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  • In the early 1990s when I first arrived in Ibiza, just like the previous 2 decades, the Island was totally controlled by tour operators. There was no such thing as an independent traveller. Hotels negotiated a pitiful guaranteed price with a tour operator then waited for the airport transfer buses to arrive every Saturday and Wednesday. They weren’t hoteliers they were glorified receptionists but in the early 2000’s everything changed when the low cost carriers started to fly into the island and tourists suddenly had a choice of where to fly from and how long to come for. Short durations and long weekends became a possibility for those who couldn’t get time off work. The traditional tour operators weren’t prepared for this sudden shift and many went out of business in quick succession. Hotels started losing their guaranteed income, some panicked and some decided to invest and make their product better. Those hoteliers who couldn’t think outside the box saw their product progressively get worse while those who grasped the nettle soon realised that new avenues were opening up without the need to go through a middle man. As hotels raised their prices and loaded their beds on internet sites, Ibiza became accessible to all and what was once a closed shop suddenly became open all hours. The Island that was once the sole domain of the British and German package holidaymaker became a truly international destination.  Tour operators, the driving force behind bringing the Spanish Costas to the mass market, had served their purpose in Ibiza but weren’t relevant any more. As hotels started to see the fruits of their investments the White Isle grew in strength, many wised up quickly after years of doing very little – why invest after all when tour operators paid you very little in a price-driven market and still filled your hotel week in and week out regardless? Tour operators, faced with this changing shift had to find a relevance and did so by buying their own hotel complexes and shifting capacity to other emerging destinations while investing heavily in family all inclusive units, some focussed on long haul where long weekends and no-frill flights weren’t an option. Some gained traction and carved out new markets while the ones who didn’t diversify withered. While Ibiza prospered the tour operators and their brightly clothed representatives became less & less visible until there remained only 2 of the traditional main players: TUI (formerly Thomson’s) & Thomas Cook then another player emerged. Jet2 Holidays picked up the baton and redefined the package holiday market by offering multiple airports, flight times and hotels all at the click of a button in your living room. This was a new type of tour operator who didn’t horde tourists around like cattle but gave them a real choice. This was the beginning of the end for Thomas Cook (you don’t see any Jet2 agents on the high street). Ibiza’s smaller family run hotels, through Booking dotcom and Expedia, were now finding their own markets and charging 10 times what they received from tour operators, the profit now going into the hoteliers pocket and being reinvested back into the island. The hotels sector went from strength to strength as well as the villa market as flights were more available and affordable than ever. Hotels soon learnt that weekends were of higher demand so adjusted the prices accordingly, earning as much for a long weekend as for a 7 night stay. As Ibiza became a marquee brand investment companies from all over the world came looking for hotels, snapping up basic properties and turning them into luxury retreats. The circle was complete. Ibiza isn’t any other destination, it’s a very special place because of what it has to offer. In the space of 15 years it went from offering bucket and spade mainstream holidays to a truly world class destination with first class hotels and a unique mix of beautiful nature and unrivalled nightlife. It’s journey started with tour operators and as sad as the demise of Thomas Cook and others are, the relationship was always a double edged sword and it was only after it threw off those shackles that Ibiza started to realise its full potential.

FLOAT YOUR BOAT has long held the crown for Ibiza’s best and most popular boat parties, and that dominance is set to continue well into an incredible 8th season in summer 2020.


Wave-based hedonism is the order of the day, of course, as the 3.5 hours boat party starts with a swim stop and a serving of fresh, juicy fruit. That means there’s time to take a moment of still before the madness unfolds, or to take a cooling dip as the temperature soars back on deck. In essence, revellers get the best of both worlds but with that famous Float Your Boat kick.


