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ANCHORING IN IBIZA AND FORMENTERA

One of the greatest of pleasures, if not the greatest of all, is to go aboard, set sail and go around all those parts of Ibiza and Formentera that have no overland access. It’s a privilege to bathe in limpid turquoise waters or enjoy a magnificent sunset in a pretty cove, listening to the waves lapping the sides of the hull, surrounded by peace and tranquillity.


Here you’ll find information and tips for enjoying this paradise.

POSIDONIA

Did you know?...
  • The reason why our beaches have such fine, white sand, and our waters are clear and of a unique turquoise colour, is the presence of the Posidonia oceanica colonies. It’s an aquatic plant, endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, belonging to the Posidoniaceae family. It has features similar to land plants, such as roots, a rhizomatous stem and ribbon-like leaves up to a metre long appearing in tufts of 6 or 7. It flowers in autumn, and in spring it produces free-floating fruits commonly known as “olives of the sea” (after the Italian l’oliva di mare) and its role is to maintain the habitat of our islands’ marine flora and fauna.
  • The Posidonia meadow growing between Ibiza and Formentera is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is therefore protected. There are areas where anchoring is prohibited by law. Please make sure you know where the prohibited areas are so you don’t cast anchor there.
  • Posidonia colonies are the biggest and oldest living things on earth, with an estimated age of 100,000 years.
  • Taking care of Posidonia is essential for conserving this paradisiacal environment, and it’s everyone’s job to help.
  • To find out more about Posidonia, click here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posidonia_oceanica

ANCHORING RESPONSIBLY

  • Anchoring in undersea forests of Posidonia is prohibited. These prohibited areas are marked out by buoys. .
  • There are three designated anchoring areas where there are trip lines (anchor buoys) which can be used by reserving them: Caló de s’Oli, Ses Salines and S’Espalmador.
  • Anchoring is permitted off beaches and in coves, so long as there is an area of sand, to prevent the anchor and chain from damaging the Posidonia
  • Before anchoring it’s very important to bear in mind the nature of the sea bed off the beach or in the cove, the length of the chain, the wind and currents at the spot, and the rules that apply.
  • Empty out foul water and refuse in harbour or in the permitted places and not in coves while at anchor. Wastewater that is dumped is not only an environmental problem for posidonia, but also for the hygiene and sanitation of the coast where we bathe or fish.

SAFETY ANCHORING RECOMMENDATIONS

  • It´s recommended to lower the anchor gently on to the surface of thewater so thatitgoes in vertically and without splashing.
  • Indicate that the boat is anchored by placing a black sphere on the bow, or lighting up the boat all around at night.
  • Once anchored, watch the boat because the current and wind can make the anchor drag.
  • Always keep an eye on movements and whether the boat is spinning round, especially in tidal areas.
  • If you wish to anchor overnight, it will be an incredible experience for you, but get full data on the meteorological conditions and wind direction.
  • If a severe weather warning is issued, you’ll have to find a mooring until things calm down again.
  • In Ibiza you need to be careful of the islets (called “Freus”) because there are many of them and they aren’t readily apparent.

COVES TO ANCHOR

Some Ibiza coves…
  • Port Roig (38° 52.1'N 01°18.3' E), which takes its name “Roig” from its red cliffs. It’s a bliss fully quiet area, well protected from all winds except SW, and ideal for spending the night.
  • Xarraca Cove (39°06’1N 001°30.0’E) situated to the north of Ibiza. It’s a wild and very spacious beach where you can anchor in several very quiet spots.
Some Formentera coves…
  • Saona Cove (38°41’35’’N 1°23’21’’E), one of the island’s prettiest beaches, where you can anchor surrounded by cliffs. The sandy sea floor and limpid waters are ideal for diving and snorkelling.
  • Caló d’es morts (38°39'27.830' N 01°31'12.71'E) is a small and fabulously beautiful cove with escars, boat yards where crafts men work on small vessels. Choose your spot for anchoring with care as there are sandbars and dry rocks near the shoreline.
  • Illetes (38º45'16,268''N 01º26'00,406'' E) the fifth most beautiful beach in the world according to Tripadvisor. But you have to be very careful anchoring in the coast because it can cause inconveniences.

ANCHORING AREAS PROHIBITED

There are areas where anchoring is prohibited by law, such as in Ses Salines Nature Park, where sanctions are in place for those who do it. These meadows have the highest level of protection afforded by Spanish and European legislation. Within the nature park there are delicate reefs thousands of years old, extremely sensitive to the impact of anchors. In these areas, marked out by buoys, anchoring is prohibited


THE BEST TIMES OF YEAR TO ANCHOR

The best months to anchor are May and June, when there aren’t a lot of boats around, and September and October, when the weather is still fine and the water warm, and many of the tourists have gone home.

LINKS

Interactive map of harbours, buoys and permitted anchoring in Ibiza and Formentera: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zSjkD3jrzi-Y.khwIcnCYVWOQ&hl=en_US


ENVIRONMENTAL TIPS

FOR YOUR BOAT

  • Keep your vessel in perfect condition. A vessel which is well maintained (equipment, auxiliary engines, etc) will generate the proper and suitable amount of hazard o us waste and pollutants (oil filters, large and small batteries, oily waters, etc).
  • Check periodic all yon fuel tanks, hosepipes and connections.
  • At Marina Ibiza you’ll find several Green areas to deposit your waste and also, a recycling bag point to help you separate waste selectively.

DURING NAVIGATION

  • Respect marine flora and fauna, both on the surface and on the sea bed. Don’t anchor in protected áreas.
  • Sail at moderate speed -besides saving fuel you’ll help care for the environment.
  • Take special care if you sail through Formentera’s Ses Salines Nature Park. Please respect restricted anchoring areas and help us take care for our environment.

RESPONSIBLE USE OF RESOURCES

We kindly ask you to follow these guidelines for responsible and sustainable water consumption:
  • Attach a water gun when using a hosepipe off the mains.
  • When cleaning your boat, don’t leave the stop tap on.
  • Check that no water is leaking from hose couplings.
  • Repair any holes in hosepipes.
  • Inform the marina staff if you discover a leak in the supply system.
  • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth.
  • If you wash up by hand, don’t leave the tap running while you’re applying the soap solution.


BLUE FLAG FOR BOATS

The Blue Flag symbolizes the Marina’s commitment to meeting the most stringent criteria with regard to health, safety, cleanliness, environmental management and information on environmental care for clients.


Marina Ibiza has won this award for its steady work to keep the waters of the Mediterranean clean, and promote good practices amongst its users through year-round environmental awareness-raising activities and campaigns.


GET THE BLUE FLAG FOR YOUR BOAT

  • Individual boat captains who want to participate in the program have to apply for the award in order to get a Blue Flag.
  • First: Ask for information about The Blue Flag Program at Marina Ibiza’s reception, including The Blue Flag for Boats Environmental Code of Conduct.
  • Second: Boaters must agree to act in accordance with The Blue Flag for Boats Environmental Code of Conduct, respecting and caring for the marine ecosystem. Boaters will provide examples and encourage other users to protect the ecosystem, and will report any violation of environmental regulations by other boats.
  • Third: The Harbor Authority will send documentation confirming participants’ achievements and commitment to the Program. ADEAC-Fee reviews all applications and will award Blue Flags to participants who are in compliance with the Blue Flag criteria. Applications that fail to meet the criteria will be rejected
  • Fourth: all this information will be analysed by ADEAC-Fee. If ADEAC understands the skipper deserves the accreditation, then the skipper will receive the Blue Flag for the boat.