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Ibiza Spotlight selects: best boat charters for 2020

Take to the seas and love the boat life.

Everyone it seems loves the boat life and the seas here make for a terrific playground for nautical adventures. Chartering a boat is one of the best ways to enjoy crystal-clear waters of both Ibiza and Formentera.

Now with slightly cooler temperatures in September and October and even early November, the time to charter a boat could not be better.

Here are a few of our suggestions of our favourite charter companies on the island, giving you the choice of every type of craft imaginable.

Check out our terrific selection of boat trips too!


Smart Charter

Ibiza Town

Smart Charter's motto is “affordable elegance” and this year, the island's biggest charter company is offering packages, such as the “Champagne breakfast and bar” four-hour morning cruise or the package featuring a raft of water toys, available on certain boats. You can even do a four day trip and get picked up on Ibiza, Mallorca and Denia in mainland Spain. It's always a fantastic trip with these guys.


Boats Ibiza

Ibiza Town/San Antonio

Boats Ibiza gives you a huge mix of yachts and powerboats, moored on both sides of the island, from the smallest speedboat to sleek yachts to luxury motor cruisers. It promises to give the best boat deal and if you find the same one for less money, they'll refund the difference and give you a free bottle of sparkling wine too.


Saga

San Antonio

If your idea of a boat trip is more Kon-Tiki than glitterati you'll love the Saga sailing boat, where you can enjoy great service from the smartly dressed crew. Your journey takes you up via the rugged northwest coast of Ibiza, sailing past the Margalides islets up to the dramatic Cala D'Albarca, where you'll stop for a swim. Enjoy the sound of the wind as it fills the sails on this wonderful experience that you won't forget in a hurry.


Motonautica

Ibiza Town

Offering a wide range of boat choices for all tastes and budgets, Motonautica really does pride itself on getting you the boat you want from sleek to compact and speedy. You can enjoy beautiful coastline at great prices, plus the company is the only one in Ibiza Town to offer boats that don't require a licence, see below.


Sarah of the Seas

Santa Eulalia

One of the craft of the innovative, solar-powered La Bella Verde fleet, the Sarah of the Seas is a regatta style yacht capable of a stirring performance. The motor and everything onboard are powered by solar energy. Combined with the wind in the sails, this is the most ecological way to explore the Ibizan coastline.


Be your own captain

San Antonio/Ibiza Town

If you want to be your own boss and don't want a skipper, getting a small boat that doesn't require a licence is what you need. benefits are that you only answer to yourselves, can go entirely at your own pace and imagine yourself as a captain of the seas. In San Antonio, both Star Boats and Adventure Yellowboats offer such boats and over in Ibiza Town, try Motonautica (also above).


Utopia Ibiza

San Antonio

Utopia Ibiza has boats that are great for large groups of friends, from 10 to 100 passengers, for the generous price of €45 per person, which includes sangria, cava and beer and you can bring your own food, keeping the price even lower. Explore pretty beaches like Cala Salada and Cala Bassa with plenty of swim stops in the open sea with daytime or sunset trip. Top sound systems are perfect for blasting your favourite tunes.


Marco Polo IBIZA

Porroig Bay

Captain Jack Sparrow himself would love a trip on the Marco Polo Ibiza, an old smuggler's vessel. When you see the vast Jolly Roger on one of the sails, you'll be immediately transported into a romantic pirate's world from Porroig, close to Cala Jondal. The Marco Polo Ibiza's hearty crew will ply you with rum and cook up a delicious barbecue as you set sail, bringing terror to Ibiza and Formentera's coasts.


Pascual

San Antonio

A 50-year-old San Antonio pleasure boat, the Pascual has been lovingly maintained and put to work giving instructional trips for young adventurers. It's ideal for hugging the coastline and exploring the beaches, caves and marine life of San Antonio Bay. A day out on this boat is perfect for kids or for those that just want a chilled way to pass the day, sangria in hand.


Remember to also check out our selection of boat trips available now - we're sure you'll be spoilt for choice.

If you are looking for a trusted supplier for car rentals, why not take a look at our personally selected round-up of local companies.


WORDS | Tim Dackombe and Julian Heathcote

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