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Lanzarote Boat Tours

Lanzarote is an incredible place: it has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and is surrounded by an amazing sea. A mini cruise is the ideal way to explore it

Matteo Gramegna

Matteo Gramegna

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Lanzarote Boat Tours

Boat in Lanzarote | ©Sven Salmen

Going around Lanzarote by boat is one of the best ways to discover the island. From the ocean you will enjoy breathtaking landscapes, often with a glass of cava or a cold beer in your hands.

A boat trip is one of the best attractions Lanzarote has to offer, but you have to choose well. It is important to choose the activity that best suits your tastes and desires to make the experience unforgettable.

1. Catamaran ride along the coast of La Graciosa

Catamaran trip along the coast of La Graciosa| ©AngelD
Catamaran trip along the coast of La Graciosa| ©AngelD

Undoubtedly, one of the best activities in Lanzarote. After a short ferry ride you arrive at La Graciosa, the smallest island of the archipelago. About 600 people live in Caleta de Sebo, the only village on the island and the first destination of this excursion.

At the port you will see the luxury catamaran that will take you to Playa Francesa, a stretch of virgin coastline with low, turquoise waters. It's a bit crowded at times - by La Graciosa standards - but I assure you it's worth seeing. You will be left speechless.

On excursions to La Graciosa from Lanzarote you will have time for snorkeling, lying on the white sand or just swimming in the beautiful sea.

Around 14:00 you usually get back on the catamaran to enjoy a seafood paella, fresh fruit and drinks with or without alcohol.

Practical information about La Graciosa

  • Duration: about 5 hours
  • Price: about 70 €
  • Starting point: port of Órzola

Reserve your excursion to La Graciosa from Lanzarote

2. Yellow Submarine

Submarine of Lanzarote| ©Marc
Submarine of Lanzarote| ©Marc

A highly recommended option if you travel to Lanzarote with children. The bathyscaphe is designed to ensure maximum comfort for passengers: the seats are comfortable, the interior is painted white (the atmosphere seems more spacious) and there are 22 portholes and two lookouts.

The submersible reaches a maximum depth of 25/30 meters and guarantees the sight of countless species. The starting point is Puerto Calero, a municipality in the south-eastern part of Lanzarote. As it lasts about an hour, you will not stray far from this locality.

Contrary to what you may think, this activity can also be done by pregnant women and people with hearing problems. You can book your tickets on the official website.

Practical information about Lanzarote

  • Duration: about 1 hour
  • Price: about 60 €
  • Starting point: Puerto Calero

3. Sunset cruise from Puerto del Carmen

View from the Cruise| ©wytze
View from the Cruise| ©wytze

The perfect activity for couples (and not only). The navigation takes place on a yacht that leaves Puerto de Carmen to sail along a stretch of the southern coast of the island.

The price includes a flûte of Champagne as a welcome and the drinks you want for the rest of the excursion.

In addition to the spectacle of the sunset, it is frequent to cross with the most friendly animals of the seas: the dolphins. If you travel to the island with your partner, I recommend another interesting experience: a visit to the Jameos del Agua in Lanzarote.

Practical information about Lanzarote

  • Duration: about 2 hours
  • Price: between 40 € and 50 €
  • Starting point: Puerto del Carmen

4. Route to the island of Lobos

The island of Lobos.| ©Alex Lopez
The island of Lobos.| ©Alex Lopez

A short distance from Corralejo (Fuerteventura), there is an islet without vegetation and surrounded by turquoise waters: the Isla de los Lobos. No, there is no voracious canid, but this place owes its name to the monk seals that once lived here.

Unfortunately, fishermen hunted them to extinction, as each of these animals needs a large amount of fish as daily food. At present they are trying to reintroduce some specimens, but there is no guarantee that you will see one.

Most excursions depart from the southern coast of Lanzarote and reach Corralejo, Fuerteventura. From there you take a water cab to the islet. Normally you have two alternatives: to take a walk around Corralejo before Lobos Island or after.

The most common is that you can choose between two options to do this activity: a cheaper and shorter one and a more complete one that also includes a kayak trip.

In any case, there are five things you can't miss in your backpack: mask and snorkel, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunscreen and cash. A guided tour is the option I highly recommend, as with the rest of the excursions to Fuerteventura from Lanzarote.

As with other tours - such as the excursions to La Graciosa from Lanzarote - places are limited in order to preserve the unspoiled nature.

Practical information

  • Duration: 6 hours or 10 hours (approximately)
  • Price: more or less 50 € or 100 €
  • Starting point: Playa Blanca

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5. Whale and Dolphin Watching

Dolphin watching in Lanzarote| ©Jan Knoop
Dolphin watching in Lanzarote| ©Jan Knoop

The Atlantic Ocean is home to a large population of cetaceans. To see it, many agencies organize excursions to see dolphins from Lanzarote, either by catamaran or by boats equipped with semi-rigid awnings/roofs.

Normally the boats leave at sunset and include a glass of champagne accompanied by some pastries. In Lanzarote, you can rely on the local company Dolphins Tour (Avenida del Varadero, Puerto del Carmen).

The guide will explain the habits of these animals. In the case of dolphins, they are friendly and often approach the boats. As for the whales, for safety reasons, you must keep a safe distance.

Practical information about Lanzarote

  • Duration: between 2 and 3 hours
  • Price: around 50 €
  • Starting point: Puerto del Carmen

6. Fishing experience in the Atlantic Ocean

Fishing| ©Maurice Morwood
Fishing| ©Maurice Morwood

Are you an experienced fisherman or do you want to get started in this discipline? No problem, these excursions are designed for both audiences. I just recommend you to specify your level at the time of booking. This way, the organizers can assemble homogeneous groups. In any case, you will never set sail with more than 6/7 people.

