For people who adore the sea and love to travel, renting a boat for a party is the ultimate way to celebrate any occasion. Here are some of our favorite occasions to party on a boat.
Rent a Yacht for Your Wedding
Imagine exchanging your vows on a private beach or while cruising along the calm indigo sea as the sun sets. For a unique wedding not to be forgotten, charter a private yacht for a day, weekend or weeklong journey relaxing on sun-kissed beaches, dining in the utmost style and floating on the gentle waters in the Caribbean or Mediterranean. Enjoy first-class service provided by a personal chef or hostess as you celebrate this extraordinary moment in your life.
Private Yacht Charter for Your Birthday Party
Spend quality time with your friends and family in celebration of a special birthday while stopping to visit warm sandy beaches, lively beach bars or dining under the stars aboard your own private yacht. Rent a boat while on holiday in the French Riviera, charming seaside towns of Greece, or the vibrant party island of Ibiza. You can even take a break from the buzzing capital of Berlin by cruising along the peaceful lakes that surround the city.
Book a Boat for Your Next Corporate Event
Host an unforgettable corporate event for larger parties aboard a gorgeous luxury yacht in Phuket. With room to accommodate 16-30 people, these large vessels will make for an ultimate meeting room and lounge area to discuss future business plans or toast to the success of past ventures. We offer a variety of gulets and passenger ships throughout the Mediterranean including Croatia, Spain, Italy and Greece as well as in Turkey.
In the height of summer temperatures are at their peak. As the sun beats down while your cruising around beautiful tropical or Mediterranean islands on your sailing holiday, keeping cool on the boat is an absolute must. Luckily, our guest blogger and avid sailor, Louise shares her top tips for staying cool under the sun.
Beating the heat!
If you’re lucky enough to be boating in warm climates then sometimes the heat can become a little bit uncomfortable or at times even unbearable.
So what can you do to beat the heat?
The best way to get a nice airflow through the boat is to go sailing! Nothing beats a nice breeze through the boat when out at sea. If that’s not an option however, there are plenty of other things you can do to cool down your boat.
You can rig up an area of shade in your cockpit or on the deck. This doesn’t have to look fancy or cost much, we use a mesh tarpaulin bought from a hardware store, which is actually more convenient to throw up quickly than the designated Bimini. (It also serves as a handy hammock for small boat pets!)
Wind scoops are also very useful to encourage a nice breeze through your hatches. They are quick and simple to put up and easily fold away to store again.
An awning that covers the deck will keep the sun of the deck and help the boat stay cool down below. This method is slightly more time consuming but very worthwhile. The difference really has to be felt to be believed.
If you have shore power then of course fans will help keep the air circulating and the temperature cool.
If you’re outside then a hat is essential to prevent sunstroke. Keeping well hydrated with cold drinks will also help regulate your own temperature.
If all else fails though, you could always just take a quick dip in the water to cool down!
What about our furry companions?
We have recently got a new crewmember who is even fluffier than Bailey the boat cat. April our Border Collie puppy loves her cooling mat that is found easily in most pet stores or online. Pets should always be in the shade during the hottest part of the day and have access to plenty of drinking water. You can also use cold water on a flannel to wet your pet’s fur and help them cool down too. Bailey isn’t a fan of water but is always grateful when we wet his fur with cool water when he’s struggling to keep cool
With its warm sunny climate, spectacular beaches, astounding history, phenomenal cuisine, extraordinary sunsets and inviting towns, it is no wonder why Greece is one of our favorite sailing destinations. Spend your holiday cruising around the crystal clear waters of the Ionian and Aegean Seas while stopping by some of the most characteristic and secluded Greek islands on a private chartered yacht.
Sailing Around the Greek Islands on a Private Chartered Yacht: What to Expect
Greece is made up of several diverse island regions that surround the mainland. From amazing archeological sites to chic, cosmopolitan towns, the Greek Islands offer a little something for everyone. Select your boat from one of nearly 30 charter locations throughout Greece and get ready to set sail. If you need some help deciding which island regions to explore by boat, you can take a look at our Guide to the Greek Islands.
