"A Boat trip to History" Mahón Things to Do Tip by ranger49

Mahón Things to Do: 17 reviews and 63 photos

I always enjoy the different perspective of a town when seen from a boat. If you do not have your own boat a trip around Port Maó a glass bottomed boats is the next best thing.
We went on the Yellow Catamaran - because it was there and about to leave as we approached it on Moll de Llevant.
The trip takes you right around the harbour and lasts a full hour. There is a commentary ( in several languages) that points out places of interest and recounts the turbulent history of the island.
The harbour of Maó played a crucial role in that history some of which is reflected as you pass by the three most famous of the islands in the Bay - the King?s Island also known as Hospital Island after the British built a hospital and Naval station there in 1801.
Lazareto Island which was a Quarantine Island and the much smaller Plana, or Flat Island the original Quarantine and Fever island.
Interesting buildings of the Georgian era as well as the beautiful modern villas of the rich and famous can be seen on the north shore of the Bay.
At the Tip below Ma Mola the boat pauses for underwater views. My husband went down to the glass bottom deck and reported very clear water but no wild life of any description.
As you return to port passing closed to the south shore you can see the attractive port and resort of Es Castell and a better view of the King?s Island.

The tour cost 10euros each (we had a 1 euro discount).
Not cheap but informative and enjoyable. If you sit on the open top deck remember to take a hat and water, (cold drinks can be bought on the lower deck if you forget.)

Address: Moll de Llevant, Mahon

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 9, 2011
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