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Catamarans with glass bottoms to observe the depths are the closest thing to the imaginary submarine that Julio Verne devised in the nineteenth century. Nautilus was precisely the name chosen a century later by several entrepreneurs from Sant Antoni de Portmany to found one of the main maritime excursion companies on the island of Eivissa. And as in the fantasies of the French writer, the identity of the fleet of tourist boats of Nautilus Ibiza is the 'Captain Nemo'.
The manager of this family-owned company founded in 1987, Vicent Boned, recalls that that year marked a starting point for the development and expansion of this tourist sector with the design and construction of a monocoque of 150 seats which they called 'Captain Nemo' . The small ferry replaced the little boats with only 30 seats whose glass bottoms already delighted the tourists of the mid-80's.
The first 'Captain Nemo', which is currently sailing the waters of the Canary Islands, was a pioneer in the excursions to the islet of es Vedrà, southwest of the greater pitiüsa, and to the islands of ses Margalides in the north.
Boned implies that then the business that ran was the "second or third link of the tourist chain" since its main source of customer attraction were hotel establishments and travel agencies.
At the dawn of the 1990s came the eruption of catamarans, boats with two narrow and elongated helmets joined by a platform that allowed to increase capacity and offer users a better experience with larger glass bottoms. During the next 10 years, the company acquired three of these catamarans, always with the name of Captain Nemo as emblem, that currently operate with an overall capacity of 500 seats.
ALL YEAR. Nautilus Ibiza offers its services throughout the year since, as its manager points out, in winter the sea excursions are very requested by the Imserso tourists. Although it does not bring significant economic benefits, "opening the whole year is for the maintenance of boats and to give work to some people, which is important," Boned says. Nowadays, in the middle of the tourist season, in addition to sea excursions to the main islets and reserves of Poniente Pitiuso, the portmanyina company offers attractive cruises to watch the sunset of the bay of Sant Antoni, one of the most spectacular of the Archipelago.
"It is what tourism demand in the area. For many years, many young people have come to enjoy themselves and watch the sunset. Before in our excursions we made a paella and enjoyed it in another way, but that tourism has disappeared. We have to adapt. We would be the first to change the model if the type of tourist changed, but we have to respond to the current demand, "Boned argues in reference to the" bad reputation "that is associated with this sector by the bad practices of some companies with The so-called 'party boats'. In this sense, the businessman from Ibiza points out that in recent years the security of this type of tourist services has been greatly strengthened and, in reference to noise pollution, he assures that his company has not received any complaint in this sense since, for Regulations, they must move away from the coast before activating their music equipment.
EXCURSIONS. One of the routes most requested is the one that takes the crew to the reserve of es Vedrà and the small ones is Vedranell. During the three-hour tour, visitors can observe all the coves of Cala Bassa, Cala Conta, Cala Molí, Cala Vadella, Cala Carbó and Cala D'Hort. And also the islands of Conillera, Bosque Island, Bledas, Espartá and es Vedrá. During the tour the crew invites a glass of champagne to the passengers, who however usually spend most of the time in capturing with their cameras and mobiles the spectacular scenery offered by the west side of the island of Eivissa.
On the other hand, the excursion to the west beaches on board catamarans with glass bottom brings passengers to the most attractive beaches of this area such as Cala Salada, Cala Bassa or Cala Conta where they can enjoy crystal clear waters to bathe , Snorkel, eat on the beach and admire the beautiful views of the natural park Es Amunts or the islets around the west coast.
Another of the most spectacular routes is the one that takes visitors from the northwest of the municipality to ses Illes Margalides and Ses Balandres beach, where an anchorage is made for the bath. In addition, this excursion offers a stop to visit the natural aquarium of es Cap Blanc (CREM), an idyllic space that is worth visiting.
As a novelty, this year Nautilus Ibiza makes the transfers to the island of Conillera, within the program of activities of the nature reserves des Ved