Lobos Island (Wolf Island) is named after the “sea wolves” (monk seals) that used to live here. Now a protected nature reserve, the small, rocky island is home to wildlife—from birds to sharks—beaches, hiking paths, a visitor center, and, at the northern tip, the lonely Punta Martiño Lighthouse.
Located a short boat ride from Fuerteventura, Lobos Island is a popular day trip destination for Canary Islands visitors. Prebook round-trip ferry tickets or a water taxi and spend the day exploring the island independently, or opt for a guided experience.
Catamarans, yachts, or glass-bottomed boat cruises often include an onboard meal; some anchor offshore at Concha Beach so participants can snorkel, swim, fish, kayak, and try stand-up paddleboarding. Longer cruises combine a trip to Lobos Island with a visit to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura’s northern neighbor.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Lobos Island is ideal for active travelers and anyone seeking peace and quiet.
- Hikers should stick to signposted routes to help protect the landscape.
- Snorkeling equipment, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are usually included in sightseeing cruise packages.
- Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat—there is very little shade on the island.
- Restrooms are located at the visitor center. There’s a small restaurant in the island’s only settlement, El Puertito.
How to Get There
Lobos Island is just 1 mile (2 kilometers) north of Fuerteventura. Ferries depart from Corralejo on the north coast of Fuerteventura several times a day. Water taxis also depart from Corralejo. The journey typically takes around 15 minutes.
When to Get There
Boats depart for Lobos Island year-round. Between November and May, the weather—though fine for hiking—can be variable and too cold for sunbathing at times. July and August are the warmest and busiest months; even then, though, Lobos Island remains peaceful and uncrowded.
Hiking on Lobos Island
Hiking is one of Lobos Island’s main draws. There are several paths—all have signs indicating the listed attractions. For a short walk, take a 10-minute stroll from the wharf to La Concha Beach (Playa de la Caldera). If you want to go farther, follow the path north toward the lighthouse; look out for the Caldera Mountain (Montaña de la Caldera), which, at more than 394 feet (120 meters), is the tallest point on the island.