If you are visiting Gran Canaria for the big blue sea, then oh are you in for a treat! We are favourably located way out further than you can imagine in the Atlantic Ocean and with 236 kilometres of varying coastline there is a huge choice of Gran Canaria boat trips on offer.
The most popular Gran Canaria Boat Trips
Most visitors come to the island for all year-round sunshine which also makes it idyllic for a boat trip. There is most definitely something for everyone to make your holiday a very memorable one.
Where do the Boat Trips Gran Canaria Start?
Many of the choices of excursions leave from one of the Southern tourist harbours of either Puerto de Mogán Harbour, Anfi del Mar or the ever-popular resort of Puerto Rico. In the peak seasons all boat trip are very busy, and we totally recommend to book your Gran Canaria Boat Trip in advance to avoid having to be rescheduled for another day.
So, let’s start with the daily trips between the resorts which start from early in the morning until teatime. If you only get on a boat once on your holiday, then this is the way to go. There are hourly trips between Puerto de Mogán Harbour, Puerto Rico Harbour, Anfi del Mar and Arguineguín Harbour. Check out the FERRY BOATS here.
There are a couple of different companies to choose from and it is a perfect way to make your day into not just a day out, but a day to remember. Often people take the boat on market days over to Mogán on a Friday or Arguineguín on a Tuesday. Gran Canaria Regional’s TOP TIP is to book your tickets in advance to save the queue.
A little wander down to the Puerto Base, Puerto Rico Harbour and you are literally spoilt for choice of excursions. If you love to fish, then there are some excellent sea fishing experiences of memories which will last a lifetime. If you are not the ‘fisher’ you can still go along on most boats and soak up the glorious sunshine out at sea
Dolphin & Whale Search Trips
Why not take one of Gran Canaria’s must do excursions on the Whale & Dolphin Search Trip and be awed by the beauty of the flying fish, turtles, majestic whales and beautiful dolphins all in their own natural habitat. This means you are very likely to see them up close to the boat too. Most trips are so confident you will see something that they offer a second outing for free should you not get to see anything first time around.
Now who wouldn’t love a trip to a more secluded beach? What about one of the daily outings to one of the most beautiful locations on the island such as the hard to get to by land, Playa de Gui Gui. A stunning beach but take your own food and supplies if not offered on the trip, as there is literally nothing there!
Party & Catamaran Boat Trips Gran Canaria
You can also choose from a huge choice of fun party boats usually with all-inclusive food and drink with varying levels of comfort, style and price. There is a pirate boat option with a younger crowd or maybe you are looking for a touch of elegance and choose one of the popular catamarans focused more on nice music, food and drink and chill out vibe atmosphere. Most excursions often have jet-skis & banana boat experiences at a reduced rate to enjoy as part of the trip.
Check out the different times of the Catamaran Cruises here, as they are often during the day, varying from a couple of hours to half day trips. Also, what better way to catch the sunset than with an early evening cruise.
Private Gran Canaria Boat Trips
If you are a group of people and would like a more intimate atmosphere there are some excellent private boats offer with up to around a maximum of 20 people. If you want a bit of real luxury, then you can even charter out your own yacht. Now that is really doing it in style!
Pasito Blanco Harbour
It isn’t just in the main tourist areas that you can enjoy the wonderful sights of the sea. If you travel to Pasito Blanco Harbour there is a lovely harbour where some of the excursions also leave from. Marvel at the luxury yachts and take a drink or eat at the elegant Pasito Blanco restaurant. It isn’t always open to the public so check in advance. If you can go it is definitely worth the visit.
Las Palmas Harbours
Further up North, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is not only a city but with one of the best city beaches in the world. There is also a fabulous Yacht Harbour famed for being the starting point for the yearly ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) Regatta where approximately 200 yachts from all over the world. The harbour is home to some 870 mooring spaces and you will also find some excellent restaurants in this area.
The main harbour of Las Palmas is known as the Puerto de la Luz. One of the most important ports in Spain due to its geographical location being a crossroads between Europe, Africa and America.
There are also daily ferries to some of the other Canary Islands and weekly trips to Mainland Spain.
In recent years it has become a popular stop off for cruise ships and you can often see one moored at the El Muelle. The area is lovely to walk around and a perfect place for the visitors to explore the fabulous city of Las Palmas.
Agaete Harbour – Puerto de Las Nieves
Further around the island towards the Northeast of the island we find ourselves in Agaete at Puerto de las Nieves. There are no boat trips as such but with many fishing boats in the harbour meaning delicious fresh fish is served in the local restaurants. Here we can also take one of the daily ferries across to Tenerife.
So where will you start? Which boat trip is for you? You really are spoilt for choice. Don’t forget your sun cream and a hat as the sun can be fierce especially with the cool breeze of the Atlantic Ocean, in fact you might want to take a jumper. It can also be cool out there too!
Have a wonderful time and we can’t wait to hear which boat trip you took.