During our whale watching tours we head into the south of the island where we have the best conditions for sightings of marine mammals.
We are lucky enough to be able to say that off the coast of La Gomera during the entire year there is whale and dolphin season. Of all sea areas in Europe, the Canary Islands belong to the best places for successful whale watching excursions.
Particularly the area between the islands of La Gomera and Tenerife, because there are so many different species who live here permanently. In addition to those, there are also other species that can be sighted at a certain time of the year during their migration.
Impressions of our Whale Watching tours on the coast of La Gomera
Sustainable Whale Watching Tours
Speedy Adventure offers respectful and sustainable whale and dolphin watching. That is what the yellow flag stands for, which is the official award given to us by the Canary Island Government. Also, Speedy Adventure is represented in the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas.
It is our main concern, not to disturb the animals in their natural environment. That is why we approach the marine mammals respectfully and keep the required distance to them.
Another important point for the ecological whale watching tours that offers Speedy, are the modern engines that work very quietly. These are particularly important because the marine animals are extremely sensitive to sounds and can be easily confused by loud noises.
At eye level with the dolphins
Despite the distance that we keep to the animals, the whale and dolphin experience is very intense, because many species are very curious and they often approach to the boat to explore it.
It is not rare to happen that some animals swim in the bow waves of Speedy. In these moments our guests onboard get very close to them, so to speak, at eye level with the whales and dolphins.
Off La Gomera there is plenty to see
During our whale watching trips we usually go out about two to three nautical miles where we almost always see dolphins at first. Mostly the Bottlenose dolphins and the Atlantic Spotted dolphins are our first companions.
These and other dolphin species live permanently in the area between La Gomera, El Hierro and Tenerife. Very often all over the year, we sight these marine mammals.
Biodiversity off the coast of the island
More species permanently living in this area of the Atlantic, are the Short finned pilot whales. They live here in the world’s largest known, cohabiting population.
These quiet sea creatures we can meet here also throughout the entire year, mostly in groups. Since these animals hunt at night, they use the daytime to rest. Therefore, during the whale watching trips, usually we see many pilot whales together as they drift completely relaxed on the water surface.
Around 30 different whales and dolphins have been sighted off the coast of La Gomera in the Atlantic Ocean in the last years – the most common of these are the Bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins, Striped dolphins, Common dolphins, Rough-toothed dolphins, Pilot whales, Bryde’s whales and Sperm whales.
Swimming break in a bay
After the dolphin and whale watching, we head back to the coast, where we make a stop in the bay La Cantera which is located below the village Alajeró.
Here we offer our guests our homemade sangria with fresh fruit. Guests may also swim here and experience the animals of the shallower water while snorkeling.
Those who do not feel like swimming can also simply enjoy the atmosphere of the quiet bay.
Although the old fish factory is now in ruins, you still et a good impression of how important the fishing industry used to be here for the people and the economy of La Gomera.
The former fish factory La Cantera
Several tons of fish, especially tuna and mackerel, were processed here between 1891 and the 70’s of the 20th century.
Together with the cannery factory, which was located in the nearby bay La Rajita, a big part of La Gomeras’ former economy was generated here.
Back to Valle Gran Rey
After the swimming break we go back to Valle Gran Rey along the coast.
Since the Speedy boat can approach very close to the coast, the guests aboard enjoy a close look to the rocks and cliffs of the south coast of La Gomera.
Also because the Speedy has no draught it can enter a big cave which is located on this route.
Altogether, our whale watching tours with Speedy Adventure take about 3 hours.
Our Whale Watching tours
All Whale Watching tours depart in Vueltas, in the port of Valle Gran Rey. On demand also tours for groups from Playa Santiago available.
3-hours Whale Watching tour with swim stop & sangria:
Monday to Saturday: 11.00 am
Depending on the demand another tour at 2.00 pm!