Ibiza boats: Best secret swimming spots
At this time of year, when you’re really craving a hit of Vitamin Sea, it can seem like the entire population of Ibiza has the same idea, making the water appear more like people soup than the crystal clear Mediterranean we know and love. Despite the rapidly rising numbers of people hitting the Ibiza beaches each year, there are still some hidden gems to be discovered – you just need a friendly boat captain to take you there!
The most beautiful and tranquil swimming spots are only accessible by sea and while we can’t give away all the island’s secrets here, charter a boat with White Ibiza and we’ll sweet talk our skippers into showing you our favourites.
The secret is now well and truly out – a boat charter to Formentera is a must-do in summer and while our sister island used to be that special place Ibiza residents would escape to when peak summer season hit the white isle, it’s now developed into a busy, iconic destination in its own right. Formentera lovers now need to look beyond the main beaches and around the coastline to find blissfully beautiful bays and quiet coves to seek refuge from the visiting jet set and their fleet of super yachts.
Swerve the traditional stop-off in the ‘parking lot’ islet of Espalmador and ask your captain to take you around to the laguna to its left, where you’ll be greeted with Caribbean-esque clear, shallow waters and plenty of privacy to picnic and swim. Alternatively, head further around the west coast along the same route as Cala Saona – just past the popular sunset destination is a small series of three caves just waiting for exploration.
Here in Ibiza, the magical swimming spot of Atlantis can be accessed on foot, and while the 75-minute hike to get there isn’t so bad with the reward of jumping in the sea ahead of you, the thought of the 90-minute uphill return route is enough to make you want to to pitch a tent and stay overnight. Chartering a boat takes all the hard work out of swimming at Atlantis, and if you’re lucky, in the high summer months you can get the entire quarry space to yourself due to the fact most people aren’t keen on hiking in 34-degree weather.
Chartering a boat on this route also gives you access to the mythical, magical and mysterious Es Vedra – an otherworldly experience you really need to see to believe. Sailing up to the huge rock formation evokes a feeling of peace like no other, and very few boats stay moored here for long due to ancient superstitions, making it a super peaceful place to pull up and dive in to the deep, dark blue waters that surround it. There is also a jetty, so you can get off the boat and climb the rugged terrain in search of the fabled remaining goats should the mood strike!
The west coast of Ibiza is well-known for its beautiful beaches and yet the traffic heading into the overcrowded parking lots at Cala Conta, Cala Gracioneta and Cala Salada is enough to scare you off forever. Fortunately, taking a boat from the San Antonio harbour means easy access to all of these locations – and much more, including an array of cool caves and pristine, unspoilt coastline just around the corner that you won’t read about in any guidebooks. A little further out to sea is Isla Margarita and her surrounding rock formations – ideal for swimming, cliff jumping and also one of the best dive locations in the west.
On the south side of Ibiza, a little cove called Cala Pluma sits just past the famous pirate tower of Las Salinas, but surprisingly receives very little foot traffic meaning it’s a wonderful place to find peace just minutes from the buzz of Ibiza’s most popular stretch of sand. Arriving here by boat is truly spectacular (and easier than walking through the forest on a hot summer day) and it’s also a popular place for naturists – if you like your secret swimming spots to be sans swimsuit, this is the place. And finally, just as you’re coming back into Marina Botafoch, there’s one last little secret cave to be discovered just beneath the walls of Dalt Vila before you moor for the night. Savour every last second before summer disappears…