6 independent reviews for Whale and dolphin watching in La Gomera

Reviews for Whale and dolphin watching in La Gomera

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review 1 Aug 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

It was when we saw for the first time a group of pilot whales.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

It is important to have sun cream and sun glasses because the sun beat down. Moreover if you want to do the hike tour at the rain forest don't forget the K- way, it is very useful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes it did. For example when we are on the boat, it is often that the captain catch some plastic bags from the sea.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was a very good holiday. People were very pleasant and nice to us and the apartment was very confortable. I would just say that we never swim during the boat excursion. It was however fantastic.

review 1 Aug 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

the whale and dolphin watching.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

check the weather and make sure that the accommodations have a fan an/or air conditioning. Simple is fine but we needed a fan.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We tried our hardest to reduce out impact and support conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

4.5 star --a fan would have put it over the top!

review 12 Apr 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We had three boat trips to see the whales and dolphins. All 3 were great we saw animals every time and different ones each day. The crew were friendly and gave lots of information verbal and written. I was particularly moved by their obvious sensitivity towards the mammals, responding to their behavior and showing respect. We also did a 4hr walk in Garajonay forest which was a brilliant contrast and great surprise.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

My friend felt sick in the boat; so, sea sickness pills if you're in doubt! No mozzies (April) Good to visit near Valle Gran Rey: Finca Argyall twice daily meditation or yoga open to all at affordable price. Just up the valley from Finca 'A' is a tropical fruit garden, also very inspiring with yummy fruit samples. Easy to eat out for vegetarians - a nice change! Catch the drummers and fire jugglers of an evening; just walk down along the coast.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Local shop keepers and restaurant owners made a little income from us. Buying a holiday from this operator supports the conservation work they are involved in. Also they collected monies from us to donate to a conservation project (can't remember the name and I have deleted receipt)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Brilliant break, only 'niggle' was that I felt a little more information could have been sent. The tour company helped us by booking transfers from the airport but not until I asked. It would have been reassuring to know the name of the accommodation too. Minor details as it all came together quite smoothly. I was really very happy and might even do it again sometime......

review 25 Apr 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Lots of jumping dolphins! I've taken 8 dolphin watching tours in 6 days and managed to see 6 species (Rough-toothed dolphin, Atlantic spotted dolphin, Short-finned pilot whales, Bottlenose dolphin, Common dolphin and Cuvier's beaked whale!!!)

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The ferry to Valle Gran Rey is not running anymore. Those who take the bus, it would be good to be at the carpark 30 mins early, as it left early in my case! If the time is okay, it would be better to take the Naviera Armas ferry as it goes slower, with less impact on dolphins and whales. And what's more, you can have a better chance to spot some dolphins or whales on the way. After the other faster ferry came into operation, the collision rate of dolphins and whales had increased.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The whale and dolphin watching company, collected data on cetaceans on all their trip for researchers. The captain (local people) also knows the animals well and know how to approach them without causing disturbance to them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

GREAT and really enjoyable. I would prefer some shades and railings on the boat though.

review 12 Apr 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Being out on the boat and experiencing the wonders of dolphins and whales in their own habitat. We were so close you could almost touch them!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Stopping off in San Sabastian to sample local food when travelling from Tenerife to Valle Gran Rey.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

The apartment was owned by a local person and we opted to purchase and eat local food. The operator offers regular talks to all visitors on the island which was both educating and informing about our human impact on the ocean environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The holiday was one of the best we have ever experienced, we would highly recommend it. La Gomera is a beautiful island and the operator offers the chance of experiencing and learning so much about dophins and whales!

review 10 Apr 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The walks were brilliant, well sign posted and challenging. Whale watching boat trip from Valle Gran Rey when we saw two ospreys and some whale fins. Good food, particularly fresh fish.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take plenty of warm clothes, the accommodation is high up and the evenings and nights are cold. Ensure that you know where to buy wood locally for the fire, otherwise there is only a heater/air conditioning unit in the bedroom.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, we paid the owner directly without using a third party, the water was heated by solar panels and there were good recycling facilities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Probably 7/10. It would have been helpful to have been advised on where to obtain wood locally and the kitchen was poorly equipped.

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