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Whale watching trip from Tazacorte

La Palma  >  Spain

A great trip by boat on the coastal waters of western La Palma. Great for cetaceans and typical shorebird species.

Added by Bas Engels

Description

One of the best places in Europe to observe whales and dolphins, like Sperm Whale, Short-finned Pilot Whale, Bryde's Whale and many species of dolphin. Most agencies depart from the harbour of Tazacorte on the western side of the island. These trips take you along the shore and a bit further off the coast and is great to see typical shore- and seabird species along the way.

Most common are the large flocks of Cory's Shearwater that can be seen mostly in the vicinity of whale and dolphin pods. Bulwer's Petrel tend to hang around in small numbers. Other species that can be seen, depending on the season of course, are Great ShearwaterManx ShearwaterBarolo Shearwater and sometimes Balearic Shearwater, but you need a bit of luck for that one. Skuas might be possible too.

Terns can also be seen, but mainly close to shore, like Sandwich Tern and Common Tern. Also large flocks of gull hang around in the harbour from where you'll depart, like Yellow-legged Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Details

Access

You can observe most of these species from a vantage point from land, but you'll need a telescope for that. These whale watching trips are great to see these species up close. Many agencies depart from the harbour and you'll have a great array of possibile agencies to choose from.

Terrain and Habitat

Sea

Conditions

Open landscape

Circular trail

No

Is a telescope useful?

No

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Autumn migration, Spring migration, Spring

Route

Unpaved road

Difficulty walking trail

Easy

Accessible by

Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform

No

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