Duration: 4 hours
Departs: Valle Gran Rey, Spain
Price from USD 44.63
Discover the whales and dolphins in front of the coast of La Gomera. The guide on board of the typical canary fisherboat is an expert concerning maritime questions, who will give a lot of background information about the animals. During all excursions, respectful whale watching is of absolute importance.
Every one of our boat trips is new and different as we are dealing with wild animals, which are constantly moving through the ocean. So we can never know exactly where they can be found in any particular moment. We have to watch out for them on every excursion anew and we are very much in favor of finding them!
Respectful whale watching means adhering strictly to the regulations set by the Canary Island authorities, therefore we ensure that the cetaceans receive the respect they deserve in their natural habitat. We sail on a small former fishing boat which has become a licensed Whale Watching boat and can only carry 10 guests (incl. captain and one guide). The guides work hand in hand with research programmes (M.E.E.R. e.V.) to establish an ocean reserve off La Gomera for the protection of the cetaceans. Our expert team on board (on EVERY tour) will constantly share their knowledge and experience with our guests!!
When we encounter a school of dolphins or whales, first of all we will try to find out what they are doing. Are they looking for food, hunting or feeding, travelling or do they even come closer to our boat? Respectful whale watching means to adapt to the particular situation and adjust our sailing manner to the animals behaviour. It is very important to us not to disturb the animals with our boat but to watch them in their natural habitat. Often, they seek to get closer to us and the boat and even ride in the bow wave.
Sometimes though, they make it clear to us that we are not welcome and then we have to sail on, enjoy the ocean itself or we might even meet a different group of cetaceans. Surely we do influence the animals behaviour if we are close by with our boat. To keep this influence as subtle as possible we drive our boat according to the Canary legal regulations and to our best knowledge and belief, our intuition and many years of experience.
Every one of our boat trips is new and different as we are dealing with wild animals, which are constantly moving through the ocean. So we can never know exactly where they can be found in any particular moment. We have to search for them on every excursion anew and we are very much in favor of finding them!
The sighting rates peak in springtime with nearly to 100%. But the other months are very impressive too. In 2014/2015, we had sighting rates over 90%. We never give sighting guarantees but expect from our nature loving guests that they will appreciate what the ocean is willing to show us on any specific day. We saw 23 different species within the last years - this is more than amazing!
Expect the unexpected! Everything is possible: We have even encountered blue whales passing through this area. But please accept that every trip turns out differently and then just enjoy the ocean itself, the seabirds, there might be a sea turtles, jumping tuna, flying fish or simply the sparkling light of the sun dancing on the surface of the ocean. During the warmer months there might be time for a swimming break.
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