With having family over from the UK recently we have enjoyed being tourists here in Tenerife for a change. It's been a while since I visited the Loro Parque (Parrot Park) in Puerto De La Cruz. Honestly, we had a blast. The addition of the Orca show done in collaboration with Sea World, Florida is a true spectacle.
The stadium is a mirror image of "Sea World" in Florida and California and some of the Orca's are apparently offspring of the "Shamu" family. The show itself with these comparatively young Orca's is breathtaking.
All of the shows are superb and include Parrot, Dolphin and Sealion shows. The animals look in fantastic condition and the Park itself is a gleaming testament to the clean and efficient way that the Park is managed.
Apologies for photo quality, it's quite tough to shoot from shade into light with my little Olympus camera but here a dolphin completes a high leap!
An outstanding feature of the Park is the "Penguin Experience" which is like a little chunk of the Antarctic placed in the middle of Tenerife. It has an amazing 'sea-like' pool and even has real snow coming from the ceiling. A gentle moving walkway takes you round the whole area. There is also a terrific aquarium featuring a shark tunnel.
Here are nurse sharks sleeping in a row on top of the tunnel. Are you impressed with my 'arty' soft focus shot? Some people might call it blurred!
Here are the family in the shark tunnel. We all had a tremendous day in the park and we certainly recommend a visit. Loro Parque and Siam Park are owned by the same people (The Kiessling Family) and do a brilliant offer for a two park ticket. There a free buses to the parks as well. Click here to visit their website for more info. You will also find the Website for Siam Park in our Links section to the left.
When you are next visiting Club Olympus, do give the Loro Parque a try.
- Ivan -