Planning a trip to Lobos Island? This guide contains all the information you need to visit the island, including how to get there, things to do, where to stay and what to bring to Lobos Island. I visited Lobos Island in December 2022 on a trip to the Canary Islands.
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Guide to Visiting Lobos Island Fuerteventura
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Where is Lobos Island?
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How to Get to Lobos Island, Fuerteventura
The only way to get to Lobos Island, or Isla Lobos, is by boat or water taxi from Corralejo, Fuerteventura. It’s an easy 15 minute ride and is perfect for a day trip.
There is no direct connection from Lanzarote, but you can take a ferry from Playa Blanca in Lanzarote to Fuerteventura (30 minutes), and then jump on the Lobos ferry after that.
Where to Stay Near Lobos Island
Corralejo is a great destination in itself, and an excellent place to base yourself for exploring Fuerteventura. It is the home of the stunning Las Dunas protected Natural Park (full of huge rolling sand dunes) amongst many other attractions and places to visit. Fuerteventura is also a UNESCO world heritage ‘Biosphere Reserve’ site.
Here are my picks for hotels in Corralejo:
- High end hotel in Corralejo: Secrets Bahía Real Resort & Spa Adults only
- Mid-range hotel in Corralejo: Barceló Corralejo Sands
- Budget hotel in Correlejo: Hélène Holidays and Retreats
Or you can have a look at the current deals on hotels in Corralejo on Booking.com. I recommend reserving your room immediately to avoid price increases (you can always cancel later, most properties on Booking.com allow free cancellation right up to the day before).
Obtaining an Island Permit
Lobos Island is a special protection area, and is restricted to 400 visitors each day. If you’re intending to visit during peak season, make sure you purchase tickets in advance. Most operators will take care of this process for you. You can buy tickets from the stands at Corralejo harbour, or purchase tickets online here. You can also book boat trips which involve dolphin watching as well as snorkelling and other experiences too.
Isla Lobos Opening Times
Lobos Island Fuerteventura typically opens at 10:00 in the summer months and 11:00 in the winter. The closing time is usually around 18:00, but can be as early as 16:00 on days where tourist numbers are lower. Make sure you check the last ferry times.
Things to Do on the Island
Lobos Island is small enough that you can get round most (if not all) of the island in one day.
There is a hiking trail which goes around the whole island. There are several stunning beaches on the island (each one different) plus lagoons, a volcano crater and a lighthouse.
Here is a round up of some of the things to do on Isla Lobos:
Playa de la Concha
Playa de la Concha (also known as La Caleta) is a breathtaking beach with an impressive view of the volcano crater. It only takes 5-10 minutes to reach Concha beach on foot from the ferry stop. It is a beautiful white sand crescent-shaped beach with calm waters.
Puertito Isla de Lobos
Puertito Isla de Lobos is a 5 minute stroll from the harbour. This unique formation is actually a hidden pool with crystal clear turquoise waters. The waters at Puertito are probably the clearest in the whole archipelago, and therefore great for snorkelling.
You will also find the only restaurant on the island nearby, and a beautiful wooden pier which makes for perfect photo opportunities.
Montaña La Caldera
Montaña La Caldera is the highest point on Lobos island, at 127 metres. You can climb up to the summit in about 20 minutes. It’s advisable to wear sturdy hiking shoes or sneakers along the pathway as it can be somewhat rugged in certain spots. I recommend these hiking socks.
At the top, you can admire the breathtaking views of Lobos, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote islands. You can also look directly into the ancient volcano crater too.
If you love volcanoes then you can’t miss this volcano tour on Lanzarote island. Check my post 14 Amazing Things To Do in Lanzarote for more detail.
Faro de Punta Martiño Lighthouse
Faro de Punta Martiño is a lighthouse that was erected in 1867. It first operated using whale oil, and then switched to kerosene at the beginning of the 20th century. Sitting 22 metres high, the bright beam from this lighthouse can reach distances of up to 26 miles out to sea.
Still operating today, this traditional lighthouse provides essential navigation and safety guidance for operators in the area. Punta Martiño lighthouse is about an hour’s walk from the ferry port at island Lobos. The structure itself is not particularly amazing, but once there you can take in the beautiful, panoramic views of Lobos and Fuerteventura.
What to Bring to Lobos Island
Bring comfortable shoes for beach walks and hikes. Don’t forget your swimsuit and a sand-repellent towel like this one, plus lots of sunscreen if you plan on swimming or snorkelling in the beautifully clear ocean.
