Tenerife’s location in the Atlantic Ocean and off the west coast of Africa makes it a special place for snorkelling. All kinds of marine life can be observed along the island’s coastlines, without the need for any high-tech diving equipment. It is incredibly easy to have an extraordinary snorkelling adventure straight from the beach, making Tenerife the ideal place for beginners and children as well as more experienced snorkellers. The following beaches offer unparalleled snorkelling opportunities, with or without booking a tour.
Another charming and well-maintained beach, Playa de Radazul is popular with tourists and locals alike for its snorkelling. The main bathing areas are protected by a breakwater so the water is very calm, though the open ocean is accessible for those seeking deeper waters. Playa de Radazul is just 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the capital, Santa Cruz, on the northeast coast of Tenerife.
In the northeastern corner of Tenerife, where the Barranco del Monte river meets the sea, is the stunning Playa de las Arenas. This beach’s black sand and clean water create marvellous conditions for snorkelling and it also tends to be less busy than the island’s southwestern beaches. It is worth striking out to the deeper areas where there are more rocks to find the greatest variety of sea life.