Remote islands alegranza & montaña clara tour
The remote islands of the Canaries, a unique perspective
Discover the archipelago Chinijo, a rare and unforgettable experience. A UNESCO marine reserve. Travel on a Lineas Romero boat with binoculars and our knowledgeable guide, to explore the uninhabited islands of Alegranza & Montaña Clara, landing in La Graciosa for a splendid fruits of the sea lunch with wine. Read what others have said
You are picked up in our rugged landrover defender and transported to the Lanzarote ferry port at Orzola. We pick up our Lineas Romero boat for the 1hr journey to alegranza, the island furthest north on our tour. We circle the island and observe the wildlife and geology from the boat.
Continuing to Montaña Clara, and make further observations whilst hugging the sheer cliff sides. Our final destination is the island of La Graciosa. Here we disembark at the start of a coastal hike. We hike back to the port (or get a jeep ride if you don’t want to walk), where we enjoy a fabulous ‘fruits of the sea’ lunch with wine and water. We return to Lanzarote by ferry and you are dropped home by landrover.
Los Chinijos’ is made up of six islands – Lanzarote, Montaña Clara, alegranza, La Graciosa, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste. Since 1986 the islands of this archipelago have been part of a natural park. The Parque Natural del Archipiélago Chinijo, covers a total of 91.12 km2.
Much of this area is uninhabited by human life. These are important protected sites for thriving flora & fauna along with a variety of bird and ocean life. You will learn about the history, geology, botany and wildlife of these islands with our experienced and knowledgeable guides. This is a rare chance to see these remote and spectacular islands.
The uninhabited islands are a paradise for birdwatchers: Ospreys and Egyptian vultures are both residents. Sometimes we can see the graceful Eleanora’s Falcons which arrive from Madagascar to nest. Dolphins, whales and sea turtles are also common in this area.
We do not disembark on the uninhabited islands of alegranza & montaña clara, ensuring that our presence is not felt by nature. Conservation and education are our number one priority. You will come to understand this when you get up close to the islands. Our boat is able to hug the coast and sheer cliffs of these islands. You will observe the detail with our quality binoculars, provided.
Duration: Full day
Difficulty level: Easy
What’s included: Return transfers, boat tour and full tapas lunch
What to bring: Light jacket, sun hat & protection, water, closed in walking shoes & beachwear.
Transport: We pick you up from your Lanzarote accommodation. (not including Playa Blanca)
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are staying in Playa Blanca you will have to make your own way to Orzola ferry port.
Special note to our marine explorers
We recommend guests to bring a salty snack for this tour. As we are at sea for a minimum of 3 hours, sun protection/hat and a light weatherproof jacket are essential. We hope to spot some beautiful local wildlife both in the skies and the ocean so we recommend that you have your camera at the ready! Guests who wish to take part in the walk and stretch their legs after the boat will require closed in shoes. Some may enjoy an hour of sunbathing too!
Our 3 island marine reserve 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 our first destination, the Punta Delgada lighthouse in alegranza. This was designated a historic monument in 2002.
Close to the lighthouse on alegranza 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. Here we have the opportunity to observe Ospreys, Egyptian vultures, Eleanora’s Falcons among others. In March this area also becomes home to the world’s second largest nesting colony of Cory’s Shearwater, 11,000 pairs!
Surrounded by birds around the boat, resting in the water and flying beside us we have the chance to view these unique islands which have been home to nature for many thousands of years. We have the chance to leave the modern world chaos behind and remain, ‘in the moment’ as we sail past the second uninhabited island – Montaña Clara
Our main objective is to protect, creating more awareness for the conservation of the marine reserve. For this reason we never set foot on the smaller islands, thus we do not interfere with the natural world. After passing Montaña Clara, we soon land on the gorgeous island of La Graciosa (Spanish word for 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).
Take a rest and sit in the sunshine or head straight to the village. Either way, we gather together for a traditional Tapas style Canarian lunch and 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.