The ability to charter a boat privately isn't something that we at Along Dusty Roads ever really factor into our travel planning.
巴利阿里岛的小岛有一条豪华的海岸线，有不可抗拒的绿松石海水，数百个亲密calas， 和gorgeous paradise beaches。Many of the very best are only accessible on foot or by sea (we discuss this in more detail in our 'Best Beaches in Menorca``帖子），这意味着租船是参观其中几个的实用选择，并提供了在自己的船上游泳，浮潜和晒日光浴的机会。
Now, a natural concern would be that you've got no experience driving a boat or don't have the necessary qualifications.
值得庆幸的是，梅诺卡最受欢迎的船只租赁类型也不需要(sin titulación在西班牙语中）and no previous experience necessary. The reason this is possible is due to the compact size and limited power of the boats and the level of skill required to drive them i.e. not very much at all!
You really can simply turn up and head out on your own, unguided. It's legal and safe to do so, with everything just involving a motor, a steering wheel, and some simple pedals / levers, with the briefing before you set off taking just 5-10 minutes.
It isn't a cheap activity though, especially if you're a couple, but is actually much more affordable than you may expect for groups of friends or a family.
在这篇文章中,我们共享的关键细节,副词ice on self-drive Menorca boat rentals - with a specific focus on those where no licence is required - so that you can plan ahead with confidence, avoid common mistakes, save a bit of money, and have the best (responsible) experience possible out on that heavenly blues of the Balearic Sea.
If you are looking to charter a boat where a licence is required, you can find advice and resources at the end of the post.
Now, just because youcan做某事，并不意味着每个人。
A few highly-rated shared options or private small-group boat trip tours can be foundhere。
You are also able to privately charter a boat with a skipper, but this is the most expensive option and one that’s more suitable for a romantic splurge or if budget is no concern.
BOAT CATEGORIES & THE SHORT RENTAL SEASON
The boats available range from very fancy to quite basic.
The smallest, cheapest ones are about four metres in length with a 15 horse power engine. They’d be ideal for a couple but, although they can hold 4/5 people, would be a bit of a squeeze for a full group of adults (note that from a pricing vs capacity perspective, children count the same as adults).
较大的5/6人船给很多more room to hang out and sunbathe, with more seating and a larger bow or sun deck.
You can also get quite luxurious, flashy self-drive options as well, which will be far better for the ‘gram, deck sunbathing, or just acting like you’re in Wolf of Wall Street for the afternoon, but not all companies offer these boats and they do cost considerably more to rent.
Some companies only offer a single boat type, whilst others offer a wider selection from small to large, basic to luxury, skippered to unskippered.
无论船只的大小或层次，所有的东西都应配有遮阳篷 /遮阳，凉爽的盒子或小冰箱，GPS跟踪器和梯子，用于进出海中。It’s worth double-checking this before you set off, particularly the awning and the ladder which are absolutely essential to a positive experience (namely one where you don’t get completely sunburned or have to clamber back into the boat from the water each time).
The rental season coincides with the tourism season in Menorca, starting in May and ending in late September / mid-October. Some companies only open up in June, some start to close or limit operations in September, whilst some will continue until the weather shifts or low season demand dries up in late October.
The peak season is July and August, where the increased demand sees availability limited and prices increased across the board.
WHERE TO HIRE A BOAT IN MENORCA
Although you can go on boat trips and tours all across the island, there are only two places where renting your own boat for the day without a licence is common - the southern resort town of卡拉·加尔达纳（Cala Galdana）and the city ofCiutadella。
There are various reasons for this, but it's largely due to their location and the layout / accessibility / attractiveness of the nearby coastline. On the north of the island, much is a protected marine reserve, therefore sending a lot of tourists in small boats up there doesn't make a lot of sense in comparison to the south and west sections.
Ciutadella，，，，the beautiful old capital on the west of the island, has fewer companies and route options; it does however offer up the possibility to experience a quieter section of the coastline.
For ease and convenience, and to enjoy the signature Menorca boat experience, most of you reading this post should opt for卡拉·加尔达纳（Cala Galdana）。由于公司的数量,这是easiest place to find availability at short notice, get a better price, and to have a clear idea on the best route to take in your boat.
The town is also easily accessible by rental car or public transport in summer, so you don't necessarily have to stay there in order to avail yourself of the opportunity to hire a boat. A day trip will therefore suffice, but bear in mind that Cala Galdana isalsothe access point for walking to two of the most famous beaches on the island so, although it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, a first-timer in Menorca may find it a convenient base.
取而代之的是，经历是要在一天的水上生活，过着悠久的生活，孤立地游泳和浮潜，回头看海岸线，晒日光浴和零食，乘坐海浪 - 租用并从Ciutadella或Ciutadella或卡拉·加尔达娜（Cala Galdana）将使您获得所有这些氛围。
Lastly, you can also hire a boat at more rag-tag operations, like on the beach in Son Bou; they charge less than the established companies but you can rent boats on the day, and pay with cash. In the north, the town of Fornells offers guided boat trips rather than self-drive without a licence. Cala en Bosc also has a few operators.
All the boat companies offer half-day and full-day rentals.
半天的课程通常为4小时，您可以选择一个早上的插槽（通常是上午9点至下午1点或9.30 AM -1.30 PM）或一个下午插槽（下午2点-6 pm -6 pm或3 pm -7 pm -7 pm）。在Ciutadella中，由于需要进一步开车以达到某些某些要求calasand beaches.
The full-day is 8 hours, generally running from 10am - 6pm.
Note that companies differ slightly on start & end times, whilst you are able to sometimes negotiate a 5 or 6-hour rental depending on season and availability.
We were told several times that the 4-hour slot is the most popular with tourists, but this is likely due to price (more on costs in the next section), rather than any other factor.
