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Memories of 2022

Memories of 2022 and the long summer that was onboard Meet the Sea. In the video below are some of the highlights of our Family Boat trip around the sea of Ibiza and some of the stories that made us smile.

Remembering summer with Meet the Sea

We are all aware of the digital advances of our era and the profound changes they imply in children’s education. I personally marvel at the means available to teachers and students today when I think of my classroom. I also feel that children across Europe and the UK are today more outspoken, independent and willing to discover. It is crucial that these innate qualities and the excellent support obtained in school find completion with a strong relationship with our planet. That is perhaps the main reason Meet the Sea exists. Our desire to provide an experience and memories that will awaken or stoke a child’s curiosity for the sea.

I am in awe of the courage shown by so many children during our Family Boat trip. Dropping anchor in 30 feet of water poses a challenge for many, no matter how beautiful and secluded the spot. So many questions thrown at our guides as we get ready to snorkel: are there sharks? How deep is it? Why is the water dark over there? And despite their initial hesitation, we soon saw them with their mask following our guide. How proud I felt of these courageous children! How wise of their parents to support, motivate and push them to discover and challenge their fears!

Once in the water it is important that children get to see marine life from up close: It is important to understand the role of Posidonia Oceanica or Neptune grass in our environment. Or to witness the slow movements of the sea urchin as they seek protection. All of these small wonders help the young ones develop empathy for the creatures below and develop their love and concern for the environment.

Summer memories of 2022 onboard were about open blue skies and pristine waters. They were also about secluded bays that make us feel unique and that convey a sense of exclusivity to our holiday. And certainly also about discovering a number o species probably unknown to most. But perhaps more importantly they were about the personal growth experienced by children who challenged their fears. The satisfaction they felt for braving the depths of the sea and the unknown. The curiosity that thrilled them when discovering a new world. And perhaps the beginning of new horizons deployed in their limitless imagination.

Our thanks to Visit Sant Antoni for some of the pictures depicted in the video above and especially to our onboard photographer Jesica for her daily work.

10 reasons to book us in 2023

10 reasons to book us in 2023 and enjoy any of our Meet the Sea experiences. Our acclaimed Family Boat trip, the new Snorkelling Adventure for adults or a Group Private Charter.

  1. Clients are always right… and they have spoken! We are truly thankful for the time a lot of our dear clients put in to write detailed and lengthy reviews. Whether in our website, or in online travel agents like Get Your Guide and Trip Advisor, everyone has been truly supportive and encouraging. And we do not forget those that write to us directly to our Facebook page or Google business site!
  2. A must for families with a taste for adventure. The Family Boat trip is and ideal 4-hour adventure for the whole family. Departing from san Antonio and heading to the natural reserve of Conejera island, or the legendary Torre d’en Rovira, the seas are beautiful, pristine and waiting for you. The snorkelling guided tour designed by our marine biologist is an experience to remember.
  3. Challenge yourself to brave the seas. Do not just stay by the hotel pool sipping cocktails and enjoying the great restaurants of the island, although that’s a great plan as well! Have a look at the joyful faces of children and adults alike in our Instagram. They tell you that they are happy, proud after snorkelling, swimming in deep waters, feeling free and elated!
  4. Experience personal growth while having fun. Swimming in open seas is not for everyone… or is it? Our team is there to make you feel safe, supported and encouraged to take the plunge into the sea. You feel so good about yourself when you have set a new personal achievement and enlarge your personality. Not to mention the combination of thrill, beauty and inner peace you will experience.
  5. Strengthen your ties with nature and the sea. We all need it. Just listening to your breath through the snorkel while you look at the bottom of the sea is truly special. Feeling the elation of water around you and the minerals that restore your physical and mental health. It’s well worth it.
  6. Learn about and interact with so many marine species! Understand why the Posidonia plant keeps our waters pristine or learn the habits of the beautiful sea urchin and see it from up close. Do you know what a rainbow wrasse is or why they call it the dentist fish? we often see starfish and our friend the octopus… you are sure to see in complete freedom and interact with at least ten species.
  7. Enjoy a truly curated experience at a reasonable price. We take pride in our job of sharing with you our love for the sea and we are told it shows! We leave nothing to chance and we strive to organise your experience to maximise your fun.
  8. Our NEW snorkelling adventure. Only for adults, this one we designed as a semi-private adventure departing from a place near you by car/van. If you do not like boats or get seasick, or if you fancy a morning with a bit of adventure and exercise in a secluded spot, this one’s for you! Our marine biologist has selected a handful of the best places in Ibiza to snorkel like a pro. And we do so secretly and in total peace while surrounded by beauty above and below sea level.
  9. If you are in a large group with friends or family, why not enjoy privately? The group private charter allows you to enjoy the Meet the Sea experience with all its content and within the privacy of your group. Write to us wether you are celebrating a special occasion or just wanting to have a great day at sea. You are sure to find goo value with us.
  10. Do your bit for the environment! We are committed to nature and the sea. To underwater beauty and the preservation of the marine species that inhabit the sea. We want to bring to ibiza and to you a new way to understand tourism, ecologically and respectfully. We are strongly committed to your personal development and holiday experience.

