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Santorini, part of the Cyclades group of islands in Greece is simply stunning when viewed from the sea, giving you the perfect reason to book a sailing holiday here. Sheer volcanic cliffs are reflected beautifully in the turquoise sea while white houses dot the hilltops and spill down the sides to hug the coastline. When you hire a boat in Santorini, you have the experience of actually sailing in the immense water-filled crater of a long-extinct volcano.
We offer a wide range of boats from speedboats for two to luxury mega-yachts that can sleep up to two dozen people. Hire a speedboat for the day without a licence or book a private boat charter with a skipper and enjoy cruising around the island for a week or two. Not only will your experienced skipper know the island's waters and harbours, but they can also recommend sights to see and good local restaurants. When you hire a yacht from Zizoo, it will have all the safety and navigation equipment you need while extras such as watersports equipment can be added to your booking.
While boat holidays in Santorini can be safely enjoyed from April through to November, it is best to avoid the peak summer months of July and August when the island is full of tourists and the harbours are busy. Maximum daylight can be enjoyed from April to September, sea temperatures peak in September while seas are calmest in the spring and autumn.
Visit the rock village of Vothonas. A steep path takes you up to this village where cave homes have been hacked into the side of a ravine.
Take a tour of the 'smoking' centre of the island.
Explore some of the oldest vineyards in the world such as Santo Wines or Estate Argyros.
Climb to the monastery at ancient Thira.
Visit Akrotiri, a town preserved in volcanic ash 3,500 years ago.
Sail to the volcanic islands of Thirasia and Kameni.
You'll find no shortage of beaches for swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling such as the pretty Aspri (White) Beach which can only be reached by boat. Santorini is particularly known for the quality of its scuba-diving for both novices and experienced divers. Get up early to catch the island's legendary sunrises or enjoy a spectacular sunset as you sip a cocktail on deck.
There are three main marinas in Santorini:
Thira is a small marina with limited services.
Oia is a seasonal harbour only with no services. Anchors cannot be used.
Vlychada is a fishing town with a harbour that's available all year round. Services include water, electricity, toilets and wifi.
If you'd like to rent a boat in Santorini then contact our friendly multilingual Zizoo team. A team member is always on hand to answer your queries.