Lobos Island: a hidden paradise on a small islet.

Today, let’s talk about another island that was declared a natural park and biosphere reserve that is part of the Canary Islands’ ecological wealth, Lobos Island.

Located to the north of Fuerteventura in the Bocaina Strait and also accessible from Lanzarote, this islet is a small and well-hidden paradise.

It stretches over 4.5 square kilometres and has four inhabitants, all of them descendants of the famous Antoñito, the lighthouse keeper, who held his job until 1968.

It is named Lobos because until recently it was populated by a large number of sea lions and monk seals.

Sea lions eat about 40 kilos of fish every day. Fishermen culled a large part of their population back in the 15th century over concerns that fishing in the area might otherwise come to an end.

The Romans lived on this island for at least two centuries, as evidenced by the archaeological remains still found there today.

Since the island didn’t have a stable population, it served as a safe haven for pirates to repair their vessels from the time of the Romans onward.

In 1860, the people in charge of building the Punta Martiño Lighthouse ended up settling there, making use of existing structures.

After a few development projects that didn’t come to fruition, the island was declared a natural park in 1982.

There’s a lot of concern nowadays about keeping it in pristine condition, so its capacity is limited to 400 visits per day.

In order for all of us to have an opportunity to walk through this marvellous island, the maximum stay is 4 hours. 

You can select the time slot of your choice: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

As you may have guessed at this point, spending a night on the island is prohibited. However, you can reserve a stay at Lanzarote or Fuerteventura. Both islands have good connections to Lobos Island and offer trips to it.

Request your permit before your arrival.

You’ll have to request a permit in order to visit Lobos Island.

Permit processing is usually included if you hire a tour or reserve a spot on a ferry or water taxi.

If you’d like to visit it on your own or would prefer to obtain your permit yourself, you can do it on the official Cabildo website  starting 5 days prior to your arrival.

On the website, go to “Request Authorisation” and “Request”. Select the date and the time slot of your choice. You can view available dates and time slots. When you’re done with the process, you’ll get a confirmation email.

The ferry: your means of transport to get to Lobos Island

There is a regular ferry to get to Lobos Island.

Below we’ll give you all information you need to organise your trip if you choose to take the ferry.

You can buy your tickets by clicking on this link.

Route timetable and duration.

In just 15 minutes you’ll arrive on the shores of a far-away paradise.


The schedule depends on the season:

In summer (from 13 June until 30 September).

Corralejo – Lobos Island: 9:45 /10:15 / 10:45 / 11:15 / 11:45 / 12:15 / 12:30 / 13:30 / 15:30

Lobos Island – Corralejo: 14:00 / 16:15 / 17:15 


In winter (from 1 October until 13 June).

Corralejo – Lobos Isoand: 9:45 / 11:00 / 12:30 / 13:30 

Lobos Island – Corralejo: 14:00 / 16:15 / 17:15 

Ferry prices are as follows.

  • Non-residents:
    • Adults: €16
    • Children (4-11 years old): €10
    • Children younger than 4 years old: free.
  • Canary Islands residents:
    • Adults: €13
    • Children (4-11 years old): €8
    • Children younger than 4 years old: free.


IMPORTANT: Remember that if you decide to take a ferry, you have to request a permit to visit the island. They will ask you for it just before arrival.

Many companies also offer other ways of getting there.

We encourage you to explore which one is the best for you. If you’d like to arrive quickly, your best options are the ferry or a water taxi, a faster boat that will get you to the island in 10 minutes that costs €16 round trip.

They leave at 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00, although we recommend you take the first one to make the most of your entire visit time.

What should you not miss out on when you come to Lobos Island?

Lobos Island is a very important ecological paradise, so you won’t find the usual tourist attractions here.

This destination is for those who are seeking to enjoy nature through hiking or going to a beach with unique volcanic scenery as a backdrop.

It is a must-see location for those who just want to wander for a few hours.

You can do this on your own, taking advantage of your four-hour visit or join a tour.

We’ll tell you about all these options in this article.

If you come by ferry, you’ll arrive at the dock at the southern part of the island. 

There, you’ll find the only houses on the island, as well as the one and only restaurant where you can have a meal.

The restaurant, Antoñito el Farero, is named after the island’s last lighthouse keeper and is run by members of his family.

You must reserve, since capacity is quite limited and so they can serve you in the 13:00, 14:30 or 16:00 dining slots.

You’ll be surprised by the quality of their dishes and very affordable prices. Enjoy fresh fish or a delicious paella along with a dream-like landscape.

Depending on what time slot you choose, lunch will be either at the beginning or at the end of your visit to this paradise.

Below, we’ll list all the points that you should visit if you’d like to make the most of your stay on the islet.

Las Lagunitas.

If you want to get to this little bay, follow the stone path that starts outside of El Puertito, to the right of it.