Greece is well loved for its long, sunny, hot and dry summers which last from the end of April to around mid-October. Temperatures around the Greek Islands range from the mid-20s in May and June to the upper 30s in July and August. While the sun can beat down pretty heavily on summer days, the “meltemi” sea winds will likely bring a cool breeze whether you are onboard or exploring a coastal village.
The Greek Islands are an excellent sailing destination for both beginners and experienced sailors. Many of the island regions offer ideal sailing conditions for chartering a yacht, including those located in the Saronic, Argolic and eastern coast of the Peloponnesian Gulf, as they are well protected from strong winds. However, if you plan to charter a yacht in in the Cyclades, you should know that it is one of the most challenging, yet fun sailing areas due to strong winds in July and August.
When in Greece you’ll have the pleasure of savoring amazing dishes sourced from fresh and local ingredients. The islands’ warm Mediterranean climate and rich soil is ideal for growing wine, fruits and vegetables while the sea provides a variety of fish which make up a majority of the Greek diet. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to stock your boat with simple, yet incredible selection of fruits, veggies, cheeses, meats and wine for an unforgettable meal onboard. You can read more about typical Greek foods and what to try at a traditional taverna in our guest blogger and sailing enthusiast, Georgie Moon’s post here.
History and Culture
The Greek Islands are home to some of the world’s most important architectural and cultural treasures. From the famous walled city on the island of Rhodes to the ancient ruins and mosaics of Delos, a journey around the Greek Islands will surely amaze the whole family. As the birthplace of the Minoan civilization, Crete is a must for history lovers. Explore the island’s incredible remains of Minoan Palaces like before enjoying a fantastic meal in one of Crete’s many seaside restaurants. For art lovers, head to the small island of Hydra which has attracted many important artists and intellectuals throughout the 20th and 21st century.
Beautiful beaches, ideal wind conditions and charming towns make sailing in the Sporades an absolute delight. If planning a sailing holiday in the Sporades, make sure to check out our guest blogger Georgina’s tips and suggestions. Read on to learn more about sailing in the Sporades and don’t forget to keep up-to-date on Georgina’s whereabouts as she continues to sail around the stunning islands of Greece on her blog.
The Spectacular Sporades
One memorable sailing trip which we very much enjoyed a few years ago, started from Skiathos. Along with Skopelos and Alonnisos, these islands are part of the Sporades group, which are very close to the Greek mainland at Magnesia, and also the nearby island of Evia. We made this trip in late October, and were exceptionally lucky with the weather. The Meltemi winds had largely subsided, allowing for some pleasant sailing. We were also lucky enough to swim in the sea at this time of year, which was warm, and crystal clear.
After leaving Skiathos behind, we made the short trip of 7nm heading east to the island of Skopelos and moored stern-to in the harbour at Loutraki. Above the port, is the pretty hill town of Glossa, which retains an authentic rural Greek feel, and some spectacular views. It was a 30 minute walk up a winding hill road (or you can take the bus) where most of the island’s almond trees grow.
The next day we headed south from Loutraki and anchored in the lovely sheltered bay at Panormos, for a lunch stop. The enchanting book Gates of the Wind by Michael Carroll, is recommended for its rich descriptions of the Sporades islands, and their people, during the 1960s. Michael Carroll’s house, which he describes in his book, is easily visible on the eastern shore of the bay.
That evening, we arrived in the harbour at Skopelos town. Being on the northern exposed coast of the island, it is very important to check the forecast first, as a prolonged Meltemi wind will kick up dangerous seas in the harbour entrance. Also, many large ferries and hydrofoils use this port, making it a very busy place. As the big car ferry docks, it makes a manoeuvre bringing it very close to the yachts moored on the north quay, causing quite a wash.
Skopelos town is very pretty, forming a steep ampitheatre of white buildings and terracotta roofs around the harbour. There are said to be over 130 churches here, and I remember being able to count at least five, from where I was standing at one junction of narrow streets. Back down in the harbour, Skopelos has a more peaceful and up-market feel than its brash neighbour, Skiathos.
