Boat trip from Santa Pola: by water taxi to the island Tabarca at Costa Blanca

The water taxi from Santa Pola cheaply and quickly brings you to the island tabarca. The boat trip to the small island with fascinating history only takes a couple of minutes. Spend a wonderful day on the island with crystal-clear beaches, that is also a marine reserve.

  • Tour / activity duration: ~ 20 minutes
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Transfer: no, not included
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Economic Santa Pola boat trip to island Tabarca

You'll reach the island Tabarca by boat trip from Santa Pola with the water taxi. The excursion to the island Tabarca is a must for everyone interested in the history of the Mediterranean sea, who wants to explore the charming little island by foot or loves to go snorkeling in a marine reserve.

Price overview

  • Island Tabarca boat trip from Santa Pola (both ways) - per adult (from 11 yrs)15.-€
  • Island Tabarca boat trip from Santa Pola (both ways) - per child (4-10 yrs)10.-€
The island Tabarca was declared a marine reserve in 1983

Booking option: From Santa Pola on a boat trip to the island Tabarca

You should definitely not miss the boat trip to the island Tabarca, starting in Santa Pola. Tabarca is a small island just a few kilometres off Alicante at the Costa Blanca that will enchant you with its unique charme. The passage with the boat to Tabarca only takes approx. 15-20 minutes. Subsequently, you can stay as long as you want on the island Tabarca and take the boat trip back to Santa Pola at your desired time. The historical city centre offers some lovely buildings worth seeing, i.e. the church Iglesia de San Pedro y San Pablo or the impressive watchtower Torre de San José.

But if you want, you can also just spend a great day at the beach with the boat trip to the island Tabarca. Walk to the long beach of Tabarca or to one of the small bays of the only 1.8 km long island. The underwater world around the island Tabarca is simply spectacular, since the area was declared one of the first marine reserves of Spain in 1983. The Santa Pola boat trip to Tabarca therefore is also perfect for snorkeling fans and divers.


  • Departure in Santa Pola: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM / in summer additionally at 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM
  • Departure in Tabarca: upon your choice at 10:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM / in summer additionally at 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM
  • Days: daily
  • Months: March - October
  • Duration: approx. 15-20 min per way each
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Pick-up not included
  • Starting points: Santa Pola


  • Boat trip both ways
Important information

Please bring along:

Swimwear, towel, sunglasses, sun blocker, hat, backpack, camera, drinks

Detailed description

From Santa Pola on a boat trip to island Tabarca

With the taxi boat from Santa Pola, you quickly and economically reach the island Tabarca. The boat trip from Santa Pola offers you the chance to spend an unforgettable day on the only 0.3 km² small island Tabarca with its unique history. The name of the island Tabarca goes back to king Karl III. who settled formerly captured Genoeses from a Tunesian city on the island in order to convert it into a fortress for protecting it against pirates. Worth seeing are the small city with its narrow streets, the watchtower Torre de San José and the church of the village, that was declared a protected building in 1964.

However, the island Tabarca boat trip also offers you the possibility to spend a day at the beach of the island, that disposes of a long sandy beach and several bays with crystal-clear water. The sea around Tabarca was declared a marine reserve and therefore is a paradise for scuba divers or for snorkeling. The flora and fauna are diversified and you can expect great visibilities. The island Tabarca also has some cosy little bars and restaurants, where you i.e. can try "Caldero", a typical speciality of the island. At one of the departure times of your choice, you'll go by boat from the island Tabarca back to Santa Pola.


Valid on the reserved day or for 12 months after date of purchase if no date has been selected. You will receive the tour operator's details with the purchased ticket. Attention: reservation is required! The reservation can be made through sunbonoo as part of the booking process or later by contacting the tour operator directly via phone or email.

Customer Reviews Economic Santa Pola boat trip to island Tabarca

Nico wrote on Oct 3, 2017
Overall rating
100 von 100

Beautiful beaches

was absolutely fine. The crossing to the island was short and you could simply go back when you wanted. The island itself is very nice and worth a visit. We had a lot of fun especially with snorkelling.

Schöne Strände

war absolut in Ordnung. Die Überfahrt zur Insel war kurz und man konnte ganz einfach wieder zurückfahren wann man wollte. Die Insel selbst ist sehr schön und einen besuch wert. Wir hatten vor allem beim Schnorcheln sehr viel Spaß.
Maggie wrote on Oct 3, 2017
Overall rating
100 von 100

Beautiful trip

We did not want to miss out on our trip to Alicante to visit the island of Tarbarca. The taxiboot is very convenient and cheap as it runs all day and you can decide how long you want to stay on the small island. We looked at the place and then relaxed at the beach. One should definitely snorkel. The water is fantastic and the island is located in a marine protected area. The snorkeling was definitely our highlight. Also with children it is a nice trip. When we booked, everything worked out well. We have no complaints.

Schöner Ausflug

Wir wollten es uns auf keinen Fall bei unserem Aufenthalt in Alicante entgehen lassen, die Insel Tarbarca zu besuchen. Das Taxiboot ist sehr praktisch und günstig, da es den ganzen Tag fährt und man so selbst entscheiden kann, wie lange man auf der kleinen Insel bleiben möchte. Wir haben uns den Ort angeschaut und uns dann am Strand entspannt. Man sollte auf jeden Fall schnorcheln. Das Wasser ist traumhaft und die Insel liegt in einem Meeresschutzgebiet. Das Schnorcheln war definitiv unser Highlight. Auch mit Kindern ist es ein schöner Ausflug. Bei unserer Buchung hat vorab alles gut geklappt. Wir haben keine Beschwerden.

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