Are you looking for adventure on your travels? From the interior to its shoreline, there’s so much to explore on Gran Canaria. One way to enjoy a voyage of discovery on the island is to put yourself into the expert hands of tour companies like Atlantic Wake.
We heard about Atlantic Wake from one of our Canarian readers. So feel free to let us know about any new and exciting ventures you learn of, so we can spread the good word. Here’s another of our three-part guides, giving you the lowdown on Atlantic Wake.
- Atlantic Wake: what
- Atlantic Wake: where
- Atlantic Wake: when
1. Atlantic Wake: what
Atlantic Wake are a Gran Canaria jetski tour company. CEO and Instructor Toni “Sea Wolf” Moleon Alberdi revealed to our party of three that they launched in 2015 and that they’ve already become the most highly-rated water-sports tours on TripAdvisor. The jetskis in question are shiny, new top-of-the-range Sea-Doo watercrafts, capable of reaching speeds of between 55 and 60 miles an hour.
2. Atlantic Wake: where
Toni and co operate out of the Puerto Deportivo Pasito Blanco. What we know as a marina, Spaniards call a sports port. We caught a bus from our Las Palmas de Gran Canaria base to Faro de Maspalomas and then jumped into a taxi, although we later found out that they would have been happy to have collected us from this southern bus terminal if they’d known we were getting off before the Pasito Blanco bus stop.
For Toni offers a pick-up and drop-off service in his van from hotels in the resorts of the south. And he did return us to Faro de Maspolomas after our tour. Which he would have done, even if he wasn’t heading in that direction.
Atlantic Wake run four different tours. A 30-minute tour (€70 for one person on a jetski and €80 for two) heads east towards Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés; enabling you to get a different perspective on the area’s famous dunes. The hour tour (€110 for a single and €130 for a double) travels west to Puerto Rico by way of Montaña Arena (Sand Mountain) beach.
We, however, did the 90-minute tour (which would have cost us €310 for three) which continued past Puerto Rico to Puerto de Mogán. Highlights for us included taking a dip in the cool, clear water off unspoilt Playa de Medio Almud. And entering a cave.
But we were blown away by the whole experience. The last time Mr Gran Canaria Local went jetskiing was with his brother in Playa del Inglés where they were left to their own devices in the confines of a circle. Atlantic Wake actually take you places.
Unlike on other jetski tours, you won’t travel single file with Atlantic Wake. Toni positioned himself closest to shore and insisted on a safe distance between the three jetskis. He told us to go slow near the El Pajar diving area and when we approached resort beaches.
There’s also a two-hour tour (€200 for both single- and double-use jetskis). This goes all the way to Guigui. Whilst that’s quicker than hiking to this out-of-the-way beach, your arms will feel like they’ve had a workout.
3. Atlantic Wake: when
Gran Canaria’s sunny south means Atlantic Wake tours run all year round. You can contact Toni by email or phone to set up a time for your tour. Unless they’re fully booked, he’s a flexible guy who speaks English fluently.
Disclaimer: Three fifths of the Gran Canaria Local family were treated to a free Atlantic Wake jetski tour in exchange for a review.