Float Your Boat Sunset Party Cruises will depart from San Antonio 3 times a week throughout summer 2020, every MondayFriday and Sunday. As ever, each trip will feature non-stop tunes, views to die for and bucketsful of sea-based adventure, but with this year’s addition of a swim stop, there’s now 3.5 hours of seafaring time in which to enjoy a completely fresh perspective of Ibiza’s incredible natural beauty. Think striking coastal vistas, plenty of opportunity for stocking up on Insta-worthy snaps, and the chance to dive head first into the Mediterranean’s crystal clear waters before the unbridled rave vibes truly descend.


Each ticket price includes the added sweetener of 4 drinks included, so ravers can find (and then lose) their sea legs with a choice of sangria, cava, draft beer or soft drinks. There are normal affordable bar prices thereafter. And as ever, there will be an upbeat, bang-on soundtrack courtesy of a range of Ibiza’s most hyped resident DJs, as well as a series of superstar surprise guests throughout the season. The likes of SneakHarry RomeroTough Love and Majestic from Kiss FM all played last year, each making use of the outstanding Funktion One and Pioneer XY Pro-Audio sound systems (the finest in the Med) to make musical magic. There’s also a CO2 cannon on board, cocked and ready to transport clubbers right to the centre of the dance floor action.


And of course, there’s also the possibility to invest in great value combo tickets. Hop aboard on Monday and the ticket also includes entrance to Ibiza Rocks on any day of the week (including Craig David on Tuesdays), OR access to Hï Ibiza on a choice of nights and entry to a pool party at O Beach.

Meanwhile, Friday and Sunday combo tickets offer entrance to Hï Ibiza on your choice of nights (any day except Wednesday of Friday) and to entry to the world famous pool party venue, O Beach on Saturday or Wednesday.


For those who want to take a more gentle approach or a recovery day, there are beach cruise departing on a daily basis. Float Your Boat is now providing fabulous Beach Hopping Cruises. Designed to cater for all ages, guests spend 5 heavenly, sun-drenched hours exploring some of the island’s most spectacular coastline. Providing direct access to some of the Island’s best beaches, it’s the perfect way to discover a different, enchanting side of Ibiza, taking time to soak up a string of breath-taking sights not reachable on land while avoiding the sky-high prices of peak summertime car rental and the ensuing parking drama.


Ibiza is blessed with an abundance of secret charms. From pristine beaches and picture perfect pine forest to some of the most idyllic sunsets on the planet – the white isle is one of the Mediterranean’s truly magical gems.

Float Your Boat Beach Cruise promises an altogether different kind of cruise. Designed to showcase the dazzling beauty of Ibiza’s stunning shoreline, this is the kind of seafaring perfection guaranteed to make you see the White Isle in an entirely new light. This 2 floor motorised catamaran will cruise along the best beaches and coves in Ibiza.


Each cruise follows the same route, first heading out into the sparkling blue beyond and then following the coast south towards two of Ibiza’s most stunning beaches. The first stop is Cala Bassa, a beach with fine white sand and clear, shallow waters perfect for little ones to splash around in; followed by Cala Conta, probably the island’s most popular, beautiful beach. Guests have the opportunity to spend an hour at each location, either heading inland to explore and/or check out what the world class beach clubs have to offer, or simply to set sarongs atop the sand and soak up all those sun-kissed beach vibes.


There’s also an hour long swim stop en route, allowing guests to discover Ibiza’s tempting, turquoise waters. Dive in with a snorkel to uncover the island’s dazzling underwater world, or jump onto a paddle board and make for the horizon – there’s plenty of opportunity for water-based adventures. Meanwhile, those back on deck can tuck into a range of delicious snacks, from bread and alioli to salami, gambas, and juicy fresh fruit. Or for an additional €10 (or €5 for kids), they can upgrade to an open bar for the duration of the trip, with draught beer, sangria, cava and soft drinks included. Tunes come in the form of chilled out pop classics, with the tempo and atmosphere often revving up a gear as the boats sail back towards port.

Float Your Boat parties and cruises are guaranteed to sell out so get in early and grab your ticket NOW before they disappear!


Meet the FYB team

Float your Boat team