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Mallorca - how to choose the best boat trip


BOAT TRIP OPTIONS DEPENDING ON THE AREA OF THE ISLAND, PRIVATE BOAT RENTAL OPTIONS AND A REVIEW OF MY EXPERIENCE ON A BOAT TRIP IN MALLORCA


Mallorca is one of the most popular islands of Spain and certainly one of the most beautiful. I was completely conquered by the beauty of the landscapes and the paths with turquoise water, the location being in the top of the beautiful places I've been to so far.


Mallorca is part of the Balearic Archipelago and is the largest island in terms of area in Spain, with a total of 3640 square kilometers and a circumference of 312 km. A single boat ride around the island would not be enough to go around it in one day and be able to enjoy the experience at the same time. The agencies that promise you a cruise around the island actually offer a trip around the island in a certain area, depending on the place of departure.


boat trip around Mallorca Island



OPTIONS FOR BOAT TOURS AROUND THE ISLAND OF MALLORCA


There are countless offers and options for a boat ride around the island of Mallorca and most of the time it is difficult to choose the most suitable option. I recommend that you inform yourself and book in advance the desired tour, in the area you would like, on the places where you want to stop or swim. On the spot, the multitude of options can be overwhelming, especially when you want to enjoy the location, not to waste the time allocated to the vacation to find the best option.


I have put together the offers I found online, with a link to each one separately, you just have to click on the text written in blue/red to see more information and to book. So, if you are looking for a boat trip in Mallorca, below you will find the list, with departures depending on the areas of the island:



SOUTH OF THE ISLAND OF MALLORCA


The most beautiful beaches:


- Cala Pi;

- Cala Vella;

- Cala Fort;

- Caló de ses Lleonardes Beach;

- To Pesquera Plana;

- Cala Mosques;

- Playa S' Arenal - ideal for enjoying the sunset;

- Playa de Palma;

- Beach of Can Pastilla;

- Playa Ciudad Jardín;

- Cala Major;

- Cala Major;

- Cala Illetes;

- Portals Nous Beach;

- S'Oratori Beach;

- Palmanova Beach;

- Magaluf Beach;

- Cala Vinyes Beach;

- Playa del mago;

Boat trips departing from the south of Mallorca Island:


- from Palma de Mallorca, 5-hour catamaran cruise, with stops for swimming and lunch with a drink included in the ticket price. There is the option of the excursion from 10:00 or from 15:30. Snorkeling equipment is provided for a fee (I personally recommend bringing your own equipment). The departure takes place in front of the Auditorium in Palma. Details and bookings here.


- catamaran cruise departing from the El Arenal beach area, with stops for snorkeling and swimming in Palma Bay. The walk takes about two hours, including stops for snorkeling. Details and bookings here.


- catamaran cruise departing from the El Arenal beach area, with stops for swimming and snorkeling in Palma Bay. Food and drink are included in the ticket price. Details and bookings here.


- boat trip to see the dolphins, departing from the Playa Tora area. The trip lasts 3 hours and there are stops for swimming. Details and bookings.



EAST OF THE ISLAND OF MALLORCA



The most beautiful beaches:


- Torre de Cala en Basset;

- Cala Estellencs;

- Cala Banyalbufar;

- Canonge Beach Port;

- Cala de Deià;

- I am Canyaret;

- Playa Cala Tuent;

- To Calobra;



Boat trips departing from the east of Mallorca Island:


- excursion by boat with a glass floor, which lasts 3 hours and takes short stops in the areas of beaches and caves: Pirate's Cave, Cala Mendía, Cala Romántica, Cala Falcó Cave, Cala Varques, Punta de n'Amer. Details and bookings.


- boat trip departing from the Cala Figuera area, towards Playa Santanyi and Es Pontas. The excursion lasts 2.5 hours, and a drink is included in the ticket price. Details and bookings.


- glass floor catamaran cruise, with departure options from several locations, depending on your choice when you make the booking. Depending on the departure location, the cruise can be made to the northern side or to the southern side. Details and bookings.


- catamaran cruise departing from Cala Millor, which can last between 1.5 and 4 hours, depending on the option chosen. The boat has a transparent floor and you can choose a tour from 7 itinerary options.. Details and bookings.



