An Ibiza Boat trip money can’t buy.

A unique Ibiza boat trip

A truly unique Ibiza boat trip

Sometimes it’s all about who you know and being in the right place at the right time in life. This was one of those moments when we took an Ibiza boat trip money can’t buy earlier this year.

For those that don’t know since our very first trip to Ibiza, we have become great lovers of Chilli Pepper Charters’ boat trips based in San Antonio.

They run relaxed afternoon and sunset boat trips in an old wooden vessel suitable for up to 20 people and have always been so welcoming to us, our family and friends.

We have had so many lovely trips with Vincente and Sofi, father and daughter, who take you out and stop off at the best spots for swimming, snorkelling and cliff jumping. They explain a little about Ibiza and what you can see from on board supplying drinks to everyone and always nail it when it comes to finding the perfect place to watch the sunset.

This boat is special to me as I learnt to snorkel on board, improved my swimming and confidence no end in the water and have met so many great people of all ages from families to older people and everyone in-between, whilst the kids play and swim while we all share a beer or two and compare experiences of Ibiza.

Over the years we have become great friends with them and last year in April I was lucky enough to help, in a tiny part, to the refurbishment of the boat whilst moored in San Antonio.

When we arrived in January this year the boat was sat in the harbour bobbing on the waves and I yearned to be able to go out on board as this is truly my happy place, but being January and their off season it was but a dream.

Chilli Pepper Charters beauitful boat sate peacefully in San Antonio harbour

Chilli Pepper Charters beautiful boat sate peacefully in San Antonio harbour

However through a stroke of pure luck, the perfect weather and their need to get the boat round to Santa Eularia and out of the water for her yearly maintenance we were lucky enough to be invited aboard for the boat trip we have craved.

We were advised to bring food, drinks and plenty of warm clothes as the trip would last several hours.  Los Dos Hnos Vinas is not a speed boat, averaging about 8 mph and despite the daytime temp hitting 20c we were told it would get very cold.

Arriving mid morning we helped prepare the boat, which hadn’t been out to sea since the end of last season and with all checks complete we sailed out of San Antonio in glorious sunshine.

Sailing out of San Antonio it was like any summer day in Ibiza i

Sailing out of San Antonio it was like any summer day in Ibiza i

The waters were calm and for us it was very odd being the only boat out on the sea outside of the harbour.  With the weather the way it was it could of easily have been early/late in the season,  although putting a hand over the side into the sea convinced me otherwise.

It was a lot like summer apart from the lack of other boats sailing around Ibiza

It was a lot like summer apart from the lack of other boats sailing around Ibiza

Sailing past many of our most loved spots we normally stop at, the cave of love, Cala Bassa, Cala Comte we turned and headed for Es Vedra.

Passing by unfamiliar coastline was fantastic with Sofi and Vincente pointing out beaches, places and little nuggets of information as we slowly cruised by.

Es Vedra looked so magical from the sea as we passed by, round the headland past Atlantis and onward, the sun beating down some good food, a beer or two and great conversation was all we needed, this is Ibiza at its best.

Es Vedra looked so magical and here she is from a unique perspective

Es Vedra looked so magical and here she is from a unique perspective

Approaching the salt flats we watched several aircraft coming into land at the airport.  What a bizarre sight to witness it from the sea, and how different it must be in the summer with a constant stream of jets overhead.  However, we did see a few lucky people arriving onto the island.

Round another headland, we spotted Formentera to our right, Salinas beach to our left and then the northerly wind hit us.  Now I knew why they said to bring warm clothes, it wasn’t ice cold but you definitely knew it wasn’t summer.

As you can tell by the clothing worn this was not a summer days sailing

As you can tell by the clothing worn this was not a summer days sailing

Passing by Playa den Bossa and Ibiza town we all sat nearer the back of the boat as the waves kicked up a little, with a few cold splashes catching me completely off-guard much to everyone’s amusement.

We haven’t had the chance yet to explore the coast from Ibiza town round to Santa Eularia so it was a real treat for us passing Talamanca, Destino, the luxury of Roca Llisa and travelling past Amante whilst learning more and more about the island as the trip continued.

Passing by Dalt Villa and Ibiza Town we saw much so much of the island

Passing by Dalt Villa and Ibiza Town we saw much so much of the island

Passing Cala Llonga we navigated the final headland and could see our final destination Santa Eularia and in the shelter of the bay and out of the wind we all warmed up a bit.

Entering into the marina we moored up under the boat lift, jumped on to the quayside and watched in awe as Los Dos Hnos Vinas was lifted effortlessly from the water and driven to a space in the yard.

Watching Chilli being lifted out of the water was a little surreal but she looked in good shape

Watching Chilli being lifted out of the water was a little surreal to say the least

With expert skill it was propped up on wooden poles and given a quick pressure wash to clean the salt off her. Vincente and Sofi will spend several weeks sanding and repainting it ready for the upcoming summer season.

We had an incredible day and feel so privileged to have been invited on board for such an amazing trip.  Our deepest thanks go to Vincente and Sofi, for nearly 5 hours and 38 miles of pure bliss and Ibiza perfection.

Chilli getting a jet wash before her winter maintenance starts

Vicente getting it a quick jet wash before the winter maintenance starts

For all those staying in Ibiza who are looking for a relaxed, chilled boat trip with swimming, snorkelling with drinks included we would highly recommend Chilli Pepper Charters you will not meet a more friendly family run boat trip suitable for all ages in Ibiza.

To find out more visit ChilliPepperCharters.com follow them on Facebook here facebook.com/ChilliPepperIbz or read our review here.

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