Travel Guide to Ons Island in Spain
Prepare for your trip
Get useful information on every aspect that should be taken into account when preparing for your visit to Ons Island – booking your tickets, getting the documents needed for travelling ready, packing your luggage, etc.
Booking your tickets
Ons Island is one of the main tourist destinations in Galicia, so it is advisable to book your tickets as soon as possible, since there are limited spaces, especially in June, July, August and September.
You can book your tickets to Ons Island quickly and safely from home. Just book online at www.mardeons.com or call (+34) 986 225 272.
When booking your tickets, you will have to choose between all the departure ports available and the 24 possible schedules.
When travelling, you will to have to the required documents readily available in order to withdraw your pre-booked tickets (booking ID or travel voucher).
Children must always travel with an adult, and they are required to show the proper documents (DNI, NIE, passport or family record book) when boarding, since our staff will check whether the children are under the age of 13.
In order to board quickly and efficiently, we thank you for having your documents ready to show them to us.
Each passenger can take a maximum of 20 kg of luggage to the Islands. However, it is important for you to consider the weight that you can carry by yourself, and to pay special attention to valuable objects. Mar de Ons is not liable for any luggage or personal objects lost or stolen.
It is important to take into account the objects that you are not allowed to bring on board, as they are considered illegal or dangerous, and the forbidden objects.
For safety reasons, it is forbidden to carry any kind of objects that may put the passengers’ safety at risk in the hand luggage. This includes objects such as:
- Explosives, ammunition, pyrotechnic elements or sparklers, and dangerous weapons.
- Gases (flammable, not flammable, intensely refrigerated or poisonous) such as camping gas, oxygen, propane and butane.
- Flammable liquids, such as fuel, paint or solvents.
- Flammable solids, such as easily ignitable items, substances subject to spontaneous combustion, substances that emit flammable gases in contact with water.
- Oxidising substances, such as caustic soda or peroxides.
- Radioactive materials.
Travelling with pets
It is completely forbidden to disembark any type of animal on Ons Island, except for guide dogs accompanying blind persons. If you are interested in visiting Ons Island and you need pet accommodation services, there are available for you in the city of Vigo.
However, if you decide to take the journey to Ons Island only (without disembarking), you should know that all kinds of pets are allowed on board, as long as they are documented. We consider pets the following animals: dogs, cats and those harmless animals that board wearing a lash, collar and muzzle. The pet must stay on the outside part of the boat for the entire journey.
Please ensure that you carry your pet’s medical card with you and that your pet’s vaccinations and dewormings are up to date.
Issuing of boarding tickets
Pre-booked tickets can be printed at the ticket machines located at every departure port, from the moment of booking until 30 minutes before the departure time. These machines are located right next to Mar de Ons information points.
In order to print the tickets, you just need to enter the booking information that was sent automatically to your email when you purchased them.
If you have any doubts, we recommend you to go to any of the Mar de Ons information points, where our staff will be happy to help you.
In order to board, you should go to the signalled point at least 15 minutes prior to departure. Passengers must be in the corresponding queue and hold their ticket on their hands, so that the boarding goes quickly and efficiently, making it easier for the boat to depart on time.
There are no rubbish containers on the islands, so we recommend bringing bags for rubbish collection, etc.
Find out about the Park rules and contribute to their preservation.
Wearing sports shoes and comfortable clothes is recommended. Do not forget to bring your raincoat or some warm clothing for the boat trip, in case of possible temperature changes.
Bring water with you and try to drink plenty of it during your visit. Long exposures to the sun, summer temperatures and wind can cause dehydration problems.
Do not forget items such as your sunglasses, a cap or your sunscreen.
Walk only along the paths that are authorised for public use (free-visit areas), following the indications on the signs.
It is advisable to bring a camera, a video camera, goggles and binoculars.
Please pay attention to the instructions established by the Park management and follow the indications of the National Park guards. Actively help to preserve this natural area, warning about possible faults and suggesting improvements. Communication is an essential management tool.
