Catamaran Charter Kos
On a Kos catamaran charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the Dodecanese Islands and southeastern Aegean Sea within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a Greece yacht charter, from its gorgeous beaches and excellent food to its vibrant culture, a Kos sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.
The third largest island of the Dodecanese Islands, Kos is a holiday destination in its own right. Inhabited for more than 5,000 years and at different times administered by nearby Turkey and Athens, it has many sights, sounds and tastes from ancient ruins to the very food you eat!
Marketing itself as a sustainable island, Kos has a 13km cycle track for you to explore the world beyond your luxury yacht. Thanks to its mountainous interior, walking and mountain biking are draws here too. Thanks in part due to its beautiful beaches, the tourism economy dominates life here today, and with Kos Airport being served by many European airlines every year, millions get to enjoy this beautiful island just off the Turkish coast.
The southeastern Aegean Sea is a yacht charterers paradise with much to explore even without leaving Greek waters. The larger neighbouring island of Rhodes is a draw to many as a yacht charter destination, and is a half day's sail to the east. If you want to visit a smaller island you will be spoiled for choice too, with a variety where you may find beautiful beaches all to yourself. Others are renowned for their climbing, while others still have great spots to enjoy snorkeling, paddle boarding and other things in and on the water.
Out of your base at Kos Town, the main town on the island, your Kos catamaran charter could well be the beginning of an ideal yacht holiday. Read on to find out more!
Crewed Catamaran Charters from Kos
You don't need to worry about qualifications or even sailing the boat in the Dodecanese Island chain with Borrow a Boat! A Kos crewed catamaran charter on a motor yacht or sailing catamaran can mean you do as much or as little physically sailing the yacht as you like on your yacht charter holiday.
A skippered yacht charter or will mean that the skipper will be aboard with their own cabin to attend to all your needs. A crewed yacht charter or gulet charter will involve one or two crew on the gulet charter who will cook, sail and make suggestions as to your best destinations on your sailing itinerary. With their local knowledge, even if you're an experienced sailor you can enjoy a perfect yacht charter holiday.
One of the advantages of a crewed yacht charter vacation is that you can go longer distances from the yacht charterbase. The Saronic Islands are within reach, as are the Cyclades and indeed Crete.
As to you? You can just enjoy the breezes and views on your luxury yacht charter, or if you fancy learning a bit about sailing, help the skipper or crew to get the boat from A-B.
A Kos crewed yacht charter will cost a little more (typically €150 a day for a skipper and €100 per crew member) and it's the done thing to thank them with a tip at the end of the week.
Bareboat Catamaran Charter From Kos
A bareboat yacht charter vacation will mean that you can take the charter yacht out on your own. Generally for vessels up to 20 metres LOA on a sailing license such as an RYA Day Skipper or ASA 104 Bareboat certificate, you will have total responsibility for the yacht.
You will need to think about your itinerary, victualling, possible secondary ports should a marina be full, as well as issues like weather and mooring fees.
On a bareboat catamaran charter you will be asked to pay for insurance in the form of a security deposit to the charter company on departure or through buying charter insurance before you leave the yacht charter base.
Types of Catamarans Available For Rent Or Charter In Kos:
When searching a geographical area on Borrow A Boat you can filter by the below charter yacht types. There is also the option to further filter your searches by price, the number of guests, cabins or bathrooms, what year the catamaran was launched, the boat length and the boat manufacturer.
Types of Catamarans Available:
Sailing Catamarans: Luxury catamarans are stable and spacious type of sailing boat, with quick sailing performance, and and have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Better for larger groups, they have lots of room for water toys, and are big enough for a little privacy. A catamaran charter luxury yacht is easy and comfortable for novices not used to heeling and are loved by families due to their extra space when compared to a monohull sailing yacht. Typically far more luxurious than a sailboat, the larger catamarans have en suite toilets and showers in the cabin as well as ample entertaining space in the saloon and on deck.
Power Catamarans: These motor yacht catamarans are relatively new but have also been gaining in popularity as the two hulls keep the boat more stable when compared to a monohull. The wider beam of these motor boats also mean more deck space and as they don't have sails or a mast, they have a lot more space on deck than a sailing catamaranrental or monohull. For a luxury catamaran charter, consider taking a crewed catamaran charter sailing vacation with an experienced skipper.
