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Santorini is one of the most popular destinations in Greece to rent a boat and explore. The beautiful scenery paired with perfectly blue water is a must see if you plan on visiting the region. As in most of Greece, Santorini keeps the uniformed look with beautiful whitewashed buildings and endless cliffs to explore by boat. You will see it's instant charm as soon as you arrive and there is no better way to see it then by hiring a boat and exploring it from all angles.
Planning a vacation to the Cyclades corresponds with the sailing season of Greece. Depending on the time of the year you arrive, the number of tourists will fluctuate greatly. In terms of sailing, the season typically runs from May to late October. For tourists, you can expect the highest influx in the month of July and August, but keep in mind that for sailing, the best months can be June and September. During these two months, the tourist count will be much lower and the winds will be much better. If you're taking a motorboat out, then you'll have more freedom in June and you'll have no problem with your water sport activities.
The rates of renting a boat in Santorini will vary depending on the season. As mentioned, renting a boat during July and August will be a bit different than the rest of the year. For yacht charters, you can expect to pay on average around 475€ per day for a catamaran and 350€ for sailboats. If you wish to rent a motorboat, the prices will have a much wider range. For smaller boats, the price can start as low as 150€ and up to the thousands for luxury yachts. For motorboats, the best is to define your project (fishing, wakeboarding, etc) and filter it by the activity to find the best boat and price that suits you.
Since Greece is one of the most desired vacation spots in the world, it is highly recommended to book well in advance. For yacht charters during high season, it is best to start searching in November or December the year before. By April, more than 50% of the fleet is already booked so be sure to look for your catamaran or sailboat as early as possible. For motorboats, you have a bigger window, but we would suggest the same.
If you are chartering a yacht in Santorini, you will need to present your license as well as your previous experience. You can fill out a nautical CV which describes your past experience in regards to what boats you have captained and what waters you sailed. If you plan on renting a motorboat, you will need a license to rent a boat above 30hp. If the boat is less, you can rent without a license, but some previous experience will be required.
If you don't have a license or don't feel comfortable being on your own, you can rent any type of boat with skipper. Yacht charters will have the service available while motorboats will have the option as well. This is also perfect if you want to enjoy full relaxation and let the skipper guide you through the Cyclades with his expertise of the region.
When getting to Santorini, the best way to arrive to your destination is by Athens or you can choose to take a ferry from a few other Greek islands. The last thing we would suggest is to visit the famous volcano, which is one of the most popular destinations on the island. If you're looking for a party island, then the best option is to set sail for Mykonos. If Mykonos is not your speed, then we highly suggest Naxos. Naxos has the perfect mix of everything you need including the culture, food, and nightife. Take your motorboat to Naxos and see everything it has to offer.