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Location

Santa Ponsa port lies on the east coast of Malloca and was built in 1975 in a natural cove called Sa Caleta. The harbour is very protected and pretty and is well serviced for yachts, with a boatyard.

Position 39º 30.82' N, 02º 27.97' E (harbour entrance).

Docking

Access to the cove is easy in all weathers.

Anchoring

The main anchoring area is in the south of the bay and is separated to the north by shallows marked by a buoy to the west and a pole to the east. Take great care, the shallows start immediately with the buoy and extend to the area around it and towards the east. It is wise to give the area a wide berth.

Anchor in 4m +/- however space is tight during the Summer months. Good holding in sand, although elsewhere in the bay the bottom is covered in this Posidonia, so always be sure to drop your anchor in sand.

It is also possible to anchor in the north of the bay, although this area suffers from the wake of passing ferries and motorboats.

Getting ashore will mean landing the dinghy on the beach - avoiding the swimmers. There are some other places on the sides of the harbour, but local residents try to discourage dinghies tying up.

Marinas

The alternative is to berth in the yacht club marina. This is in a narrow sheltered inlet, surrounded by gardens, which accommodates 500+ boats up to to 20m in length. The fuel dock is also the waiting pontoon. The yacht club houses cafes, restaurants, a diving school and specialised shops. This marina is reported to be expensive.

The fuel berth here will provide water for yachts at anchor, however they prefer you buy some fuel as well.

A new marina has opened just around the corner from Santa Ponsa in Port Adriano (see details below). This is much cheaper (for now) than the yacht club.

Another alternative is Puerto Andraitx, about 5nm north west of Santa Ponsa.

The main warehouse for "Yacht Centre Palma" is located in Santa Ponsa, a very good source of chandlery items.

Last updated:  July 2018

Club Nautico Santa Ponça
46 Via de la Cruz , 07180 Santa Ponsa , Spain
Tel:+34 971 694 488 ,VHF Channel 09
All facilities, fuel, laundry, bar and restaurant, bank, supermarket, security.
Boatyard with 50 ton travel lift, 1.5 ton crane, service companies in marina for all repairs. Only lift boats Monday to Friday. Owners permitted to live on board and work on their own boats, water, electricity, basic toilet and cold shower.
Port Adriano Marina
Location 39º 29.48' N, 02º 28.53' E ,
El Toro, s/n 07180 Calvià , Baleares (España)
Tel:+34 971 232 494
This port is about 3nm south of Santa Ponsa and about 15nm west of Palma.
A modern marina with all facilities, fuel, bank/ATM, provisions, laundry service, chandlery, shops, dive services, bars and restaurants, accommodation, transport, gym, nightclub.
Boatyard with large travel lift, crane, repair services.

Manfred Wassmann
Manfred Wassmann says:
Jul 20, 2018 11:16 AM

Information on Santa Ponsa
Anchored in Santa Ponsa June 2018 some 9 days for repairs and eventually got lifted out in the Club nautico there to fix the drive shaft. The bay is still a very busy spot with a lot of boats coming in and leaving every day.

The main anchoring spot to the south of the bay is separated to the north by shallows marked by a buoy to the west and a pole to the east. These shallows are no joke! They start immediately with the buoy and extend to the area around it and towards the east.
Make sure to read the charts if you plan on going there before and give that marked area a wide berth! We saw a boat run aground there in the middle of the day in good weather conditions.

It is also possible to anchor in the north of the bay as seen on satellite images but passing ferries and motorboats make some decent waves there during the day. Anchoring ground is sand, everywhere else in the bay you find thick seagrass/Posidonia.

Its not a bad idea to inquire about your neighbors chain length for opinions on how much to put out differ very much as always,but so close to each other with winds changing often we've seen a few crashes and even more near misses.

Getting lifted out of the water in Santa Ponsa club nautico was only one phone call away and the next day we could do it, they lift the boats only Monday to Friday. The boat is some 14 meters long and 20t heavy and one way cost us some 250€, four and a half days in the dock plus in and out of the water cost us some 850€ all together. Prices are on their website.