The next morning, we woke to clear blue skies and a light northerly breeze. We sailed east, around the southern tip of Alonnisos and into the harbour at the main town of Patatiri. We chose to anchor in the bay, and secured our stern lines ashore. We took the dinghy into town to explore. Patatiri is another town in the Sporades that has a hill village, or chora. Most of the buildings were completely destroyed by the 1965 earthquake and the village became deserted. But since this time, most of the properties have been beautifully restored, and the hill village has been brought back to life. You can find many quaint craft workshops, boutiques and tavernas, and also experience the amazing views over Alonnisos and the surrounding islands.
The next morning we had an excellent sail with a northerly force 4 wind, taking us 5 miles north-east to the small harbour of Steni Vala. The inlet is used by local fishermen, who are remarkably tolerant of visiting yachts. Water is available on the quay. There is a mini-market, and several excellent tavernas, serving traditional, home-cooked Greek food. After a lovely evening meal, I thanked the cook and told her that the oven-cooked lamb dish I had chosen was excellent, and one of the best meals I’d had. With a smug look on her face, she triumphantly told me – “it was not lamb, it was goat!” Luckily I didn’t mind. Goat or lamb, it was still delicious!
The next day, we sailed south-west back to Skopelos, and arrived in the largely under-developed and unspoiled bay at Agnondas, on the west coast. There is plenty of room for yachts on the concrete quay, which was built as an alternative port for the island’s ferries, if the harbour in Skopelos town is untenable. The beach, with a few tavernas nearby, is surrounded by pine forest, and makes an excellent spot to watch the stunning Greek sunsets.
Before ending our trip back at Skiathos, we spent the next morning at anchor in the turquoise blue shallow waters off Floros beach on Tsoungria island. The island is just two miles directly south of Skiathos town. On the west coast we found an excellent spot for a swim, as the bottom is sandy and the beach shelves very gradually. This small island has no permanent inhabitants. There is a beach cafe, but this wasn’t open when we were there in late October. Swimming in the beautiful warm water, then being the only people on the beach, was a fantastic way to end our sailing trip to the Sporades.Save
With more than 250 days of sunshine or 3,000 sunny hours a year, 6,000 gorgeous islands and islets and 16,000km of enchanting coastline, Greece is the ultimate sailing destination whether you are seeking a romantic getaway, family fun or partying with friends. Now you have the difficult choice of deciding which of these islands to explore on your next sailing holiday, which is why we have created a guide to the Greek Islands that highlights each of these spectacular island regions.
Guide to the Greek Islands
Mainland Greece is surrounded by about 6,000 islands and islets set in the stunning indigo and aquamarine waters of the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Greece’s diverse islands offer visitors an abundance of striking beaches, charming clifftop villages, unforgettable sunsets, impressive archaeological sites and plenty of gastronomic delights.The islands’ distinctive colors, iconic pebble and black sand beaches, alluring coastal caves and dynamic landscapes produced by natural and geological formations that have taken place over the course of thousands of years while their historic treasures bear testimony to a culture that has influenced the world. Read on to learn more about Greece’s spectacular island regions. You can also find a helpful map of the Greek Islands in English here.
Among the most visited and well-celebrated Greek islands are the Cyclades, which are made up of 56 islands including the famous islands of Ios, Mykonos and Santorini and the “Minor Cyclades” of Donousa, Irakleia, Koufonisia and Schinousa. The Cyclades are distinguished by their white-washed villages perched atop cliffs high above the sea, blue-domed roofs, intriguing volcanic beaches and sunsets that will take your breath away. If choosing to sail around the Cyclades, it should be noted that, unlike the Saronic and Argolic Gulf area, this island area is not protected from strong winds, so be prepared for some strong gusts.
