Rhodes island is an absolute must-see if you are planning to charter a boat in Greece. Beautiful beaches, unique landscapes, and an immense cultural heritage make Rhodes island a perfect boating trip destination.
The high season lasts from June until the end of August. However, sailing in spring and autumn is also a treat, as you get to avoid the crowds, and the weather is still fantastic.
If you want to hire your boat directly on Rhodes island, you have two main options; The city of Rhodes or the Khatara bay, a resort south of the main city. Another good option is to rent a boat in Crete and make your way to Rhodes via Karpathos island. You can choose between sailboats, motorboats, and catamarans. Depending on your qualifications, you can rent a bareboat or a boat with a skipper if you lack experience or want a stress free vacation.
When renting a boat in Rhodes, like in most tourist destinations in Greece, prices can go up during the high season (June, July, and August). Also, make sure to properly budget all your needs (fuel, port fees, food and entertainment) when you rent your boat.
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and was once home to the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Make sure to visit the Medival town in Rhodes, which was declared a world heritage site, Tsambika beach and the palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. For the gourmet sailers, try the country-style bread made with fermented rye, ouzo (the local spirit), and all the mezes!
Make sure to plan at least two to three months before your arrival, Rhodes is a popular sailing destination.
If your boating license was issued within the European Union, it would automatically be accepted anywhere in Greece. If your licence was issued outside the EU, it would only be accepted if it meets EU standards. Make sure to check before you rent your boat in Rhodes. You will also need to translate your license if it is not in English (or greek).
You can hire a motorboat in Rhodes without a licence if the horsepower is under 30. However, if you want to rent a boat with 30hp or more, you will need a licence.
If you decide to rent a boat without a skipper, you will need to present a nautical CV stating previous experiences, routes and vessels you have used.
If you lack experience, renting a boat with a skipper could be a good idea. Keep in mind that most skippers are locals and will be able to show you off-the-beaten-track spots and give you insights into the local culture.
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