It’s a very small and also very precious site, home to a species called Limonium bollei, a plant that’s endemic to this small islet.

It’s also a good spot to watch sea birds, where you’ll see European herring gulls, , great bustards, and Scopoli’s shearwaters..

As you enjoy this route, please remember that it is a protected space, so leaving the path and swimming in Las Lagunitas are not allowed.

Puertito de Lobos.

When you see Puertito de Lobos for the first time, you’ll find it hard to believe that these transparent waters are real.

This tiny bay may be your first stop on the island. If you come by water taxi or small boat, this will be your arrival point.

It’s a very small settlement whose inhabitants are proud to live in one of the most beautiful locations in the area.

The shallowness of the crystal-clear waters on the coast invites marine species to mingle with swimmers and snorkel enthusiasts.

A small wooden dock overlooks the water, where you can sit and take in the scenery of this little piece of paradise.

Puertito de Lobos is on a white sand cove framed by crystal-clear waters that make it a space filled with magic. The dock can also be used as springboard for jumping into one of the most beautiful natural spots in the Canary Islands.

A curious fact: when the tide is high, the beach disappears to give way to a turquoise lagoon where you can enjoy some snorkelling.

La Caldera Mountain.

One of the things that you absolutely should not miss is a hike up La Caldera, a former volcano that makes the island’s landscape unique.

Hiking up to the 122-metre peak is not too difficult. You’ll enjoy stunning views of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote when you get to the crater. 

You won’t be able to stop taking pictures.

Martiño Lighthouse.

One of the most emblematic points on Lobos Island, it was home to Antoñito the lighthouse keeper and his family for years.

Nowadays the lighthouse, which shines onto the Bocaina Strait, is automated.

If you decide to take the circular path, Martiño Lighthouse will be part of your route.

La Concha or La Calera beach.

The beach, one of the favourites in Fuerteventura, is named after its shell-like shape, although it also looks like a half moon, so you might feel like you are at a lake and not on a beach.

Your memories of this beach will be different depending on when you visit it, since the colour of the water changes with the light, going from green to pale blue.

Walking to it from the dock is easy. Since the islet is small (1.2 long by 816 metres wide) you can get to any part of the islet in no time at all.

It’s perfect for visiting with family and children, because it invites you to go for a swim, or to snorkel, or play in the sand. It’s also quite shielded, so the waters are usually very calm there.

Hiking on Lobos.

If you’re not planning to stretch out on the beach and sunbathe, then hiking could be an option for you.

You can go on a 12.8 km route. You should wear comfortable shoes since most of it is stone, even though the difficulty level is low.

Start at La Concha beach and follow a circular path around the island, where you’ll be able to see Martiño Lighthouse and La Caldera volcano and spend some time at Las Lagunitas.

Take the opportunity to view some of the Roman ruins that still stand there.

Even though four hours gives you plenty of time to finish, you should be mindful of the time if you decide to hike to the top of the volcano, so you get back to the boat on time.

How about a catamaran tour to Lobos Island?

If you want your Lobos Island visit to give you a chance to relax, forget about stress, schedules, having to plan, etc. then a catamaran trip is absolutely the perfect thing for you.

You can book your tour by clicking on this link.

The tour includes round-trip transfer from your hotel to the dock and back, with pick-up options at Caleta de Fuste, Puerto del Rosario, Corralejo, Cotillo or Majanicho.

The departure point is at Corralejo Port. You can board one of our two catamarans, Oby or Freebird.

Both offer a day full of enjoyment and personal attention, since the maximum capacity of these vessels is only 12 passengers.

They depart every day from Puerto de Corralejo to Lobos Island.

You can choose between a morning trip, from 10:00 to 14:00, or an afternoon one, from 14:30 to 18:30.

Upon arrival to your destination, you’ll drop anchor at one of its bays and will have several options.

Visit to Lobos Island: A zodiac will bring you ashore, where you’ll have an hour to take a walk.

Stay on catamaran and participate in the activities of your choice.

Relax and sunbathe on the deck of the boat.

Swim in this paradise of crystal-clear turquoise waters.

Go snorkelling and enjoy the underwater spectacle (you will be provided with diving goggles, a snorkel and flippers).

Stand-up padel, kayaking and more. 

You can download your underwater photos from the company’s website.

At lunchtime, an exquisite mixed paella will be served on board so you can enjoy some lunch and dessert with seasonal fruits.

You can also enjoy drinks from our open bar during the entire trip.

Departure times are always the same. 

Prices may vary a little depending on the boat you choose:

For non-residents:

  • Adults: €59
  • Children (4-11 years old): €35

For residents:

  • Adults: €48
  • Children (4-11 years old): €28
  • Children younger than 4 are free of charge.


This article was written with all the love we feel for Fuerteventura. We hope that you enjoy your visit to Lobos Island as much as we enjoyed writing this section.

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