Santorini boat trips are probably the most popular of excursions on this Greek Island. If you are wondering what to do in Santorini and hoping to so some sightseeing on Santorini then you should not be disappointed in the range of excursions available.
Whatever your budget you are sure to find the right sightseeing tour to suit you. There are the value for money all day tours that combine a bus tour with a boat tour and take in all the sights both the land and sea have to offer. At the other end of the scale you can hire a private yacht and skipper to sail your way into the Santorini sunset.
There are very popular Caldera cruises which sail around the giant lagoon formed by volcanic activity thousands of years ago. You’ll visit the tiny uninhabited islands of Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni (Old and New ‘burnt’ islands) aboard a wooden sailing boat. After disembarking onto Nea Kameni you get a chance to hike up to the top of the crater where you can feel, smell and see volcanic activity.
Exploring the Santorini Beaches
You can explore 2 of the beaches of Santorini by boat that sails from Athinios and makes stops at both White Beach and Red Beach. You can swim from the boat to both of these famous Santorini beaches and spend some time on each.
Other Santorini boat trips include the early evening sunset cruises. Some include a stop off at Thirassia Island and are timed so you can see the famous Santorini sunset while still aboard the boat in all its magical splendour.
Some Santorini boat trips cruise to the thermal springs of Palea Kameni with the opportunity to swim in the warm waters that are heated by the hot springs.
Another way of sightseeing on Santorini is by hopping aboard a speedboat at the port of Amoudi at Oia. This is one of the tours of Santorini that combine boat trips with bus excursions offering both land and sea sightseeing on Santorini. You are brought by bus to Oia and then onto the speedboat to visit Thirassia plus the volcanic island of Palea Kameni and then disembarking at Fira for a chance to sightsee there. Back aboard the speed boat you can sail around the shore of Akrotiri with opportunities to swim at Red Beach and also White Beach.
Private Boat Cruises
You can also hire a skipper and motor boat for tailor made Santorini boat trips for half a day, a full day or island hopping.
There are also small group sailing and yacht day cruises available that are semi private.
If you are staying at the beach resorts of Kamari then you can hop aboard the taxi boat that takes you to neighbouring Perissa. And of course the return trip from Perissa to Kamari is also offered.
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