Believe it or don’t, not everyone who visits Ibiza wants to rave all night and beach-bum all day. And away from the clubbing, there’s a plethora of things to do to appeal to the more adventurous visitor. From flyboarding to cliff jumping, here’s a selection of best activities for adrenaline junkies looking for their next hit.
While tearing around the waves on a jet ski is certainly a lot of fun, it can also be a great way to explore the island, too. Guided tours take you to some of the most stunning and otherwise hard-to-reach spots of Ibiza, whizzing past scenic coastline. Unlike many forms of land-based transportation, you also don’t need any kind of licence (but you do need to be over 18). With over 20 years of experience, Ibiza Jet Ski offer tours of between 20 and 90 minutes, with professional and multi-lingual guides and up-to-date gear.
Ibiza Jet Ski, Platja d’en Bossa, 07817 Sant Jordi de ses Salines, Spain, +34 673 569 193
Just off the west coast of Ibiza lies a group of 15 islets that make up the Cala d’Hort Marine Nature Reserve, offering some of the best scuba diving anywhere in the Mediterranean. There are over a dozen dive sites, with visibility often as far as 30 metres, while the more adventurous can head to the Don Pedro wreck, just outside of Ibiza port – the Mediterranean’s largest shipwreck accessible to recreational divers. Open year-round, the Scuba Ibiza Diving Centre offers PADI certification, quality diving equipment, and up to four dives a day.
Scuba Ibiza Diving, Lugar Port Esportiu Marina Botafoch, 07800 Ibiza, Spain, +34 971 19 28 84
While jumping off a cliff might sound like a dangerous way to get your kicks, done with under the instruction of a professional, it is both exhilarating and safe. And the cliff-diving experts at Rockid Ibiza know where the safest and most spectacular spots for this form of adventure are, starting from lower levels and then increasing in height as high as you dare. You can also grab a mask and snorkel to explore the more serene underwater world after your adrenaline-pumping leap.
Rockid Ibiza, Carrer des Polls, 49, 07817 Ibiza, Spain, +34 607 03 88 37
Although the original invention of a jet-powered surfboard dates back to the sixties, it’s fair to say the idea never really took off (so to speak). It’s back, however, and is the newest of trend in watersports that can be enjoyed on the island. Bridging the gap between surfing and jet skiing, it is essentially a motor encased in a board and connected to a control via a cable that the rider uses to accelerate or slow down. While not a doddle to master, it is certainly easier than traditional surfing with the advantage of not relying on wave power. Take Off Ibiza is one of the few places on the island you can try this fun and exhilarating activity.
Take Off Ibiza, Carrer València, 24, 07829 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Ibiza +34 649 66 70 71
Also one of the more recent trends in the world of watersports, flyboarding is the closest most of us will get to flying. In case you haven’t seen it in action, it involves strapping your feet to a board that squirts a pair of high-pressure water jets allowing you to levitate up to 15 metres in the air. There’s a lot of balance involved, so it can take some time to master, but the experts at Flyboard Ibiza offer courses and insist almost everyone can be flying within minutes.
Flyboard Ibiza, Playa D’en Bossa, 07817 Ibiza, Spain, +34 627 15 66 84
If you’ve had enough of watersports, why not get out into the Ibizan wilderness in your own Mad Max-style buggy. Guided tours involve plenty of off-road excitement, through stunning scenery, and usually involves stopping off at a beach or two. Emove Ibiza organises buggy and quad bike excursions for up to ten riders (plus ten co-pilots) that take off from San Antonio and last around three hours. Don’t forget you have to be over 18 and show a valid driving licence.
Emove Ibiza, Av doctor Fleming 35, 07820 San Antonio, Ibiza, Spain, +34 666 94 04 37
Parasailing as been a perennial holiday favourite for years now, and it’s easy to see why. What’s not to love about strapping yourself into a harness and being whisked up to 400 metres into the air to enjoy the peace, quiet, and spectacular views along the coast. For a particularly memorable experience, Take Off Ibiza offers one- to two-hour excursions that include a speedboat ride, drinks, music, and parasailing timed with the island’s often-spectacular sunset.
Take Off Ibiza, Carrer València, 24, 07829 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Ibiza, Spain, +34 649 66 70 71