10 reasons to book with us in 2023 are now in your hands… and we truly hope we can see you onboard or snorkelling with us this summer! Until then.

10 Benefits of the Sea

December 9, 2022.

10 benefits of the sea that you experience when joining us in one of our Meet the Sea experiences around the Ibiza coast.

I have often wondered why being at sea makes me happy. Perhaps the fact that I was born in Ibiza accentuated the importance of answering the question. Over the years I have observed people at sea and read abundantly on the subject.

Here are the 10 benefits to being at sea with us:

  1. The health impact of sea air. As we approach the sea, before we even set foot in it, we are overcome with a sense of calm and wellbeing. Why is that? A study conducted by Jo Garrett, of the University of Exeter, concentrated on the benefits of mental health due to coastal proximity. It appears that being near the sea reduces depression, anxiety and mortality rates.
  2. The positive effect on your brain and lungs. The immediate sense of improved breathing is the result of salt in the air. As Oceanic states, the ocean’s waves produce negative ions that increase oxygen flow to your brain. As a result, you feel more energised and relaxed. Minerals in sea water also help clear the airways and breathing the sea breeze naturally cleanses our lungs.
  3. Natural relaxation at sea. As we leave the harbour behind onboard our boat, we begin to feel surrounded by silence and peace. Only the sound of the waves and light ocean spray surround us as the morning sun awakes our senses. We feel calm, invaded by a sense of peace and wellbeing as we look forward to our sea adventure.
  4. Feeling social and energised. Friends, families, different age groups and nationalities all converge in a medium size group on the Family Boat trip. The joy we feel when setting out to sea enhances our social instinct, the desire to interact and appetite for adventure.
  5. The challenge posed by the sea: Our sometimes too sedentary lives need a good impulse during the sea holiday! As soon as we drop anchor, we start our mask and snorkel fitting session. In a matter of minutes, you start our guided snorkelling tour exploring the bottom of the sea and discovering the underwater world.
  6. Calm at Sea: No sounds, only breathing. As you begin to follow our guide who leads you into the unknown, we only hear the sound of our breath. The snorkel amplifies the sound of our rhythmic breathing and we feel a natural meditative state invading us.
  7. Sense of achievement after the adventure: Swimming in open seas, interacting with sea creatures and seeing 20 feet of water below you is unusual! Your mind acknowledges the challenge and your soul feels enriched and strengthened as you arrive back to the boat.
  8. Personal growth of children and adults: We are always impressed by the courage shown by small children in deep waters. By their smile after they conquer their fears and the satisfaction that is drawn in their faces. And by the joy felt by parents as they watch their children. Only because of this single aspect the adventure is worth your time!
  9. Your skin, your muscles, your mind: Feel the impact on your skin as the minerals act during our snorkelling tour. Feel the soft impact of exercise at sea: your muscles tighten in a natural and gradual way, your joints do not suffer and your mind is ta peace.
  10. A return to land filled with joy: We arrive back to the dock feeling different. A sense of adventure, wellbeing, achievement, serenity and health surrounds our being. We are now feeling better about ourselves, more positive and eager to go out at sea again. Come join us in 2023 to discover it for yourself!

Meet the Sea at the World Travel Market 2022

November 13, 2022

Meet the Sea attended the World Travel Market 2022 at the Excel in London to explore new horizons and partners for next season.

What a great show November 7th, 8th and 9th at the Excel! Meet the Sea made the Ibiza stand its point of departure every morning and familiar faces were there to jump start our day with a smile. As always, our island ‘s representatives were actively promoting Ibiza’s attractions and new developments for tourists around the world. Interesting exchanges about the recently concluded summer season took place between our founder with Carmen Ferrer, mayoress of Santa Eulalia and Vicente Guasch, president of Santa Eulalia empresarial. Our friends Alejandro Sancho and Alba Noguera of Invisa hoteles and Rocío of San Antonio City hall were also part of this highly energised group of Ibiza lovers.

The World Travel Market is and endless source of lead generation: We were thrilled to meet with Florian Piper and Franklin Baeckman of Oceanwide expeditions, a company that for the past thirty years has organised fantastic adventures to both poles in their ships and with whom we envision a cooperation very soon. Oliver Sassen, CEO of Ocean Advice and member of the board of United Rivers, opened the doors to Meet the Sea’s plans of future growth with their cruise ship under construction and our goal to a debut season in cruise experience for Meet the Sea lovers in summer 2025.

