Whale watching and wildlife in the Canary Islands
- Vessel: Twister
- Port: San Miguel Marina, Tenerife
- Where: The Canaries
- Departure: 13 January 2019, 15:00
- Arrival: 19 January 2019, 10:00
- Duration: 7 days
- Winter sun
This winter, Twister explores the remote side of the Canary Islands. From the tropical rainforests on La Gomera to the volcano on La Palma with its slopes swathed in Canary Pine, this is winter sun like nothing else.
This winter Twiter is out basking in the Canary Island sun. A wonderful sailing area with constant steady trade winds blowing makes for making great passages between the islands of Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera. Away from the hectic tourist centres, Twister and her crew will show you a wilder side to this extraordinary archipelago, from walking high snow capped mountain peaks to snorkelling with Manta Rays and phosphorescence in the warm waters of Gomera – there is something for everyone. The spectacular wildlife is of course a highlight, but the culture and cuisine is just as delightful, and the chance to discover all this with the magnificent Twister as your base is unmissable.
One of the best parts of sailing in the Canaries is the sightings and close quarter viewing of Pilot whales that live close in shore on the 500m contour line. Every week we pass through the area and often these wonderful creatures come to the ship to say hello. A large group of Bottlenose dolphin also can be seen in the area. You can sit out on the bowsprit and watch them surf the bow wave through glassy seas.
Other species we have seen in other years are Sperm Whale, Brydes whale, Spinner dolphin and Atlantic Spotted dolphin. However, depending on the food supply, many more whales visit the area each year and are easily viewed from the ship.
There is no fixed itinerary for your sailing holiday, as the winds will decide but normally Twister will set sail the first evening on a short sail down the coast to anchor off the beach at Los Christians. The following morning, up with the larks to sail 72 Nm to La Isla Bonita, La Palma or La Gomera.
La Palma, the most western isle
Depending on the weather your destination will be Tazacorte, an old fishing port, now a marina and situated on the sun drenched slopes, just perfect for a swim and sundowner. or stroll through the ancient town of Santa Cruz de La Palma, a true gem of typical Canary architecture, whitewashed houses with carved balconies, cool streets and old tapas bars serving local cheeses and wines.
A La Gomera the perfect place to anchor is the exclusive Valle Gran Rey. The steep red cliffs are a stunning backdrop for a swim and dining under the stars. As the sun lifts her head above the ocean, take an early morning dip before joining a crew member to walk the rivers and valleys of Gomera. Life here is at a slow pace, snorkelling and swimming, walking the quay and chatting with the fishermen bringing home their catch of tuna.
The ship will often pass quietly through feeding grounds. Pilot whales, gentle creatures who love boats, will accompany Twister and you’ll be able to watch them at close quarters, feeding or sleeping in a logging formation and are the very gentlest of all whales. We operate a “Whales come to us” policy as not to disturb their natural habitat, but if they do come close, we can move slowly under sail to get the best view so get the cameras ready as it is truly amazing to watch them at close quarters.
Not only the marine life is worth seeing but also the rain forest on Gomera, the ancient pine forest that clads La Palma and the great Caldera is on the list to visit. Birds, butterflies and other wonders are all there to be explored.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Canary Islands Exploring Under Sail||1 December 2018||7||Was £940Now £846||Enquire now|
|Canary Islands Exploring Under Sail||8 December 2018||7||Was £940Now £846||Enquire now|
|Whale watching and wildlife in the Canary Islands||15 December 2018||7||Was £940Now £846||Enquire now|
|Whale watching and wildlife in the Canary Islands||6 January 2019||8||Was £940Now £846||Enquire now|
|Whale watching and wildlife in the Canary Islands||13 January 2019||7||Was £940Now £846||Enquire now|
Built in 1902, Twister’s original purpose was to transport fish between fishing boats and the harbour. To ensure the fish remained fresh, Twister was built for speed. Over the years, she gained a steel hull and several other owners, before being transformed in 1998 into a luxury passenger vessel and renovated in 2012 in order to provide all the new safety features and modern comforts. With gracefully designed lines, and a modern rigging system, Twister is still a very fast, reliable ship with the feel of a yacht. Her build allows her to perform excellently both on the Ijsselmeer, Baltic Sea and out on the ocean, with most her time spent in the North and Baltic Sea when she isn’t making the voyage down to the Canary Islands or around the Caribbean.
Alongside the brilliance of the ship itself, Twister’s environmentally conscious crew and owners are a credit to the vessel. Guests are provided with eco-friendly toiletries, and during the voyage out to the Caribbean via the Canary Islands she will be transporting local produce between ports, offering companies a eco-conscious means of delivering trade goods.
Come on board for an exhilarating sailing holidays aboard this classic two-masted schooner. Whether at the helm, on deck or in the cozy wheelhouse, the vessel is much loved by all her guests – the Twister’s accommodation of 2 and 3 berth cabins makes her a perfect ship for families too.
- Total number of berths : 20
- Guest berths : 13
- Bathrooms : 3
- Day trip passengers : 65
- Smoking policy : Not below decks
From: San Miguel Marina, Tenerife
To: San Miguel Marina, Tenerife