In the world of group trips, boat holidays are the underrated one-size-fits-all solution. Whether your group includes a restless extrovert, a nautical aficionado, or a wine connoisseur, a trip on the sea is guaranteed to satisfy all your vacation requirements. Here, we rounded up a list of the best island destinations for around-the-clock parties, beach clubs, and, of course, stunning beaches. And remember, if you don’t have a sailing expert on board, you can book a skipper (someone who can steer the boat and ensure your safety) with almost any boat listed on Zizoo.
The 10 Best Party Islands in the World
10. Ios, Greece
Renown for its white sand beaches and traditional Greek architecture, Ios draws visitors all year round. And while its streets and restaurants might offer a peaceful reprieve from town life, its nightlife offerings are a completely different story. Here, the hot spots include Aftershock, Slammer Bar, Flames Bar, Sweet Irish Dream, Disco 69, Blue Note and Scorpion Nightclub. And in the mornings and afternoons, the beaches of Ios will offer the perfect setting to recharge (the most notable being Mylopotas beach, where the famous Far Out Beach Club lies). And when you’re curious for some variety, remember that as part of the Cyclades islands in Greece, Ios is just a short sail ride away to the even more popular destinations of Mykonos or Athens.
9. Magaluf, Mallorca
Nestled in the bay of Palma in Mallorca’s sunny west coast, Magaluf is home to the largest nightclub in Europe — BCM Planet Dance — along with dozens of other renowned venues, including Bananas, Boomerang and Carwash. Throughout the years, Magaluf’s “strip” has attracted some of the world’s best DJs, with clubs remaining open until early morning hours.
8. The British Virgin Islands
The BVIs are the buried treasure of the Caribbean — and make up some of the most secluded party destinations out there. Start off your trip by sailing in Tortola. Next, sail to Norman Island and explore the famous caves. Last but not least, hop over to Jost Van Dyke Island, the home of Soggy Dollar Bar, Gertrudes, and Ivan’s Stress-Free Bar. For more detailed guidance, you can read our suggested itinerary for sailing the Caribbean. Still undecided on what boat to charter to the BVIs? Send our sailing holiday experts a free request to help customize your trip.
7. Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Just a short sailing distance from Fethiye in Turkey, Ayia Napa is known for its ever growing list of bars and clubs — more than 250, to be specific. Conveniently, they’re mostly located near Napa Square, and offer everything from dance and R&B beats, to disco and house music. Some of the most popular clubs include Aqua, Carwash Disco, Castle, Starskys, River Reggae, and the Makronissos Beach Club.
6. Pag, Croatia
Pag is Croatia’s fifth-largest island and more perhaps even more notably, home to the legendary Hideout Festival. Since 2007, the bars and clubs of Zrce beach have enjoyed 24-hour licenses, making the rest of the island pretty much feel like a never-ending festival. We recommend you charter a boat from Zadar and sail up to the port of Mandre; then, hit the famous Zrce beach and take your pick of evening venue. Finally, head to Pag’s beautiful beaches for a little rest and recovery on the coast of the Adriatic.
5. Santorini, Greece
Everyone knows Santorini as that Greek center of white painted villages and cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. Well, there’s much more to this dreamlike island than romantic, low-decibel vibes for honeymooners. If you have the energy for it, Santorini can also be a Spring Break-esque paradise with major entertainment options in clubs like Enigma and Koo Club. To get the full experience, get started in Santorini and enjoy nature’s show of unforgettable sunsets at sea before a night out on the town.
4. Mykonos, Greece
Our number four best party island in the world brings us back to Greece. Mykonos, also known as ‘The Island of the Winds,’ is the best spot to start your sailing holiday in Greece. Set foot on land and wander down Mykonos’ pink flowers-lined winding streets, then dine al fresco on famous Greek seafood fare. When you’re ready, take a trip to Super Paradise Beach Club, a venue synonymous with Mykonos nightlife. To decompress, just hit up one of many peaceful beaches or take a tour of the city’s open-air archaeological sites and religious points of interest.
3. Patong Beach, Phuket Island, Thailand
Phuket’s reputation as a global nightlife hotspot is well deserved, and proved by its rotation of go-go bars, cabaret shows, and nightclubs. As a starting point, check out Patong Beach’s two main strips: Rat-U-Thit Road and Thaweewong Road (the beach road). At Bangla Road, you’ll additionally find over 100 bars, bright lights, and enticing nightlife venues. Want even more options? Check out the famous Paradise Complex, the Hard Rock Café, many live music venues, and the first ever dance complex to open in Patong — Banana Disco.
2. Hvar, Croatia
Hvar’s combination of fantastic beaches, charming medieval streets, and vibrant nightlife are what make this island one of the most popular on the entire Croatian coastline. Often referred to as the new ‘St. Tropez’, Hvar’s glamorous reputation continues to attract celebrities and Europe’s elite. When planning a boat holiday in Croatia, begin in Split and island-hop your way over to the island of Hvar. Check out the Hula Hula Beach Club, a venue famous for its beach parties that begin at 5 p.m. and last until sunrise. For even more excitement, plan a trip to Ultra Europe Festival — one of the biggest music festivals in Europe with over 75,000 attendees each year.
1. Ibiza, Spain
Did you see this one coming? Chances are high that you’ve already been to Ibiza and if not, that you’re dreaming of visiting. Ibiza is without a doubt the number one party island in the world. For clubbing fanatics, there are two main spots you’ll want to hit: San Antonio and Ibiza Town. When chartering a yacht in Ibiza, you can start by relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Playa den Bossa and Les Salines; then, head to Pacha or Space for a night of dancing. In the morning, sail to Spain’s Balearic islands for some much-needed relaxation. Ibiza really does have it all, so what are you waiting for? Start planning the boat vacation party of your life!
Want to discover the worlds best party islands yourself? Then book your next boat holiday with Zizoo. You’ll be on your way to visit the best beach bars, wildest nightclubs and most stunning landscapes the world has to offer. The best part? You can create your own custom itinerary to make sure you take advantage of all that the sea and its islands have to offer. So what are you waiting for? If you need even more inspiration check out our Zizoo sailing guides.