Rent a boat in Crete
You can find boats available to rent with or without a skipper in Crete on the Nautal website. Search for sailboats, catamarans, motorboats and more in Crete and/or in the world. Flexible cancellation or date changes up to 15 days before check in is allowed on selected boats.
When you rent a boat in Crete for a week you can easily reach one of the island's most spectacular sights. Elafonisi Beach is renowned for its pink sand. You'll be able to see the same crystalline blue water that you can find throughout the Mediterranean, but the unique colour of the sand really sets this beach apart from the competition. Boat hire in Crete and relax in the huge natural pool, where the water is shallow and slow-moving, making it ideal for families or nervous swimmers.
Sail Greece’s largest island on a boat rental in Crete on your next summer holiday with your loved ones. The alleged birthplace of Zeus, this beautiful island offers more than seasational views from your own exclusive aquatic hotel, aka boat rental! The exquisite cuisine on this Greek island is renowned as one of the most delicious Mediterranean diets, as well as the healthiest. Crete boat hire with a chef to cook for you some of the delicious meals. Let this magical island captivate all your senses with its natural beauty, rich culture and delicious gastronomy on your next sailing adventure in paradise. Your Crete sailing holiday is calling!
How much does it cost to rent a boat in Crete?
Renting a boat in Crete costs from 203 dollars per day in low season and from 1104 dollars for a week. Prices vary depending on different factors such as type of boat, length, age, capacity, if you book with or without a skipper, extras, etc.
However, prices vary depending on the type of boat charter in Greece. Here are the prices that you can rent a boat at in Greece.
However a yacht rental
will cost more due to the ability to sleep on the boat and the characteristics and elegance of these types of boats.
Is it possible to rent a boat in Crete with or without a skipper?
Renting a boat in Crete with a skipper is ideal if you want to be guided through the best places in the area and get the most out of your sailing experience. An additional cost for a skipper starts from 188 dollars per day. You can rent a boat in Crete without a skipper if you have the appropriate licence or if there are boats available to rent that do not require a licence. It is without a doubt a great idea to be the captain of your own boat if you are an experienced sailor.
What to Do in Crete?
Crete has some of the most beautiful beaches with locations such as the Balos Lagoon in Chania. Elafonissi Beach is an exotic paradise that we also recommend visiting. The best part of this area is that you can sail happily here, and dock in a sheltered area thanks to Elafonisi Island. Further up north, Falassarna Beach provides a majestic mountainous backdrop to the blue shimmering sea lapping the golden shores of this bay. Visit Vai Beach on the East Coast and lose yourself in the palm tree paradise. Crete boat rentals allow you to easily move between the different parts of the island and beaches in the areas. Make your own rib tours in Crete, a personalised itinerary to suit your own travel desires.
When you charter a boat in Crete, you'll have the chance to try one of the world's best cuisines. Cretan food is the basis of the world-famous Mediterranean diet, so tuck in - it's good for you! Cretan cheeses are usually made from sheep or goat's milk, while some variants mixture milk from both animals for a unique taste. You'll find a different cheese in every village, but all are worth trying. Enjoy them as part of dakos, a local salad that also includes tomato and barley rusks. Try lamb with stamnagathi, which is a local wild green vegetable, and don't miss out on the mountain bulbs foraged from the hillsides of the island.
Crete’s impressive landscape offers plenty of adventures for trekkers and its underwater world makes scuba diving a popular activity here, too. A yacht rental in Crete will allow you to experience the underwater world and island hop through Greece. Why not make this Crete boat rental longer and sail through different islands and areas in Greece? Make your speedboat tour in Crete unforgettable!
An island rich in culture and history, there are plenty of archaeological sites for exploring in Crete. You will also come across monasteries with impressive architecture built in various centuries such as the Arkadi Monastery, the Agia Triada Monastery and the Chrysoskalitissa Monastery. Explore the castles that remain on this historic island. Our favourites are the Kazarma Castle in Sitia, the Fortezza Castle in Rethimno, the Fragokastelo Fortress in Frangokastello and the Venetian fortress Rocca al Mare in Heraklion. There are also several museums on the island, including the Natural History Museum of Crete.
Crete was once home to the Minoan civilisation, which played a key role in both history and myth. If you're familiar with the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur, don't miss the palace at Knossos, home to the tale's evil king, Minos. Today you can see some of the stunning architecture and ancient frescoes. Be sure to visit the museum in Heraklion, which houses a collection of Minoan artefacts. There's nowhere else in the world that you'll see so much about the Minoan civilisation
Sailing trips in Crete are ideal to visit the different beaches from the island. The best beaches to sail Crete are Ballos beach, Elafonissi beach and Vai beach.
How is the weather in Crete?
Enjoy a boat rental in Crete in the sunny summer sunshine, or sail in spring and autumn for cooler yet pleasant temperatures. The strongest winds tend to blow during the winter season, meaning the rest of the year provides sublime sailing conditions.
What are the most popular ports in Crete?
You can rent a boat in various areas of Crete, so we have created a list of our ports and marinas below:
- Heraklion Port
- Hora Sfakion
- Marina Agiou Nikoloau
- Limenas Chersonisou
- Port of Souda
and motorboat rentals are our most popular boats to rent in Crete.
How to get to Crete?
There are two international airports on the island of Crete. They are both based on the North Coast, Chania International Airport (CHQ) in the west and the other, Heraklion International Airport (HER) in the east.