“March 2019 – had a fantastic tour experience with Dark Skies Tenerife. From word go they were professional and responsive to my pre-holiday emails. I wanted to find a private tour that would be flexible with my timings as we have young children. Simon and Margaret were so helpful in accommodating my requests. The trip itself was amazing. We stopped at a lovely viewpoint with Teide and other volcanos to enjoy a wonderfully prepared tapas picnic with cava whilst watching the sunset. When ready we continued on up the mountain to a high remote spot for our stargazing experience. Here we were treated to some knowledgeable insight into the sky above us. Simon used his laser pointer to describe the various constellations and nebulas and we also benefited from being able to get close up views with an incredibly powerful telescope. The commentary and insight provided us with a really good understanding of the night sky and was extremely enjoyable. Simon was knowledgeable and entertaining and the hours zipped by. I would highly recommend this tour. Particularly good if you don’t want to be bothered with driving round lots of hotels for pick ups and want a tour that is both informative and entertaining. Thank you Simon and Margaret. Liz”
“Thank you Simon and Margaret for the most amazing night. Beautiful local food, thanks for catering for my allergies and hot and cold drinks. The sunset, stargazing and close ups of the constellations and planets was incredible. Your knowledge and enthusiasm made it even more special, I’m also sure I won the shooting star 🌠 contest. Can not wait to come back. Marie & Stuart x”
“Simon and Margaret took us on a stargazing trip when we were in Tenerife last week. Apart from myself, our group comprised my parents and my 6 year old sons, so it was amazing that Margaret and Simon managed to keep us all enthralled from eight till about one in the morning! It was such a memorable experience, my boys are still raving about being able to perfectly see Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, the moon’s craters and a number of constellations all within one evening. Simon’s knowledge and passion for astronomy are infectious, and he made it a point to help us sight and understand the major constellations, and pointed out globular clusters and other interesting astronomical features that we had no idea of previously. The boys were amazed at being able to handle real-life asteroid pieces, and we were all kept (too) well fed and watered during the evening. Extremely highly recommended for anyone with even a passing interest in astronomy, and looking for something more personalised than the larger bus tours”
“a very interesting evening, we learned lots and were extremely well looked after! thank you so much, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would highly recommend you”
“My husband and I enjoyed two excellent evenings with Simon and Margaret, including lots of delicious local food, alcohol and incredible views of the Milky Way, various planets, star clusters, satellites, space debris and a few meteors.
My husband also learnt more about Astrophotography and took some great photos of the Milky Way.”
Great shot Mark!
Simon and Margret are so warm and welcoming and are excellent guides. They drive you up the volcano in their well equipped 4×4 and provide you with really great food and wine (plus a special coffee which was delicious), stunning vistas and stellar sights one could only dream of! We saw Jupiter and his weather bands moons, nebulas, stellar clusters and we even saw some reflective space debris!
You must do this experience when you come to the island. !”
“Our wonderful guides!”
“My husband and I had an amazing tour of the cosmos with Dark Skies Tenerife and could not have been happier with our experience. Firstly they accommodated our schedule when we weren’t able to attend one of the normally scheduled tours, and were able to take us on a private tour instead on a Saturday. On the evening, they conveniently picked us up from where we were staying where we then drove up the mountain to see a spectacular sunset. We had a fantastic picnic dinner and we were grateful that all of the food was vegetarian as requested (thanks guys!). After sunset we were able to spend several hours learning about space and seeing the night sky, including key constellations, planets, nebulas and even a far away galaxy! Simon is absolutely brilliant in his knowledge of the cosmos, explaining everything with enthusiasm and clarity. And although it was cold Margaret was prepped with blankets, hot chocolate and biscuits for us to warm up. The only thing we wished we walked away with were a few more pictures! We didn’t have a good camera with us, but would definitely recommend bringing one to capture the memories (and benefit from long exposure settings!) Worth every penny, we highly recommend this experience for people of all ages visiting beautiful Tenerife :)”
“We thought the trip was amazing and it was incredible to see the skies with such an experienced guide. You really kept the kids entertained and they loved hearing all about the stars and planets. I don’t think we can think of anything that could be done better or added – you really looked after us so well and thought of every little thing.
Thanks a million for the photos and we will definitely spread the word if we know of anyone else coming to Tenerife!”
Taken on the 22nd February with a Canon 5D Mark III using a 16:35 f2.8. 30 second exposure. We had a fantastic time Simon Rowland! We will be back!