The sailing area of the Canary Islands is very unique and diverse from the dry volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura to the green forested areas of Tenerife and its neighbouring islands, it is easy to see why more and more yachtsmen are choosing to charter in these waters.
The Canary Islands offer you the choice of stays in world class marinas such as Puerto Calero in Lanzarote, or others located in more touristy areas such as the very picturesque Puerto Mogan in Gran Canaria, others in quieter tranquil places such as the islands of La Graciosa or La Gomera to name but a few. Between the marinas you will find many anchorages, with lots of beaches only accessible by boat meaning that you can find yourself your very own beach with no other visitors – something very hard to find in the more over-populated charter areas of the world.
The year round climate is also another strong factor for choosing to sail these islands. The Canary Islands location is classed as sub-tropical, having sunshine virtually every day of the year. The average temperature is 25˚C and seldom varies more than 5˚ either side. Being located out in the Atlantic Ocean means that the water is crystal clear and water temperatures range from 19˚ to 23˚C.
There are seven major islands spread over a distance of 240 miles in an east – west line. It is generally possible to sail from one island to the next in daylight although night sailing this area is particularly inviting due to the lack of light pollution away from the tourist resorts and the clear skies, which give rise to a spectacular view of the stars at night, hence the choice of La Palma for one of the most important observatories in the world.
The marine life around these islands is also another good reason for sailing these waters, they are home to 27 different types of whales and dolphins as well as other types which pass through at different times of the year and you will often be accompanied by dolphins and be able to see different types of whales as well as spotting turtles, flying fish and the occasional shark (don’t worry – there has been no shark attacks in the Canary Islands!)
You may choose to start your charter from Lanzarote and opt for a one way trip to Tenerife, which will make the best use of the predominant trade wind direction and allow you to visit all of the main Islands at leisure without having to beat back to windward at the end of your charter. This is a popular option and we will meet you at a marina of your choice at the end of your trip to collect the boat.