Why an Ibiza boat trip in high summer season will rock your holiday

Ibiza boat trip 49ft sunseeker portofino

Chartering a private Ibiza boat trip during high season is a very good call. It’s just about the most fantastic way possible to see Ibiza and Formentera in the fierce heat of July & August.

Weather, prices, where to go and cool things to do can change dramatically from month to month. So here’s the Boats Ibiza bloggers’ high-season guide to getting the most out of your high summer season Ibiza boat trip.

Take an Ibiza boat trip in high-season – the clued-up way

In our quest to save you time, cash & hassle, we’ve laid out all the facts in one quick, easy read. And we’re pretty darn certain that by the end of this article, you’ll know all you need to know about:

  • Weather, winds, sea conditions
  • Routes
  • Things to do in the sea
  • Places to go for lunch
  • Beaches to visit
  • Stunning sunsets
  • Boat charter prices
  • Recommended boat rental of the month

So you can plan your perfect Ibiza boat trip, then go ahead & have a ball with your gang.

Ibiza boat trip 47ft Sunseeker Camargue

Weather, winds & sea conditions

The weather in Ibiza during high season can be summed up in one word.

Sizzling!

The hottest sunshine of the year has now arrived, with temperatures averaging out around 26C, with lows of 21C and highs of 30C (although this blogger has seen the temperature gauge hit 35+C pretty regularly over the years).

In fact, it’s so darned hot, that the only place you’ll really want to be is… out on a cool, breezy, beautiful boat or yacht!

We have around 13 hours of sun-drenched daylight hours & whilst there is still a slight chance of rain (perhaps the odd thunderstorm towards the end of August) mainly, it’s absolutely baking hot.

Ibiza boat trip

 

That silky Balearic Sea is now pleasantly warm. In fact, in the shallower water of many beaches, it’s almost too warm to properly cool you down! But once out in deeper water, the sea temperature of 26C creates truly heavenly conditions for swimming, snorkeling and all kinds of water-based sports.

Tip: The midday sun is now intense to the point of dangerous. Take your factor 50 when you charter an Ibiza boat trip in high season, m’hearties, particularly for sensitive areas such as the face & tops of shoulders that burn easily. Decent sunglasses are a must at sea & and regular hydration is super important. Especially if you’re partying and drinking alcohol – don’t forget to guzzle down plenty of water too.

You’ve got a big night ahead, right? 😉

The best routes

During high season, you can choose to go almost anywhere around Ibiza & Formentera on your private boat charter (and Formentera is always a good idea). Weather & sea conditions are generally fantastic, so it really is access all areas.

Saying that it IS a particularly fabulous time to explore the north-west coast around Benirras, passing by Cala Salada, the Margarita Islands & San Miguel en route.

Why?

Benirras 

Ibiza boat trip Benirras

Because summer sees the island drummers gather in large numbers on Benirras beach, to bang out hypnotic (and sometimes verily frenzied) rhythms, usually from around 6-7pm until sunset. Sundays in particular, are famous for this gathering and the beach gets absolutely packed out.

Sunset at Benirras is almost a rite of passage for veteran visitors to Ibiza. If you haven’t seen sunset sink majestically behind the ‘Hand of God’ to the sound of tribal drummers, you haven’t properly experienced the Bohemian spirit of Ibiza.

Getting to Benirras by road in high season is not straightforward. Access to beach parking is heavily restricted. Visitors must often leave their vehicles in a car park a couple of kilometres away & take the free (intermittent) shuttle that’s provided. It’s all a big faff.

Not if you’ve chartered a private Ibiza boat trip though!

Tip: ask your captain to drive you through the natural stone archway en route, jutting mysteriously out of the sea close to the Margarita Islands. And ask about the shipwreck, ooaaar!

Blue Marlin
Ibiza boat trip Blue Marlin

If you’re more on a party tip, then proceed directly to the south coast and head for Blue Marlin. There, also on Sundays, you’ll find Pete Tong spinning bad-ass grooves from 11am – midnight. Expect the finest DJs invited personally by Daddy Tong plus throngs of beautiful people having a ball.

Tip: Don’t forget your credit card. You’re gonna need it 😉

Here are the high-season dates for your diary:  July 1 & 22 / August 5 & 26.

Altlantis & Es Vedra

Atlantis Ibiza

High season is a fabulous time to visit Atlantis. The sea is at its calmest, winds are light and boats are able to anchor there with the most ease at this time of year. It’s a short, exhilarating swim (or canoe ride, or paddle-board) from the boat, then an awkward scramble onto land. But oh boy, what a sight awaits you.

Strange rock carvings, pagan symbols & 2 warm, natural, turquoise lagoons combine to create a genuinely stunning & mysterious landscape. The more adventurous can be seen jumping into the sea from the top of the cliff (although for safety reasons, we don’t recommend you try this – ahem).

