Boat Rental and Yacht Charter in Cyprus

Cyprus's rich history and azure waters offer a Mediterranean adventure like no other. Sail with a knowledgeable skipper through ancient ruins, secluded bays, and lively resorts, all while enjoying the island's unique Greek and Turkish fusion.
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Sailing in Cyprus

A boat hire in Cyprus allows you to explore the island from a different perspective, to sail to beaches that you can best reach by boat and to anchor in the most stunning bays surrounded by nature. The capital of Cyprus, Nicosia, might not be close to the sea, but is definitely worth a day trip. Seaside cities like Limassol or Ayia Napa are just as beautiful and give you similar vibes to the most popular Greek islands.

Things to do and see when sailing in Cyprus

When you come to Cyprus, you probably want to swim in the Mediterranean, admire the turquoise waters that you can find in many parts of the island and enjoy delicious food. There are plenty of wonderful beaches you should stop by, but also lots of places with lots of history you shouldn’t miss.

Activities in Cyprus

  • Plan a boat trip in Cyprus to the Blue Lagoon . This beautiful stretch of coastline is definitely going to give you Caribbean vibes
  • A boat trip to Coral Bay, one of Cyprus’ most famous beaches should definitely be on your to do list when visiting the island
  • Visit the Archaeological Site of the Tombs of the Kings, an impressive UNESCO world heritage and ancient burial site that was carved out of rocks and lies north of Paphos. Another archeological site close to the city and worth visiting is the Archaeological Site of Nea Paphos
  • Admire Petra tou Romiou or Aphrodite's Rock, a grand rock on the coast of Paphos
  • Hike Avakas Gorge Nature Trail
  • Visit Cape Greco. This interesting natural site is also the most eastern point of the European Union
  • Cyprus is a true paradise for snorkellers. There are plenty of coral reefs to be discovered around the island
  • A yacht rental in Cyprus is great for anyone who wants to explore the island on water
  • A fun day out at the Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark will make big and small extremely happy

Beaches in Cyprus

  • Coral Bay is definitely one of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Cyprus. You can easily swim here without having to worry about bigger waves and find many amenities like restaurants or lounge chair rentals nearby.
  • Blue Lagoon Akamas: This is certainly one of Cyprus' most impressive beaches. The crystal clear, turquoise waters and untouched nature make this a spot you shouldn’t miss. The stunning beach is best reach by boat
  • Lara Bay is going to take your breath away. North of Coral Bay, this beach truly kept its natural and untouched beauty

Restaurants in Cyprus

The best cheap eats in Cyprus:

  • Terry's Place: This cozy little eatery is the perfect spot to grab some tasty seafood at a reasonable price in Limassol. The rustic interior just adds to the restaurants charm
  • T&J's Fish And Chips in Paphos is a great place to enjoy some very delicious comfort food
  • Sesoula Kalamaki in Ayia Napa is a great place to wind down and enjoy a delicious dinner. The chicken and the halloumi are truly amazing foods

Best restaurants with a view in Cyprus:

  • Red Resto Bar Pizza Romana: A wonderful place in Limassol to enjoy a burger and some great music. Sea views and palm trees included.
  • Christos Grill & Seafood: When in Paphos, enjoy fish and fries at this lovely restaurant. The grilled octopus is also a favourite!
  • The Deck Terrace Restaurant: As the name suggests this lovely restaurant is located on a terrace in Ayia Napa overlooking the sea. The beef carpaccio and salmon are customer favourites to start your dinner. A range of local wines make your dining experience complete

Fine dining in Cyprus:

  • Columbia Steak House in Limassol is all about meat. The elegantly presented dishes make even a burger and fries look delicate. A nice selection of wine is going to accompany your dinner
  • Ristorante Bacco in Paphos is showing you what a fine dining experience on the island of Cyprus should look like. The friendly staff, the unexpected Italian cuisine and delicious desserts like tiramisu definitely make you want to come back a second time

Bars and Clubs in Cyprus:

  • 7 Seas is a great spot in Limassol to dance the night away while enjoying a refreshing drink
  • The Old Fishing Shack Ale & Cider House: This charming bar is one of the best places to grab a craft beer. They even have gluten free beer available

Explore historical Cyprus

The history of Cyprus has always been rather tumultuous. Being in a strategically important location in the Mediterranean has made it interesting to different foreign powers throughout the centuries. In and around 2000 BC the first Greek settlers arrived on the island and there are still plenty of Greek ruins to be discovered. The Tombs of the Kings are one of the most spectacular ancient sites you can visit. St. Hilarion Castle is a fort that has remained from the times when the Crusaders arrived on the island.

Sailing conditions in Cyprus

The island of Cyprus is blessed with typical Mediterranean weather. Hot and dry summers are followed by milder winters that bring rougher winds. The sea surrounding Cyprus is generally even warmer and saltier than in other parts of the Mediterranean. Sailing season in Cyprus generally lasts from April until October. The most popular months to visit the island are June, July and August. This is also the time when it’s hottest.

How much does it cost to rent a boat in Cyprus?

A boat holiday in Cyprus is definitely affordable, but not suitable for those travelling on a budget. A sailboat rental in Cyprus will cost you around 2000 EUR per week while a catamaran hire in Cyprus costs you an average price of 4000 EUR per week.

What type of boat is best for sailing in Cyprus?

When you come to Cyprus, you normally come with a very clear vision of what your holiday should look like. You are either here to party and take the party on your boat, you want to enjoy the stunning beaches and scenery you can find along the coast or you want to go on an adventure. Whatever holiday you envision when visiting Cyprus, ensure that you choose the right boat for your endeavours.

