Rent a boat in Sicily
You can find boats available to rent with or without a skipper in Sicily on the Nautal website. Search for sailboats, catamarans, motorboats and more in Sicily and/or in the world. Flexible cancellation or date changes up to 15 days before check in is allowed on selected boats.
Sicily is located in the central Mediterranean Sea, south of the Italian Peninsula, from which it is separated by the narrow Strait of Messina. You may have heard of Mount Etna; it’s most prominent landmark and the tallest active volcano in Europe! Whatever your passion is, here you can cultivate it deeply and simply move around with your boat! Rent a boat in Sicily and savour its unique gastronomy, explore the wonders of the volcanic territories and evoke past atmospheres while admiring the Greek and Roman ruins that still stand on land and under the sea, unaware of the passing centuries. Sicily is notorious for its outstanding gastronomy and delicious vino so if you’re a fan of Italian food then Sicily is the perfect holiday for you!
How much does it cost to rent a boat in Sicily?
Renting a boat in Sicily costs from 141 $ per day in low season and from 448 $ for a week. In high season, the price of renting a boat in Sicily begins from 154 $ per day and from 1075 $ for a week. To this, you have to add other extras and consider factors such as the year of construction of the boat, the length, the date you want to sail, etc.
Depending on the type of boat, the prices might be:
The price of motorboat rentals in Sicily
- 1 day: from 166 $ in high season
- 1 week: from 887 $ in high season
- Skipper: from 141 $ per day
The price of catamaran rentals in Sicily
- 1 week: from 2,838 $ in low season and from 10,879 $ in high season
- Skipper: from 201 $ per day
The price of sailing boat rentals in Sicily
- 1 day: from 331 $ in low season and 2,365 $ in high season
- 1 week: from 3,430 $ in low season and from 5,321 $ in high season
- Skipper: from 177 $ per day
The price of rib boat (gommoni) rentals in Sicily
- 1 day: starting from 153 $ in high season
- 1 week: from 828 $ in low season and from 1,159 $ in high season
Is it possible to rent a boat in Sicily with or without a skipper?
If you have a suitable sailing license you can rent a boat without a skipper in Sicily. A bareboat charter in Sicily is a great option for those who want to be in charge of the technicalities of sailing.
You will also find boats available to rent in Sicily with a skipper on the Nautal website. If you rent with a skipper, you have to add from 141 $ per day of the additional cost.
What to do in Sicily?
Sicily is an ideal tourist destination for lovers of the ocean. Rent a boat in Sicily and easily reach beaches and coves only accessible by sea. Visit curious ruins – the Valley of the Temples and the Greek Theatre of Taormina or explore the magnificence of Mount Etna, an active volcano. A boat hire in Sicily is a beautiful way to enjoy the island.
Nightlife ranges from eating your way through the Palermo street markets to live performances at Italy's largest opera house, Teatro Massimo. Sicilian cities are very different and offer attractions for all tastes. In their surroundings, you can find natural wonders that still remain intact today.
We suggest you visit Palermo with its gothic architecture and baroque basilicas, as well as the cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale that are declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Taormina is located on a hill 200 metres above sea level and is the destination of the international Jet Set during the summer months.
Mondello is regarded by many people as the seaside resort of Palermo's inhabitants, characterized by splendid villas that surround the fishing village. Sailing Sicily in charters is the perfect way to enjoy the view of the seaside resorts and villas and maybe even fish.
From Milazzo, you can sail with your Sicily boat charter to the Aeolian Islands, and if you are sailing you can admire beautiful white sandy beaches overlooking the gulf. What is stopping you from your Sicily boat hire?
Other destinations not to be missed during your boat holiday are Stromboli (the black island), the beautiful Panarea and Cefalù, which are all characterized by charming bays where you can anchor. Let's not forget, of course, the Egadi and Favignana Islands, which are home to dreamlike and undisturbed landscapes.
Of course, we must also remember the beautiful architecture of Syracuse and the Naxos Gardens, near Messina, where you can dive and swim in crystal clear waters directly from your Sicily boat rental.
Make your trip unforgettable and visit the Cyclops beach near Aci Trezza, a perfect place to stop and look at the stars at night with your boat charter in Sicily. In front of the bay, there are five basalt stacks which, as the legend goes, are the boulders thrown by Polyphemus towards Ulysses' ship.
Which type of boat to choose for renting in Sicily?
In Sicily, you can find catamarans, sailing boats and rib boats in their different ports.
The variety and intensity of the winds, combined with the infinite possibilities of exploration, make Sicily perfect for renting a sailboat or catamaran! The advantage of renting a catamaran in Sicily is that you can admire the beautiful coasts of the island on board a comfortable and reliable boat! The catamaran is perfect for those who want to enjoy both the fun of sailing in Sicily and the comfort of a luxury charter boat. Any boat you choose will make your Sicily boat trip an unforgettable experience.
How is the weather in Sicily?
Sicily is famous for its hot and dry summers, appreciated by those who love to rent and sail on the boats, with the rest of the year characterized by mild temperatures in most of the region. The coasts, however, have very different climatic characteristics: the southern one is influenced by African winds, while the Tyrrhenian one by the perturbations coming from the continent.
The sailing season in Sicily typically begins in April and ends in October. It has a typically Mediterranean climate, the summers are hot and dry and the winters are mild and wet. The average temperature in coastal areas is around 26 °C in summer and 10 °C in winter. Rent a boat in Sicily and make the most of perfect sailing conditions for more than half of the year!
What are the most popular ports in Sicily?
With over 1600 km of coastline, Sicily offers a huge variety of places to visit by boat for rent. Several archipelagos of different origins also make every corner of this region special enough to deserve a thorough visit.
You can rent boats of any type throughout the island, the main ports where we have boats are:
- North Coast: Marina di Portorosa, Palermo Marina, Milazzo Marina, San vito lo Capo Marina, Lipari, Marina Arenella, Termini Imerese, Capo d'Orlando, Pignataro Marina, Terrasini, Vulcano, Salina, San Leone, Patti.
- East Coast: Syracuse, Port of Taormina, Marina di Riposto, Messina, Nautical Club Catania Marina, Marzamemi, Brucoli
- South-West coast: Trapani, Marsala, Marina di Ragusa, Favignana Marina, Porto di Castellammare Del Golfo, Pantelleria, Mazara del Vallo, Scoglitti
The whole list of ports where you can rent a boat in Sicily:
How to get to Sicily?
Getting to Sicily is simple as pie as the island has two major airports, Palermo and Catania, connected to many European cities with direct flights and to most cities in the rest of Italy. You can also get there by train or by boat from the mainland.
If you plan to take the ferry to reach your rental boat, Sicily is connected to the main Italian ports of Naples, Genoa, Cagliari, Civitavecchia, Livorno and Reggio Calabria. From abroad, Malta and Tunis offer sea connections.
Inside the island, the train service connects all the main cities. For short distances or to reach smaller towns or villages, we recommend the bus network.
Your Sicily sailing experience is waiting!