A big welcome to our brand new and updated Benidorm holiday blog! For our first article we revisit Benidorm Island, the protected Bird and Marine life sanctuary.
GETTING TO THE ISLAND
Daily boats run all year from 10am departing at the harbour in the old town and from the jetty at the far end of the Playa Levante (summer only) in the Rincon de Loix, below the Lido Hotel. The 25 minute journey offers stunning views of Benidorm and superb photo opportunities as you head to the famous island. Adults cost 15€ and children 12€. The price includes a trip on a yellow submarine. Boats run every hour or so during the daytime. Obligatory photo taken as you board!
The trip across the sea is great for a family and for a cost of 54€ for a family of four is acceptable for a boat trip and a morning out on the high-seas. As you approach the island you notice just how big this home for Birds above the water and marine life below actually is. The cliffs tower 240 feet above sea level.
WE ALL LIVE IN A YELLOW SUBMARINE
As soon as you land and before getting your wobbly sea legs sorted you are hurriedly herded into the little yellow submarine with 24 fellow sea mates. Of course the submarine whilst looking just like the one the Beatles sang about is actually a glass bottom boat for you to enjoy a short journey to the bottom of the seas. Yes, there are some fish to see and it is a rather unique experience, but you cannot help notice that the fish are fed to ensure they are always on hand to entertain. Fat fish for sure!
A WALK TO THE TOP OF THE ISLAND WILL LEAVE YOU FEELING POOPED
After an underwater adventure, you can hike up to the very top of the island. Follow the path to the top of the cliffs. The first thing you notice is that the island is a haven for 1000´s of seabirds and as such really is entirely covered in bird poop in a big way! Putting this aside it is well worth the walk to the top simply to enjoy the views and say you have done it. If you love seabirds you will be in heaven. Absolutely fantastic opportunities to take photos looking back toward Benidorm.
ENJOY A SWIM OR A BITE TO EAT BEFORE HEADING BACK TO BENIDORM
Return boats are frequent (every hour) giving you plenty of time to enjoy a swim off the rocks by the café or just a drink or a menu of the day in the terrace café, a pleasant place to sit and soak up the views of the coast. A soft drink comes in at 2.50€, a menu of the day with house salad, a main course, dessert and a drink costs just 16€.
All in all a trip worth doing, so you can say you have done it. The boat trip is good, the island is a protected bird sanctuary so do not expect much to see or do. It is what it is and deserves a few hours of holiday time to see what all the fuss is about. The obligatory photo is waiting for you as you disembark. A ceramic souvenir bowl with your photo in the bottom for 11€. I declined the offer, but lots of fellow passengers did make a purchase. A pleasant few hours, a trip to add to the must do list of things to do in Benidorm.
Staying near the harbour in Benidorm makes for a really relaxing beach break, one of the top beach hotels in Benidorm overlooks the harbour with easy access to boat excursions.