Cruise Assessment: Vita Bel II traditional yacht, Cala D’Or, Mallorca

The gorgeous island of Mallorca is simply as pretty from the water as it’s on land and I didn’t wish to miss out on the waterside views of her coves, cliffs and curvy shoreline throughout my quick break. That’s why I purchased a spot on the Vita Bel II yacht at Cala D’Or.

Boarding Vita Bell II at Cala D’Or

As I walked alongside the palm-hemmed Cala d’Or marina, I may see Vita Bell II’s undressed masts reaching up from this traditional, 16m teak-decked yacht.

She appeared dazzling within the orange hues of this very sunny day, framed by the turquoise waters of the Med and the luminous blue of the sky. The second was filled with maritime promise.

Footwear off, it was a fast hop to board her, and inside seconds we had been handed a glass of Cava. There have been 10 of us on board, a few of us strangers, all of us smiling with a slight squint into the brightness of the solar.

The skipper, Nigel Lewis, set the scene with a hearty good day from the central cockpit and adopted with a fast run down about safety and some phrases on housekeeping. He then turned on the engine, and inside minutes all of us had one other beer or a glass of Mallorcan wine in hand whereas smooth music stuffed the air. The enjoyable had began.

Nigel and his crew mate hoisted the sails, and as Vita Bel set forth into the forming wavelets, the waters grew to become a tad uneven, however regardless of. A few of us took to the cozy seating across the cockpit, some to the bow, others to the strict to sunbathe on cushioned mats. Or to easily sit again to benefit from the views, the heat of the solar, the mild contact of the ocean breeze and the distant sounds of passing seagulls overhead.

It was additionally enjoyable to strive my hand at steering, which, because it seems, appears to be like simpler than it’s. For concern of ending up in Algiers, I handed management again to the amused skipper.

Quickly we reached the attractive bay of Cala Mondrago in southeastern Mallorca. We had been there alone, anchored in a stretch of calm waters ignored by rocky cliffs, pine timber and surrounded by silent coves. We may additionally see the stunning white sands of s’Amarrador seaside within the distance.

The chatter of straightforward dialog, the stream of the wine and the mild sway of the waters made the entire world appear a distant place.

The ship’s hydraulic swim platform was lowered, and a few tentatively made their approach into the ocean. Some simply jumped in and a few dare-devils took to the free-to-use stand-up paddle boards, typically with hilarious outcomes. I used to be tempted to snorkel however grew to become distracted by sunbathing and supping wine that I had no time for these frivolities.

An hour or so handed all too rapidly, and we headed to Portopetro bay, the place we anchored once more and this time for lunch.

The desk was set, a solar cover supplied some shade, and shortly the desk was lined in a feast of prawns, smoked salmon, Spanish tortilla, salad, hams and cheeses. The wine and beer flowed.

“Do you consider in recycling?” requested Nigel. After all we did. “In that case toss your prawn heads into the water”. What a pleasure to look at the seagulls swoop all the way down to seize these morsels even earlier than they landed on the water. And people who had been missed had been quickly devoured by fish who made it to the floor of the blue clear water in file time. It was comical.

Whereas we loved the spectacle, the tables had been cleared and stuffed once more with a platter of fruit salad with juicy mango and watermelon.

A closing swim and snorkel and shortly the skipper gently organised us again on the boat to sail residence. In some way, 5 hours had handed, in a mere second.

Subsequent time I believed, I’ll strive the sundown cruise.

BOOK YOUR TRIP on Vita Bell II right here 

Excursions on Vita Bell II run from Could 1 to October 31 and final round 5 hours. Whole company 12.

NOTE: You may constitution Vita Bell II for personal excursions and shared charters for small teams with open bar and catering included. 

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