When it comes to introducing tours for exploring the un-changed side of the Canary Islands, there is no better place to begin than the eco-insider Remote Islands tour.
Marine Reserve Island Tours
The three island remote islands tour starts from the North Lanzarote port of Orzola. This area is the largest marine reserve in Europe. It takes just under 1 hour to reach the first destination, the Punta Delgada lighthouse in Alegranza. Furthermore this was designated a historic monument in 2002. Close to the lighthouse is a small house, where scientists stay at certain times of the year to monitor the various bird species inhabiting the island all year round.
Canary Island Birdwatching
This tour includes the rare opportunity to observe marine life and birds such as – Ospreys. Egyptian vultures and Eleanora’s Falcons among others. Furthermore, every year during the month of March, this area also becomes home to the world’s second largest nesting colony of Cory’s Shearwater. 11,000 pairs! A paradise for birdwatching enthusiasts visiting Lanzarote.
We have the chance to view these unique islands which have been home to nature for many thousands of years. This adventure becomes a rare opportunity to leave the modern world chaos behind and remain, ‘in the moment’.Surrounded by birds around the boat, resting in the water and flying beside us. From here we sail past the second uninhabited island – Montaña Clara
The main objective of the eco-insider marine reserve tour is to protect, creating more awareness for the conservation of the UNESCO protected islands. For this reason we never set foot on the smaller islands, thus we do not interfere with the natural world. After passing Montaña Clara, our journey takes us to set foot on land again. The gorgeous island of La Graciosa lives up to it’s Spanish meaning – ‘Graceful’. Unlike the other islands of the Chinijo archipelago, there is a small population of around 500 residents here. The calm waters of El Rio (the river) divide La Graciosa from Lanzarote. Our beach walk leads us along this coastline to enjoy the views of ‘El Risco’ (another protected area of Lanzarote – see our Botanical cliff hike).
Finally, the agenda here is a simple one – take a rest and sit in the sunshine or head straight to the village for an ice cold drink. Either way, the group gathers together for a traditional Tapas style Canarian lunch. In conclusion, the perfect end to all tours, is surely a glass of wine before boarding our ferry home.
This is the perfect day for those who wish to look back at the Canary Islands and see untouched innocence – Take a look at what else the eco-insider tours team have been up to
To learn more about this or any of our tours, contact Carmen@eco-insider.com