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Wildlife Holidays to The Canary Islands
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Canary Islands

Wildlife holidays in the Canary Islands

Tell me about The Canary Islands …

Early buccaneers and conquistadors called the Canary Islands ‘the Fortunate Islands’ on account of their wealth of plant and animal-life.

The Canary Island archipelago consists of seven volcanic islands isolated for long enough from the mainland to have evolved many unique species.

Situated 100km off the west coast of Africa, the islands enjoy a subtropical climate. Tenerife is the largest island and Fuerteventura the oldest.

Our Canaries specialist recommends..

"Why not join our ‘Canary Islands’ holiday where we go in search of the endemic plants (of which there are 600+), birds, butterflies and cetaceans of the Canary islands."

Andy Tucker
Operations Manager

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Featured Tours


Rough-toothed Dolphins (Tom Brereton)Blainville's Beaked Whale (Tom Brereton)Cory's Shearwater (Tom Brereton)La Palm (Tom Brereton)La Palma (Tom Brereton)Bryde's Whale (Tom Brereton)Bottlnose Dolphin (Tom Brereton)Loggerhead Turtle (Tom Brereton)Teide (Paul Harmes)Roque Agando, La Gomera (Paul Harmes)Pico de la Zazara on the Peninsula de Jandia (Paul Harmes)Atlantic Lizard,Gallotia atlantica (Paul Harmes)Costa Calma Plain, Fuerteventura (Paul Harmes)Barbary Ground Squirrel (Paul Harmes)Admiring Euphorbia canariensis (Paul Harmes)Greenish Black-tip, Fuerteventura (Ken-Bailey)

What’s special about the wildlife?

Plant-life: botanically, the Canary Islands constitute one of the most interesting areas of the world. They are home to a large variety of flowers and more than 600 endemic species!

Bird-life: of particular interest are five endemic bird species, as well as Macaronesian specialities.

Marine-life: the largest congregations of Short-finned Pilot Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins in the Canary Islands are seen in the channel between Tenerife and La Gomera.

Naturetrek Tour to The Canary Islands

We offer an 8-day wildlife holiday in search of the endemic plants, birds, butterflies and cetaceans of the Canary Islands.

What wildlife might I see?

  • We look for botanical specialities such as the Canary Pine, endemic plants of the high mountain zone & visit Teide National Park
  • We’ll search for endemic passerines including Blue Chaffinch & Tenerife Ringlet, as well as the Macaronesian endemics Berthelot’s Pipit, Plain Swift &, of course, the Canary!
  • Cetaceans such as Short-finned Pilot Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
  • Fuerteventura offers a chance of seeing a more African flora & fauna, including Barbary Partridge, Houbara Bustard & Trumpeter Finch


The service from the boat company was excellent and there was a clear rapport between the captain and Tom Brereton.
Both leaders were fantastic. Amazing in-depth knowledge and enthusiasm. They did everything to ensure we got the most out of our time, and the picnics they provided were excellent.
The picnic lunches were wonderful! Both the leaders were full of enthusiasm and really inspired us to take up an interest in butterflies.