From jetskiing and flyboarding to pedal boats, banana boats and doughnuts, there are more than enough watersports to keep you and the family entertained in the summer months (April-October). It's usually the more commercial beaches and marinas that offer watersports. In the west of the island, try Magaluf, Santa Ponça and Palma Nova. In the north, there are plenty of activities to get involved in around Alcúdia and ort de Pollença’s beaches. You might struggle to find such activities on the beaches of the island's east coast as they are smaller, more tranquil destinations. You will also find volleyball nets on some of the larger beaches on the island, which are available for the general public to use. This is a great spontaneous activity for families looking to stretch their legs whilst taking a break from the sun loungers.
Canoeing & kayaking
Mallorca’s tranquil water and 300 days of sunshine make it the perfect destination for a spot of kayaking or canoeing. From complete beginners to experts, these are fun watersports that can be enjoyed by everyone. Many beaches offer hourly rentals or, for those who want to get serious about it, there are a number of places on the island that offer courses and trips with certified guides. This is a great way to explore Mallorca’s turquoise waters, breathtaking cliffs, hidden caves, nooks and crannies. You may even get close and personal with some fish along the way!
The perfect adventure for active visitors whilst on holiday. Mallorca’s mountains, streams and rivers create the textbook natural obstacle course! With the supervision of a guide, you can plunge yourself into the mountain streams via a series of abseil descents, jumps and natural water slides. There are a number of adventure companies that offer guided descents down the local waterways, from short beginners’ routes to longer ones for the more experienced individuals. A basic level of swimming ability is required for safety reasons and, whilst canyoning isn’t suitable for very young children, anyone over the age of about 8 can take the (very cold) plunge and try the sport. Different companies will have their own policies on age limits but usually, unless they are booked onto a children's activity course, anyone under the age of about 14 years old will have to be accompanied by an adult.
Caving & pot-holing
Mallorca is famous for its caves, so escape the sun for a few hours and explore a sea cave adventure with an experienced guide. You don't need to have done caving or potholing before because Mallorca’s vertical cave systems are a perfect introduction to the underground world of caving. Caving companies tend to offer these tours between April and October.
Coasteering is similar to canyoning, it involves climbing, jumping, abseiling and swimming, but this particular sport takes place along the coastline. It's great for those that like a bit of an adventure and want to try their hand at a number of different disciplines, as well as a good way to explore remote coastal areas and get that rush of adrenaline. Whether you are a complete adrenaline junkie or just coming across this sport for the first time, adventure companies tailor the routes, whilst taking into consideration the ages and abilities of your members of the group. Everyone can give it a go!
Diving & snorkelling
Dive into the beautiful waters around Mallorca and discover the world below. Anyone can go snorkelling and it's a great way to begin your underwater adventures without travelling too far away from the comfort of the waters’ surface. Many of the tourist shops in the resorts sell snorkelling gear. Scuba diving is a fantastic way to explore what lies below. If you are new to scuba diving, the diving schools around the island are more than equipped to show you the ropes and get you started. For those more experienced, there are endless excursions in Mallorca where you can dive into the beautiful blue waters and explore the depths below. Posidonia meadows filled with colourful fish, octopi, underwater caves, shipwrecks and more await you.
Flyboarding (jetpack or hoverboard) has become a 21st-century international sensation in the watersports world. Imagine oversized boots affixed to your feet which allow you to be propelled into the sky above the water. Whilst not all watersports companies have this impressive piece of equipment, you will find more and more companies are investing in it because this surreal experience is becoming beyond popular.
There are a few places particularly well known for kitesurfers to catch good waves in Mallorca, try the east coast of Port de Pollença or Son Serra de Marina to catch some of the best waves. Long beaches like S'Arenal, Es Trenc and Sa Rapita are also good choices. The kite surfing schools provide lessons for people of all levels and have different styles of kites and boards for rent. There’s the opportunity to book courses (which is highly recommended for beginners), or individual 1-hour lessons.
Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is a popular global sport these days, often described as a cross between surfing and kayaking. It is also a fun way to explore the immediate coastline. Whether going solo, in a couple or with a group of friends or the whole family, you will find paddle boards to hire on various beaches around the island, usually rented out by the hour. No previous experience is needed, just hop on the board and start paddling.
Parasailing is a completely unique and incredible adventure. It’s also one of the top ways to enjoy Mallorca’s exhilarating coastline views. You can experience flying 200 feet in the air whilst getting a real birds-eye view of what’s going on below.
Even if Mallorca is not well-known on the international surfing circuit, there are some areas where you can try the sport. The beaches around Peguera, Cala Major, Canyamel and Cala Mesquida are your best bets, even if conditions are changeable.
Wakeboarding & water skiing
There are water skiing and wakeboarding companies based around the island to cater for everybody’s needs. There is even a wakepark which claims to have the only cable system on the Balearic Islands, based in Alcudia.
For windsurfing the bays in the north of Mallorca are particularly popular, so try Pollença, Alcudia or Can Picafort. There are some windsurfing schools for those new to the sport, while you can also just rent a board and see where the wind takes you. Remember to avoid the ‘swimming’ zones along the beaches during the summer months or you will have the water police after you!