With the random weather we’re experiencing in Scotland I’m starting to crave some sun so here’s the last of the Tots2Travel Tenerife posts. If you like putting your child on a swing then watch them hurl into the sea then this outing has your name written all over it. I’m not even kidding.
From the offset the ship looked fab and it looked fun. Better than that it guarantees sightings of dolphins and/or whales. When we arrived the kids were given a roaring welcome by the crew – I don’t think the sailors are ‘acting’ like pirates, some of them seem naturally pirate-like, definitely a ship full of characters. Our double buggy was parked up no problem and we set sail. Shortly out of harbour we were given a snack: Mr Toddler then knew the Spanish sailors were speaking his language, oh yes. And it wasn’t long before we spotted some whales. Job done. Beautiful, silent creatures gliding alongside the boat. Close enough to really discuss with Mr Toddler, let Mr Baby take a good look, time for me to attempt some photographs. It wasn’t a fleeting visit, these creatures spent a good twenty minutes swimming alongside us. Amazingly the die hard crew were melting as we witnessed a baby whale just being born, a tiny tot swimming alongside its mama, and many of the crew, despite spending years at sea, had never seen this before. If you want to see a pirate turn to putty that’s how to do it.
We were then dished up some paella and drinks. Great food for little ones as well as hungry parents though don’t put your baby in its car seat whilst you eat. Poor Mr Baby, who had been absolutely fine, suddenly couldn’t see the horizon and within five minutes of being in his car seat puked his tiny guts up. Epic fail on our part, basic seasickness stupidity. Once he was in our arms again he was fine once more and we got a little bit more room on the boat, I wonder why?
Then it was time for THE SWING! Folk stripped down to their swimsuits and then stood on the edge of the ship, swung out over the water and then a pirate yanked a pulley which propelled the swingee upwards and flung them out to sea. Shrieks and splashes galore. Considering none of our children can swim we decided to spectate and it was such a good laugh watching strangers take part, they were grinning like buffoons. We were watching ordinary tourists (Gareth, insurance salesman from Milton Keynes by day, pirate ship swinger on holiday) having a ball. We would have loved to have taken part but when you’re looking after two little people you just can’t. This would be a hoot with older children.
Next a sailor fed a seagull directly from his mouth – he placed a chip between his teeth and the seagull swooped and snatched it away. Now you wouldn’t try that with an Aberdonian seagull as you’d lose the lower half of your jaw, but these Spanish gulls left the man’s face intact. We were then given grog out of a pirate bottle and Mr Toddler was offered Fanta grog which was very cute.
We took in the cliffs of Los Gigantes and before we knew it it was time to sail back to harbour. The sea air wrecked our children who both fell asleep wrapped in beach towels on the return journey and I honestly couldn’t recommend this trip enough. It had everything.
The Flipper Uno trips leave daily from Los Gigantes at 1130, 1430 and 1730 and take three hours. Remember to pack a jumper or jacket as the wind chill when you’re sailing can make temperatures drop. We experienced the 1130 trip- a snack and lunch was provided as well as beer, wine and soft drinks.
We visited Tenerife with Barrhead Travel direct from Aberdeen.
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