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“Guaranteed whales with a dolphin bonus” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ocean Explorer

Ocean Explorer
Marina Los Gigantes Pontoon 4, Los Gigantes, Tenerife, Spain
(00 34)687 395 856
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Guaranteed whales with a dolphin bonus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Nice operation ran by a couple. Captain Lorenzo is a local who will find the whales. In fact they are so sure about it that they give a money back guarantee if no whales are seen. The boat is fairly small (max. 12 customers at a time), but the prices are extremely reasonable (2 hour trip was 20€ / head). We saw a pod of short finned pilot whales (15-20 individuals) with few calves following their mothers closely. As a bonus there were also two bottlenose dolphins that swung by during the whale viewing. Highly recommended!

Visited January 2014
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“Mind blowing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Have been on this trip several times. Betty and Lorenzo who run this are committed marine ecologists who do a lot of conservation work and help in saving injured and distressed marine wildlife. The two hour trip takes you out to see minke whales and if you go at the right time of year you can see their calves! The boat respects their habitat and cuts it's engines so the whales are not disturbed and they swim and frolic and appear to pose for photos! Have also seen dolphins and numerous birds particularly Shearwaters. All in all, cannot recommend highly enough and only fifteen euros.

Visited January 2014
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“Dolphins and whales up-close”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We booked two trips, one to see the local bottlenose dolphins and another to see the pilot whales. Both were fantastic experiences! The Ocean Explorer is a smaller boat that only takes small groups so you get to see the dolphins and whales really close-up. The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely great value for money.

Visited January 2014
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“Dolphins but no whales”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

The whales were too far away to see in the cruise but we saw plenty of dolphins - and we were warned that we wouldn't see whales before we paid. I always prefer to see whales and dolphins from a smaller boat as you get much closer to them. Also you don't feel as if you are joining a large commercial organisation. There's no wearing life jackets and you can stand up in the boat when there is something to see. Personally that made it a better experience for me but if you are an elf n safety type then you should maybe go on a bigger boat. I would recommend this boat and wish them all the very best

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“Great value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

Friendly staff, a small comfortable boat, and great value for money. We are a family of five and for just over 50euro we had a lovely scenic boat ride and was amazed at the number of Pilot whales we saw and how close you get to them. Really great trip!

Visited December 2013
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