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The 7 best places to go whale watching

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La Gomera

La Gomera is arguably the most beautiful of the Canary Islands and certainly provides the best opportunities for whale watching. The small island, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site national park, is a paradise of craggy mountains and deep ravines. Its picturesque scenery is further complemented by the flourishing marine life in the surrounding waters.

A pod of approximately 300 pilot whales have made their home in the stretch between La Gomera and it’s neighbour Tenerife, so spotting one of them as they blow a jet of water into the air is likely. In addition, beaked, finback, minke, sei and sperm whales have all been spotted passing through, hinting at the profuse sea life around the island. But these are not the only residents in the area – La Gomera is also an excellent spot for dolphin sightings. Up to six species of dolphins live and play in these waters. The friendly Atlantic bottlenose is the most frequently sighted of dolphins. Known to be quieter than the other islands, La Gomera benefits from more peaceful waters and unspoilt nature.

Marina La Gomera in the capital, San Sebastian, has moorings for yachts up to 60 metres.

Picture courtesy of shutterstock.com / Michael Mantke

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