Boat trips from Ibiza, sail from cove to cove
There are plenty of options when choosing a boat trip from Ibiza, such as visiting its hidden coves (which can’t be reached by car or foot) or Formentera, one of its neighbouring islands.
In fact, what’s best of all is hiring a boat (with or without a skipper) but there are also many companies that run boat trips to the island’s main points of interest.
And, naturally, there are also regular ferry routes that connect Ibiza’s main ports with the rest of the Balearic archipelago and the mainland (Denia (Alicante), Valencia and Barcelona).
- Hiring a boat for your trip around Ibiza
- Boat parties in Ibiza
- Boat trips from Ibiza to Formentera
- Ibiza by catamaran
- Excursiones en barco en Formentera
Hiring a boat for your trip around Ibiza
Plenty of companies hire out boats so you can set off on an excursion from Ibiza. They’re normally found at the island’s biggest ports: Ibiza Magna (in the island’s capital), Marina Botafoch, Sant Antoni de Portmany (San Antonio) and Santa Eulària des Riu (Santa Eulalia).
Wherever you depart from, one of the most beautiful trips to enjoy is sailing around the island. It has a perimeter of 113 nautical miles (around 210 km) so its good idea to allow two or three days to complete the journey, either sleeping on the boat or stopping off on land.
But if you’re only after a day trip (or just a few hours at sea), here are some of the best places to head for on an excursion by boat from Ibiza:
- Cala Conta: part of the Platges de Comte coastal system, this beautiful cove with warm waters is the perfect place to visit in summer.
- Cala Bassa: in addition to swimming, this cove also has several good restaurants where you can charge your batteries.
- Cala d’Hort: definitely one of the most picturesque places on the island, it attracts boat trips from Ibiza because it’s opposite Es Vedrà.
- Cala Salada: together with neighbouring Cala Saladeta and nearby Punta Galera, it’s part of one of the most attractive landscapes on the island with crystal clear waters and a dense thicket of Mediterranean pines.
- Cala Tarida: numerous boats anchor at this little beach because it’s one of the best for swimming and diving.
- Port des Torrent: between San Antonio and San José, this is one of the longest natural bays in Ibiza.
Boat parties in Ibiza
Ibiza and fun are inextricably linked. So, partying on a boat off the coast of Ibiza is a match made in heaven and you’ll find plenty of companies offering this service. Most are found in Sant Antoni de Portmany and Playa d’en Bossa.
Lots run boat parties that includes a free drink with the ticket while others have a free bar for the whole journey for a higher ticket price.
You can also hire a private boat to have a party with a closed group of friends and family. In fact, you can even hold formal ceremonies aboard a boat, like a wedding!
Unsurprisingly, the price of all these different options varies considerably (weddings are much more expensive.) But if you’ve got a big group together and take your own food and drink, the price per person can be pretty reasonable.
Boat trips from Ibiza to Formentera
Boat companies Balearia, Mediterránea Pitiusa and Trasmapi connect Ibiza port with La Savina port and trips run several times a day. It’s definitely the cheapest option if you want to travel from Ibiza to its sister Formentera and the journey takes just over half an hour.
If you’d prefer a more private boat trip between the two islands, several specialist companies in Ibiza run this service.
Trips generally include the journey between the two Pityusic Islands (around 11 nautical miles or 20 km) and sailing around Formentera or visiting one of the most interesting points along its coastline, picturesque La Mola lighthouse, for example.
Ibiza by catamaran
Going on any boat trip from Ibiza is a wonderful experience but doing it aboard a catamaran is truly magical. Especially if you can harness the force of the wind, unfurl your sails and make it a moment to really connect with nature.
Take one of these double-hulled ships to explore the island’s most secret spots, for example:
- Atlantis: also known as Punta Sa Pedrera, this cove was a quarry where stone was mined for many of the buildings in the Dalt Vila area, the island’s capital. It’s one of the most impressive places on the Ibizan coastline.
- Cala Es Portixol: one of the most isolated places on the north coast of Ibiza, far from the typical tourist trail. The breath-taking nature you’ll find here make it one of the island’s most magical spots.
- Benirrás: this cove is famous for its hippy drumming parties every Sunday. It’s a lovely place for swimming and diving during the rest of the week.
- Cala Mastella: visit Cala Mastella to swim in its incredible blue waters and to eat freshly caught fish at El Bigotes.
Boat trips from Formentera
Most boat trips from Formentera depart from La Savina port in the north of the island. They normally involve travelling in small, catamaran-style boats, dinghies or a llaut, a typical wooden Balearic fishing boat.
The companies that run these excursions normally offer trips around the island with stops at some of its most spectacular beaches and spots, such as Es Cavall d’en Borràs, S’Alga beach on Espalmador, Cala Saona and, of course, La Mola lighthouse.