WEST OF THE ISLAND OF MALLORCA



The most beautiful beaches:


- Cala Màrmols;

- Caló del Moro;

- Cala Llombards;

- Cala Egos;

- Cala Mitjana;

- Cala Marçal Beach;

- Cala Magraner;

- Cala Varques - an absolutely gorgeous beach, but accessible only from the water, or after a long hike;

- Cala Millor;



Boat trips departing from the west of the island of Mallorca:


- cruise departing from Port de Soller, towards Sa Colobra. In the Sa Colobra area, you have free time to explore the area, to go to the beach, walk or even go hiking. Personally, Torrent de Pareis beach, also known as Sa Colobra, is my favorite and I think that a boat cruise here is the ideal way to enjoy it. Details and bookings.


- speedboat tour departing from the port of Soller to Cala Tuent and Sa Colobra. Stops are made in unusual locations, such as caves, waterfalls and isolated lakes. Details and bookings.



NORTH OF THE ISLAND OF MALLORCA



The most beautiful beaches:


- Cala Mesquida;

- Cala Torta - a hard-to-reach beach;

- Cala Mitjana will be Duaia;

- Sa Font Salada;



Boat trips departing from the north of the island of Mallorca:


- catamaran cruise departing from the Port of Alcudia. There are stops for swimming at Es Coll Baix and Cala del Gossalba beaches. A meal and two drinks are included in the price of the trip. Kayaks and paddles are also offered to explore the areas where the boat stops. Details and bookings.


- boat trip with a glass bottom boat, departing from the port of Alcudia. The trip lasts two hours. Details and bookings.


- catamaran cruise in the Fermentor and Alcudia area. Stops are made for swimming and snorkeling Cap Pina, Cala Murta, Es Calo. Details and bookings.


- boat ride from Port de Pollenca to the Blue Cave, a cave accessible only from the sea. Drinks and snorkeling equipment are included in the ticket price. Details and bookings.



BOAT AND YACHT RENTAL COMPANIES IN MALLORCA


If you are a larger group of people, looking for an interesting location to have a party, or simply looking for a different vacation, then Mallorca is the perfect place. Both on this island and in the entire Balearic Archipelago, there are numerous offers to rent a boat, from simple boats to luxurious yachts with an entire crew.


Below, I leave a list of several search engines (with link, click on the blue/red text) where you can find the most suitable options:




PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN A CRUISE IN THE NORTH-WESTERN PART OF THE ISLAND OF MALLORCA


Mallorca is one of those places that you have to see from another perspective, so we couldn't miss a boat trip, especially since many of the beaches are very difficult to access from land. Having accommodation in the north of the island, it seemed easier for us to book the boat trip also departing from the north, from the port of Alcudia.


Our choice was a catamaran ride, with stops for swimming and snorkeling. The trip lasted about 5 hours, and on board we had food and drink (drink only during the meal) included in the ticket price. The food was decent, it was served pasta with chicken.


Those who organized this tour around the island provided us with a limited number of paddles and kayaks to explore the small caves when the catamaran was stopped. Unfortunately, not everyone managed to enjoy this experience, because there were not enough for all the people on board.


boat trip around mallorca island

I was lucky that the water was not agitated at all and in this way I wasn't sea sick and I was able to snorkel. Unfortunately, the sea surrounding the island of Mallorca is quite poor in marine life, so don't set too high expectations for snorkeling.


I expected in that 5-hour trip to see a lot of beaches and places, but that was not the case. We saw only one beach and there were many stops for swimming. Even so, it was a pleasant experience, and the crew on the boat made the atmosphere like a party, with music and good cheer. It is therefore not an experience for those looking for tranquility, but rather for those looking to disconnect from everyday life through fun and interaction with other people (there were 20-30 tourists on board the catamaran)..



CONCLUSIONS ABOUT THE BOAT TRIP IN MALLORCA


A walk or a mini-cruise around the island is one of the activities you should not miss if you arrive in Mallorca. If I could turn back time, I would choose a cruise in the eastern part of the island, or in the Torrent de Pareis - Sa Colobra area. In my opinion, there are the most inaccessible beaches on land, but easily accessible by water, and also some of the most beautiful. For the eastern side, my recommendation is Cala Varquez and the beaches that surround it. The water is an unreal turquoise, and land access to it can only be done if you go on a fairly long hike.


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