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Two whales swimming underwater
Boat with a group of whales
Give your children a present they will never forget: a trip by boat to see dolphins and whales out at sea. An impressive spectacle that brings thousands of people to Spain every year and helps to bring children closer to the fascinating world of animals.
See whales and sperm whales jumping from close to. Watch as families of friendly dolphins swim at 80 km/hour in their natural habitat, or even get to admire huge killer whales up close. These impressive mammals can reach nine tons in weight. These are just a few of the exciting possibilities awaiting young travellers to Spain. This is a perfect adventure, full of surprises, for people of all ages, combining, fun, education and nature.
In Spain there are various areas suitable for whale watching. Worthy of special mention are Tarifa, in Cadiz province, and, above all, the Canary Islands, with Tenerife at the forefront. There are many companies that organise sea outings all year round.
These companies and their vessels have the necessary regulatory permits, and meet a series of requirements that ensure the protection of the animals in question. They also offer a high degree of comfort and a range of services on board to ensure that your outing is a resounding success: guides and instructors, drinks on deck, lunches, underwater viewing cabins that turn the sea into a giant aquarium... You should, however, book in advance for busier periods of the year. The best thing is to head for the tourist office of the place in question, where they will be able to give you full details about all these activities.
This is a different, educational, environmentally-friendly way to spend a day out with the family. This kind of outing not only takes full advantage of the peace and quiet of the sea, but will also teach children to love these animals even more, and to respect them and their natural habitat. Sometimes our contact with these sea mammals is fleeting. Sometimes, on the other hand, it is close and very intense. One thing that is for sure. It is always an enriching experience.
Before you set off, choose your day well. Calm, sunny days are the best ones to head out in search of whales. The duration of outings varies, and can go from about 90 minutes to more than 5 hours. Bear this in mind so that the little ones don't get too tired. Sometimes outings can include a swim in places that are only accessible by boat, accompanied by thousands of brightly coloured fish. Prices tend to be quite affordable, and there are special tourist packages and discounts available for children.
Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Come to Spain with your children and watch whales and dolphins in the wild. A wonderful summer alternative.