Whales & Sails // Tenerife, Spain
For me, nothing – absolutely nothing – can beat being by the sea. Better yet, ON the sea. I grew up sailing Lasers and my parents even sailed across the Atlantic in the 70’s (!). I love it. During our recent visit to the beautiful Spanish island of Tenerife, wayyy down off the coast of Africa, I reached out to Ivan at Canary Charter Yacht Club to see if we could join them for a day sail on their beautiful Jenneau 39′.
The sunny, windy, day arrived and we joyfully made our way to the Puerto Colon harbor on the southern tip of the island. Ivan, with his fun and easy-going demeanor, immediately offered us drinks so Dan and I opted for cold glasses of cava, the Spanish equivalent to champagne, on the heels of our tour of a wine vineyard outside of Barcelona.
Motoring out of the marina, Dan and I were all grins with the fresh wind and beautiful blue water.
Looking back at the island behind us, the view was astoundingly beautiful.
Our mission? We were in search of a pilot whales! These whales love Tenerife just as much as tourists and are seen frequently off the coast. As the wind picked up, Ivan expertly steered the boat toward some of their favorite swimming areas.
Skimming the water for signs of the whales we quickly spotted fins! Looking very similar to blue dolphins (like Fungie!) these deep sea divers have been known to plunge to depths of almost 600m in search of squid.
After the sightings we (…eh, Dan) helped hoist the sails as we made our way down the coast to an inlet for a little swimming and lunch.
So eager to go on the sail, Dan had forgotten his swim trunks. But who cares? He dove in, khakis and all. While Ivan distributed snorkels to those that wanted them, I lounged on the deck feasting on olives, sandwiches and more cava.
Once back aboard, Dan recounted how he was able to swim along with a giant sea turtle that called the inlet home. Popular with the local divers, he was overjoyed to have been able to catch see a turtle in the wild with just a mask and set of fins.
After turtle-spotting, lunch and swimming, we hoisted the sails again and made our way back to the harbor. The coastline here is remarkable – protected and lush, it was beautiful and relaxing.
Back at the port, Ivan helped us with our things and gave us a zillion great recommendations on things to see and do on the island. Born in Italy, he moved here as a child and has been sailing every since. Hats off to Ivan and Canary Charter Yacht Club for a beautiful day on the Atlantic! (It’s no wonder they have such amazing reviews on Trip Advisor!)