It is also important to note that there is no medical service available, except for the summer months, when the Red Cross has a daytime care stand.
Access useful information about the aspects that you should take into account once you are at your destination: National Park regulations, services on the island, trails, beaches, etc.
You are NOT allowed to:
- Throw any food waste or rubbish, because there are no containers. Therefore, you need to bring rubbish back to the departure dock and throw it in the trash bins when you disembark.
- Disembark pets (except for guide dogs).
- Access or move with motor vehicles (except for wheelchairs).
- Camp outside of the areas designated for this purpose.
- Light any kind of fire, campfire or suchlike.
- Access the areas signalled as restricted to the public.
- Disturb, harm, catch or kill any wild animals.
- Pull out, cut or harm any vegetation, including flowers and fruits.
- Collect, destroy or alter any elements of an archaeological, historical or geological interest, both on land or at sea – stones, shells, etc.
- Introduce native animal and/or plant species.
- Carry out any activity that may destroy, damage or alter the unique natural elements in the area.
- Use sound systems or make noises that may alter the natural peace of the place.
- Go scuba diving with no prior authorization.
- Go spearfishing and recreational fishing.
- Carry or move around with weapons, harpoons, spearguns or other similar objects.
You ARE allowed to:
- Bring food, as long as the waste is taken to the departure point, since there are no trash bins.
- Smoke, as long as the cigarette butts are not thrown to the ground.
- Disembark guide dogs.
- Access with manual wheelchairs (power wheelchairs are not allowed on the boat).
Health care – As of todat, none of the archipelagos has health care staff working permanently. Health care services are available during the months of July, August and September only, coinciding with the greatest flow of tourists. On Ons Island, the health care services are located at the crossroads of Curro neighbourhood on the way to the lighthouse. There is a nurse and a lifeguard.
Drinkable water – The existence of natural springs was one of the reasons that favoured human settlements on the islands since the ancient times. However, it is important to take into account that drinkable water is scarce, especially during the driest periods, which coincide with the greatest flow of tourists. The fountains on Ons Island are signalled, but drinkability is not guaranteed. It is this advisable to bring plenty of water with you to visit the islands, since this is a windy area with a great amount of salt in the air, which favours dehydration under the sun.
Public restrooms – There are no public restrooms independent from other services on Ons Island, but the restrooms that bars have for their customers will be publicly available for you to use. Please note that these restrooms are not accessible for people with reduced mobility.
Information Stand: there is an information stand on Ons Island, right at the end of the access dock, opposite As Dornas beach. At this point, you can ask for any information that you may need about the National Park, concerning services and possible activities that you may carry out on the islands. Its main goal is to provide the visitors with all the information allowing them to enjoy their visit to the fullest. Its main goal is to provide the visitors with all the information allowing them to enjoy the visit to the fullest. This service is available during the seasons when there are maritime transport regular services. It offers uninterrupted opening hours during the months of July and August.
Ons Visitor Centre: This interpretation centre is located on the Curro neighbourhood, opposite the church, where the old Ons Civic Centre used to stand. It is based on the heritage and ethnography of the island and the old islanders. Ons, an island of legends and traditions, has a long history full of events that had an impact on the survival of its inhabitants and contributed to a culture having a wide knowledge of nature and holding popular beliefs that marked the daily chores. The exhibition shown at this centre includes examples of the natural value of this archipelago, as well as an in-depth trip through the history, the customs and the life on the island in ancient times. The centre is generally open during the summer season.
Viewpoints: Even though there are several places on the islands from where the landscape can be admired, only some of them are considered viewpoints, which are accessible for most of the visitors because of their landscape interest, spaciousness and location. The Fedorento viewpoint in Ons offers an impressive panoramic view of Ons Island, Cíes Islands, Costa de la Vela and the continental area which is closest to the archipelagos.
Hotel and Restaurant Services
Casa Checho Restaurant – It has the largest and the best offer of typical dishes of great quality, based on fresh and freshly-caught fish, such as octopus and scallop pie, among others.