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    26 de May 2023

    Renting a boat and sailing along the coasts of the Islands of Ibiza and Formentera is a unique way to discover the islands from another perspective and in full contact with nature.

    That is why, in this post, we tell you about the security measures that you must follow so that you have safe and sustainable navigation on the islands of Ibiza and Formentera.

    During navigation it is advisable to have strict vigilance, especially in the most dangerous areas such as the area of the Es Freus pass in Eivissa and Formentera, the vicinity of the islets, in waters close to the coast and in the usual areas for anchoring boats. recreational.

    At all times, you must navigate at a safe speed that allows you to execute the appropriate and effective maneuver to avoid collision and stop at the appropriate distance according to the circumstances and conditions of the moment.


    The ports of Ibiza and Formentera are considered to be narrow channels, which is why unique rules are established:

    • Vessels of less than 20 meters in length or sailing vessels will not hinder the transit of a vessel that can only navigate safely within a narrow passage or channel.
    • Vessels shall not cross a narrow pass or channel if by doing so they impede the transit of another vessel that can only navigate safely within said pass or channel.
    • The passage of Es Freus in Eivissa and Formentera is considered a narrow channel, so the same obligations must be observed by recreational boats with a length of less than 20 meters, or sailing vessels, as well as by the vessels mentioned in the previous paragraph.


    1.- PORT OF IBIZA.

    The maximum navigation speed varies depending on the navigation area. The port of Ibiza is divided into three zones:

    Inner dock (Zone I): the maximum speed is established at 6 knots or the minimum steering speed, depending on the case.

    Botafoc dock (Zone I and Zone II (A)): the maximum speed is set at 8 knots or the minimum steering speed, depending on the case.

    Rest of Zone II adjacent to Zone I (Zone II (B)): maximum speed is set at 15 knots.

    Notwithstanding the foregoing, in either of the two ports, it will not be possible to navigate at speeds that produce waves that may cause damage to third parties or dangerous situations.




    The regulations divide the port of La Savina into two different areas:

    Zone I and the body of water located outside of it and to the south of the parallel coincident with the green light on the outer breakwater: the maximum speed is set at 6 knots or, where appropriate, the minimum speed of government.

    – In the approach routes of ships and boats to the port, a maximum speed of 15 knots is established when crossing the 38º44.4’N parallel, which will have to be gradually reduced until reaching a maximum of 6 knots at the height of the coincident parallel with the green light of the external shelter dam; or, where appropriate, the minimum steering speed.


    During the exit maneuvers, the maximum speeds must be respected using the same geographical references indicated in the previous paragraph.



    Now that you know the measures to navigate safely, don’t think twice and rent a boat in Ibiza and Formentera! At IbizaCentralCharter we will be happy to advise you on the boat that best suits your needs and budget.

    Tags: Formentera, Ibiza, Ibiza port, La Savina port, Maximum speed, Ports, Sailing by boat, Security