To top it all, Atlantis is right opposite Es Vedra. Mythical home of Tanit, ancient Carthaginian goddess of Ibiza & location of hundreds of UFO sightings over the years. Spooky!

It’s forbidden to disembark on Es Vedra (home to seabirds, lizards & the famous Es Vedra goats) but it’s a still a little spine-tingling to be even bobbing around so close, beneath her looming shadow…

Things to do in the sea | watersports, swimming, snorkeling & more

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Chartering a boat in Ibiza during the high summer season makes for fun in the sea of every description. Have a go on a kayak, canoe or paddleboard (provided on our fleet of gorgeous Sunseeker yachts). If you’re on a speed boat, then watersports such as wakeboarding and waterskiing are often included (along with tuition). Yeh!

Or just float & let your cares slip away…

Swimming and snorkeling are fantastic fun too. It’s amazing to float in that warm, crystal clear sea, full of incredible marine life. And fear not, all of our top 10 boats come equipped with all the quality gear you’ll need.

Exploring hidden coves (like the location of the shipwreck) that you can only reach by sea is highly recommended. Ask your captain to reveal his secrets.

Editor’s note: Like our very own Cap’n Chris’s secret knowledge of how to wake-surf like a boss whilst chugging a can of pop? 😮 

Ibiza boat trip wake surfing

Best beach restaurants to stop at for lunch

All of Ibiza & Formentera’s most fabulous beach restaurants are open for business at this time of year & very busy indeed. If you have a specific route in mind, then ask which restaurants you can choose from on that route.

On the other hand, if you have a specific lunch destination in mind, then your route can be tailored around that.

Ibiza

Speaking of lunch destinations, we highly recommend Elements at Benirras. Mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine? Tick! On-site massage? Tick! Amazing views? Tick! Great ambience? Tick!

This is upmarket, Bohemian Ibiza at it’s best. Check out this vid of this year’s opening party to get a taste.

Tip: If your boat does not have a tender, then we can still drop you close enough to the shore at Benirras for a short swim to the beach. Lunching in swimwear is completely acceptable!

If you’re visiting Formentera, then we say head over to Beso Beach. Whilst all of the beach restaurants around Formentera are very high quality, they can get extremely busy during high-season. We love how Beso beach manages to retain its chilled vibes even in the height of summer. Reasonable prices too!

Best beaches to visit by boat in high season

1. Beautiful Benirras, Ibiza – for a stylishly boho lunch at Elements & hippie drumming vibes
2. Gorgeous Cala Xarraca, Ibiza – very difficult to reach by foot & therefore nearly always semi-deserted – even in high season. Gasp in delight at the clearest crystal waters and enjoy the most incredible snorkeling.
3.  Las Salinas – watch beautiful people dancing in the sand outside Sa Trinxa (from the best seats in the house) & marvel at the abundance of marine life in this carefully protected natural park.
4. Cala Saona, Formentera – for the most incredibly beautiful, peaceful sunsets.

Stunning Ibiza sunsets

Ibiza boat trip

Ibiza sunsets have a magic quality about them at any time of year.

There are a whole heap of stunners to choose from.

But since high season sees everywhere increasingly choc-a-bloc, we recommend getting off the beaten track and taking in that Ibiza sunset from one of many stunning, secluded bays.

Cala Saona in Formentera is really very special and Benirras in Ibiza is unbeatable for sheer beauty, majesty & that extra touch of hippie drumming magic.

Boat charter prices are at their highest in July & August

So you’ll want to know about a couple of price hacks, right? 😉

But you may also be surprised to hear that you can still get a private sunset boat charter at this time of year for as little as €595, fully inclusive of Captain, fuel and a free bar.

Check out our Rinker speed boat – capacity x 9 and less than €70 each when the boat is full & the price is split between the group.

That’s actually pretty cheap, right?!

Plus..

If you sign up for newsletters or follow your favourite boat company’s social media channels, you’ll often hear about last minute special offers.

We’re talking €€€s off if we have last-minute availability the day before your charter.

Meaning you can save a big chunk of cash if you’re canny.

#Haggle!

Recommended rental boat of the month – July

Ibiza boat trip 49ft sunseeker portofino

During high-season, we recommend our gorgeous, spacious, 49ft Sunseeker Portofino

Why?

With her huge sundecks to the front and rear swim platform, this is sunbathing & socializing heaven. High-season prices are affordable – a full day (8 hrs) of living the dream for x 12 including captain and a free bar costs €1926 + fuel. That’s about €160 + fuel each between a group of x 12. The 1.5K sound system is perfect for private parties

Click here for more photos, info or to get a quick quote.

Ibiza boat trip on our 47ft Sunseeker Portofino for hire with Boats Ibiza

And that just about wraps up our guide. Should you charter a private Ibiza boat trip during high season?

We say HELL YES!

Have you taken an Ibiza boat trip at this time of the year? How did you find it? Did we miss anything out?

We’d love to hear about your experiences and/or tips in the comments, don’t be shy now! 😉

Words | Jane C

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