Boat Trips from Benidorm
Boat Trips from Benidorm
BOAT TRIP TO BENIDORM (PEACOCK) ISLAND
Some call it Peacock Island, others Benidorm Rock and the locals refer to it as simply L’illa (the island). But whatever you call it the fact remains its one of the most easily recognized symbols of Benidorm and if you’ve never made the journey across the bay to explore it, then you really should, because it’s a great day out. Enjoy the amazing views of the Benidorm skyline from the Mediterranean and framed by the towering Puig Campana mountain (the one with the hole in the top) is simply stunning – in fact the whole trip is worth it just for that view.
When you get to the island you can spend as little or as long as you want just check with a crew member the time of the last boat back before you disembark. Enjoy an ice cream or some typical tapas in the restaurant or make a day of it and take a picnic. The island is a protected national park so flora and fauna abound – wander the path to the summit for a great view of the coast right up to Alicante , then find a comfy patch of rock or undergrowth to enjoy your picnic, with just the fresh sea air and the gulls for company
Also included in the price of your crossing is an ‘underwater’ experience. Known as the Aquascope it looks like a yellow submarine but don’t panic – it doesn’t really go underwater. Instead passengers climb aboard and down into to bowels of the vessel which is glass lined, allowing you to see the marine life swimming free in its natural habitat – its absolutely amazing and the kids will love it.
The Aquascope takes you on a short ride round the side of the island, lasting about fifteen minutes and you’ll see starfish, squid and endless shoals of fish – a real treat!
So for an interesting change of scenery get yourself to the port and on that boat to Benidorm Island.
If you’re wary about feeling seasick, don’t be. The powerful vessel cuts through the calm Mediterranean sea easily, you won’t feel a thing. There’s a cozy interior if the sea air feels chill, or an open top – rather like a double decker bus – and the views from that top deck are spectacular.
There is a boat that leaves every hour from 10.00am at the port and from the boarding platform in the Rincon de Loix (during the summer months) These are dependant upon good weather conditions the boats just go back and forth, during the day. The journey time takes around 20 minutes each way and costs 15€ for adults and 12€ for children (2 – 10)
During March, April and May these boats do not run Wednesdays or Sundays
NOTE – If going during April and May it is advisable to wear a hat of some sort as the seagulls will be nesting and can be protective of their young and quite territorial.
BENIDORM TO CALPE BOAT TRIP – For complete information call 96 585 00 52 or 608 275 250. The Maritime Excursions Company does not allow the sale of tickets online
Departs from Benidorm port, in the centre of town. more information on CALPE here.
The boat travels along the coast line, taking in views of the Sierra Helada mountains and the bays of Albir and Altea and their villages, docking in the Peñon de Ifach port in Calpe.
Travel time from Calpe to Benidorm is 1 hour one way and 1 hour back. Departures from the port of Benidorm at 11:30 – Return from Calpe at 4:00 p.m
Price: Adults – 25.00€. Children – 17.00€.
March, April – Trips are every Monday and Friday
May, June – Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
July, August – Wednesday and Sunday
September – Mon, Wed, Fri and Sunday.
October, Nov, December – days to be confirmed.
All boat trips are dependent upon the weather conditions.
BENIDORM TO TABARCA BOAT TRIP – Telephone the port for dates and times 00 34 96 585 0052. The Maritime Excursions Company does not allow the sale of tickets online
The tiny island of Tabarca is one of the top tourist destinations within the Costa Blanca. A visit here is just like stepping back in time, although it can feel quite crowded during the height of summer as over 4,000 people visit it daily! In 1986 the island and and its surrounding waters were declared a protected marina and bird reserve.
Once on the Island you can explore!! There is the old square at the heart of Tabarca, the church and graveyard, the museum, the ruined walls of the fort, the lighthouse, the beaches and coves, the paths that crisscross the island, an abundance of bars and restaurants as well as souvenir shops. If that isn’t enough there is the crystal clear waters for some top class snorkelling!
Departs from Benidorm port, in the centre of town.
The boat travels along the coast line, taking in views of Villajoyosa, Campello and an approximate 2 hour stop at Alicante, before docking at the Island of Tabarca.
Departures from Benidorm Port: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday during high season (out of season days may vary, call for confirmation) visit to Tabarca and Alicante: 3 hours free time in Tabarca, and 2.5 hours in the commercial area of Alicante. Departing Benidorm at 11am. Journey time from Benidorm to Tabarca is 1 hour and 15 minutes each way.
Return departure from Tabarca: 5pm.
Travel time each direction 1 hour 15 minutes.
Price: Adults – 30.00€. Children – 20.00€.
HOW DO WE GET TO THE PORT?
Jump in a taxi to the port (ask for ‘el puerto’) or if you’re on the Levante side of town catch bus number 1, 4 or 10 to the end of the Avda Mediterraneo, walk along the Walking Street in the Old Town which comes out right by the port then right to the end of the pier and that’s where you catch the boats.