Go Wet and Wild with Water Sports in Majorca
Majorca is a jewel in the crown of the Balearic Islands, proving hugely popular with British families, couples and singles alike thanks to its impeccable weather and a welcome from the locals that’s just as warm. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a hugely adventurous type, consider spicing up your Majorcan sojourn of sun, sea and sand with some water sports. The island offers a wide variety of aquatic entertainments for you to choose from, so there’s something to suit all tastes. From the mild thrills to the seriously heady spills, Majorca can offer you the time of your life.
Jet skiing is one of the most popular water sports around, and it’s also one of the most seriously thrilling rides on the waves that you can ask for. Majorca offers plenty of opportunities to hop astride one of these sleek beauties and skim across the tops of the surf. Jet skis come in all shapes and sizes, and can be found for hire up and down many of the most popular Majorca beaches.
Jet skiing in Majorca has unfortunately become a little more expensive in recent times due to increased safety regulations which require operators to own a commercial jet ski license. Though it varies from place to place, 30 minutes on a good quality jet ski will set you back something like 60 euro. However, it’s well worth it for the rush and feeling of freedom running through your veins. You can usually opt to double up on a jet ski, one driving and one behind as a passenger, and this will cut down the cost, usually making the price around 80 euro rather than 120 for two individual jet skis.
While it may look tricky, waterskiing isn’t nearly as hard as you might think. Once you strap into your skis and launch off from the water’s edge, staying upright comes quite naturally. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be tempted to stylishly lean into turns in no time! For some of the best beaches to try out waterskiing, take a trip to Cala Ratjada, Es Trenc, Alcudia, Cala Guya or Playa de Palma.
Wakeboarding is a younger sport than waterskiing but don’t let that fool you, it’s every bit as serious a thrill! Although you are still pulled along by a jet boat, by using a combination of waterskiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques, you can bounce along the mini waves left by the boat itself (the “wake” of the boat). Wakeboarding is very tricky to master and best left to the naturally agile and/or daring! While not as popular as many other water sports, Majorca still offers the opportunity to try wakeboarding at many of its popular beaches.
If you want a thrilling ride that requires no effort on your part and no chance of falling over, then paragliding may be just the thing. After you are launched in a free-flying parachute harness from the back of a jet boat, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride and the stunning views.
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Diving and Snorkelling
While scuba diving happens at a much more leisurely pace than the previously mentioned activities, it’s still no less exciting. The crystal clear azure waters of Majorca are perfect for viewing all kinds of marine life and aquatic phenomena. Diving schools operate throughout the island, meaning that you’re likely to find one close to your accommodation in Majorca. Santa Ponsa, Cala Ratjada and Cala d’Or are all great places to seek out an instructor who will be able to show you how to explore the true beauty under the waves.
Home to some of the biggest water parks in Europe, Majorca is no slouch in providing splash-filled thrills off the beach as well as on it. With 5 major water parks on the island, you’ll be spoilt for choice when weighing up where to find adventures full of water flumes, slides, dolphin shows and much more. Aqualand Magaluf and HidroPark in Alcudia are definitely worth checking out as they provide a full range of rides and shows suitable for all the family.