If renting for half a day, you will have to limit your route and thecalasyou visit to ensure you’re able to drive back in time as well as give yourself time to enjoy the experience. Although spots are just 10-30 minutes drive from Cala Galdana, factor in the 30 minutes out and 30 minutes back, and you’ve already lost a quarter of your allocated time.
If you can afford to be out all day, we’d recommend that. If the maximum you can afford is the half-day, then by all means just do that and make the absolute most of it, but we would specifically advise against renting in Ciutadella for a half-day and hoping to make it all the way to the southern beaches.
WHERE DO YOU GO?
When renting a self-drive boat without a licence, you are not entitled to drive wherever you want or as far as you want; instead there are set routes and itineraries to follow, which are pretty much the same across all companies.
The main difference is where you’re able to go from Ciutadella vs. where you’re able to go from Cala Galdana, and the fact that you can cover much more ground if you’ve got the boat for 8 hours.
From Cala Galdana | Go west to Macarella & Macarelleta (10 mins), Cala en Turqueta, Es Talaier (30 mins), and Son Saura. Alternatively, go east to Cala Mitjana (10 mins), Trebaluger, Fustán & Escorxada (30 mins), and possibly Binigaus.
For half-day rental, it’s recommended to only go east or west rather than trying to cover both.
来自Ciutadella |通过Cala Santandria和其他人向南前往儿子Saura，Cala En turqueta，Macarella＆Macarelleta。或者，通过pont d'en gil和cala en brut向北前往卡拉·莫雷尔（Cala Morell）和卡拉·皮拉尔（Cala Pilar）。
Many of these beaches are featured in our ‘Best Beaches in Menorca’帖子，因此请随时前往那里以获取更多信息或灵感。
Note that companies will advise you on their own recommend routes and limits of travel for your boat type and rental length, typically this involves advising you of the beach you can’t go beyond. Route directions and suggested itineraries may also be subject to change due to wind conditions (see more on this really important point in the penultimate section).
The costs to charter a boat in Menorca vary depending on the following factors:
1. The size & quality of the boat
2. Half-day rental vs. full-day
3. Your rental company
5. Time of year
From May to June, and September to mid-October, you will get a better rate or be able to negotiate slightly on price, especially if booking in person.
For the small boat with no licence required, the cheapest rates are €160 - €200 for the 4-hour half-day, but some companies charge upwards of €300-380 in high season. For 8-hour full-day rentals, we were quoted €240, €300, €340 in low season, with prices going as high as €440 - €580!
We reckon you should budget €200 and €350, but prices may be more for high season rentals.
This means that the activity may be a prohibitively expensive activity for couples, but becomes relatively affordable on a per person if you're a family or group of friends (i.e. €100 each if you're a couple, but only €50 per person for a group of 4 renting a half-day).
Indeed, we'd say €50 is pretty good value for a memorable experience in Menorca. Companies to take a look at are:
It’s also important to note that you will always be expected to provide a deposit before you set off, which covers late returns and damage. The amount and process varies across companies, but it’s typically in the range of €100 - €200 and you’re required to pay it in cash at the port before boarding (unless it’s already been held against your online payment). Complaints about losing some money over minor disputes or slightly late returns are not uncommon, so do bear this in mind.
The deposit is also very important to bear in mind when it comes to potential cancellations…
CHECK THE WEATHER!
In short, with most companies, they will only cancel because of strong winds creating unsafe sailing conditions, not due to lack of sun or a bit of rain. Further, it's always their call on whether the level of wind constitutes a safety risk.
Therefore, a last-minute cancellation by you due to a poor forecast or sub-optimal conditions does not automatically mean you’ll get a refund. You enjoyment isn’t the concern of the boat companies though, but rather your safety (and their liability), so it’s left to their discretion.
Now, Menorca generally has精彩的夏季天气，所以这并不是要大量烦恼的事情，但是如果您在六月 - 8月以外访问，这是值得牢记的。当我们从8月下旬到9月下旬在Menorca度过一个月时，有几天的阴暗日子，我们根本不希望出海，更不用说为特权付出了很多费用了。然而，风是梅诺卡（Menorca）的帆船和海滩日的最重要因素 - 我们介绍了一些详细信息在访问Menorca之前要知道的23件事- 检查此预测的最佳地点是WindGuru。
Therefore, if booking last minute or for a few days times, be sure to check the weather forecast before paying for anything: if it’s not a clear, sunny day with a pleasant breeze, then the experience isn’t going to be what you hope for.
最后，当公司由于不安全的条件而对您取消时，这很可能是在短时间内 - 无论是在租赁日之前还是在租赁日。如果您竭尽全力前往出发点，这显然会非常令人沮丧。当公司取消时，他们通常会首先为您提供替代的一天，而不是退款，但是如果您无法出去替代日期，则应全额退款而无需争论。
As ever, check each company’s specific terms & conditions on cancellation to make sure you understand your options.
RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL TIPS + WHAT TO BRING
Each company will give you a short briefing on responsible sailing and safety advice, with a specific focus on anchoring and how to operate the engine. However, a few universal points to take note of in advance are:
· You cannot go beyond the yellow buoys with your boat, on to the sand/beach, or into caves.
· Turn up early and check-in on time for your rental, so you can go through the briefing properly and not eat into your time slot.
·密切关注时钟和位置，以确保您可以按时退还船 - 定期将罚款分配给较晚的回报。
· Bring a towel, swimsuit, plenty water, suncream, a hat, sunglasses, ID, snacks, and a dry change of clothes (if you like).
· Don’t underestimate the strength of the Menorcan sun - slap on the suncream, make use of the awning, and don’t stay under it for 8 hours straight.
Where to Next?
13 Wonderful Things to Do in Menorca
23 Things to Know Before You Visit Menorca