Are you tempted to discover Tenerife and the Canary Islands by sea? So here is a mini-guide to a boat rental in Tenerife!
Do you know Tenerife, the island of eternal spring? In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, it is the largest island in the Canary Islands.
Renowned for its sweetness of life and the beauty of its natural landscapes, it is at the top of the List of European tourist destinations. With its 10 modern and secure marinas, Tenerife is also a fantastic playground for boaters.
Do you also dream of discovering the Canary Islands by sea? To help you organize your cruise, Travelvibe has put together a special guide for boat rental in Tenerife. So, we follow the trade winds and hoist the sails!
Ideas for boat itineraries from Tenerife
Among the many sailing itineraries in Tenerife, we have selected three cruise ideas to discover for a weekend, a week, or ten days.
Tenerife – La Gomera for a weekend
From La Galera or Puerto Colon, head to La Gomera, the island closest to Tenerife. The two shores are only 40 miles apart, so it will take you no more than 4 hours to make the crossing.
You will drop anchor in San Sebastian de la Gomera before hiking to the Unesco-listed Garajonay National Park in the heart of the island.
On the program: humid forests, ancient volcanoes, and black sand beaches!
Tenerife – La Palma, via Las Palmas and La Gomera in one week
Tenerife, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma: the itinerary of this week-long cruise makes you discover four of the seven islands of the Canary Archipelago. Among the must-sees classified as a biosphere reserve, you should not miss:
● Teide National Park (third highest volcano in the world and highest point in Spain) and La Tejita beach in Tenerife;
● The dunes of Maspalomas, the Rural Park del Nublo, and the port of Mogan on Gran Canaria;
● The natural monument of Los Roques and the Gran Rey Valley in La Gomera;
● The Caldera de Taburiente National Park, the beach of Port Naos, and the salt pans of Fuencaliente in La Palma.
Tenerife – Fuerteventura via Lanzarote: a two-week cruise
Your two-week cruise to Tenerife will take you from the port of San Miguel to San Sebastian de la Gomera. You will then set sail for Santa Cruz de la Palma, then sail to Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
After a day of sailing, you will reach the island of Lanzarote. You will then head to Morro Jable in Fuerteventura. On the way back, you will stop in Puerto Mogan on the island of Gran Canaria and finally dock at the port of San Miguel, your starting point.
Some must-sees in Lanzarote, La Graciosa and Fuerteventura:
● The Timanfaya National Park, the vineyards of La Geria, the beach of Papagayo, the cave of los Verdes and the lagoon of El Golfo in Lanzarote;
● La Francesa beach on the island of La Graciosa;
● The Natural Park of Corralejoles, La Concha of the islet of Lobos, the beaches of Costa Calma and Cofete on Fuerteventura.
What type of boat to rent in Tenerife?
For boat rental in Tenerife you will find different models available in the ports of:
● La Galera;
● Puerto Colón;
● San Miguel de Abona;
● Marina Santa Cruz;
● Los Gigantes;
● Marina del Sur/Las Galletas;
● Los Cristianos.
For a one- or more-day excursion to Tenerife, it is possible to opt for:
● A motorboat;
● A sailboat;
● A catamaran;
● A schooner;
● A semi-rigid;
● A jet ski.
Some types of boats require a permit. If you want to drive alone, you will usually be limited to smaller, more maneuverable models.
What is the price of a boat rental in Tenerife?
The price of a boat rental in Tenerife depends on the type of boat and the duration. Rates for a day vary between:
● €70 and €2,000 for a motorboat with a captain (or between €250 and €1,000 without a captain);
● 200 € and 900 € for a sailboat with a captain(60 € and 700 € without captain);
● €900 and €5,000 for a catamaran with a captain (from €414 without a captain);
● €200 and €1,200 for a semi-rigid with a captain(€200 and €785 without captain);
● 180 € for a jet ski.
Please note: these prices do not include fuel. All boat rentals have mandatory life-saving equipment: buoys, life jackets for children and adults, and a fire extinguisher.
How to rent a boat in Tenerife?
You can rent a boat in Tenerife directly on site. To benefit from a wide choice and save time, do not hesitate to make your reservation online.
You will compare the different proposals and select the one that best suits your expectations, budget, and umber of sailors.
For an overview of all boat rental offers in Tenerife, go to specialized sites such as Samboat. With this application for connecting professionals and individuals, you will have a wide choice of boats and options.
You will also have the opportunity to hire the services of a skipper. This solution is recommended if you are not a sailing pro and do not have a boat license!
Some offers also allow you to book additional equipment for water skiing, snorkeling, wakeboarding, etc.
Do I need a permit to sail in Tenerife?
Boat rental in Tenerife does not require a permit as long as:
● Your sailboat does not exceed 6 meters;
● Your motorboat does not exceed 5 meters in length and has a power of fewer than 11.26 kilowatts.
If you rent a boat in Tenerife exceeding these thresholds, your boat license must be presented to the captaincy for authorization. This process is usually taken care of by the rental company.
Tips for sailing in Tenerife?
Before boarding, watch for weather conditions. Two types of winds sweep Tenerife and the Canary Islands. The trade winds (northeast wind) and the Calima (Sirocco) arrive from the Sahara from April to October.
In summer, the wind can blow in strong gusts (venturi effect), making navigation between islands sometimes complicated.
When is the best time to sail in Tenerife?
Although it is good to sail in Tenerife throughout the year, the best time for a boat rental in Tenerife and the Canary Islands is between October and February.
The trade winds are milder this season, and the Azores anticyclone protects the archipelago.
So, rent a boat in Tenerife… Are you up for it?