There´s plenty of paddling options in Fuerteventura, which is the second largest island on the Canarian Archipelago. The island will amaze you with its breathtaking wild areas. The population on the island is very low and you will feel totally immersed in nature on all of our trips, which includes 2 Natural Parks and many bird protection especial zones (ZEPA). You will be able to discover some of the most isolated areas on the island, and therefore, on the Canaries.
We always aim to show you the most uninhabited areas on the island, which is not very difficult, as most of the island is pure wilderness.
Situated just in front of Corralejo, Lobos is a very small island measuring approximately 4.58 km2. It has been a Natural Park since 1982. The volcano that erupted 7000 years ago formed a beautiful volcanic landscape that is home to a large number of natural inhabitants. There are over 130 plants species, including the siempreviva de Lobos (Limonium bollei), which is endemic to the island. Likewise, birds are an important feature: the island has a great variety of seabirds that usually can be observed while paddling. Among these species are the Cory´s Sheerwater, Little Sheerwater and the Herring gull. During wintertime we have many interesting visitors such as the Storm Petrel, Bulwer´s Petrel and Yellow-Legged gull. Barn owls are also common on the island. Occasionally we spot Ospreys, Ganetts and the endemic Egyptian Vulture. This is the most endangered vulture in the world, and Fuerteventura has the largest population on the Canaries.
Herons are very common here, especially in “El Marrajo” area. Also, European Spoonbills are often seen wintertime, as the Canaries is a hibernation area for them.
Oftenly we spot loggerhead and green turtles as well around the island.
Paddling options are limitless. The lagoon area is 2.5 nautic miles away from Corralejo. Experienced paddlers will take the most of the island, but also beginner/intermediate paddlers can easily paddle to the island, the distance from the nearest launching point is only 2NM (4 kms). North West of the island is often hit by powerful swells, offering great opportunities for surfing and close proximity to lava reefs teeming with sea life. We have very safe launching/landing sites in Corralejo that are protected from these swells. To be on the ocean and experience such power is totally thrilling. Also, landing in Lobos Island is possible even on the days with the biggest swells.
The Lagoon area is one of the most photographed landmarks in the Canaries, an iconic deep blue crystal-clear water area that you will never forget. The straight to reach the island is called “The River”, and is very influenced by tidal streams and swells. On a spring day, and adding a powerful swell, conditions here can be demanding, a gift for experienced paddlers.
If you are looking to play on the surf, Lobos Island is definitely the place to be. From October until March, long clean swells are guaranteed here. Most of the best venues to play on the island are off the wind, which normally blows from N/NE.
For those not so experienced paddlers, the crossing to the island is a great paddle on easier days, and the lagoons are a perfect place to improve and practice your rolling/technique skills.
Lobos Island is the only island in the Canaries that has remained untouched for over 200 years. There is a small fishermen settlement that adds to the charm of this place. There is no electricity or water, and of course, no cars or traffic at all, bicycles are the only mode of transport.
Corralejo Sand Dunes Natural Park
This Natural Park is one of the most-visited areas in Fuerteventura and boasts the largest sand dunes of the Canary Islands. With miles of near-white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, vast dunes and a contrasting red and black volcanic landscape, it is a real natural gem of the Archipelago.
The Natural Park covers around 24km², including the beaches, the large shifting sand dunes and the volcanic landscape to the south. Known locally as Grandes Playas (big beaches), the 10km stretch of coastline is actually made up of a number of smaller beaches. These pale sandy coves have few rocks and clear turquoise waters. Contrary to many guides and newspaper articles, the sand here has not “blown over from the Sahara”, but is in fact composed of the shells of marine creatures.
We normally try to take advantage of the North wind here, which means that the trip will launch from the Corralejo area. Once we are on the east, we paddle downwind along the dunes. A gorgeous 10 NM downwind trip. There´s a small village settlement at the end of this trip, allowing an easy landing after an exciting downwind/surfing day along this unique Natural Park on the Canaries.
For those light wind days, mainly Autumn/winter season, only a 2 NM paddle offshore is needed to reach the submarine canyon where cetaceans, such as dolphins and Rysso’s dolphins normally feed. These animals are common in the area and with a bit of luck we will be fortunate to spot them. So, if you have some paddling experience and would like to see a cetacean from your kayak, do not hesitate to sign up for this trip! Of course, we need low wind. From September until December is the best season.