The routes are organized by real professionals - as in the case of the Escualo Fishing agency (Puerto Calero) - and the price includes all the fishing equipment. As for the fish, the waters of Lanzarote abound in specimens of:

  • Wahoo or sawfish,
  • Bonito listado, a regular in the open waters
  • Seriola, also known as Lecha or Lemon Fish. They are huge and hunting them is a real challenge. They are capable of breaking the line
  • White or bluemarlin. They usually reach the waters of Lanzarote between summer and the first half of autumn
  • Tuna, more frequent between February and April
  • Barracuda, prowl mainly reefs and mangroves
  • Grouper, recognizable by the large mouth. It prefers rocky coasts and feeds on crustaceans, octopus and small fish

If you don't feel like throwing the hook into the sea, you can also get on the boat and enjoy the navigation. Some specimens of inedible species (or not usually eaten) will be returned to the sea after the classic photo that testifies the feat. Normally, there are two types of excursions.

Daytime

A perfect option to combine the fishing experience with a nice cruise on the ocean. You will enjoy splendid landscapes. The boat usually leaves between 8:00 and 9:00 and the price includes water and snacks.

  • Duration: more than 6 hours
  • Price: about 90 € (about 65 € for spectators)
  • Starting point: Puerto Calero

Night

The professionals set sail after sunset. At night, the fish come out of their hiding places to find food or hunt their prey. It is a more epic, intense and original experience.

The price includes dinner and pick up at the hotel or a nearby point. Normally you will be picked up between 16:00 and 17:00.

  • Duration: about 7 hours
  • Price: more than 70 € (about 10 € for spectators)
  • Starting point: Puerto Calero

When is the best time to see whales?

Whales in Lanzarote| ©bernarditamarante
Whales in Lanzarote| ©bernarditamarante

Thanks to the warm water temperature, they can be sighted all year round. However, cetaceans are even more frequent during the migration periods: winter and spring. As for the fauna, these are the species that live in Lanzarote:

  • Sperm Whale, the Moby Dick whale. It lives on average 70 years and its favorite prey is the giant squid. You will recognize it by its elongated head and dark gray skin
  • Bottlenose dolphin, also known as bottlenose dolphin. It lives in groups, sometimes very numerous, and is characterized by being a very social animal. It feeds on octopus, shrimp, crabs and other fish.
  • Pilotwhale. Its distinctive features are its short fins and "tiny" size (5 meters maximum)
  • Spotted dolphin, with a light belly and dotted with white spots. It inhabits the temperate zones of the Atlantic Ocean and it is not uncommon for it to approach boats
  • Fin whale, a very common cetacean both in the archipelago and in the Mediterranean. To eat, it swallows up to 70 cubic meters of water and then pushes it with force through its baleen plates.

What are the best fish restaurants in Lanzarote?

Eating in Amêndoa| ©hrziller
Eating in Amêndoa| ©hrziller

Did sailing whet your appetite? No problem! Lanzarote has some spectacular fish restaurants. Here are the best rated:

  • Amura, a real gastronomic experience. Here you can taste wreckfish loin, blue lobster on the back, grilled crayfish and other recipes in an unbeatable environment. The service is first class. Amura is located in the famous Puerto Calero (Paseo Marítimo)
  • Amêndoa, for those passionate about fusion cuisine. In this establishment, Canarias is Asia and Italia (Tinajo, Avenida El Marinero 20)
  • Villa Toledo, an emblematic restaurant overlooking the sea. I recommend ordering the tuna sirloin with caramel or a plate of black fideuá with octopus (Avenida de los Cocederos, s/n 35508 Costa Teguise)
  • Lilium, the place where the Canarian tradition is reinvented. The ropa vieja de pulpo con mojo and the sancocho de cherne are two very significant examples. You will find it inside the Marina de Arrecife Shopping Center (Avenida Olof Palme s/n)
  • Casa Torano, to taste simple dishes made with very fresh ingredients. It is a short distance from the Salinas de Janubio (El Golfo, Avenida Marítima 31).

Is it possible to take a boat trip with children?

Afternoon in Lanzarote| ©Antonio Vaccarini
Afternoon in Lanzarote| ©Antonio Vaccarini

Of course it is! With the exception of a few special excursions, such as the night fishing experience, it's worth taking your kids on a boat.

If they are attracted to the water, on these trips they will discover the abundant marine life of the island and this is something they usually love.

For more ideas, I recommend you to read the post dedicated to the 10 things to do in Lanzarote with kids.

Tips for a boat trip in Lanzarote

Puerto del Carmen| ©Roberto Villar
Puerto del Carmen| ©Roberto Villar

Before booking your boat trip, I leave you some last tips:

  • During the summer, the waters of the archipelago have some unwanted guests: jellyfish. The most dangerous species are the Compass Jellyfish (Chrysaora hysoscella), Luminescent Jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca), Portuguese Carabela (Physalia physalis), Rhizostoma luteum and Aguamala (Rhizostoma pulmo). Do not go near any of them
  • If you are interested in whale watching, I recommend booking your vacation in winter or spring. These two seasons coincide with the migratory season and the number of cetaceans is even higher than usual
  • Do you tend to get seasick? In this case, I don't think a boat trip is the best option. You can visit the best beaches of Lanzarote or go hiking
  • Wear sunscreen or you run the risk of getting sunburnt. Don't forget your sunglasses at the hotel either.

Why is it advisable to take a boat trip in Lanzarote?

Lanzarote boat trip| ©Sunstryker3
Lanzarote boat trip| ©Sunstryker3

The Canary Islands enjoy a good climate during most of the year. Cetaceans and whales are a constant presence and snorkeling is available in all seasons.

For all these reasons, a mini cruise in Lanzarote is always a good idea. Besides, there are options for all tastes and budgets.