About Boat Trips in Mallorca
With more than 120 beaches and coves, impressive cliff edges and turquoise waters, there is no better way to explore the island’s beautiful 554 kilometres of coastline than from a boat.
The two main ways of doing this are to charter your own boat or to take a trip with one of the many boat trip companies based in most of Mallorca's main resorts. The latter is a popular option for being the most cost effective and easy to organise, as they usually offer scheduled departures so you just have to turn up.
Note that most of the boat trips around Mallorca are seasonal, starting from April and finishing in October.
Boat trip options
The majority of boat trips are day journeys which stop off at one of the remote island's beaches where you can try some snorkelling or kayaking. There are also sunset cruises in the evenings, perfect for enjoying the views with a glass of bubbly. For thrill seekers, perhaps a speedboat ride will get the adrenaline flowing!
There is a wide choice of catamarans, motor and sailing boats of different shapes and sizes available in Mallorca, which is reflected in the price you will pay. Snorkelling, diving, fishing and specialist watersports boat trips are available all around the island, some even have glass bottoms so you can admire the fish and sea vegetation below. You won’t have to travel far to find a suitable trip for your individual desires. Boat trips tend to start in one of the island's marinas, but there are also a few beaches with departure points.
It’s worth noting that some companies will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the departure points. Food and drink are sometimes included in the price of the trip; otherwise, boats tend to have bars on board where you are able to purchase drinks.
Boat trips from Palma
From Palma, it’s possible to take a short boat trip to explore the local bay area and the city’s enormous port, a great way to have a sneak peek at its magnificent yachts. The famous south-west resorts and marinas of Illetes, Puerto Portals, Palma Nova and Magaluf are also a short boat trip away with various options available from sailing trips to diving adventures. East from Palma, there’s Playa de Palma (S'Arenal) where you can travel a little further to the unspoilt beaches of Es Trenc and beyond.
Boat trips from Magaluf & Santa Ponça
Boat trip companies in Magaluf and Santa Ponça tend to explore the far south-west with its pretty coves and remote beaches. There are a number of different types of boat trips available in this area, from party boats to snorkelling.
Boat trips from Sant Elm, Port d'Andratx & Peguera
To visit the legendary island and natural reserve of Sa Dragonera in the southwestern tip of the island, take one of the regular boats from Sant Elm or Port d'Andratx. There are also water taxis available in this particular area. From Peguera you can enjoy dolphin watching trips and glass-bottom boats.
Boat trips from Port de Sóller
On the west coast, the main starting point for boat trips is in Port de Sóller. The most popular journey from here takes visitors to Sa Calobra, a beautiful cove which has Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana mountains as its backdrop and is one of the islands finest natural attractions. Around the corner from Sa Calobra is the Torrent de Pareis gorge, a stunning canyon that runs through the mountains. There are a couple of shingle beaches here that you can enjoy as part of your day trip. Climbing, deep water soloing, snorkelling and diving trips are also available here.
Boat trips from Port de Pollença & Port d'Alcúdia
Up towards the north-west of Mallorca, most of the boat companies are based in Port de Pollença and Port d'Alcúdia. Trips from here include sailing around Cap de Formentor, one of the most famous beauty spots on the island thanks to its rugged cliff edges and pristine bays. There’s also an option of a gentle cruise over to the charming resort of Cala San Vicente on the west coast. Fishing, dolphin watching, sunset cruises, watersports, snorkelling trips and more are available in this area.
Boat trips from the east coast
The east coast is filled with resorts that offer boat trips around the numerous coves, beaches and tranquil bays on this more serene side of Mallorca. Glass bottom boats are very popular here, ideal for young children and for those curious about what lies below but who aren’t keen to try snorkelling. Boat trips operate in Cala Ratjada, Porto Cristo, Cala Millor, Cales de Mallorca, Cala Romantica and Sa Coma. Whilst the cove trips are the most popular on this side of the island, other types of boat trips are available including snorkelling, sunset cruises and dolphin trips.
Boat trips from Colonia de Sant Jordi, Sa Rapita & S'Estanyol
Just around the south-east corner of Mallorca is the former fishing village of Colonia de Sant Jordi. From here it’s possible to catch the boat to visit the wild and unspoilt islands of Cabrera. You can take a leisurely boat (about an hour) or a speedboat, which is a significantly quicker option, to visit the gorgeous natural park. Sa Rapita and S’Estanyol offer swimming and snorkelling boat trips.
There are a number of companies all around Mallorca offering guided fishing trips and yacht charters for coastal or deep sea fishing. Port d’Alcúdia, Palma, Port de Pollença and Sóller are the main ports from where they depart. Prices often include boat, skipper, fuel and all the fishing equipment.
The waters around Mallorca are home to different varieties of fish, mainly scorpionfish, gilthead seabream, painted comber, rainbow wrasse, red mullet and grouper. Whilst approximately 20 nautical miles off the northern coast of Mallorca is one of the best areas to fish for bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean, it is fast becoming an endangered species, so it might be better to fish for something else around the island.
A fishing license is needed for anyone 14 years or over, although normally these organised fishing trips are covered by a 'collective' or 'boat' license which means you won’t need to purchase a license yourself.
To visit the Balearic islands of Menorca and Ibiza or mainland Spain destinations like Barcelona, Valencia or Denia from Mallorca, there are ferries that depart from Port d'Alcúdia (Port Commercial) and Palma with Balearia and Iscomar both offering this service. The crossing to Menorca is only two and a half hours from Alcúdia, whilst reaching the mainland is anything from 7 hours or more.
All boats in Mallorca carry all the modern safety equipment covered under European law and have fully updated First Aid kits, with crews First Aid trained. Boat trips and yacht charters should have passenger insurance covering everyone on board but it is always best to have your own travel insurance including watersports and other activities. Each boat should run through their safety guidelines once all guests have boarded the boat for the trip. If you have any questions, please ask them at the beginning of the trip and don’t hesitate to enquire at any time.
When heading out onto the water around Mallorca, no matter how close to the coastline, be sure to keep a good eye on the weather and ask your boat rental company for advice if in doubt. Always bring a waterproof jacket in case the weather turns or a wind comes up, it can get cool on the water at night. Due to lack of space on boats, it's better to pack light and only bring soft luggage, never hard cases.
The water can get very busy along the coast of Mallorca in the summer so be alert and watch out for other boats and people swimming at all times. If you notice any danger, notify the skipper of the boat as soon as you can. If you think you might get seasick, it’s always best to ask for non-drowsy seasickness tablets ('pastillas para el mareo') at a pharmacy beforehand.
Sailing with Children
Make sure children wear a life jacket at all times. Never let them run around the boat or be unattended on deck and make sure they don’t swim alone.