• Today we take an afternoon flight from London to Tenerife’s South airport. From the airport it is a short 30 minute drive to our hotel.  
    • Accommodation: Small hotel in Vilaflores, 4-nights on full board basis.
    • Over the next three full days we spend the majority of our time on Tenerife focusing more on the northern half of the island with a day excursion to the neighbouring island of La Gomera included.
    • During our time on Tenerife we hope to visit Teide National Park, home to the dormant volcano which dominates the landscape. In the north of the island we also hope to visit Anaga Peninsula Rural Park.
    • The island is home to a wonderful array of both its own endemic species along with a variety of Macronesian endemics. We hope to see land and sea based birds including Atlantic canary, Bulwer’s petrel, Tenerife blue chaffinch, Cory’s shearwater and the rare Barolo shearwater.
    • On one morning in Tenerife we will also have access to our own private boat charter (weather-permitting) where we will enjoy a three hour cruise in search of the two resident cetacean species, the short-finned pilot whale and bottlenose dolphin. Our time at sea will also enable us to look for pelagic seabirds.
    • One day we will cross by public ferry to the neighbouring smaller island of La Gomera to explore lowland valley reservoirs before spending time in Garajonay National Park where we hope to see Bolle’s and laurel pigeons.
  1. Day 5 Fly back to the UK

Please note: The order of the itinerary will be based on weather conditions and the locations of current sightings of bird species.

All prices are per person and include:

  • Services of the naturalist leader
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Guided actvities

Accommodation

Our small hotel is located in the quiet town of Vilaflor in the southern half Tenerife, just a short drive away from Teide National Park. The hotel itself is within the Corona Forestal Natural Park and has been designed to blend into the natural lava landscapes and local pine trees.

Rooms are en suite and feature air-conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi. From the hotel there are a number of walking paths and trails to explore the nearby area. 

Meals

All meals are included.

Breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Packed lunches will be provided for us to make the most of our days out exploring the island.   

Birds

Summer sees the return of many seabirds to the Canary Islands. Due to the diversity of the islands this means some species can be seen across all islands whilst others are unique to each individual island. Our trip visits Tenerife and La Gomera and we hope to see endemic species such as Tenerife blue chaffinch along with Macronesian endemics including the rare Barolo shearwater.   

  • Bolle’s pigeon
  • Tenerife blue chaffinch
  • Barolo shearwater
  • Western osprey 

Mammals

Whilst land mammals are somewhat limited on Tenerife and La Gomera, our focus is on the marine mammals. During the summer months we hope to see the two resident cetaceans: short-finned pilot whale and bottle-nosed dolphin.

  • Short-finned pilot whale
  • Bottlenose dolphin
  • Barbary ground squirrel

Butterflies

Tenerife and La Gomera are home to a rich and wide variety of butterflies and dragonflies which have evolved or introduced to the islands.

  • Canary Islands’ large white butterfly
  • Cleopatra butterfly
  • Canary blue butterfly
  • Island darter dragonfly

Flora

Flora on the Canary Islands is characterised in many ways by extraordinary spurges which have taken on the form of cacti to withstand the dry conditions the islands experience. Laurel forests are also found on both islands that we visit.

Scenery

Tenerife and La Gomera make up part of the seven main islands of the Atlantic volcanic archipelago of the Canary Islands, all having their own mix of habitats. The dry conditions of Tenerife create a desert like landscape on the peak of Teide National Park, whilst La Gomera is known for its lush laurel forest. 

Boat trips

Weather permitting, we take a private three hour boat trip from Tenerife in search of the resident cetaceans and pelagic seabirds. Our day trip to La Gomera will see us taking the public ferry, linking the islands with outdoor areas where we hope to view dolphins and Cory’s shearwater.

Photography

Photographic opportunities on this trip are goodt, especially seabirds, shorebirds, marine mammals and the diverse scenery of the volcanic islands.

Walking

Most activities on our tour are based on nature walks for birdwatching and will be taken a gentle pace along the coast, forest trails and in the mountains. 

Flights

Price includes return scheduled flights London – Tenerife (South) – London. 

Ferry

Return ferry crossing to La Gomera is included.

Ground transport

Ground transportation will be by minibus driven by our tour leader.

Altitude

On this tour we will travel up to over 3,000 metres above sea level when we visit Teide National Park and ride on the cable car.

Climate

Tenerife offers a year round warm climate, with July being one of the hottest summer months with daytime temperatures reaching up to 28C. Due to Mount Teide being situated in the middle of the island this can create a north – south divide with the southern half of the island in July experiencing cloudless, hot, dry days and the northern part of the island being slightly cooler.

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