The marina is quite narrow (in our opinion too narrow for boats <12m) and it pays to go early in the morning to avoid winds.

There are some service companies in the Marina if you require help. We stayed on land for 4,5 days over the weekend for extensive repairs by ourselves, staying on the boat was no problem with water and electricity. The facilities in the dry dock itself including a toilet and a cold shower did the job but where in a very bad shape.

If you need Parts there is a kind of industrial area in Santa Ponsa called 'Poligon Industrial de Calvia', going there by taxi will be some 6-10€. A lot of nautic related companies have their shops there and anything they dont have they can order, everyone will send you to 'Multi Marine son Bugadelles' in C/o Valencia 57. If you need parts immediately, a taxi to Palma will cost you around 25-30€ one way, making the driver wait not too long and taking the same taxi back should be free. Bus to Palma is 3-4€.

Santa Ponsa itself offers quite a variety of places to visit, activities and shops. If you try to avoid the tourist crowded areas, you can find some local jewels like super fresh produce shops and so on.

Despite the repairs, we enjoyed our prolonged stay in Santa Ponsa.

Ingmar
Ingmar says:
Jun 30, 2018 11:02 PM

CN Santa Ponsa is a convenient refilling stop from the nearby anchorage. Diesel at mainland Spain prices. Water on the fuel pontoon was €1 per 3 minutes (~45 liter). Trash bins on parking lot behind the fuel bay. Friendly and helpful staff.

ccannan
ccannan says:
Apr 14, 2017 01:38 AM

I anchored in Santa Ponca during the summer months of 2016. Santa Ponca may be the only place you can anchor for free on the south coast of Mallorca. The Santa Ponca anchorage has easy access to express buses to Palma, the airport, and other destinations via the central bus station. There are a few decent authentic Spanish bars/restaurants, etc... nearby, but most other establishments cater to the majority UK tourists.

The best place to land a dinghy is on the beach (despite clear demarcation sometimes it can be difficult to dodge swimmers and drag a dinghy ashore). There are some other places on the sides of the harbor, but the local residents try to discourage dinghies tying up.

The city of Santa Ponca usually schedule many live concerts on the beach. They usually last way past midnight, and can be quite boisterous. The beach has no or very few toilet facilities. Buses, rental car agencies, and taxis are abundant near the beach landing area. There is at least one major supermarket within walking distance of the beach.

While the supermarket has a great variety and selection, the parking lot is rife with thieves. Our rental car was burgled during broad daylight in the parking lot in the less than one hour while we shopped. The thieves took, credit cards, money, mobile phones, watches, gifts, etc... We reported the burglary to both the Policia Local, and the supermarket management. No one blinked an eye and we have never received even a courtesy email.

There is a marina (with a fuel dock, fresh potable water, showers, and coin laundry), which, at least, during the summer time is very expensive. Any boat can use the fuel dock to either obtain fuel or just potable water. Of course, if just getting potable water, it is recommended to go during the less busy time (4-6pm).

Anchoring in the harbor is always tight (close to other boats). I noticed quite a few boats maintaining double anchorages (meaning they would anchor, leave an anchor and either a buoy and/or a dinghy). Some would return before the end of the day, but most wouldn't return for days. These weren't local boats, they were experienced (non-Spanish flagged) cruisers depriving the rest of us a spot to anchor.

Boatnotes
Boatnotes says:
Mar 03, 2017 11:05 AM

There is quite a new marina near Santa Ponsa: Port Adriano, just "around the corner". Since Santa Ponsa Club Nautico still wanted to charge us over €60 per night in February for our 13,80m monohull (Palma prices!!) and anchoring wasn't an option (bad swell), we moved to Port Adriano, a Phillip Stark designed marina, too fancy for our taste but surprisingly cheap (€33.- per night), good facilities. Safe and sheltered except for strong easterlies: our boat got pushed to the quay (no fenders there) and we had to stay up all night to keep the boat from crashing into the quay.

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