Insider Tips On Bohemian Boats

Posted on July 22, 2017

Bohemian Boats are a unique concept on the White Isle, and offer one of the only opportunities to create your own adventure on a self-drive llaut. The possibilities are endless, of course, and anyone setting off on their own voyage wouldn’t be blamed for feeling a little overwhelmed. We spoke to Ben Schleifer, owner of Bohemian Boats, for his top tips and island secrets.

What’s your number one island tip for someone hiring a Bohemian Boat?
Stay away from the tourists areas – there’s so much more to see on the island than the popular places. Obviously, that’s basically impossible to do on land – so hire a Bohemian Boat and see the island from the sea – magical!

So what’s your favourite spot that can only be reached by boat?
Silliot Beach is breathtaking – the water is crystal clear and it’s very quiet, even during high season. It’s the perfect place to take a picnic and relax for the day.

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Describe your perfect day out on the water in a self-drive boat.
From Benirras, turn right towards Portinax – the rock formations, bays and secluded spots there are stunning. During my perfect day, I’d visit the bays, caves and beaches, I’d enjoy a picnic and I would go snorkelling in the beautiful clear waters.

Are there any tips you can give people if they’re nervous about driving a boat for the first time?
Don’t panic! It’s very simple. Our boats have a GPS system that guides you along the way, and the screen on the GPS means that all you have to do is follow the line to keep you safe. We give clients a full run down of the safety equipment on board, and explain in detail how the boat works. And we also have a support boat that comes and checks that everything is working well, and everyone is having fun!

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Do you offer any special extras in addition to basic boat hire?
We can supply a very good picnic made by our chef for an additional €30 a head. It includes a bottle of cava, and is very tasty! Our boats have sound systems on board, so that you can listen to your own music on board, and very comfortable soft furnishings. And of course, they’re self-drive which means there’s no captain needed.

What time do you recommend people come and get the boat to get the most out of their day hire?
There are hire two options – full day rental which is from 10.00 till 18.00, or half day rental from either 10.00 to 14.00 or 14.30 to 18.30. Personally though, I don’t think half a day is enough!

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Can you tell us a little about the history of the boats?
Llauts are local to the Balearic Islands and have been used for a very long time for fishing and private use. They are very stable, and handle the sea perfectly. A llaut is a Latin sailboat, measuring approximately four metres in length. Its consistency and stability in the water make it the perfect vessel for all manner of activities, including recreational navigation and sport fishing, as well making it resistant to adverse weather conditions.

Why did you choose traditional Ibicencan llauts over any other kind of boats?
There are so many speed boats, yachts and super yachts around, and very little which is authentically Ibicencan to rent out. It’s also almost impossible to rent a boat (and definitely a comfortable one) without a license, so a llaut was the obvious option. Not only are they very pretty, they’re a seriously great little boat for a day out at sea.

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What was your thought process for the décor of the boats (such as the bohemian style mismatched cushions)?
Ibiza is famous for its bohemian people and culture, so the idea was rooted around that. Plus, we just wanted to make the boats more comfortable -keep them looking cool and beautiful without turning them into something that they are not. We came up with classy cushions and décor – with an Ibicencan vibe. To finish them off perfectly, we installed the amazing sound systems so that people can moor up in a cove and relax in style.

Bookings & information:
e: karon@essentialibiza.com
w: www.bohemianboatcharters.com
f: www.facebook.com/bohemianboatcharters

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