Jeep Safari’s from Tenerife to La Gomera

It is amazing how many tourists / holiday-makers come to the island of Tenerife year after year -and yet the majority of them never even consider popping across to its neighbouring island of La Gomera. With a ferry-crossing that takes around 45 minutes -which is roughly the same time that it takes to cross from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight in the UK, embarking on a simple day-trip to this wonderful little island, which is steeped in history -and has an abundance of beauty, seems par-for-the-course in my eyes -and so I hope that this little insight into the second-smallest island in the Canary Islands archipelago will be an incentive for people to embark on their first-ever island-hopping adventure off the north-western coast of Africa.

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Jet Ski Safari’s in Tenerife

Jet-skiing around the south coast of Tenerife is more than just a fun excursion; indeed it is both an exhilarating and exciting experience that one will never, ever forget. My first ride on a jet-ski came right out of the blue one day, whilst I was in the middle of building a multi-storey sandcastle with my three children, Liam, Carl and Hayley, on Las Americas Beach. My daughter was contentedly filling her bucket with water from the ocean (which she intended pouring into the moat I had just built around our ‘castle’) when she suddenly spotted a guy bombing-along the horizon on a jet-ski -and immediately she was hooked!

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Castillo De San Miguel -A Great ‘Knight’ out!

The ‘Castillo De San Miguel’ must be one of the most unique buildings in the Canaries -for where-else can one find an authentic-looking ‘Castle’ in this archipelago of Spanish islands? Once inside the grounds it is like disappearing into a time-warp, as one is immediately transported back a thousand years -to medieval times -and the days when the fabled ‘Knights of the Round Table’ ruled the land -and King Arthur’s Court was awash with feasting and merriment, as jesters and jugglers performed their various acts and antics -and ‘Merlin the Magician’ cast all kinds of spells -and mixed all sorts of potions in his ever-bubbling cauldron.

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‘Whales and Dolphins’ cruises from Tenerife

There are many ways of sampling ‘A life on the ocean-wave’, from dinghy’s to cruise-ships, speedboats to hovercraft’s -and pedalo’s to ferries, but none can be more relaxing -or more enjoyable, than spending an afternoon on one of the fabulous ‘Freebird’ Catamarans. ‘Freebird Sailing’, which was founded in 1994, has the largest catamaran fleet in the Canary Islands, boasting ‘5’ superb vessels, which spend their days taking hundreds of holiday-makers around Tenerife’s southern coast.

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Parascending around the bays of Tenerife

In keeping with my ‘Life-on-the Ocean-wave’ (or under the ocean-wave, as the case may be) theme this week, I have decided to do a blog on the pleasures of Parascending -which many people would believe is not for the fainthearted, but let me assure those of you with a little sense of adventure out there that it is completely safe -and undoubtedly one of the most exhilarating and exciting excursions on the island. I first tried my hand at this amazing experience with a handful of friends on the Balearic island of Mallorca -and the results were nothing less than hilarious! At first we were all taken out to a floating platform, a few hundred metres out to sea, where we disembarked our speed-boat, while our ‘captain’ began setting-up the winch, which would be pulling us along behind his boat, before attaching the huge zeppelin-sized umbrella, which would be lifting us into the air with the greatest of ease, before gliding us around the coastal fringes of Magaluf Bay.

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‘Bob-Diving’ -Scuba-diving with a difference!

It was just another normal summers’ day, with baking hot air all around us -and bluer-than-blue skies in every direction, as my children and I ambled along the small promenade at Puerto Colon, all four of us desperately in need of some liquid refreshments -and so we stopped at one of the local bars overlooking the beautiful marina, where our thirsts were soon quenched with pints of ice-cold Coca-Cola. Sitting not too-far away from us was this rather small boat, its minuscule carcass totally engulfed by the glamorous yachts that surrounded it -and yet there was something rather unique about its cargo which made it stand-out above the rest.

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The ‘Jungle Park’ (Las Aguilas Eagle Park)

‘Las Aguilas (Eagle) Park’ over a decade ago, and I have to say the park has grown in leaps and bounds over the last ten years. I remember the The ‘Birds of Prey Show’ being exceptionally good at the time, with huge eagles gliding through the air with the greatest of ease, and enormous falcons flapping their wings and dive-bombing through the clouds like Kamikaze pilots, before putting-on the breaks and coming to rest on giant gauntlets held by their owners. I was also intrigued by the vultures, with their massive wing-spans -and their indestructible digestive systems, which can apparently devour almost anything on the planet!

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Freewheeling down the highest mountain in Spain!

It was around 15 years ago when the excursion company called ‘Rafting Bikes’ first arrived on the island of Tenerife -and my three children and I were among their first customers. After being collected from our hotel at 2pm in the afternoon the four of us boarded a 15-seated mini-bus. Attached to the back of our vehicle was a long, wrought-iron trailer, fully loaded from front to back with about a dozen mountain bikes. After calling into a few more hotels our bus was packed to bursting with fellow riders, and so we sped-off, heading for the west coast of Tenerife, where we climbed high into the hills, our host for the day, a lovely Dutch lady in her mid-twenties, kindly giving us all an insight into the island, along with an extensive history lesson about Mount Teide -the highest volcano-cum-mountain in Spain.

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