A daypack or rucksack (I recommend this one) is essential for carrying food and drinks, as well as beach accessories like hats, sunglasses, and a camera. I find this foldable sun hat particuarly useful for packing purposes, and it’s stylish too.
Insect repellent will help protect you from bugs – this one really works, and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
You might also want a waterproof pouch for your phone just in case you go boating. Lobos Island has stunning views from the sea that are definitely worth capturing.
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Food and Drink on Lobos
There is only one restaurant on the island, and there is no guarantee it will be open. I recommend packing up a picnic (a cute picnic set like this one is perfect) and bringing plenty of water and drinks too.
If the restaurant is open, then that is an added bonus, but always bring food and snacks with you to Lobos island. Remember this island is largely uninhabited so you won’t find much in the way of tourist facilities.
Nature and Wildlife on Lobos
The unique ecosystem of Lobos Island hosts over 130 plant species, including the siempreviva (Limonium ovalifolium) which is endemic to the island.
Additionally, the island is home to many seabirds which nest on rocks and cliffs. Examples include Cory’s shearwaters, little shearwaters, European storm petrels and Band-rumped Storm Petrels as well as resident Kentish Plovers. The area has been declared both a Special Protection Area (SPA) for birds by BirdLife International as well as being acknowledged further still with Important Bird Area (IBA) status.
In addition to the avian species, a wide variety of fish and marine life can also be seen in its waters. Commonly seen are barracudas, hammerhead sharks, and bream.
When to Visit Lobos Island
The best time to visit is usually between April and October, when temperatures are warm. During this period, visitors can enjoy swimming and snorkelling activities in the crystal-clear waters surrounding the island, as well as admiring its volcanic landscape. I visited in December 2022 – the weather was still mild but it was quite windy.
Lobos Island still offers a relatively mild climate for outdoor activities in winter, such as hiking or birdwatching among its native species. Just be aware it can get quite windy.
Responsible Tourism on Lobos Island
Isla Lobos is a protected nature reserve. To ensure the island’s continued protection, the government has launched multiple awareness campaigns and legislation to penalise those who do not respect the rules.
To minimise your impact, follow these guidelines:
- Drinking Water: Bring your own water in a refillable bottle. Aim for a silicone bottle or stainless steel bottle, to avoid plastics (there are two suggestions in my Travel Essentials post here).
- Sunscreen: Be careful, as sunscreens often contain oxybenzone which is harmful to corals. Try a natural, reef-friendly sunscreen like this one.
- Single-use plastics: Bring your own bottles an straws. Try a reusable travel-straw like this one.
- Waste Disposal: Packaging can be blown away by the wind and end up in the ocean (even when you put them in a bin). Take rubbish home with you.
- Respect the beach: Don’t take sand, shells and rocks away from the beach. It damages the ecosystem and habitats.
- Respect wildlife: Remember the wildlife lives here – you are just visiting.
Lobos Island Fuerteventura FAQs
Is Lobos Island worth a visit?
100% yes. Lobos is a stress-free and cost-efficient day trip from Fuerteventura or Lanzarote. From its beautiful lagoon to picturesque beaches and hiking trails, the island has lots to offer. I highly recommend a visit.
Does anyone live on Lobos Island?
There are officially 4 inhabitants on the island.
What is Lobos Island known for?
Lobos Island is known for its other-worldly landscapes, volcano beaches and one of the most diverse ecosystems of wildlife in Europe. It’s a protected zone and special protection area (SPA) for birds
How do you get to Lobos Island?
To get to Lobos Island, you can get a short ferry from Fuerteventura (15 minutes). There is no ferry from Lanzarote, but you can get a 30 minute ferry from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura, then switch ferries to Lobos.
How long does it take to walk around Lobos Island?
There is only one trail to follow around Lobos Island, and it takes between 2.5 and 3 hours to complete. It includes a climb to the peak on the island.
Do you need a permit to visit Lobos Island?
Yes you do need a permit to visit Lobos Island, and there is a limit of 400 visitors per day. Most tour operators can sort this for you.
Lobos Island Summary
With its stunning landscapes and natural beauty, a visit to Lobos Island is always a unique and rewarding experience.
To make the most of your trip, remember to check opening times, prices and permits before setting off. Make sure you come prepared with plenty of supplies. Preferably stay in Corralejo, Fuerteventura, and take care to minimise your environmental impact while on the island.
Fun Fact: Isla de Lobos means ‘Wolf’ Island in Spanish. The tiny Canary island got its name from the monk seals (also known as sea wolves) which lived here in the past.
I hope this post has helped you to plan your trip to Lobos Island off Fuerteventura.
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