Island-Hopping With The Formentera Explorer

Posted on June 10, 2019

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: Tamara Sini

With vast and pristine white beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and a dreamy, tranquil atmosphere, Ibiza’s neighbouring island Formentera may only lie a few sea miles away – but offers an entirely different experience than it’s bustling big sister. If you are looking to discover this small Balearic gem in style, why not hop on the Formentera Explorer? We set sail on the brand new catamaran on an early June weekend and enjoyed a day of island-hopping in the Balearics.

Setting off from the exclusive Marina Botafoch port, as catamaran virgins we marvelled at the stylish Emerge vessel which boast ample cushioned seating spaces – including on the ‘wings’ of the boat so you can feel like you are flying directly above the waves – a well-stocked bar and plush VIP daybeds at the front with the iconic catamaran netting right above the sea just inches away. Prices start from 109 Euros per person, with several different drinks and VIP packages available to choose from. Children from zero to four years go free, while kids aged between five to 12 years enjoy a 60% discount.

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Gliding out of the picturesque harbour with a glass of cava in hand, we took in the beautiful views on Ibiza’s Old Town Dalt Vila before sailing along the coast past Playa d’en Bossa, Es Cavallet and Salinas. Due to the measured pace of the catamaran, it takes around one hour and a half to reach the dazzling shores of Formentera, so it’s a perfect choice for those who love to sail and be close to the deep blue sea. Because of some strong winds on the day – by no means a regular occurrence – our journey was quite choppy and if you get easily seasick it is advisable to check the weather forecast before you sail. But the friendly crew kept checking in on every single person’s wellbeing regularly and even had fresh ginger on hand to keep nausea at bay.

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Our first stop was the stunning private island of S’Espalmador, which is connected to Formentera by a thin sandbank. To protect its fragile coastline, catamarans cannot moor on the tiny isle’s soft beaches, but there were photo opportunities galore as we drifted past the breath-taking scenery. With a crisp glass of white wine to sip on, and sea gulls floating in the breeze, we laid back on the plush VIP beds and soaked up the sun. It was nothing short of heavily!

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Our next stop was the famous Illetes beach, one of the longest on Formentera and famous for its powdery white sands and glamorous beach clubs. On a less windy day, we may have been tempted to paddle-board or swim ashore, but on this occasion we jumped in the incredible turquoise waters surrounding the boat. With a hearty paella being freshly prepared on the catamaran, we enjoyed a refreshing splash about before the aroma of seafood and rice lured us back on board.

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After feasting on the traditional Spanish delicacy, which was brimming with mussels, squid and prawns, we enjoyed a spot of sunbathing with a relaxing soundtrack of jazz and soul music floating into our ears. The spacious daybeds at the front made for an excellent napping spot, but, far too soon, it was time to head back to Ibiza.

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During the adventurous ride across the waves home, the captain and his team kept our spirits high with an infectious soundtrack of reggae, tropical house and our own requests, and, as Ibiza Town came closer, we were invited to toast the occasion with a cheeky chupito of Hierbas Ibicencas. Sun, crystal waters, fine food and drinks as well as great company and a hint of adventure – our day on the Formentera Explorer really had it all and we surely won’t forget it in a hurry!

Further Information
w: www.formenteraexplorer.com

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