Tabarca Island Boat Trip

For a wonderful day out during a visit to Alicante, a Tabarca Island boat trip transports you to a tranquil marine nature reserve that was once a safe haven for marauding Barbary Pirates and now boasts some of the finest seafood restaurants on the Costa Blanca. The island lies about 15 kilometres off the coast of Alicante and, at around 1,800 metres long and 300 metres wide, is the only inhabited island off the Costa Blanca with a population of around 100 people. Such is its popularity as a tourist destination, Tabarca receives as many as 3,000 visitors per day in the peak summer months of July and August.

Tabarca Island Boat Trip

There are a number of Tabarca Island boat trip options including regular ferry, glass bottom boat and speedy water taxis. Although most people enjoy the lower priced ferry journey, it is not uncommon to see wealthy locals heading over on the fast water taxis just to have lunch in one of the islands famous seafood restaurants. The Barco Kontiki Ferry leaves daily from Alicante Marina and takes about an hour, with just one ferry a day during the winter months and several in summer. Alternately, the highest number of options are from neighbouring Santa Pola which is the closest mainland point to the island with ferries taking 30 minutes.

Tabarca Island Attractions

Being a marine conservation area, the crystal clear waters surrounding Tabarca are superb for snorkelling and scuba diving where the protected flora & fauna greet divers with a rainbow of colour. The island is relatively flat and easy to walk around with a choice of sandy beaches for sunbathing and rocky areas ideal for ‘cove jumping' and exploring the rock pools. Island attractions include the Church of St Paul, St Joseph Tower and Governor's House.

Along with the fame of Tabarca's seafood restaurants comes the inevitable high prices, but then holidays are all about treating yourself, so go ahead and indulge in a wonderfully fresh and delicious seafood platter. Alternately take along a picnic to enjoy in one of the tranquil bays but do bear in mind the whole island is a nature reserve so only leave your footprints 🙂

Santa Pola

For a fun filled day of exciting water sports and activities, the busy coastal town of Santa Pola lies just south of Alicante City and can be reached by car in 20 minutes.