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Tenerife: Day Trips From Las Americas

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Claire and I recently spent our first Summer holiday together in Tenerife. Spain, and more accurately the Canary Islands, is one of those destinations where you are ALMOST always guaranteed sun. Although we mainly used this as a much needed holiday to relax, we also wanted to get out and do a few day trips while we were away. I want to cover these day trips from Las Americas for anyone else looking to do the same.

These are in no particular order, as I struggled to pick my favourite day trips from Las Americas.

Siam Park

Siam Park claims to be the most spectacular water park in Europe. So, with big claims comes even bigger expectations. Luckily for Siam Park, the water park lives up to it’s claim to fame. The rides are spectacular and the scenery as you move from ride to ride is equal to the rides themselves.

According to Trip Advisor, this water park is currently the best in the world… and I’d probably agree based on my experience of water parks.

The ride’s in the park are rated with a traffic light rating based on “thrill level”. Green being relaxing like the lazy river, amber being a bit more adventurous, and red being more towards the thrill-seekers out there. If this is your first time at a water park, I’d recommend working your way up the levels.

How To Get There:

The water park is located between Playa De Las Americas and Adeje so is easily accessible from any of the southern-based resorts (i.e. Adeje, Playa De Las Americas, Los Cristianos). A quick taxi or transfer means you can arrive in no time. Other resorts may want to organise transfers as the taxi option would potentially make this a costly day out.

Entrance to Siam Park, Las Americas, Tenerife

Ticket Prices:

Siam Park tickets cost around £30 – £35 (€35 – €40) per person. Advance purchase of tickets also allows you to skip the line upon entry which is ideal if you are visiting in the peak season. During the peak season, there is a large queue from opening (and around an hour before) well into the afternoon.

Another key thing is to purchase a Fast Pass. This allows you to skip the line for each ride once. This is vital to get the most out of your experience. Without a Fast Pass, you may be waiting up to an hour to get on some of the more popular rides. The Fast Pass will work for every ride, except for the Tower of Power. These can be collected from the locker areas around the park and cost an additional €15.

We got a bit excited about our trip and ended up booking the Champagne Club. This offers a little more comfort during your stay, as it gives you more privacy, the comfort of a Balinese bed for the day, and a bottle of champagne. However, the best part about this was the unlimited Fast Pass. This lets you jump to the front of a queue as many times as you wish. So if you find a favourite ride, you can jump on as many times as you feel you need. This does come at a rather pricey cost though. I would only recommend this if you are spending the full day here.

View of beach at Siam Park, Las Americas, Tenerife

What you need to take:

  • Towel (provided if opting for VIP)
  • Sun cream (it’s a water park in the sun!)
  • Water shoes (the floor gets ridiculously hot)
  • Food and drinks (Optional)

Some people in the past have been told they cannot enter the park with food and drinks bought outside the park. However, many people also have been able to enter without an issue. So the decision is up to yourself. I found the snacks at the food areas to be reasonably priced, considering they are your only option if you did not bring any food.

Me at Siam Park, Las Americas, Tenerife

Loro Parque

Located in the north of the island, in Puerto De La Cruz, Loro Parque (Spanish for “parrot park” ) is where all animal lovers can go to see all sorts of animals.

For those of you unfamiliar with this attraction, Loro Parque is a 135 square kilometre zoo home to thousands of animals and plants.

Originally opened as a paradise for parrots, some of the main attractions here now are the killer whales (orca), sea lions, dolphins, and of course a number of colourful birds. There is also a host of mammals to gaze upon around the beautiful gardens.

Orca at Loro Parque, Tenerife

How To Get There:

Depending on where you are staying in Tenerife, you may want to plan a full day for this trip. If you are staying in the southern resorts (Adeje, Playa De Las Americas or Los Cristianos), catch your transfer in the morning and return in the evening. Alternatively, hire a car for that little extra freedom. We hired a car for the day from Orcar which we found to be the most reasonable for prices.

Tiger at Loro Parque, Tenerife

Ticket Prices:

The Loro Park tickets are around £30 – £35 (€35 – €40) per person. Again, advance purchase of tickets also allows you to skip the line which is ideal if you are visiting in the peak season.

The park is actually also owned by the same people as Siam Park. As Loro Parque and Siam Park are run by the same people, they offer a combined ticket which works out cheaper if you have time to visit both. Loro Parque is a lot more relaxed than Siam Park but no less entertaining.

What you need to take:

  • Sun cream (it’s a water park in the sun!)
  • Food and drinks (Optional)

There is a number of small cafe/restaurant type places around the park which means all you need is some sun cream and yourself and you are ready to go!

Sea Lion at Loro Parque, Tenerife

Dolphin / Whale Boat Trip

If you fancy an alternative to Loro Parque, or just love animals and/or the sea, there are multiple boat trips available all over the island of Tenerife. Most of these day trips from Las Americas actually set sail from the port in Adeje. Thankfully, transfers from a nearby location or your hotel are almost always available. Most offer the opportunity, not guarantee, of seeing Dolphins and Whales out at sea. Thankfully when we took the trip out, we saw plenty of whales and also a few dolphins along the coast.

Dolphins from boat, Las Americas, Tenerife

Ticket Prices:

We booked through a small stand for a company called Skyline. This cost around €50 per person. We were collected from the front of our hotel and dropped off at the same location. Most boat tours are from 2 to 4 hours long and include a small snack (if the trip is around 4 hours).

What you need to take:

  • Towel (if you want to take a dip in the sea)
  • Sun cream (this is a must!)
  • Change of Clothing (you don’t want to be heading back with wet swimwear on)
  • Food and drinks (Optional)
  • Seasickness medication (tablets, lollipop, other remedies)

We did not plan too far ahead. This resulted in me feeling horribly seasick halfway through our trip. Thankfully (I think), the captain poured an ice-cold bottle of water over my head which squared me up, before I ended up going in the sea to get off the boat! However, seasickness tablets seem like a much more practical alternative.

Don’t expect to find any companies offering the opportunity to swim with the dolphins though. Swimming with dolphins is illegal in Europe. If any company even suggests this, then I would stay clear!

Front of Boat during Boat Trip, Las Americas, Tenerife

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