The big Mallorca boat tour

The Malgrats Islands ("Es Malgrats") off the coast of Mallorca, Spain

While in Santa Ponça last month, my family and I wanted to hop on a catamaran for a cruise. There are lots of options for a nice boat trip in Mallorca and we quickly decided on the 4-hour trip to the Malgrats Islands, Port Andratx and Dragonera, with a couple of with swimming stops thrown in.

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We bought our tickets on the day (20€ pp) and set sail at 11:15am, cruising towards the Islas Malgrats.

These two small islands are uninhabited, and were declared an Ecological Reserve in 2004. They’re home to a variety of birds and surrounded by marine wildlife, thanks in part to a new artificial reef.

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Just around the corner, we pulled into a little cove and the boat came to a halt. The sea was beautifully clear and the most perfect turquoise—and we were getting in for a swim.

I’m not the strongest swimmer, but after considering the options I realised I’d be going home with regrets if I stayed on the boat. As soon as I announced my decision my Mum decided to join me 💙

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Back on the boat, we towelled-off (N.B. towels aren’t provided, so if you plan on swimming make sure you bring one) while continuing on up the coast.

Mallorca is very fertile and there are green trees dotting the landscape right down to the seashore.

You can also see lots of caves and holes along the cliffs. Mallorca is made primarily from limestone, actually quite a soft rock which gradually dissolves in water over time: this leads to what is known as a ‘karst’ topography.

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After an hour or so spent chugging around the next couple of headlands, we turned into Port Andratx.

This upmarket resort town, though still a working harbour, is popular with yacht-owning types and the marina is lined with fancy restaurants and bars.

With only half an hour to spare, we opted for gelato and a wander.

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While at our next swimming stop, a light lunch was also served—it was a decent buffet-type spread of meats, Spanish omelette and crisps and included sangria (I’m not a fan so had Fanta instead).

Our next ‘stop’ was Sa Dragonera. We actually just cruised by, admiring the shape that gives the island its name—like that of a sleeping dragon.

This islet is a national park and is also uninhabited, though other boat tours do actual stop-offs here so you can disembark for a wander and to admire all the flora and fauna.

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On the way back to Santa Ponça we were joined by a flock of the healthiest-looking gulls I’ve ever seen.

It soon became clear why: these fellas were smart, and had worked out that boats = people = food. They followed us for at least 20 minutes, dive-bombing to take leftover crisps right out of our hands.

I hope you enjoyed joining me on a boat trip in Mallorca! Check out the rest of my posts about this Spanish island.

This isn’t affiliated with any company offering a boat trip in Mallorca, I just recommend a cruise!

Boat trip in Santa Ponça, Mallorca

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