We began to build our plans for future expansion to other harbours in the coast of Spain with a conversation with Pilar Carrión, executive consultant for tourism promotion of the Costa del sol. Also at the show were Graham Mckenzie of Travelmole, Lami Çunaku, Patricia Ramos and Natalia Burgues of VAS Dmc, as well as Annette Schmid and Daniela Menez of Amstar Dmc. A true pleasure to have had the chance to talk to all of you and learn more about each of your companies!

We are left with the impression that WTM 2022 was a very well organised event and a great opportunity for Meet the Sea to expand our horizons and let the world know about our mission to educate and entertain at sea with our activities specifically designed for families. We are grateful for the support we received and accolades for our Family Boat trip!

Finally, we had time in London after the show to spend time with long-time friends Mehul Patel and Matt Cheung. A very special thanks to Mehul Patel, CEO of Newsquawk for his hospitality and advice over the years, as well as Jack Maddox for his contribution to our website. Thanks also to Matt Cheung, CEO at Ipushpull, for his thoughtful analysis of future endeavours for Meet the Sea!

A great 2022 Family boat trip season!

Meet the Sea concluded its wonderful summer season with the last Family Boat trip on October 25th.

We want to thank all those smiling families and courageous children for visiting us during this past wonderful summer. At the start of our third season, back in May, we hoped to continue offering a family adventure that would educate in marine life while entertaining. From your many generous reviews we derive a sense of accomplishment that will only continue to motivate us for the future.

We have seen faces of delight in so many children that witnessed different animals in complete freedom during our guided snorkelling tour. Watching the sea urchin moving its spikes, figuring out the hidden beauty of the sea cucumber or being lucky enough to spot a starfish were moments greeted with surprise and joy by all!

We want to thank the parents of those children that visited us. You took the first step in deciding that marine life education was important for your children and offered them the chance to enlarge their courage and imagination. You perhaps had to convince many of them that no, there were no sharks, and that swimming in open seas is no different to swimming in the pool. I think we can all agree that their attitude during the trip was one of curiosity, of bravery and of eagerness to learn more about what they had just seen.

The Family Boat trip is a family activity. One of joint discovery, of joy shared between all members and of all age groups. We will continue to try to improve our message, find new species to show, new spots to drop our anchor and new ways to reach the heart of the future guardians of our planet.

Until 2023!

We also want to thank our wonderful partners, TUI and W2M for their hard work and dedication to expanding the message of the importance of children’s environmental education.

Our 2021 subaquatic drone exclusive

An Ibiza premiere!

May 1st, 2021 will see the introduction of our fantastic subaquatic drone in all our boat trips and private charters. The drone will allow you to visualise marine life from the comfort of your boat at incredible depths: Our drone can scour to 100 metres (300 ft) below the surface, where not even divers can go!

Be sure not to miss this great experience for children and adults.

Whether as a part of our family excursion or on a private charter you will enjoy some of our most talked about experiences:

A snorkelling guided tour to watch the lives and habitat of many local species like sea urchins, octopuses, starfish and others in Cala ComteCala Bassa and Cala Salada.

A chance to scour the depths of the sea with our subaquatic drone and see the many secrets and surprises it holds for us..

A fantastic onboard lunch, the chance to discover the wonders of our Ibiza gastronomy, the magic of sunset and cocktails…

Our Summer 2020

Our first post has to be about gratitude. A huge thank you to all our friends who contributed to a fantastic debut season despite the innumerable challenges we faced!

We are so happy to have witnessed children of different nationalities feel seaweed under their feet for the first time. Families who felt a bit apprehensive about the sea fought their fears and enjoyed an unforgettable five-hour experience on board our trusted classic wooden boat “Pascual”. Friends learned about the precious and fragile posidonia that populates our coast, the habitat of sea urchins, the frightful voracity of the fish we fed and the methodical construction of the octopus’ home with pebbles and seashells as small but reassuring walls.

We will remember until next season the faces of delight and astonishment during our guided snorkelling tour as we observed marine life; the surprise of the younger ones on board as our Pirate Morgan appeared and asked for help in retrieving her long lost Treasure, and the new friendships forged over lunch in “Pascual” anchored in Sea Margalides or Cala Comte.

Our excursion

Our excursion is about enjoying the sea and in doing so learning of its importance. In our lives, in our society and in our future. We echo the words of Baba Dioum that preside our landing page and guide our mission: “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught”. Meet the Sea wants to invite you all to spend a few hours at sea where we combine fun and learning in truly privileged settings like Conejera, Cala Comte, Punta Galera, Ses Margalides  and the western coast of Ibiza.

We want to thank Joan and the Pascual crew for providing a boat always in great shape, our beloved “Pascual”. Tim and KT for their implication with MTS from the start, Maria José and Andrea for their kind welcome when we were only a project, Gaby for her interest and support, Santana and Pepe for their advice and their years of experience. In particular, to all that visited us on board during the months of July and August and who humbled us with their words of gratitude and appreciation. We only hope to see you again at sea!