The sea in south Gran Canaria is almost always calm so it's a perfect place to get out on the ocean. You'll experience the island from a fresh perspective, get a tan and probably see dolphins and turtles.
If you really want to spend a day on the water, let our team of Gran Canaria experts know via this WhatsApp form and they'll be in touch to guide you through the options. It's a super-easy way to make sure you choose the right boat trip for you.
South Gran Canaria is a paradise for dolphins and most people see them on their first trip on a dolphin-watching boat. The most common are bottlenose dolphins (Flipper), but you also get spinner, common, striped and Risso's dolphins. Short-finned pilot whales are pretty common too and there's always the chance of seeing a visiting baleen whale like a minke or sei whale. The mysterious beaked whales pop up every year and turtles are common.
Alex says: Pick a boat that gives you a chance to relax and have a swim afterwards. A smaller boat offers a much quieter and more intimate dolphin experience.
Two ferry companies run between Puerto de Mogán, Puerto Rico, Anfi and Arguineguin on the south coast of Gran Canaria. Choose the glass-bottomed Blue Bird company boats for a chance of spotting barracuda, turtles, rays and even dolphins.
Ferries run all day and round trip prices range between €5.50 and €19 per person depending on distance.
Gran Canaria's deep waters are full of big game fish like wahoo, tuna and marlin. If you fancy a go at catching a truly big fish, then head to the Puerto Rico, Puerto de Mogán or Pasito Blanco marina and book a spot on a big game boat.
If the tuna are running, or the marlin are close to the shore, you have a very good chance of seeing some action. Island boats regularly land big tuna, billfish, barracuda, dolphin fish and wahoo. All boats catch and release all the marlin and bluefin tuna that they catch.
Nothing beats the thrill of landing a marlin or a big tuna, but you can't guarantee action on a given day. If you want to go fishing and be sure to catch fish, then choose a bottom fishing excursion. You'll get bream, mackerel, grouper, snappers, moray eels and maybe even a stingray or small shark.
We like the Blue Marlin 3 boat because it publishes a daily diary of what it catches on its website.
Alex says: Ask what depth the boats fish at as it's far more fun to fish in 35 metres of water than in 70 metres; much less winding in.
There are plenty of boats leaving Puerto Rico's Puerto Base every day. Some are fun boats, others go for the relaxing day at sea feel.
Important factors to consider are what food and drink you get for your money, how many people are on the boat with you, where the boat goes and what you can do as extras (banana boat rides, swimming, etc).The classic Gran Canaria boat trip is the Supercat with its large sun deck and swimming platform.
The Afrikat based in Puerto Base in Puerto Rico gets consistently excellent Tripadvisor reviews. It is like an upmarket version of the Supercat.
For a chilled out boat trip with no queues for drinks in south Gran Canaria, book the Exclusive Boat. This is Gran Canaria's most relaxed catamaran ansd the one that everyone loves the most.
Lex Says: You can book all of Gran Canaria's best boat trips using our super-easy Whatsapp booking form
Organisaed boat trips are a whole load of fun but sometimes you just want to have the whole place to yourself. With this luxury speedboat charter, you get the whole boat plus a skipper to do all the work while you just sit back and chill.
For an underwater experience but no soggy wetsuits, take a dive with the yellow submarine in Puerto de Mogán. You'll see tons of fish and a genuine wreck as well as a fantasy Greek temple ruin. You don't get many chances to go in a submarine and especially not a yellow one so this is a must book Gran Canaria day trip.
Most visitors to the Canary Islands stay on the island they fly to. However, you can get the fast ferry from Gran Canaria to Tenerife for a day trip if you get up early enough. The fast ferry leaves from Puerto de las Nieves, in the northwest corner of Gran Canaria and goes to Tenerife's capital Santa Cruz. The trip takes an hour.
Check your hire car insurance policy, as some won't cover you on another island. If you don't take a car, Santa Cruz's centre is small enough to explore on foot and the bus station is a few minutes walk south of the ferry terminal.
Also consider the fast ferry from Las Palmas to Fuerteventura. It takes four hours so, while you can sail both ways in a day, it's best to stay over for a while.
Lex says: Fred Olsen catamarans are the fastest inter-island ferries but Armas boats have open decks.
For an epic boat trip starting in Gran Canaria, join the crew of a yacht in the annual ARC race. True adventurers hang around Las Palmas marina in November and find a place on one of the 300 yachts that sail from Las Palmas to St Lucia.
Lots of sailing boats accept crew, but sailing experience helps you get on board. The trip takes about three weeks if you joining a cruising yacht, much less if you are on one of the serious racers. Getting back to Gran Canaria from the Caribbean might be more challenging: The race only goes one way.
As one of the world's top nudist friendly destinations, lots of people dare to bare for the first time in Gran Canaria: If you're a naked newbie, here's the local etiquette. Click here for our guide to Gran Canaria's best nudist beaches.
Germans know how to bake bread and this little bakery/cafe sells some of Las Palmas' best rolls, along with a range of excellent cakes and pastries.
Gando Bay beach, right next to Gran Canaria's airport runway, is within the military airbase and therefore off limits to civilians. It opens to the public on one or two days per year during sporting events.
Tranquil Pasito Blanco is as close to a private beach as you get in Gran Canaria but is open to all.
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Agualdulce is the prettiest beach on Gran Canaria's east coast and one of the island's best small beaches.
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Gran Canaria's beaches are currently clear of fuel oil after a large volunteer-led clear up over the past two days. There is currently one confirmed oil slick 5 kilometres from the coast but no reports of fresh oil close to the island.
Golden El Cabron's beach is famous amongst divers but only gets a few local visitors. The snorkelling is spectacular, and it was named after a bucaneer.
Arguineguín's shops sell useful stuff for residents rather than souvenirs for tourists. It's where the south Gran Canaria locals come to do their shopping. Except on Tuesdays, when the big street market comes to town.
Walk downhill in Arguineguín until you hit the sea and it's an easy place to explore; the seafront promenade runs the whole length of town. All you have to do to start is work out where you are.
The Islas Canarias Rally this weekend means that stretches of road all over the island will be closed on Friday evening and all of Saturday.
San Cristobal fishing village doesn't need Martha Stewart tutorials on the shabby-chic look, but it could teach her a thing or two about authenticity. With two beaches and the freshest fish in town, it a great Las Palmas spot for lunch and a wander.
For a sardine and seafood feast, head to San Cristobal village in north Gran Canaria on the weekend of April 18-19 for the Sabor a Mar festival.
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The east Gran Canaria municipality of Telde experienced a light earthquake just before midnight on April 7 and a second on just offshore on April 9.
Gran Canaria's basketball team is in the European final after an easy win over Russian team Unics Kazán.