Sea kayaking in Los Gigantes

... outing under the cliffs with El Cardón NaturExperience

Going sea kayaking in Los Gigantes skirting the cliffs is one of the most gratifying experiences which we have had in Tenerife. As well as being an activity which you can easily get involved in with your friends, you can observe the grandeur of nature compared with the insignificant size of human beings from another perspective.

Sea kayaking with El Cardón NaturExperience was great fun


Prices and times for sea kayaking in Los Gigantes

The price for adults is from €20 for the two hour activity. The summer season consists of May to October, going out every Saturday and Sunday at 11am. In the other months you can go on outings in groups of more than 10 people. There are also routes from Masca beach.

The El Cardón team is very friendly.

Meeting point in Los Gigantes marina

The guides from El Cardón NaturExperience gave us basic instructions about what we had to do at the time of departure, how to row and how to get back in the kayak if we fell or if we decided to swim offshore. They also provide all of the materials you need including self-bailing tandem kayaks and there is a support vessel accompanying you at all times on the excursion.

Several groups carry out the activity in Los Gigantes marina

We were more or less 15 people and we met on the jetty, leaving our belongings in some boxes belonging to the company. We put on the lifejackets and the guides helped us to get into the kayaks. In the end Fábio, Noah (in the middle of the kayak) and Pablo, my father, went in one kayak while Casandra (my cousin) and I went in another. Leo, my mother, lay sleeping on the beach as she had a headache and wasn’t very keen on rowing.

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Those who just want to accompany those who are doing the sea kayaking in Los Gigantes, for whatever reason, can wait peacefully on Los Guíos beach.

From Los Guíos beach you will have a spectacular view of the Los Gigantes cliffs

An outing in a kayak skirting part of the Los Gigantes cliffs

Initially we found it a bit hard to find the right rhythm to row in a coordinated way, but it was just a question of committing a few errors before we got the kayak going in the right direction. It was overwhelming to see the size of the cliffs just 50 metres away from us … Truly impressive.

The view of the cliffs from the sea is a unique sight

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The only thing you need to participate when sea kayaking in Los Gigantes is to know how to swim and perhaps how to coordinate with your partner so that when rowing you don’t zig-zag in the kayak.

Sea kayaking by the Los Gigantes cliffs with El Cardón NaturExperience is an unparalleled activity

Halfway through the outing, those who wanted to were given the opportunity to snorkel, swim and marvel at the cleanliness and transparency of the water in the area. During the break they also offered something to drink to rehydrate ourselves and recover a bit of energy.

Casandra immersed herself in the clean waters by the cliffs
Halfway through the trip there was a well-deserved break and Sinué offered us some refreshing drinks

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While we were rowing, Sinué was showing us the different details of the cliffs which reach 600 metres in altitude in some places.

It was so much fun changing rowing equipment

When the break ended (but not before first having a little accident) we once again headed towards Los Gigantes marina, but we decided to change rowing partners. When we got to the marina we waited at the entrance so that we all arrived together.

Our group back safe and sound

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We advise you to take as few things as possible on the sea kayaking in Los Gigantes, as one girl left her watch with one of the guides while she went swimming (because she didn’t know whether it was water resistant), and when he returned it to her it slipped and fell into the sea. Unfortunately, despite diving several times she couldn’t recover it.

We all left the jackets and collected our clothes and flip-flops. When we were ready to go we took a group photo. If you go on a sea kayaking excursion don’t forget to check the official El Cardón NaturExperience Facebook page, as they post the photos from the excursion so that you can have them as a souvenir.

A very lively group doing a very dynamic activity

Another anecdote with El Cardón

It seems like every time we do an activity with El Cardón NaturExperience something happens to us. It has always turned out to be funny and without serious consequences, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an anecdote worth mentioning. In the case of this excursion, during the break of sea kayaking in Los Gigantes, Fábio, Casandra and I decided to swim in the water for a while. It was so clean and translucent, who wouldn’t have wanted to get in and swim a bit?

The clarity of the sea bed is spectacular

In the meantime my father stayed in the kayak looking after Noah … until suddenly my cousin Casandra decided to lean on one of the sides of the kayak to be silly with Noah. What she didn’t realise was that my father was slightly leaning towards the same side, which caused the kayak with my father and Noah in to capsize, throwing them straight into the water.

In the first few seconds of confusion Fábio helped Noah, who had received a little bump on the head from the kayak and was a bit frightened by the situation, and I helped my father get back into the kayak.

After the splash comes the calm

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To get into the kayak you have to propel yourself with your arms as if getting out of a swimming pool. You will be hard-pressed to get into the kayak by lifting a leg up to it.

As soon as the guides realised they came over and helped us J The whole accident was recorded on the GoPro which I had strapped to me, but as it was across my chest you can’t see much so we are going to edit the video to show the best bits J J


How to get to Los Gigantes marina

You should head for Los Gigantes marina, which is found by following the main street through the town to the very end in the direction of the sea. There is a car park at the marina.

Los Gigantes marina is discreet and calm

Calle Poblado Marino 38683 Acantilados de los Gigantes


Final comments from the authors on sea kayaking in Los Gigantes

For a long time we have wanted to do a famous, popular activity like sea kayaking in Los Gigantes by the cliffs. Finally in September we were able to do it and it was much more fun than we imagined it was going to be.

It is impossible to have a better time as a family

It was great, although the sun wasn’t out the whole time. If you are a bit slow they wait for you until you get into a rhythm, so there’s no stress. For Noah the moment of falling into the sea was a bit traumatic (he remembered it for a few weeks) but in no way serious, and we tried to play down the matter and he took it well. Now we remember it like any other experience and really look forward to repeating it as soon as possible.

Outstanding activity
With El Cardón NaturExperience you will get the most enjoyment out of sea kayaking

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