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How to swim with dolphins in Tenerife

The idea of swimming with dolphins is a far-off dream for many people, but if you want to make that dream a reality, Tenerife is a popular destination to do it. However, along with the other Canary Islands, Tenerife has made swimming with dolphins in the wild illegal. Other options, such as dolphin sighting tours, remain, and more and more companies offer special holiday packages in which you can swim alongside the beautiful creatures. Although it isn't certain that you'll get the chance to swim with dolphins, an education program at the island's Aqualand waterpark can give some pointers in the right direction.

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  1. Book a ticket to Aqualand. The Aquapark is located in Torviscas just outside Playa De las Américas. Online, buy both a general admission ticket for Aqualand Costa Adeje and the separate ticket for Aqualand's Dolphinarium. Call ahead (on (+34) 922 715266) to make sure of the program, but generally dolphin shows are held every afternoon. Alternatively, if you are already in Tenerife, go to the park to inquire, but it is best to book in advance. Before making the trip to Costa Adeje, you have to sign up for the Dolphin Training Program as this is separate.

  2. Hire a taxi or a car. Alternatively, walk to one of the Aqualand shuttle bus stops in Playa de las Américas or Los Cristianos.

  3. Tell the guide or organiser that you would like to be considered for swimming with the dolphins. The trainers pick some of the attendees of the tour to get in the tank with the dolphins during the show. Although there is no guarantee that you will be selected, neither the Dolphin Training Program nor the swim with the dolphins are particularly well-known, so the odds are in your favour.

  4. Take the tour, then wait for the show. Return to the Dolphinarium to enjoy the dolphin performance. Wait to be called upon then enter the tank and follow the instructor's guidance.

  5. Warning

    Remember that if you try to swim with wild dolphins you can be fined, at the least. Make sure you take your swimwear!

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Things You'll Need

  • Swimwear


About the Author

Helen Tickner is a writer and researcher. Since graduating from a degree in Literature and International Relations in 2009 she has written about subjects including politics and sustainability. She has worked for a range of independent newspapers, art and design magazines, and human rights NGO’s.

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