Booked a whale watching trip on Tina through P & O Cruises. There is a public bus from the capital San Sabastian but be prepared for a scary ride lasting 1.5 hours over a mountain road to reach the boat. Apart from 17 Brits from the ship it was a mixed nationality group on board Tina. The weather was warm and the sea fairly calm. As we left the harbour there was a fantastic rainbow over the island. The crew, particularly the older lady (sorry didn't get her name) were really helpful. She came round to give information about the island and its flora and fauna and to show us the various species of dolphins and whales that could be seen. Unfortunately the whales weren't playing on this trip, but the Bottle Nose Dolphins put on an excellent show, diving under and around the boat and throwing themselves energetically out of the water. We had a fantastic lunch on the boat including a tasty tuna steak cooked in a local spicy sauce on a simple two ring gas barbecue at the back of the boat. This was accompanied by salad and bread washed down with lashings of (strong) sangria and wine. There was also an opportunity to swim of the boat. There were also a couple of locals on the boat who sang to us and a really good atmosphere was created. Although we did not see any whales the crew of Tina worked hard to make this a memorable day where we learnt a lot about this fascinating island and its history and culture. Can't comment on the cost of the trip because we got it as part of a package organised by the cruise company which included a guided mini bus trip across the island from San Sabastian, but to my mind it was a highlight of our holiday and I would recommend it to anyone staying on or travelling to La Gomera.
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