Western Route

An ideal half-day route (morning or afternoon) or add to the northern route for a full day rental.

On this route, we will head west, visiting coves separated by a coastline with cliffs. Without a doubt, the highlight of the route is Cala Conta and Conejera island, at the end.

Remember, because you are your own skipper without a licence, and you can stop and explore wherever you like.

1-Port del Torret

This beach is formed by the mouth of a riverbed , hence the name. It is an inlet with rock walls that penetrate inland, creating one of the island’s most sheltered, natural ports. At the entrance, you will see some boat sheds in a rocky area, and at the back of the beach.

Note: The line of buoys strung across the beach is there to protect swimmers. Do not cross it with the boat.

Tips: This is a good spot to drop anchor and have lunch, because the sea is calm here. However, if it is too busy, have a quick look and continue westwards.

2- Phonetician Quarry

There is an ancient quarry at the tip of the cape to the west of Port des Torrent bay. It is more than 2,000 years old, dating back to Phonetician times, when these people used the stone to construct defensive buildings.

Look carefully and you will see fresh cuts in the rocks, giving a clear view of the layers or strata that make up the island. These are the horizontal lines in the rock.

Notes: Because this spot is at the tip of the cape, sometimes there are waves and currents, so do not get too close to the quarry. It isn’t a good choice for swimming, but it is great for taking photos.

3- Cliffs and caves in En Serra

Continue westwards, where the coastline is craggy, with cliffs. You will see caves carved into the walls of rock by the sea.

Note: During the winter, when there is a strong N-NE wind and rough seas thrash these rocks, they create waves that resembling those typically seen on the Costa da Morte in Galicia. Luckily, it is summer, and you won’t find these conditions. In contrast, you will see the sparkling clear waters of Ibiza along the rock walls.

4-Cala Bassa

Cala Bassa is one of Ibiza’s loveliest beaches, with soft sand and calm turquoise waters that look like an enormous swimming pool. It is surrounded by an ancient forest of gnarled juniper trees.

Comments: stay outside the area marked by the yellow buoys, which is reserved for swimmers. There is a channel to the left where passengers can get onto or off boats and access the beach. Enter slowly with the motor slightly raised.

Tip: This tends to be a very busy beach. Make the most of your rental boat rental to go somewhere further from the beach for a swim. The water is the same or even better, it will be more peaceful and the snorkelling will be better.  Look at the map, we’ll show you where to go. However, don’t take the boat too close to the coast, because it is rocky and the sea sometimes gets very shallow without warning.

Tip: Look out to sea and to the left of the beach there are some rocky outcrops about three metres high, from which you can jump into the water.

5-Torre Rovira

In the 17th century, Ibiza was continually attacked by pirates who came to steal and enslave the islanders. That is why this tower, which housed two cannons and was guarded by soldiers, was built in 1763. It was used to watch over the coast and defend it from enemy pirates.

Comments: The building is in perfect condition because its owners have sometimes used it as a home.

6-Cala Conta

This consists of not one, but several coves, all with white sand and turquoise waters, separated by the rocky coastline. Many believe it is the best beach on the island. The views are breath-taking and it is an unmissable stop on your route.

Tip: If the beach if full of people, drop anchor in one of the nearby coves in your rental boat.

Tip: Cala Conta and its natural pools are the best places for snorkelling!

Tip: The sunsets here are spectacular. If you want to see the sunset from here, remember that it is a 30-minute trip back to the port of Sant Antoni, so leave straight away.

Comments: Be careful swimming here, because there may be currents between the coast and Conejera Island.

7- Conejera Island

This deserted island has been a protected area since 2002. It is home to birds like petrels, cormorants and ospreys, a colony of unique Pitiusas lizards, and some endemic invertebrates.

The only building on this island is a lighthouse at the northern tip, which was built to guide sailors.

It is a valuable, protected space and cannot be visited without a special permit, which is usually only granted for research purposes.

You can skirt the eastern end of Conejera (the part facing Ibiza) with our rental boats.  This will give you a glimpse of a magical island, almost untouched by humans.

The sparkling clean waters around Conejera, with their myriad fish and meadows of posodonia, are wonderful for snorkelling.

Warning: Do not venture around the west coast. This is not permitted with our boats without a licence, because the area is a shadow without visual contact with Ibiza.

Warning: The straight between Isla Conjera and Isla del Bosque is very shallow. It is only three metres deep in the centre. Until recent times they were joined by a narrow strip of land, which was only submerged when the sea level was high. Be careful when taking the boat between the islands, and always take an equidistant route between the islands. Do not get too close to either island, since you may scrape the bottom of the boat.

Warning: Between the Isla del Bosque and Cala Conta there is another very shallow area and several obstacles that are dangerous for navigation. Do not go through here. The following maps show recommended navigation routes and dangerous spots.

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