hotel pool or the beach. The majority of these are near the west coast resorts, and many offer a free bus service from Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos.
A number are water related; either on it, in it, or under it.
Aqualand Costa Adeje
The Aqualand Costa Adeje waterpark and dolphinarium is situated in the Costa Adeje area of Playa de la Americas. Entry to the park is daily from 10:00 to 17:00 and features all the expected slides including "kamakaze", "foam", and slower lazy river type slides. For more in fo visit Aqualand Costa Adeje
The Breathing Observation Bubble (BOB) is a type of underwater scooter which eliminates the need for underwater breathing apparatus It is advertised as being suitable for all, but you need to be able to swim, be in good health, at least 1.55 metres tall and under 74 years of age. The trip runs out of Puerto Colon harbour in Playa de las Americas. Although it lasts around 2 hours in total, you will be underwater for about 30 - 40 minutes. For an independent view of this attraction refer to:- The Guardian or visit their site... Breathing Observation Bubble
La Gomera is the second smallest island on the Canary Archipelago. It is an amazing mixture of rugged mountains, earthy valleys, tropical misty forests and a fascinating ocean.
Two long established operators run ferries from Los Christianos to San Sebastian in La Gomera:-
- Navieras Armas (www.navieraarmas.com) operate a large car-ferry which takes approximately 90 minutes for the crossing and runs 2 - 3 times a day.
- Fred Olsen Express (www.fredolsen.es) operate a high speed ferry sailing several times a day with a Crossing time of just 35 minutes
A new fast ferry Garajonay Expres (www.garajonayexpres.com) is planned for the summer of 2009. She will be the only ferry to sail to the other La Gomera ports of Playa Santiago and Valle Gran Rey.
Siam Park is the newest attraction in Tenerife and claims to be the most exciting water park in Europe! It is set in a tropical oasis which reflects the ancient kingdom of Thailand, and has seriously breath-taking water rides. It is located close to the popular resorts of Los Cristianos, Las Americas and Fanabe. For more in fo visit... Siam Park
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Nostramo SA operate 3 boats from the south of Tenerife combining pleasure with whale and dolphin watching. Nostramo is a 100 foot schooner built in 1918 which takes 150 passengers. Tropical Delfin is a glassbottom catamaran with 250 seats and Royal Delfin a glassbottom catamaran with 220 seats. They offer 3, 4 and 5 hours trips and guarantee pilot whale sightings, as there is a steady population of about 400-500. They also claim that Bottlenose and Common Dolphins are sighted "almost daily". For more in fo visit... www.tenerifedolphin.com
Next there are selection of activities involving plants, animals and history..
This is a working banana plantation and a farm known as Jardines del Atlantico. It features many different types of tropical plants and trees and also has an exhibition and model of the traditional agriculture and the water system used on Tenerife.
The subtropical and tropical varieties throughout this park on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz, are important not only for the beauty they create, but also for size, age, rarity and remote places of origin. It's one of the most popular, colourful and tranquil parts of the resort.
The Camel Park is in Los Cristianos . Open daily from around 10:00 to 17:00 it is not so suitable for the infirm or those that easily suffer from sea sickness.
Until quite recently these were believed to be terracing built by local farmers. But in 1991 the famous Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl visited the Island to study them. Thor came to the conclusion that the pyramids were almost identical to pyramids in Peru and Mexico, and since then they have became a tourist attraction. They are located between Los Christianos and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, just of the TF1 motorway. For more in fo visit... Guimar Pyramids
Las Aguilas Jungle Park
Set high in the hills behind the resort of Los Cristianos in 75,000 sq. metres of tropical gardens Las Aguilas Jungle Park is worthy of a full day to see all the attractions. The park has a number of demonstrations and shows running throughout the day, including parrot shows, penguin feeding time and a free flying eagle demonstration. It is open all year with free buses operating from Los Cristianos and Playa Las Americas. For more in fo visit... Las Aguilas Jungle Park
Loro Parque is Tenerife's most popular wildlife centre and receives more than 1.3 million visitors each year. The exact translation is 'Parrot Park', but not only is it home to the largest parrot collection in the world, it also has the biggest dolphinarium in Europe and a large variety of other zoological attractions. It is situated at the outskirts of the northern resort of Puerto da la Cruz. The park has a large number of pizzeria, restaurants and shops and is open every day of the year from 08:30 to 17:00. For more in fo visit... Loro Parque
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Situated close to Los Christianos, this is both a botanical garden specialising in cacti and plant life from the arid regions, and an animal park, housing a variety of species from marmosets to terrapins.
Finally there are a number of 4 wheeled attractions:-
Karting Las Americas
Around a 5 minute drive from the centre of Playa de las Americas, it is opened every day from 9am to 10pm.
Karting Club de Tenerife
Situated approximately 7km away from Playa de las Americas, the Karting Club de Tenerife has a track is of international standard and provides 5 different models of kart for hire depending on age and experience.
The Quad Park is the only facility in Tenerife to offer 100% off road quading. Set in over 200,000 sq mts of land, the trails wind through beautiful and natural surroundings. All of their All necessary gear is supplied and drivers must be at least 14 years, but passengers as young as 6 can be carried. For more in fo visit... The Quad Park
The Quad Safari takes you 800m up the mountains behind Playa de las Americas on Polaris 250cc 30HP 4 wheeled quad bikes. You will need to have a class B1 driving licence to drive the machines.