Catamaran Sailing Itineraries From Kos
On your crewed catamaran boat rental or bareboat charter sailing vacation you can explore the Dodecanese island group to your heart's content. Here we suggest a 7 day sailing holiday and a 14 day yacht charter holiday on your charter boat:
7 Days - Rhodes and smaller islands: The mid point of the sailing holiday will be popular Rhodes to the south. The smaller islands of Nisiros and Symi close to the Turkish coast will be your first two evening destinations, and then two days on Rhodes itself. Chalki and then Tilos to the west will be your next evenings ashore before returning to Kos Town for handover.
14 Days - Cyclades and Dodecanese: This might be better on a gulet charter with crew to handle the sailing as there are some longer legs. Over these two weeks afloat on your boat rental you will head out to Naxos and Paros in the Cyclades island group as your mid-point. Stopping at Tilos and Asypalea for your first two evenings you then head to the Cyclades islands of Amorgos, Paxos and then Paros. The beautiful island of Antiparos is world renowned for the cuisine here, and with a full belly (and possibly a sore head!), head to the somewhat quieter Ios the next day. Anofi will be your next island destination, and then back into the Dodecanese island group to Karpathos to the south of Rhodes. Halki and Symi will be your next evenings ashore and then back to Kos Town for handover.
Do You Need A Licence To Charter A Catamaran In Kos?
If you are on a skippered catamaran charter you do not need a license to sail out of Kos, you can just turn up at the marina and go.
You do need a license if you are on a bareboat catamaran charter and in some countries such as Greece a day skipper or ICC may not be enough for boats over 45 feet in length, you will need to check with the charter agent but here are some examples of typical sailing qualifications that will allow you to charter in most countries:
International Certificate of Competence: This is issued on request by your European sailing authority and you should automatically qualify with certain national sailing qualifications.
RYA Qualifications: If you have the following qualifications you will typically be able to take a bareboat charter out of Rhodes (but it is worth checking as per above), these include Day Skipper (sail or motor endorsement), Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster.
American Sailing Association (ASA): The ASA 104 Bareboat certificate is commonly accepted but also check as per above
US Sailing: The International Proficiency Certificate is widely accepted and The Bareboat Cruising Certificate is also accepted in many cases.
Popular Destinations For Hiring A Catamaran
Below we've picked some of our favourite destinations worldwide for hiring catamarans with something to suit every type of sailor.
Catamaran Charter in Greece: Enjoy the amazing culture and cuisine while island hopping in Greece.
Catamaran Charter in Croatia: Take in the delights of the Adriatic sea along with the rich history of Croatia.
Catamaran Charter in BVI: Excellent sailing conditions along with unspoilt natural beauty make this a must sailplace.
Catamaran Charter in Spain: With just under 5,000km of coastline and 60 islands on the Atlantic ocean and Mediterranean there's a lot to get excited about.
Catamaran Charter in St.Lucia: Enjoy beautiful sandy beaches on this luscious green island in the hear of the Caribbean.
Catamaran Charter in France: From the stunning coastlines of the Cote d'Azur and French Riviera in the south of France to the island of Corsica or feisty Atlantic coast, this is a diverse and beautiful country for a sailing holiday.
Catamaran Charter in Grenada: Enjoy a fantastic Caribbean sailing experience on the 'Island of Spice' in windward islands
Catamaran Charter in Italy: A catamaran charter in Italy has got to be close to the top of every sailor's bucket list, enjoy the stunning cuisine and culture
Catamaran Charter in Turkey: A catamaran charter in Turkey is more of an adventure and a chance to explore a unique culture where East meets West on the cultural and geological border between Europe and Asia.
Catamaran Charter in Martinique: Charter around wonderful Martinique and enjoy stunning the Caribbean landscapes
Catamaran Charter in The Bahamas: The ideal location for a luxury catamaran charter in crystal clear waters
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I consider when hiring a Catamaran?
The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Catamaran in Kos?
You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the catamaran hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual chartercompanies themselves.