Wildlife Watching in the Canary Islands
- Vessel: Twister
- Port: San Miguel Marina, Tenerife
- Where: The Canaries
- Departure: 14 December 2019, 15:00
- Arrival: 20 December 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.
Take yourself away this Winter to get some well-deserved rest and Vitamin D amongst the beautiful Canary Islands.
Onboard schooner Twister, we combine luxury with the traditional to provide a unique sailing holiday experience, as either a novice sailor or an experienced hand. Like most of the Venturesail fleet, the aim is to include you in as much or as little as you wish to take part in; hoisting of the sails, helming the ship or simply being on wildlife watch. We believe that in our fast-moving modern world, there is a great deal of satisfaction to work as part of a team aboard a ship from a bygone era; navigating the seas, discovering new islands and enjoying that winter sunshine. Twister’s crew are exactly who you want to be joining you whilst you holiday. Their accommodating nature and experience will instantly put you at ease and they will undoubtedly look after you and even if you have no experience, they will instil great confidence in literally – helping you to learn the ropes.
Away from the hectic tourist centres, Twister and her crew will show you a wilder side to this extraordinary archipelago. From walking through the ancient rainforests of Garajonay – La Gomera’s National Park to snorkelling with Manta Rays and phosphorescence – there really is something for everyone of all ages. The spectacular wildlife is, of course, a highlight, but the sailing opportunities and cuisine both onshore and aboard Twister are just as delightful. With the chance to discover all this with the magnificent Twister as your base makes for an unmissable opportunity.
One of the best parts of sailing in the Canaries are the sightings and close quarter viewings of Pilot whales that live close inshore on the 500m contour line. 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 be able to watch them so closely. Bottlenose dolphin can also be seen in the area and you can sit out on the bowsprit and watch them surf the bow wave through glossy seas. Other species we have seen in other years are Sperm Whale, Brydes whale, Spinner dolphins, turtles and the Atlantic Spotted dolphin.
No fixed itinerary for your sailing holiday.
Due to Mother Nature, there is, of course, no fixed itinerary for your sailing holiday as Twister needs to sail where the wind and weather take her. The Skipper will have a better idea of the weeks rough plan as you board Twister and will give a briefing on your first evening. We aim to have at least one shore day so you could rent a car or a kayak, and get exploring at your own steam.
Here is an idea of what you can expect.
La Palma, the most western isle
Depending on the weather your destination could 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.
If you choose to hire a car, the steep climbing road takes you through banana plantations, vineyards and old farmsteads before reaching the narrow mountain roads that wind up above the clouds breaking out at the very top of the world. On reaching the summit you’ll set off on foot around the top edge of Taburiente passing the highest peak of El Roche de Los Muchachos and an easy walk of 2 hours takes in the sheer inner walls of this incredible volcano. Here you will also find the biggest stellar observatory, second in size to Hawaii and the biggest optical telescope in the world. La Palma has now received status as a world star gazing park and is set on reducing light pollution so we can enjoy the millions of stars as night falls.
Romantic La Gomera
Sail with the flying fish to the harbour in Valle Gran Rey. The steep red cliffs warm the water for an early evening swim before we dine under the stars. As the sun lifts her head above the ocean, take an early morning dip whilst the local fisherman feed the Manta Rays, before joining a crew member to walk the rivers and valleys of the beautiful Nation Park – Garajonay. Life here is at a slow pace, snorkelling and swimming, walking the quay and chatting with the fishermen bringing home their catch of tuna. With plenty of cafes and bars and the only beach on the island, sit back and relax in the sun.
The nature of the landscape in La Gomera offers plenty of both easy and challenging walking on well-mapped routes with breathtaking views. The road infrastructure is of a very high standard, and for those harder to reach places, car hire is cheap and easy. The island is easy to drive around, with many opportunities for taking in a short walk and a swim or stopping in a mountain restaurant to sample local earthy dishes. Chickpea soups, salted potatoes and local fish are all exceptional and well worth the stop. The soil on all the island is great for growing vines so the wines here are excellent too.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Canary Islands Exploring Under Sail||7 December 2019||7||£940||Enquire now|
|Wildlife Watching in the Canary Islands||14 December 2019||7||£940||Enquire now|
Originally built with a wooden hull in 1902, Twister’s original purpose was to transport fish between fishing boats and back to the harbour. To ensure the fish remained fresh, Twister was built and rigged for speed.
During her working life, she was refitted with a steel hull and after several other owners, she was transformed in 1998 into a luxury passenger vessel. Renovated again in 2012, she was updated with all new safety features/equipment and all the modern comforts you could possibly want from a charter vessel.
With her graceful design and sailing lines, Twister is still a very fast, reliable ship and is truly comfortable under full sail. Her build and modern rigging system, allows her to perform excellently both on the Ijsselmeer, Baltic Sea and out on the Atlantic ocean, with most of her time spent in the North & Baltic Sea when she isn’t making the voyage down to the Canary Islands or around the Caribbean.
Come on board for an exhilarating sailing holiday aboard this classic two-masted schooner. Whether at the helm, on deck or in the cosy wheelhouse, the vessel is much loved by all her guests – 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
- Smoking policy : Not below decks
From: San Miguel Marina, Tenerife
To: San Miguel Marina, Tenerife