How to spot turtles in Tenerife?

Tenerife is home to various species of turtles, including the critically endangered loggerhead sea turtle and the endangered green sea turtle. If you want to spot turtles in Tenerife, here are some tips:

  1. Snorkeling and scuba diving: Turtles are often spotted while snorkeling or scuba diving around the coast of Tenerife. Choose diving spots known for their rich marine life, such as the dive site near PalmMar where turtles are seen practically every day. Sometimes they are seen in Abades and Montaña Amarilla.
  2. Kayak tours with snorkelling: The most famous tours in canoe start from Los Cristianos and head to PalmMar cliffs. As you paddle along the crystal-clear waters, keep an eye out for sea turtles swimming below the surface. These gentle creatures can often be seen grazing on sea grass or gliding gracefully through the water. When the guides locate a suitable spot, you'll have the opportunity to anchor your kayaks and dive into the water for some snorkeling. Snorkeling allows you to observe the turtles up close, witnessing their graceful movements and marveling at their beauty.
  3. Take a boat tour: Joining a boat tour or excursion can increase your chances of spotting turtles. Look for tours that specifically mention turtle sightings or focus on marine wildlife observation. The tour operators usually have experienced guides who can help you locate and learn more about the turtles.

Remember to be patient and observant, turtles can be elusive creatures. Keep an eye on the water surface for any signs of movement or popping heads. Turtles often surface to breathe, and their heads or shells might be visible from a distance. When you encounter a turtle, maintain a respectful distance and avoid disturbing or touching them. It is important to be mindful of their natural habitat and minimize any potential impact on their behavior or well-being.

Wildlife sightings are never guaranteed, and it may require some luck to spot turtles in their natural habitat. Enjoy the experience of being in Tenerife's beautiful coastal areas regardless of whether you encounter turtles or not.