Swimming with sea turtles is a unique and exciting experience. It is breathtaking to see these majestic animals swimming freely in their natural habitat. Besides being a great adventure, swimming with sea turtles also has several benefits. Today we present the opportunity to snorkel with turtles in Tenerife.
First of all, swimming with sea turtles is a unique opportunity to connect with nature and learn about marine life. Watching the turtles swimming nearby, you can appreciate their beauty and their importance in the marine ecosystem. In addition, swimming with sea turtles can be a way to contribute to the conservation of these species - education is the only way to raise awareness. By interacting with turtles in a respectful and sustainable way, we can help protect them and preserve their natural habitat.
Another benefit of swimming with sea turtles is that it can be a relaxing and therapeutic activity. Being in the water and surrounded by marine life can have a calming effect on the mind and body. However, it is important to keep in mind that sea turtles are wild animals and should be treated with respect. It is important to follow the rules and recommendations of the marine reserve staff or guide to ensure the safety of the turtles and visitors. Keep your distance and observe them without being overwhelmed.
Sea turtles in Tenerife
Sea turtles are fascinating animals that inhabit the warm waters of Tenerife. There are several species of sea turtles found in Tenerife, including the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta).
The green turtle is one of the most common species in Tenerife and is characterised by its medium size, its dark green carapace with no protruding margins and four pairs of non-overlapping costal scutes. The head with one pair of prefrontal scales and four post-orbital scales. These turtles feed mainly on algae and are found in all the coastal areas of Tenerife. They used to be very famous in Puertito de Armeñime (Adeje), but have not been seen for some years now.
The loggerhead turtle is one of the most common species of sea turtle found in the Canary Islands. It is characterised by its dark brown carapace and its large size. These turtles feed mainly on crustaceans, molluscs or jellyfish and are found in all the coastal areas of Tenerife. It is a species that travels long migratory distances and passes through the island at all times of the year during its life cycle.
The hawksbill turtle, also known as the olive ridley turtle, is a rarer species to see in Tenerife. It is characterised by its dark brown carapace and its medium size. Unlike the green turtle, these turtles prefer deeper waters and feed mainly on crustaceans and molluscs. They visit us at certain times of the year as part of their migratory process. In addition to these three types, there are other species that may visit the islands from time to time, such as the leatherback turtle and the olive ridley turtle.
In Tenerife, there are several organisations and volunteer groups that work to protect and preserve sea turtles. These organisations carry out conservation activities such as the monitoring of turtle nests, the recovery of injured turtles and environmental education to raise public awareness of the importance of protecting these endangered species.
If you stay at Landmar Hotels you will be able to access this whale and turtle watching activity at a fantastic price. You will travel by boat and kayak along the Los Gigantes Cliffs, an area ideal for observing some of the most important marine species that inhabit or visit the Canary Islands.
From 58€ you can experience this incredible activity and share your love for marine beauty. With a bit of luck it will be possible to swim with turtles in Tenerife.