Share A Private Charter On A Dream Boat

Posted on June 16, 2018

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: Tamara Sini

Hiring a sleek speedboat or glamorous yacht to fly across the azure waters of the Balearic Sea and island-hopping between Ibiza and Formentera in style is one of the most exhilarating, unforgettable experiences to be enjoyed during your time on the White Isle. But, let’s face it, not all of us have the budget to go it alone and splash out on the boat of our dreams. This is why we were super excited when the island’s most renowned boat hire company, Smart Charter Ibiza, announced their new concept of charter-sharing.

Known for their vast selection of beautiful, luxurious vessels and their fun, friendly and knowledgeable crew, a day out with Smart Charter Ibiza truly is like no other. But for couples or smaller group of friends, the cost of such a premium quality charter is not always easily affordable. Recognising the demand for a more accessible boat rental experience, the company has introduced the option to purchase individual tickets for a six-hour boat trip to be shared between a maximum of ten passengers.



For 190 Euros per person in mid-season (June and September) and 225 Euros per person in high season (July and August), you can take to the seas on a stylish and powerful Sunseeker 41, with the prices including VAT, fuel and a captain brimming with insider knowledge of the best beaches and secret spots. Complimentary snacks and drinks, towels, snorkels and paddleboards complete the package. We went along to check out this amazing deal first-hand.



Hopping on board of a beautiful speedboat complete with two sundecks, a seating area with a table, a downstairs lounge and bathroom, we hopped aboard in Ibiza Town’s Marina Magna and met our fellow passengers, two sets of pals from the UK and America respectively. With only seven of us on board, there was ample space to spread out – and, should you want to, keep to yourself – but our group bonded quickly, not least because of the friendly banter from our captain Nacho.



Having crossed the Atlantic Ocean twice, the veteran mariner safely steered us past the majestic silhouette of Dalt Vila and its historic fortress walls, the vibrant super club resort of Playa d’en Bossa and the stunning coastline of the Salinas Nature Park, pointing out points of interest and regaling us with stories along the way.



A short 30-minute jaunt across the waves later, and we arrived on the paradise beach of Espalmador, Formentera’s neighbouring island. A completely unspoilt spot with powdery white sands and incredible waters, we marvelled at the point that connects the privately owned paradise with its bigger sister via a shallow sandbank, causing the waves to meet in the middle in a spectacular display. However, after spotting some jellyfish floating in the sea, Nacho decided to drive us around to the other side of the island for our first swim stop.



Throwing anchor on the Eastern side of the famous Illetes beach, it was finally time to hit the glorious water for a refreshing swim. Some of our fellow passengers chose to enjoy a little snooze in the warm sunshine as the boat gently rocked from side to side, while others put on the snorkles and jumped in to explore the turquoise waters. Surrounded by sleek yachts and with the white dunes as a backdrop, the setting was truly spectacular.




After refuelling on a hearty jam and cheese baguette, crisps and a cold beer, we moved along the coastline to find a spot to try our hand at stand-up paddle boarding. And thanks to Nacho’s expert tips, we eventually managed to circle our boat in a reasonably upright position – not that we didn’t have great fun falling into the waves on a couple of occasions, too!




Time was flying by and with an hour left of our six-hour trip, Nacho whisked us off to a secret cave before we began the journey back to Ibiza. The dramatic rock formation made for an incredible sight – and a last chance for those Instagram snaps – before we cracked open a complimentary bottle of cava to toast this fantastic day out. Flying back towards Ibiza as the sun began to bathe us in a golden glow, tips and photos were exchanged between ourselves and our new friends, the unison verdict on the shared charter experience being ‘amazing’. If you have always fantasized of exploring the Balearic Islands by private boat, now you have the chance to turn your dreams into a reality at a fraction of the cost. We, for one, will certainly check in on a shared charter again!

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