To see Menorca at its most beautiful, you need to take to the water. Swim in the Mediterranean, discover secret coves and sandy beaches or fish for the catch of the day; there’s so much to explore at sea. Our guide to the best boat trips in Menorca will help you decide which to try first.
A glimpse of underwater life
Kids (and adults) of all ages love a glass-bottomed boat trip. There’s nothing quite like it for a glimpse of subaquatic life. Yellow Catamarans run these trips from Moll de Ponent at Mahón Harbour. You can expect the trip to take around an hour, with fascinating commentary on the island’s history. The land views are almost as spectacular as the underwater ones.
Learn about marine biology
For boat tours with a difference, why not take the family on an educational tour? Menorca en Barco run marine biology tours from Cala Galdana or Fornells. As well as the obligatory swimming in crystal clear waters and sea cave exploration, you’ll learn plenty about marine research and biology from your trained skipper.
Take a classic cruise
If you have a little more time to spare on your holiday, one of the best Menorca boat trips has to be the classic cruise, taking around four hours. A great option for families, cruise boats depart three times daily from Addaya Port and travel around Menorca’s northern coast. You’ll anchor in a secluded cove where you can go kayaking or snorkelling, take a dip in the sea, explore the coast on foot, or simply relax on the sandy beach. Included in the price of the trip are tapas, a barbecue, and a fascinating talk on the area’s rich maritime history.
Climb on board a catamaran
Usually departing from Mahón’s port from June-September every Wednesday and Thursday at 9.45am and 3.30pm (but check times before setting off), the Don Joan catamarans takes you on a thrilling half day excursion. Not only will you discover some great spots for swimming, this is also the best way to find secluded coves and secret beaches.
Skipper your own yacht
If you prefer your boat trips a little more private, how about chartering your own yacht? At Mahón harbour, Fairline Menorca offers daily or weekly yacht rental. For those feeling less confident about sailing solo, RYA training and instruction is available, or you could always hire a skippered charter.
Snorkels and speedboats
When it comes to boat trips in Menorca, speedboat tours are a great, safe and fun way for the whole family to see Menorca’s coastline from the sea. Departing from the Bay of Fornells, you can choose between a 1.5-hour and 3-hour tour. The 1.5-hour experience is best if your main focus is snorkelling, while the 3-hour tour gives a bit more history about the island. Along the way you’ll visit Cap de Cavalleria and Binimel-La beach, stopping off at Cavalleria Beach and Cala Pregonda.