All-Inclusive Island-Hopping With Formentera Explorer

Posted on June 13, 2018

Words: Jason Eybe

Images: La Skimal

With its jaw-dropping crystal waters and powdery white beaches, it is hard to believe that the island of Formentera is located in the Mediterranean Sea and not, in fact, in the Caribbean. Just a short 30-minute boat ride across the waves, Ibiza’s little sister island makes for an unforgettable day trip and an important point on your holiday itinerary that shouldn’t be missed!

One of the best all-round packages to explore this Balearic gem is offered by the Formentera Explorer, a boat excursion that includes a stop on the dreamy sands of private island Espalmador, food and drinks to keep you sustained throughout the day and the option of three different return times to make your way back to Ibiza at your own leisure. We went along to check it out…

formentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

With one of the most peculiar starts to summer we have ever experienced, as we made our way to the meeting point in Playa d’en Bossa, we dubiously looked up at the cloudy sky that was betraying the fact that we are indeed already in June! Regardless, we enthusiastically hopped on board of the Formentera Explored, a boat that offers a variety of different seating opportunities across two levels: a spacious cushioned daybed and benches in the shade, seats out in the sun and close to the spray of the waves, and the elevated viewing position on the top deck.

formentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

An altogether more chilled experience than Ibiza’s lively party boats, we set sail accompanied by the sound of chilled deep house and the sea crashing against the boat, with a few surprise waves washing across our feet. From the complimentary bar, we were offered a fruity variety of Mojito cocktails or cold beers and soft drinks as the on-board chef set about preparing a hearty paella in a huge pan located in the middle of the boat. Despite the somewhat choppy waters, the journey towards Ibiza’s neighbouring islets took only around 30 minutes.

formentera explorer by la skimalformentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

As we slowly drifted past other boats towards the coastline of Espalmador, the sight was breathtaking regardless of the clouds, the white sand contrasted against the temperamental sky. However, as the afternoon progressed, the sun started to come out – just in time for a couple of hours of sunbathing and a little splash in the turquoise sea! Dropped off just a short walk from the point where Espalmador is connected to Formentera by a sandbank, it was a spectacular setting to tuck into the mixed seafood and chicken paella or take those all important Instagram snaps. There was plenty of time to explore, take photos, lie back on the sands or go for a swim before we were rounded up by the Formentera Explorer crew, who made sure no one got left behind!

formentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

Our next stop was Formentera’s port La Savina, where we were handed a goodie bag containing a handy map, fruit and water before disembarking. With three different return times to choose from – 5pm, 7pm or 9pm – there was plenty of time to go and explore some of the island’s glorious beaches, visit one of the spectacular lighthouses or settle in at a beach bar or restaurant and watch the sunset. There are several bike, scooter and car hire places dotted around the harbour, however, we hopped into a taxi to make the short drive over to the famous Beso Beach.

formentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

Another swim and a couple of cheeky vinos later, we walked the short distance to our collection point in La Savina and hopped on our return boat to Ibiza. For a well-organised trip across the waters that can be enjoyed by all the family and gives you the freedom to make your own adventure, the Formentera Explorer sure is the top ticket!

formentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

formentera explorer by la skimal

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