The Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Terrestrial National Park is the most beautiful national park in the Balearic Islands. The azure bays perfect for snorkeling, the incredible wealth of protected animal species (Peregrine falcon, Eleonora's falcon, ospreys, sea turtles, geckos) and unpolluted civilization make Cabrera a popular destination for sailors.
One of the most important hints for crews willing to visit this island is the fact that in order to get there you must obtain a permit beforehand. It is required due to the limited number of people who can stay in the reserve. Obtaining the permit lasts about 3-5 days (and applying for it especially during the holiday season does not mean you will get it) so it is worth applying earlier (preferably 2 weeks before the cruise) or while staying in Palma (office located at 8 Plaza Expana, Palma, you should take a crew list and their documents). The permit is free of charge. In the summer season (July, August) it allows you to stay for 1 night in the reserve (in June and September they are 2 nights and seven nights in the rest of the year). The permit should be with you when crossing the border of the reserve.
There is an absolute ban on anchoring in the Cabrera Archipelago outside the designated area (it's about protecting the seabed). The only place where you can stay overnight is the bay of Peurto de Cabrera with about 50 mooring buoys. In the reserve apart from many animal species (80% of all Balearic lizards are found here) there are 430 species of plants, 30 of which are endemic.
The bay of Puerto de Cabrera - turquoise waters in this bay encourages you to snorkle and see the rich underwater life. From the bay you can go to the ruins of the 14th-century castle (and prison) or follow the path to the lighthouse on the western tip of the island.
In Cala Gandulf Bay there are more fantastic sights of the island - Cova Blava and Cueva Azul (Blue Grotto). These are sea caves where you can enter with a dinghy. Cueva Azul takes its name from the phenomenon of the light reflecting from the bottom that causes an azure color of water and the blue light reflected on the walls make the whole cave blue.
On the other side of the island is the Bay of Punta de ses Bled with azure water and white sand.