Fuerteventura is a beautiful place within itself, but it also contains another stunning island just a short boat ride away. Isla de Lobos, one of the smallest of the Canary Islands, is a protected national park and one one of the best things to do if you’re in the area, being so easy to access if you’re staying in Corralejo. Its name is translated as ‘Island of Seals’, a species that used to be abundant in the area (until us humans came along and ate them all, of course).
There are several different ways of travelling to Isla de Lobos depending on what you want from your trip, and all involve a boat trip. All options go every hour, and tickets can be purchased from Corralejo harbour either before or on the morning of your trip. You can either go on a two-level boat, a glass-bottomed boat (which costs slightly more), or my all-time favourite option, the Water Taxi.
The Water Taxi is essentially a brightly coloured speed boat with chairs and a seating area on the floor – it’s a slightly more thrilling method than the other boats but totally worth it if you enjoy the wind in your hair and the waves passing by at speed! Despite how fast they are they are relatively safe and certainly a great experience, although I’d advise to choose the glass-bottomed boat if you are less of a thrill-seeker and more of an animal-observer! You can see fish, rays, and other marine creatures so it’s also a really good option.
Despite its small land mass there’s quite a lot to see on Isla de Lobos. Two great points of interest near to the boat drop-off point are the village where people live on the island (without electricity!), and the beautiful lagoon and beach area. Don’t make the mistake we did of following the ‘Laguna’ sign to reach it, as it turns out that it doesn’t even mean ‘lagoon’ and is actually in the opposite direction!
If you fancy food while you’re there you can pre-order it with the local restaurant when you buy your tickets. The only option is Paella, but it’s said to be absolutely wonderful and worth including in your trip. If not, then it’s advisable to bring a picnic-style lunch with you are there are no shops or resources on the island apart from one vending machine with limited drinks.
For those that enjoy a bit of a trek you can find some other points of interest further afield – the Montaña La Caldera, which proves to be an exciting ascent, and you’ll be reminded very quickly why Fuerteventura is known as “the windy isle”! On the opposite side of the island you can visit the Punta Martiño Lighthouse, with stunning views and treacherous rocks and waves surrounding it. If you go the right way you may also come across an abandoned village, the salt flats, and an oasis-like clearing of agave plants, but due to the many walking routes it’s taken us a few trips to discover it all!
What You Need To Know
There are a few things to be cautious of when visiting Isla de Lobos, namely the timings of the trip. If you are planning of walking to the further away points of interest then I’d recommend going earlier in the morning to remove any time pressures – the distance between the drop-off point and the lighthouse is quite far considering it’s on the other side of the island and can take quite a while if it is particularly hot. As the temperatures can soar in the afternoon it’s advisable to take lots of water with you, and a hat or headscarf is a must as there isn’t really any shade to be found except in the visitor centre right at the start. You won’t find any trees, and there certainly aren’t any man made shelters past the drop-off point. As mentioned food is also vital (and I’d always recommend TUC biscuits as the local lizards seem to love them!).
One thing to also take note of – the final boat ride home at 4pm is very final. If you’re late then no one will come looking for you and you’ll end up stuck on the island, which could be a very long night! Make sure to arrive back at the drop-off point in good time as it’s better to be safe than sorry.
As of 2019 you now need a permit to visit the island to prevent over-tourism (which is a great idea). The permit is free and you can purchase it up to three days beforehand from this website.
Isla de Lobos is a place that I’ve visited four times already and I know I’ll go again countless times more – it’s a unique excursion on the island and offers some interesting and unusual experiences, making it a great thing to do in Corralejo. Even if you’re not into long walks and boat rides it’s still worth it just to swim in the still waters of the lagoon, which is without a doubt one of my favourite places to visit during my Fuerteventura holidays.
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