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“Packed in like sardines”
Review of Royal Delfin

Royal Delfin
Ranked #32 of 86 Tours in Adeje
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Owner description: The close encounter with Dolphins and whales in Tenerife There are 28 species of Whales and Dolphins that either reside in or pass through Canarian waters. Pilot Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins are resident to the waters off the South West coast of Tenerife and enable the whale watching industry to all but guarantee sightings. Rough Toothed dolphins used to be resident nearer La Gomera before the fast ferries arrived and were frequently seen; they have now moved further around the island. Sperm whales reside between Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

With a couple of hundred people crammed onto this glass-bottom catamaran, boarding felt like being on public transport, with people jostling for a seat even before the last coach load of passengers had arrived. One woman literally sat on top of me, crushing my thigh, before telling me to move my children so her husband could sit down.
Glad we only did the two-hour cruise. Can't imagine how they would serve food.
There are three decks, upper (best for viewing the dolphins and whales, but gets a little cold so might be worth bringing a long sleeve jacket) lower (felt a bit claustrophobic and the blasting speakers hurt our ears) and below decks are the two glass-sided viewing areas. These could only house about ten people each comfortably, though they were empty at the start and they fed the fish in the port before we embarked so worth a trip down with the children.
We eventually found a place to sit unmolested outside the toilet on the upper deck.
The journey out gave great views of the island. The only commentary was a hard-sell on drinks and snacks and their DVD.
They take your photos and sell them at €10 for one €15 for two and €20 for four, though two of the photos were simply cropped or B&W versions of the others.
The highlight and saving grace of this trip were the dolphins who performed wonderfully, following the wake of the boat and leaping into the air.
The commentary about the animals was very good and we also got to view the pilot whales.
Trip back was relaxed, again lovely views of Tenerife and 80s ballad type music.
We went in February, can't imagine this trip in high season.
Has the potential to be great but just too many people aboard to make this a recommendable excursion.
Two years ago we took a smaller boat to view the dolphins and whales and it was a much nicer experience with no hard sell.
The charms of this excursion were all outside of the boat.

2  Thank pjkDublin
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Certainly wasn't for me. Did not realise the rough waves would make me sea sick. Rather have paid more for the VIP where you have the indoor enclosure. Got to see the dolphins, but wouldn't say was really worth it.

Thank lohon
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

I have to say that this trip is excellent value the boat is large and takes over 200 people if full but when we went there were about 40 passengers the guide was imformative and is multilingual

The boat is clean and well maintained and the Captain and crew behave in a very proffessional manner on our cruise we saw one dolphin and about 20 pilot whales plus on baby pilot whale (say AHH) The snack lunch was meatballs rice and salad and a banana as desert. there were unlimited soft drinks of various types available during the trip.

4  Thank SK1R1D
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We booked this excursion and was sold on this company because it gave people the chance to have a swim in the water, food provided and transport to and from your hotel. Although not one of the cheapest company's to offer such an excursion I believe that it was worth every penny!

The staff were friendly and informative and spoke several languages. Almost as soon as we left port we were amongst Whales and Dolphins, it is amazing how close we actually got to them with plenty of time given to take photographs. The food provided as part of the deal was basic however tasty and did the job.

My only criticism is the photographers and video capture staff on board clearly trying to make money from tourists, sometimes they were pushy with the hard sale - however this did not detract from a fantastic day!

I highly recommend using this company, thank you for a great day out!

2  Thank Wayne C
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

Do not bother with this trip, they cram you on a small boat, where your shoved by other passengers, stop for food, where they let you dive for 20 mins if you can get to back of the boat, with the food queue. Then stop for a chance sighting of a whale or dolphin. 6 of us for £150 not value for money in my book. Will not go again or recommend either.

1  Thank ebow72
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skypeter, Manager at Royal Delfin, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2013

We are sorry to hear that you had a bad day.
The Royal Delfin is a big boat, actually one of the biggest.
according to review the customer "was crammed on a small boat"
We do not have an excursion selling at 150Lb for 6 persons, we are more expensive.
We do not make chance stops to se the cetaceans, we search for them, find them and show them.
We did not get a near 90% satisfaction rating for nothing.
Have a nice day

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