About Boat Trips in Mallorca
With so many sights to see around Mallorca's coastline, there is no better way to see them than from a boat. If you don't fancy chartering your own boat, you can take a trip with one of the many boat companies based in most of Mallorca's main resorts.
You will find there is a wide choice of small boats, large boats and catamarans (which is reflected in the price you will pay) and some have glass-bottoms so you can admire the fish and sea vegetation below.
You can take a day trip which usually encompasses lunch and a stop-off at one of the remote island beaches, and try some snorkelling if you fancy. Or take a sunset cruise in the evening and enjoy the views with a glass of bubbly. If you are looking for something a little more edgy, you could consider a ride on a speed boat to get the heart pumping!
Note that most of the boat trips around Mallorca are seasonal, starting from April or May, and finishing in October.
Read more about Sailing in Mallorca, and our guide to chartering a yacht.
Not exactly a boat trip and more of a ferry, but if you'd like to visit Menorca from Mallorca, there are ferries that depart from Port d'Alcudia (Port Commercial) & Palma. The crossing is only two and a half hours from Alcudia. Balearia and Iscomar both offer this service.
From Palma de Mallorca, you can explore the Bay Area with its resorts and glamorous marinas, or head further east to the unspoilt beaches of Es Trenc and beyond. Boat companies in Magaluf & Santa Ponsa will take you to the far south west, exploring pretty coves and remote beaches. To visit the island Natural Reserve of Sa Dragonera in the south west of Majorca, you can take one of the regular boats from St Elm or Port d'Andratx.
On the west coast, the main starting point for boat trips is in Port de Soller. The most popular trip from here is to Sa Calobra, one of Majorca's best natural attractions. Sa Calobra is a beautiful cove which has the Tramuntana mountains as its background. 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.
Up towards the north west of Majorca, most of the boat companies are based in the ports of Pollensa & Alcudia. Trips include sailing to Cap Formentor - one of the most beautiful & rugged parts of Mallorca - stopping off at the gorgeous beach at Formentor. Or try a gentle cruise over to the charming resort of Cala San Vincente on the west coast. Either way, the scenery is spectacular.
The east coast is filled with resorts that offer boat trips around the numerous coves and beaches on this calmer (sea) side of Majorca. Glass bottom boats are popular here, ideal for those who don't want to try snorkelling (which we would recommend!) - you can buy/rent snorkel masks & flippers in the resorts. Boat trips operate in Cala Ratjada, Porto Cristo, Cala Millor, Cales de Mallorca, Cala Romantica & Sa Coma. These boat trips are a great way to see & explore the other east coast resorts for your next holiday to Majorca!
Just around the south east corner of Mallorca is Colonia Sant Jordi. It's from here that you need to catch the boat to visit the wild & unspoilt islands of Cabrera. You can take a leisurely boat (about an hour) or a speed boat (significantly quicker!) to visit these gorgeous islands.
The cruising around Mallorca close to the coastline, means keeping a good eye on the weather and ask at your boat rental company for advice if in doubt.
Also always bring a waterproof jacket in case the weather turns or a wind comes up- it can get cool on the water at night.
The water can get very busy along the coast of Mallorca in summertime- be alert at all times.
If you have any doubts about your sailing capabilities whatsoever and no-one on your boat is a skilled sailor, then just fork out the money and hire a skipper. You’ll enjoy yourself more without the stress of wondering who has right of way when a big yacht comes bearing down on you!
Sailing with Children
Make sure your children wear a lifejacket AT ALL TIMES, never let them run around the boat or be unattended on deck, and make sure they don’t swim alone. Don’t take really long trips between ports, rather stop off along the way for treasure hunts and beach picnics to keep them occupied.