Often known for the amazing nightlife, but it is also home to picturesque villages and secluded beaches. One of the best ways to really experience Ibiza is to explore it by boat.
In August we spent 4 days in Ibiza, with two other Canadian couples from Ryan's family. It was seriously hot the whole time we were there, and during the day it was literally too hot to be outside unless by the beach or pool. We decided to charter a boat for a half day sunset cruise, and get some rays in the more comfortable temperature on the sea. We chose to book with Ibiza Boat Hire after reading some great reviews online.
The Booking Process
The booking cost us 545 Euro for the sunset cruise which is 3.5 hours long. It's not cheap but we figured between 6 of us it wasn't too bad. I made the booking with Dawn over email/phone a few days before the boat trip. Dawn was informative, polite and very easy to communicate with. She was patient with my questions and she got back to me swiftly. We had to give credit card details for a deposit, but were told we could pay in cash on the day, which we did. We were told there would be alcoholic drinks, water and water sports on board, and an underwater GoPro. We had plenty of cameras between us so we didn't need the GoPro but we did use the snorkel gear! We were given directions and info on where to meet our captain, which was next to the harbour at San Antoni.
The Boat and Captain
There were 6 of us, and the boat holds 9 people so we had more than enough space. We could lounge on the sofas on both sides of the boat, or sit under the shade near the captain. In the pictures the boat looks a bit small but there was loads of space! We were very comfortable and never felt cramped. Our Captain was called Gabby, he was lovely and friendly, and made sure we had a great time! There was a lot of beer/wine on the boat but only one large bottle of water so you might want to ask ahead for more or bring an extra bottle just in case.
The Boat Trip
Gabby started off by taking us to a lovely secluded cave, and then to a small beach for snorkeling. The water was beautiful and still, but there weren't many fishes to be seen underwater so we mainly swam and relaxed. We had our music playing on the speakers so we really enjoyed the atmosphere and the beautiful Ibiza views. Gabby then took us around the island to another spot, where Ryan flew the drone up from the boat and got some great shots!
We headed over to the water outside of Cafe Mambo to watch the sunset and listen to the DJs spinning from the boat. This was a gorgeous spot to sit and listen to the sounds from the beach, and watch the sun go down with a beer! We fully recommend doing the sunset cruise, it's later in the day so the heat is more bearable and the sunset is also not to be missed. We had an amazing evening and would definitely do this again on our next trip to the party island!
Top 5 tips for hiring a boat in Ibiza
1. Do your research
Make sure you're hiring from a reputable firm. You'd hate to spend all of that money and have a bad experience, or deal with unprofessional people. Look for reviews online and scour through TripAdvisor until you're really satisfied that your money will be well spent.
2. Bring Sun Cream
Even though the temperature is more comfortable at sea you can still get burnt, so make sure you have enough sun block on and bring extra for when you get out of the water.
3. Bring towels and extra dry clothes
Towels are not provided so bring them on board. After being in the salty water all day you might want to have a shower at the harbour afterwards, so bring a change of clothes and anything else you need for the shower.
4. Bring snacks on board
We got really hungry on the boat so we were happy we had brought loads of snacks on board. You don't want to be starving especially when you're drinking alcohol so at least bring some potato chips!
5. Create a great playlist
Music definitely added to the atmosphere on our trip so make sure you come prepared with a great playlist!