The Best Ethical Animal Experiences in Tenerife

Tenerife is home to several animal parks, where you can see exotic creatures from all over the world. The habitats resemble their own as much as possible, but nothing compares to seeing an animal in its natural home. As an animal lover you want a holiday that’s fun for humans and animals alike. If you’re planning on visiting the volcanic island soon, here are the best ethical animal experiences in Tenerife.

Whale and dolphin boat trips

Dolphins seen underwater; ethical animal experiences in Tenerife

The waters around the south of Tenerife are teeming with bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales. There are also some less common species, such as orcas, humpback whales and sperm whales. You’ll get to admire these magnificent creatures in all their glory, swimming and playing together in the wide open sea. The dolphins are really playful and sometimes even swim along side the boats, trying to race them. It’s a sight that’s much better than seeing them perform tricks in a zoo! As long as you choose a Blue Flag-certified company, you can be sure this will be one of your favorite ethical animal experiences in Tenerife.


A green turtle swimming underwater; ethical animal experiences in Tenerife
Green Turtle

The waters around Tenerife are home to some fascinating wildlife you can admire if you don a mask and snorkel. One of the best places on the island to snorkel is a small bay in the southwest called La Caleta.

This part of the sea is home to several resident green turtles who swim around the rocks flanking the beach and provide a great natural show. When they’re not hunting for food amongst the rocks, the turtles spend a lot of time on the seafloor. But since the water is just 10m deep and very clear, you can easily spot them.

Dog walking

Happy dog in a harness; ethical animal experiences in Tenerife

If you’re missing your four-legged friend from back home or you just want some good karma, head to the Live Arico dog shelter on a Saturday 9am to 1pm and walk a dog or two. There are hundreds of dogs at the shelter patiently waiting for their forever home; their weekly gallivanting is one of the highlights of their week. With dogs of all sizes, strengths and temperaments eager to get out and stretch their legs, the whole family can safely enjoy a dog walk. Who knows, you might fall in love with your new companion, adopt them and take them home with you!

Butterfly house

Admiral Butterfly on a butterfly bush
Admiral Butterfly

The Mariposario in Icod de los Vinos gives you an amazing opportunity to see more than 800 butterflies from around the world freely fluttering inside a huge indoor courtyard. The space is heated to the perfect temperature and is filled with wonderful flowers and delicious treats. It’s a real butterfly haven for the multi-coloured residents. Touching the butterflies is strictly prohibited, but they’re very friendly. There’s a good chance one will land on you and pose long enough for you to take the perfect selfie.

About Nicola Quinn


Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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