Also, a number of whale species (Bryde´s whale, Sperm whale) and Blue whales have been detected in the area, but these are sporadic sightings.
We have at least 5 different trips along the East Coast. Spectacular coastlines including soaring cliffs and isolated fishing villages.
This part of the island is not exposed to long period big swells, so it’s a great place to have fun around the rocks. Rock hopping is a must here!! Especially in the Pozo Negro area, we have multiple options to get close to a few blow holes and whitewater passages in between the rocks under soaring lava cliffs. You will also be able to experience an impressive lava arch (El Jurado arch), one of the most isolated places on the island. These areas are totally inaccessible by land, so the feeling of being in the wild is totally guaranteed.
La Entallada area is particularly impressive with soaring lava cliffs and a beautiful lighthouse that dominates them.
Subject to the group´s experience, trips can of course be tailored in this area.
For those experienced paddlers, we always look for downwind conditions. North wind is pretty common here, blowing parallel to the coast. A paradise for downwind. If you are an intermediate paddler looking to improve your surfing/downwind skills, Fuerteventura is your place, and particularly Eastern Fuerteventura.
We have spotted a large number of cetaceans on the East Coast, including Rissos dolphins, dolphins and even the rare beaked whale. Small mako sharks and turtles can also be seen here on our downwind trips.
Fuerteventura has 10 ZEPA zones (special protected areas for birds), and this part of the island is one of them.
Peregrin falcons, Barbery falcons, Egyptian vultures, Herons, Egrettes, can be spotted here all year long from the kayak.
Also, Ospreys and Gannets are frequent winter visitors.
In the Jacomar area we have even spotted the famous and endemic Houbara bustard, and the Fuerteventura Stonechat, a unique bird endemic of Fuerteventura inhabits some of the valleys in this area.
Building confidence in rougher conditions, downwind, rock hopping and pure wilderness. This is what you will find on the East Coast.
The west is the wildest area on the island, it’s beauty and dramatic landscape will activate your senses. Completely isolated cliffs, golden and black sandy beaches, stunning caves are waiting for you along this coast. Nearly 90 kms of pure wilderness no doubt makes up one of the best conserved coastal ecosystems in Spain. There’s even a project to protect a big part of the coast with the highest protection level in Spain, National Park.
This part of the island is very exposed to the N/NW/W winter swells, so normally we paddle here with small swells, but most important, low period swells.
El Cotillo area is one of the most iconic places on the island.
A picturesque fishing village surrounded by amazing crystal-clear lagoons protected by outer lava reefs, a fishermen’s harbour, endless golden sandy beaches and even an old Spanish defensive tower (15th century), which is a popular museum nowadays.
If you are an experienced paddler and want some whitewater, this area is like a water park. Don´t forget to bring your helmet though, and it´s only plastic boats here for rock hopping.
An impressive cave can be visited in the area, only sea kayakers of course, and big lava cliff inlets around the cave are a great place to rest and have a spot of lunch. Not a tourist in sight, so you can expect complete quiet and relaxation.
Another beautiful area on the West Coast is Los Molinos. A unique fishermen settlement surrounded by isolated cliffs and rugged sheltered caves with deep turquoise waters. Thrilling white water passages in between the basaltic rocks, blowholes, golden sandy desolate beaches. This trip is one of our favorites. And at the end of the trip, a refreshing drink at the restaurant awaits, by the beach where we get to shaire the best moments with the group.
Egyptian vultures, Barbary falcons, Peregrine Falcons are habitual paddling friends.
The famous caves of the tiny village of Ajuy is another fantastic area to discover. Many tourists will visit this cave; however, experiencing it from the kayaks we get to enjoy a completely different perspective.
At a close distance to the village, we will paddle across an amazing lava arch, and its rocky inlets. Passages and lava reefs are perfect for playing and having lots of fun.
Finally, La Pared area is recommended for highly experienced paddlers. We frequently do launchings and landings straight into the surf, so surfing skills are a must here. Punta Amanay is situated on the wildest part of the island, and you can also enjoy the astonishing beach of Cofete, with its famous soaring 800 mtrs cliffs and the largest stretch of beach in the Canaries. The enchanting dramatic landscape will remain etched in your memories for ever.
Please note these trips are only for experienced paddlers and those days with small swells.