Ibiza boats: Best family days at sea
Chartering a boat for a day out at sea has become an absolute must-do for Ibiza holidaymakers. While the words may conjure up an image of glamorous kaftan-clad girls sipping champagne, a day out on a boat is also the perfect activity for families and the kind of experience that creates memories that will last a lifetime.
Setting sail with kids is not without its challenges of course. Clearly they won’t be content with lazing around on deck for hours on end; nor is the idea of lunch in a slick beach club likely to appeal. But pack a picnic to take ashore to the beach, bring along some inflatables, snap on a snorkel or upgrade your charter to include water sports and all of a sudden you’ll be the hero of the high seas.
The most popular route for family boat trips is the Ibiza to Formentera cruise, and for good reason. It’s literally smooth sailing across the crystal clear, shimmering water plus plenty of great points to stop off and swim.
Rather than get caught up in the ‘parking lot’ of boats that are moored at A-list favourite beach Illetes, ask your skipper to take you around to the west coast of the island to Cala Saona – a picture perfect pretty cove that’s easy to access complete with the same sparkling water plus plenty of cool coastline which you can play around with stand-up paddleboards, Seabobs, Jetskis, tubes, wakeboards and – if you really want to impress your teenagers – Flyboards.
If you’re a little more budget conscious, there are also some great options for half-day charters here in Ibiza, departing the snazzy Marina in San Antonio. Cruising around the west coast is a truly spectacular way to see the island, with its rich, red cliffs, cool caves and amazing rock formations you can climb and then jump off. Snorkelling in this area is amazing and kids will love adventuring into the underwater world before it’s time to head back to shore.
For a full-day itinerary on this side of the island, head to Es Vedra where you can take a picnic ashore at Cala D’Hort for lunch – be sure to tell the little ones all the myths and legends surrounding this landmark so they can keep their eyes out for aliens, mermaids and even baby goats!
Kids and shallow-water beaches are a match made in heaven, and in between Ibiza and Formentera is the tiny islet of Espalmador. Wading to the shore of this completely uninhabited island feels like discovering a private island (if you get there in time to beat the water traffic) and kids will love splashing in the safe water, building sandcastles near the dunes and running around catching lizards (there are many!) while you rest.
Take a walk around to the other side of the island and you’ll find natural mud baths, which naturally, little ones will want to dive right into and start making mud pies. Conveniently, it’s not actually dirty – just a natural clay which is good for the skin and washes right off in the sea before boarding the boat to head home.