So you’ve heard that Tenerife is the perfect place for all kinds of entertainment – from sightseeing and nightlife to a crazy array of sports and fun activities that not only cover land, water and air but the spectrum from tame to absolutely wild, too? Great. Now you only have to figure out which to choose, and we’d like to make that task just a bit easier. To that end we bring you the comprehensive list of Tenerife surface water sports and activities – the first in a series detailing the island’s many attractions.
Partially exposed to big swells and powerful winds from the North Atlantic, Tenerife’s endless beaches offer oportunities for all kinds of surfing and all levels of expertise. The best time to surf in Tenerife is September through April, while notable surfer favourites include Anaga’s Benijo beach, La Caleta in Garachico, Alcalá next to the famous Los Gigantes cliffs and La Machacona in El Médano.
If you’ve never stood on a surfboard but would love to try, Tenerife is a great place to learn to surf.
As new as surfing is old, flyboarding is an absolute must for every adrenaline lover. And what’s not to love? While your feet are locked in jet-nozzle boots, a flyboard will propel you up to 10 m high guaranteeing an experience to remember.
Also aptly known as hydroflying, this newly founded extreme sport is gaining popularity fast, and is actually not that hard to learn.
3. Sea Kayaking
While it won’t give you the kind of rush bungee-jumping does, kayaking in Tenerife offers a completely unique perspective on the island’s natural beauty. One popular route takes you right by Los Gigantes, and will surely give you a new appreciation of Tenerife’s landmark cliffs.
4. Waterskiing and Wakeboarding
The prototypical surface water sport, waterskiing can actually be done with one or two skis. Swap those with a board, and you’ve got wakeboarding – and the variations go on. Which of those you’ll choose is a matter of personal preference, but one thing is for sure: they all mean you’ll have a great time on the water.
One of the great things about Tenerife jetskiing is that it combines thrilling fun with an opportunity to tour the island’s coast. If you’re more interested in the thrilling fun side, you can book a 20-minute circut ride, while those who want to take in a view as well can do a full jetski safari.
Also available are various combos, like jetskiing and parascending with the option of adding a fly fish ride, too.
Also known as parasailing or parakiting, parascending can be done on land or water. The version popular in Tenerife has you flying above the water at over 80 km/h, while enjoying a view of the island’s scenic coastline.
Excursions available at various locations and promise safe yet exciting fun at quite affordable prices.
A cross between surfing and sailing, windsurfing is another great way to take full advantage of Tenerife’s northernly winds. Lessons are available for all levels, including children as young as six, and can help you either advance your windsurfing skills or boost your balance and coordination by introducing you to this dynamic sport.
If you’re looking for on-the-water fun with a twist, kitesurfing certainly fits the bill: you’re not only surfing, but using a huge kite to harness windpower, too. One of the best locations in Tenerife for learning this sport is El Médano, the island’s famously gorgeous southern beach.
Also known as riding a banana boat, this activity is plain old fun and definitely an experience worth having.
It a nutshell, it’s like a rodeo on water: you straddle an inflatable banana boat and hold on while hauled by a speedboat.
10. Fly Fish Ride
Vividly described as a ‘banana boat on steroids’, riding the fly fish is definitely on the extreme end of the sports spectrum. This adrenaline-packed ride involves dizzying speeds and zig-zag courses and is a treat for anyone looking for heart-stopping entertainment.
If you happen to know about a cool activity we’ve missed, be sure to let us know so we can update our list!