Rent a sailboat in Cyprus

Pros of renting a sailboat in Cyprus

A sailboat rental in Cyprus gives you the flexibility and freedom to do whatever you want. As sailboats are powered by the wind, you don’t have to worry about getting close to a marina to refuel in regular intervals. After all, there is a reason why sailboats are so popular amongst sailors who want to sail across the globe.

A sailboat hire in Cyprus probably also means that you care about the environment. Sailboats are generally more environmentally friendly than other boats, because they are solely fueled by the wind and don’t produce additional CO2-emissions.

Another pro related to the wind is that a sailboat charter in Cyprus is one of the cheapest ways to spend a boat holiday around the island. The bareboat charter is relatively affordable and you don’t need to worry about spending extra money on fuel.

Cons of renting a sailboat in Cyprus

One of the downsides of a sailboat charter in Cyprus can indeed be the fact that sailboats only run on wind. This might mean that you get stuck in the middle of the sea when the wind suddenly stops blowing. All you can do then is wait patiently for the wind to pick back up again. Many modern sailboats have a small engine for emergencies, but they are definitely not made for longer distances.

Sailboat charter in Cyprus

Rent a catamaran in Cyprus

Pros of renting a catamaran in Cyprus

A catamaran rental in Cyprus is perfect for anyone who wants to relax at the stunning beaches you can find on the island. As catamarans have a shallow draft, you can easily sail closer to the shore and therefore have easy access to these beautiful gems.

Rent a catamaran in Cyprus if you prefer to spend a boat holiday in true style and comfort. Catamarans are generally bigger than other types of boats and therefore offer more space on deck and bigger bedrooms. You won’t actually feel like sleeping on board a boat, but rather like sleeping in a hotel room.

A catamaran hire in Cyprus is a great choice for anyone who prefers to be more flexible when sailing. With a catamaran you get both a sail and an engine. You can sail with the winds if they are strong enough or simply use the engine when they are not. At least you won’t ever get stuck in the middle of the sea should the wind suddenly stop blowing. A huge advantage over other boats!

Cons of renting a catamaran in Cyprus

One of the downsides of a catamaran charter in Cyprus is the fact that they are quite big. This doesn’t just come with difficulties of finding a spot for mooring at the marinas that is big enough, but also means that you will probably have to pay extra. The bigger the boat, the higher the price for mooring.

Another downside of renting a catamaran in Cyprus is the fact that catamarans are lighter than other boats. This could slow them down quite a bit. It’s nothing major, but should be kept in mind if you plan on going somewhere very fast.

Catamaran rental in Cyprus

Luxury boat holidays in Cyprus

Cyprus is certainly not a budget destination when it comes to boat holidays and there are boats that make the hearts of luxury lovers beat faster. Rent a luxury yacht in Cyprus so that you don’t have to worry about anything while on board. There will be someone to take care of your every need and someone to operate your boat. Simply lean back and enjoy your luxury boat holiday in Cyprus.

What kind of boat licence do you need when renting a boat in Cyprus?

Anyone who wants to rent a speedboat in Cyprus can do so without a licence if they are over 21 years of age and complete a mandatory 30-minute Safety and Driving Instructions course. This is great, because you can enjoy a day out on a boat without having to obtain a boat licence.

If you plan on renting a self-drive boat that is up to 10 metres long, you can do so if you are over the age of 18 and carry a valid car driving licence.

Sailing routes in Cyprus

A boat rental in Paphos or a boat hire in Limassol is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to experience a boat holiday in Cyprus. There are plenty of exciting routes you can take starting from one of Cyprus’s seaside cities.

Day 1 - Sail from Limassol to Zygi: Before leaving the port of Limassol, make sure to visit Limassol castle, which houses the Cyprus Medieval Museum. Make sure to stop by the White Stones, an impressive landscape filled with white rocks on the coast. This is a must before heading to Zygi. Zygi itself is a very small town on the coast in Cyprus, but lies not too far from the Archaeological Site of Tenta at Kalavasos.

Day 2 - Sail from Zygi to Larnaca: Before reaching Larnaca, you should definitely stop by Sunset Mazotos, an impressive natural site with impressive cliffs, a soft sandy beach and the most stunning view of the Mediterranean. Cyprus is one of the best locations for scuba diving in the Mediterranean, so you should take the opportunity to see one of the most interesting sights underwater. You can dive to see the Zenobia Wreck sunk in the 1980s and is now a popular tourist attraction.

Day 3 - Sail from Larnaca to Perivolia: Turn around and sail to the cute little town of Pervolia, where you can sunbathe at the beach and take in the views of the Mediterranean. The Tower of Rigena is a famous historical landmark in the city.

Day 4 - Sail from Perivolia to Agios Tychon: In Agios Tychon you can sunbathe at Aphrodite Beach, enjoy the best view of Limassol or visit the Archaeological Site of Amathous.

Day 5 - Sail from Agios Tychon to Kourion Beach: Kourion Beach is one of the most stunning natural beauties you can admire in Cyprus, but before you get there, make sure to stop by Akrotiri Pier, a stunning site to enjoy the views over the Mediterranean. It’s not too far away from Limassol Salt Lake.

Day 6 - Sail from Kourion Beach to Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite's Rock): Petra tou Romiou is the perfect place to stop on a yacht rental in Cyprus. The stunning beach, the beautiful rock and crystal clear water really scream summer holiday.

Day 7 - Sail from Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite's Rock) to Paphos: Paphos is a great stop to try delicious food in one of the local restaurants, to visit various archaeological sites in the city or not too far away from it and to plan a fun day out at the Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark. The Shipwreck of MV Demetrios II is another interesting site to visit just off of the coast.