Catamaran Tours in Menorca

Sailing the waters of Menorca on a catamaran is the most authentic boat trip you can do on the island: here's a guide on how to book it and some tips on how to make the most of it.

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

5 min read

Catamaran Tours in Menorca

Enjoying a catamaran ride | ©Miquel Gelabert

To really enjoy the beauty of Menorca it is necessary to connect with its nature: its sea, its coves, its cliffs and of course, its spectacular sunsets.

Taking a boat trip around the island with no direction other than the wind and depending on the waves is a beautiful way to enjoy the sea the old-fashioned way. Here is everything you need to know about catamaran trips around Menorca.

1. The best options for a catamaran trip in Menorca

Enjoy the sea on board of a catamaran| ©Patrick Lalonde
Enjoy the sea on board of a catamaran| ©Patrick Lalonde

Catamaran excursions in Menorca

2. Half day catamaran excursion

Nature and relaxation in the same experience| ©Jordan Irving
Nature and relaxation in the same experience| ©Jordan Irving

Unlike other boat trips around Menorca, this excursion around Menorca by catamaran does not have a fixed route: the captain decides on the spot according to the wind direction, which makes this experience a very genuine way to enjoy the sea. Depending on the route, you will head to the west of the island, towards Cala Pregonda, or to the east, towards Cala Mongofre.

The catamaran departs from the port of Fornells and returns to the same place. The timetable is flexible, and you can choose to do the excursion in the morning or in the afternoon, although I recommend doing it in the morning if you want to enjoy the crystal clear waters and the views of the wonderful cliffs and coves that the island has to offer.

For me, the great advantage of catamaran excursions over other boat trips is that they are very authentic experiences and not overcrowded: the catamaran can hold a maximum of 12 people, so it's not your typical tourist boat trip. This experience is more about connecting with the nature of Menorca in the most authentic and special way possible.

More information about catamaran trips

  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Price: 226.
  • Recommended: If you want to enjoy the sunset in a unique experience with a small group away from the more touristy activities.

Half day catamaran excursion

3. Sunset catamaran cruise with aperitif

Sunset at sea| ©Loreta Pavoliene
Sunset at sea| ©Loreta Pavoliene

This sunset catamaran trip has the particularity that the departure time is around 19:00, so the trip takes place between sunset and nightfall. This, together with an aperitif and drinks included, makes this experience the perfect way to celebrate an event or to say goodbye to Menorca at the end of the trip.

This trip also departs from Fornells but, unlike the previous experience, the route is more established and you won't do such an extensive route, as the plan is to head out to the middle of the sea and park there to enjoy the waves and the sunset. Once the boat has stopped, it's movie time: jump into the water to swim and even snorkel with the snorkelling equipment provided by the captain.

At sunset, you can toast with your friends or partner or with the other members of the group (which in this case is also a small group of maximum 7 people) and enjoy an aperitif. You will see Menorca from a unique point of view, with the sunset bathing its coves and beaches, and after an evening stroll you will head back to Fornells.

More info about this tour

  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Price: RM226.
  • Recommended: If sailing the waters of Menorca at night with a glass of wine sounds really, really good to you.

Catamaran excursion at sunset

4. Why a catamaran excursion is worthwhile

The most beautiful sunsets| ©John Morgan
The most beautiful sunsets| ©John Morgan

In my experience, the smaller the group of people participating in an activity, the better the experience, as you will have a more personalised service and enjoy a more intimate and authentic time than on a crowded excursion. In the case of these catamaran experiences, you have all the good things of a boat trip around Menorca, but with the added bonus of being in a small group, which is definitely worth it.

See the best sunset on the island

On the other hand, what really makes these boat trips a must is that they offer you the opportunity to enjoy the sunset from a privileged viewpoint, in the middle of the sea and without any obstacles, while you feel the sea breeze on your face and take a dip in the water. It is truly a plan that tastes like summer and the Mediterranean Sea like few others.

Speaking of sunsets, if like me they are also your favourite time of the day, I have written a guide on where to see the most spectacular sunsets in Menorca (although I can tell you that from the bow of a boat with a glass of wine they look really, really good): Best sunset spots in Menorca.

Alex's Traveller Tip

Take a bag or rucksack, preferably waterproof, to store your belongings. The catamarans have lockers for personal use where you can put your belongings if you don't want to leave them anywhere when you go for a swim or snorkel.

5. Before you book

Sail around Menorca on an unforgettable experience.| ©Alix Greenman
Sail around Menorca on an unforgettable experience.| ©Alix Greenman

What happens if the weather is not good?

A prerequisite for these boat trips is good weather. If it rains or there are strong winds, the experience will be cancelled and you will get your money back or you will be offered to postpone it to another date.

If the weather is bad, one activity that is beautiful even in the rain is the Jeep tour through Menorca. It is also one of the most popular on days when kayaking and boat trips are cancelled. Read more about this experience in the link below.

What should you bring on the excursion?

Take swimwear, sunglasses, a towel, a bottle of water and sun cream- you'll love sitting in the sun and enjoying a refreshing dip in the water.

What do you need to book?

To book a catamaran trip, you will need to choose a date and a number of participants. You will then be asked for some personal details and your email address (it is important that you provide one that you normally use), and once you have validated the payment you will receive a confirmation email, which you will need to show to the boat captain on the day of the excursion.

How far in advance do I need to arrive before boarding?

As a general recommendation, it is a good idea to be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the start time of the experience.

Catamaran excursions in Menorca

6. Other activities that may interest you

Jeep Safari in Menorca| ©Andrew Hurley
Jeep Safari in Menorca| ©Andrew Hurley

In addition to catamaran rides, there are many other boat experiences available in Menorca, perfect to give that special and unforgettable touch to your trip. I tell you everything you need to know here: Boat tours in Menorca.

Another essential activity is to explore the island from the inside, and what better way to do this than on a Jeep tour where you'll discover forests, meadows, cliffs, woods and even visit an organic farm where you'll taste Menorcan gastronomy. If you want to know more, click here: Jeep Safari in Menorca.

And since Menorca is a destination worth making the most of, here you have a list of great plans to include in your trip to live an unforgettable holiday, something difficult to achieve if you were only planning to lie on the beach and sunbathe: 10 Best Activities in Menorca.