Yellow Boat Mogan

 Yellow Boat Mogan Boat, boat tours around Gran Canaria
Seek out a secret beach on this jaunty craft

This jaunty mustard-coloured craft has a great reputation for the smiley and upbeat demeanour of its crew. There’s a sun-deck up top to catch some rays, but the real action is under the keel, where qualified diving pros help you goggle up – gear provided – for a Cousteau-style adventure of exploration below the waves. Sallying forth from Puerto de Mogán, you and up to 24 shipmates will venture to the otherwise inaccessible secret beach of El Perchel and enjoy Spanish food and bottomless sangria from the on-deck bar.

Bottoms Up Gay & Lesbian Sunset Cruise

Ain’t no party like an LGBTQI+ boat party. For a lively, no-nonsense – and most importantly, no kids or families – four-hour jolly up and down the coast that picks you up, by bus, on Playa del Inglés, book online through Gay Maspalomas. There are banging DJs, an open bar, healthy nosh, plus para-sailing and banana boat riding. The party hits the open water every Friday, and you can choose gay only, or gay-and-lesbian jaunts, all in a uniquely saucy seaborne setting.

Mondragon’s Dream

Mondragon’s Dream
Expect a top-deck lunch on this vintage schooner

For a more refined vibe, snag yourself a seat on this strictly limited 12-capacity old school schooner sailing out of Mogán. The hosts – also the owners – know a whole bunch about the maritime history, geology and ecosystems of the island and its surrounding waters. They also cook a mean tapas spread using that day’s catch, with all manner of dietary requirements catered for without faff or fuss. Multi-lingual, family friendly, informative and fun. It’s all a little bit dreamy.

TaxiBoat Gran Canaria

Dolpins as seen from Taxi boat tours Gran Canaria
This dolphin-themed charter is flippin' great

Who likes dolphins? One of the niftiest boat charters out there – it’s an actual speedboat! – will whisk you out onto the open sea where you’re pretty much guaranteed to clap eyes on a pod of our clicky pelagic bros, and perhaps even snatch a glimpse of the odd whale or school of flying fish while you’re at it. The premium trip lasts six hours, during which your natty red 35-knot craft will whisk you out to the dolphins, and then to a leisurely lunch on isolated Güi Güi beach. Book quickly, is what we’re saying.

The Secret Yacht

Shhh. This exclusive, rather chi-chi 80-footer moored in rarefied Pasito Blanco marina offers discerning travellers a more bespoke boat trip experience. Sure, if you want, the regular six-hour daytime sailing – with an intimate maximum capacity of 12 and on-board private chef – showcases a decent sniff of the good life. But they’ll also do overnight stays, under the crisp red sails of a gleaming white prow. This is one secret you’ll be absolutely desperate to blab about.

Cavalier and Blue Marlin Fishing Charters

If you’re angling for something a little bit more active, step into your waterproof strides and hit the water with this Anglo-Spanish team. The 39-foot long Cavalier zooms out of Puerto Rico harbour at a max speed of 28 knots, ready to hook up with muscular bluefin tuna, lighting-quick marlin, and other sport fish. Don’t worry, they chuck them back in afterwards. Properly kitted out with sonar, GPS, radar and other fancy fishing gadgets, this energetic charter experience is the reel thing.

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