A Gray Area Guide To Boat Trips and Charters In Ibiza
Apr 24, 2023
5 min read
When you think about Ibiza, you might instantly think of wild beach clubs, raucous parties and infamous super clubs. But let me tell you, Ibiza is so much more than that.
Not only is the island full of culture, incredible cuisine and picturesque countryside, it’s also home to a stunning coastline, crystal-clear waters, and hidden coves waiting to be explored.
From day trips to the gorgeous Maldivian-like island of Formentera to partying off-shore as the sun goes down with hundreds of other revelers, a boat trip in Ibiza is always unforgettable.
There’s is also much choice when it comes to getting out on the water in Ibiza, so let’s dive right in (pun very much intended):
Types of Boat Trips In Ibiza
There are a variety of boat trips available in Ibiza, from short excursions, wild boat parties or full-day private charters. Some of the most popular types include:
Sunset cruises: An Ibiza sunset is a must. Every day during the height of summer, you’ll see a whole host of boats gather in front of San Antonio’s sunset strip as the sun sets on another unforgettable Ibiza day.
Sunset boat trips usually last around 2-3 hours, and there are loads of options to choose from. Just walk around the bay in San Antonio or take a look at some other options here.
Beach hopping: Explore the island's hidden coves and beaches on a beach hopping trip. These usually involve several stops throughout the day, allowing you to swim, sunbathe and enjoy the scenery.
Some of the most popular include beach hopping from San Antonio to Cala Bassa, and Cala Comte, that include stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling equipment so you can delve deep into the crystal clear waters.
Snorkeling and diving trips: If you're interested in exploring the underwater world, then a snorkeling or diving trip is a great shout. You'll get to see a variety of stunning marine life, from colorful fish to stunning coral reefs. Arenal diving offers a range of different excursions and will guide you around Ibiza’s dive sites with ease.
Boat parties: Last but not least, the boat party. Ibiza is famous for its boat parties and there’s a whole host to choose from based on your musical taste, day of the week and location on the island.
Pukka Up have been on the island for 20 years and have 3 opportunities each week to party out at sea. Float Your Boat is perfect for a Saturday session whereas with Ocean Beat you have the choice of a daytime or sunset party. Ticket prices often include drinks too, so make sure to read the Ts and Cs.
Chartering A Private Boat In Ibiza
If you're looking for a more personalized experience, then chartering a boat is the way to go. You'll have the freedom to customize your itinerary, choose your own route, and explore at your own pace.
Most yacht charters also include drinks on board, as well as a decent sound system so that you can listen to your favorite Ibiza tunes as you speed through the waters to your next destination.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when chartering a boat in Ibiza:
Boat size: Consider the size of your group when choosing a boat. If you're traveling with a large group, you'll need a bigger boat (or multiple boats in tandem) to accommodate everyone comfortably.
Type of boat: There are a variety of boats available for charter, from speedboats to luxury yachts to eco-concious and sustainable catamarans. Think about what kind of experience you're looking for and choose a boat that fits your needs.
Skipper or self-drive: Yacht and boat hire companies will always have a skipper included to navigate for you, or you can opt for a self-drive rental with a company such as Star Boats, where no boat-driving license is required.
Tips For A Great Boat Day In Ibiza
No matter what type of boat trip or charter you choose, here are a few tips to make the most of your experience:
Pack sunscreen: The Ibiza sun can is strong, so be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin.
Bring snacks and drinks: Some boat trips will provide some snacks and drinks, but it's always a good idea to bring your own as well. There are normally cool boxes and ice available on board, so stock up!
Dress comfortably: You’ll be taking your shoes off when you’re on board a private charter, but make sure to have comfortable clothing to wear throughout the day. On a boat party or shared boat trip, make sure you’re wearing non-slip, comfortable shoes.