Boat trips in Santorini
With its crescent-shaped bay and electric-blue seas, it no wonder that boat trips in Santorini are a must-do for any visitor! Santorini boat trips can range from a quick hop between beaches, to luxurious excursions where you can visit some of the island’s best attractions and soak up some sunshine. A boat trip Santorini style offers spectacular scenery and an excellent way to marvel at the jagged remains of the massive volcano at the centre of the island.
You find most Santorini boat trips available from the main bay itself, although there are further harbours around the island, allowing you to get from where you are to where you want to be and enjoy a little adventure at the same time!
Possibly the most famous and the most popular boat trip Santorini has to offer, is a tour of the remains of the volcano that formed the island, and its fantastic hot springs that still bubble up today. However, if you’re expecting to be driven around the caldera while a guide spouts off facts and figures: think again. The best Santorini boat trips around the caldera are those in which you slip into a kayak, pick up a paddle and get rowing.
The guided two-and-a-half-hour tour takes you from the harbour at Misa Pigadia, across the sea towards Faros, where you can enjoy fabulous views of the volcano. The return journey sees you stop at the spectacular Red and White beaches, with some time thrown in for some swimming and diving in the volcano’s hot springs.
However, if the idea of all that paddling doesn’t float your boat, there are other Santorini boat trips available. Couples who like the romance of the sea can hop aboard a wooden sailboat and cruise the island. The best trips set off in the late afternoon and head for the hot springs, for a spot of swimming or snorkelling. On the way back, you can enjoy a cooked dinner, with a glass of wine (or two), while watching the sun slowly slip into the sea.
Cruise around the entire Island!
There are some fabulous Santorini boat trips that allow you to see all the best spots on the island, in a day! Typically, they combine a bit of land and sea, so you could find yourself sitting on the deck of a cruiser, heading towards the town of Pyrgos. From there, you’ll be picked up by bus to go and explore its medieval castle, before returning to your cruiser and setting off for the island of Thirassia. Thirassia is widely-hailed as the ‘best-kept secret in the Mediterranean’.
Stop here on your trip and you can explore tiny, traditional villages, laze on one of its unspoilt beaches, or hire a bicycle and soak up the scenery from your saddle. With many of these Santorini boat trips taking an entire day, you could find yourself tucking into a galley-cooked meal and watching one of the island’s famous sunsets.
Santorini boat trips are an exciting and memorable way to spend a couple of hours or an entire day. With everything from kayaks to cruisers to choose from, you’re sure to be able to find s omething that suits.