The Northeastern Aegean Islands
The Northeastern Aegean Islands are located at the northern end of mainland Greece close to Turkey and provide an excellent sailing region for those looking to get away from the summer crowds that flock to Greece’s more well-known island regions. This peaceful and somewhat secluded island region is made up of 5 larger islands, including Ikaria, Samos, Limnos, Lesvos, Chios, and 8 smaller ones: Ayios Efstratios, Ayios Minas, Antipsara, Thymaina, Oinousses, Samiopoula, Fournoi and Psara. This cluster of islands offer some of the best beaches in the Aegean and are the perfect place to explore historic villages, experience rich cultural traditions and immerse yourself in tranquil natural landscapes.
The Sporades are characterized by their dense forests, rocky landscapes and alluring coves. The region is made up of 24 islands, including the inhabited islands of Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros. Located within close proximity east of Athens, you’ll find many Athenians taking a weekend trip out to the Sporades. The region provides the perfect opportunity for an island-hopping trip. You can learn more about sailing in the Sporades in our fellow sailor and guest blogger, Georgina’s latest post.
Evia is the second largest of the Greek Islands after Crete and is well-connected to the mainland thanks to two main bridges. Known as Greece in miniature form, the island offers diverse landscapes and cultural offerings that are reflective of the entire nation. Evia serves as a great escape from the bustling city of Athens offering locals and visitors many opportunities to enjoy a hike or some time to relax on splendid beaches. The lovely villages that cover the island are definitely worth exploring.
Saronic Gulf Islands
Also referred to as the Islands of Argosaronic, this group of islands is located in between the Peloponnese and Athens and include the islands of Angistri, Aegena, Poros, Salamina, Spetses, Hydra and the peninsula of Methana. These peaceful havens are among the most visited Greek islands to visit from Athens due to their close proximity (Aegina is only 16.5 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus). Like most of Greece, the Argosaronic islands are deeply-rooted in ancient history and Greek mythology and offer visitors some fantastic beaches. Additionally, the Saronic Gulf has been to known to be an excellent place for family-sailing due to its position close to the Athenian (Attic) coast which offers protection from strong winds.
The Dodecanese Islands
The Dodecanese Islands are made up of over 50 islands located off the coast of Asia Minor. The most visited island is Rhodes, which is famed for its mesmerising and colorful bays, fascinating medieval villages and fantastic cuisine. The island also boasts 300 days of sunshine each year, making it a perfect destination all-year round.
Crete is Greece’s largest and one of the its most famous islands. The island’s unique position at the cross points of Europe, Africa and Asia has greatly influenced its cultural identity. In addition to spectacular archaeological sites and museums that celebrate Crete’s past, the mountainous island is full of spectacular sandy and pebble stone beaches, making it an excellent destination for a cruise around the coast.
The Ionian Islands
The Ionian Islands of Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu, Kefallonia, Lefkada, Paxi, and Kythira make up the famous Eptanisa or “the Seven Islands” and are said to be Greece’s most green and fertile islands. This cluster of islands is found off the western coast of Greece. Among one of the most visited islands is Corfu, a place rich in cultural treasures and spectacular beaches. The Ionian Islands are also made up of many small islands including, Antipaxi, Othoni, Skorpios, Strofades. For a more relaxed sailing holiday choose to cruise around the inland sea, which offers many harbours and anchorages in addition to ideal wind conditions. You can learn more about sailing the Ionian Islands in our guest blogger Georgina’s suggested route starting from Lefkas.
Greek islands to visit from Athens:
If you’re planning on visiting the Greek Islands from Athens on your own private yacht, we suggest you sail out to towards Evia, the Sporades or the Saronic Gulf Islands.
Facts about the Greek Islands:
The vibrant blue you’ll find on many doors, windowsills and church domes, especially in the Cyclades Islands, follows the ancient belief that this color blue keeps evil away.
The city of Rhodes housed one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Colossus of Rhodes, a huge 303-meter statue of the god Helios, which was sadly destroyed by an earthquake in 226 B.C.
No point in Greece is more than 137 kilometers (85 miles) from water.
Though Greece is made up of thousands of islands, only 227 are inhabited.