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A Cyprus yacht charter is a sailing vacation with a difference. On your charter yacht you can see the Republic of Cyprusseaside towns and cities of Larnaca, Paphos, Limassol, and Ayia Napa and take in the stunning coast of this historic yet divided Eastern Mediterranean island.

The island of Cyprus was invaded by Turkey in 1974 and while the southern half is part of the European Union, the equally beautiful northern half is only recognized as a country by Turkey. It is very difficult to sail into Northern Cyprus and to explore towns like Famagusta on a Cyprus yacht charter so we will largely focus on the south of the island.

What will you find? The weather is a little wetter in the winter but always comfortable in temperature while in peak summer months the temperatures can get into the high 30s C on a regular basis. This makes Cyprus an ideal year-round yacht charter destination, especially for those who might be able to escape while the kids are at school.

The country has been inhabited for thousands of years. In Limassol and Paphos you will see remains of empires past from the Greeks to Romans and Byzantines. The British have a big influence here, with a military presence on the island for more than a century. For those interested in the here and now, Ayia Napa is up there among the top nightclubbing resorts in the Mediterranean (and will soon have its own marina).

Inland you will find high mountains and a different way of life. Olive groves as far as the eye can see and a rural economy that is little changed over the centuries. Cyprus has so much to offer - it's just a case of reservation a charter yacht with Borrow a Boat and coming to see what it's about!

Renting A Yacht In Cyprus

If on a bareboat yacht charter or flotilla vacation you will have to have your sailing qualifications to hand when you arrive along with your passport. The boat owner or charter company agent will check these and complete the formalities, show you around the boat, and off you go!

As we have said before, it is ill-advised to do a sailing trip to Northern Cyprus on a Republic of Cyprus yacht charter. There are still tensions between the two countries so if on a bareboat vacation then you should remember this when planning your itinerary. You can go over to Famagusta by road, crossing the UN Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) with fewer problems than by sea.

If on a captained charter or crewed yacht charter, perhaps on a luxury yacht or superyacht, the formalities are far easier. You turn up at the marina, introduce yourself, and get shown your cabin! You can then discuss with the captain where you'd like to go and then leave it to them.

Best Towns To Charter A Yacht In Cyprus

Cyprus is one of the largest islands on the Mediterranean but this is by no means huge, especially with half the island off-limits. Let's look at the four principal towns in the (southern) Republic of Cyprus.

Larnaka

Larnaka is an old fortified city on the south of the island. Home of the country's main civilian airport, it is a busy provincial city in its own right. You will find the Old Town fun to explore, while sun-worshippers will be spoiled for choice where it comes to beaches. Larnaka Marina has 450 berths, hosting a superyacht of up to 40 meters.

Limassol

With its beautiful Old Town, relaxed beach promenade, ancient fort, and cosmopolitan vibe, Limassol is a great vacation destination in its own right. The marina is considered worth a visit for landlubber tourists and is capable of taking some of the largest superyachts afloat of up to 110 meters.

Paphos

Those visiting Paphos tend to go for the archaeology and history with its 15 museums and evidence of Byzantine, Roman, and Greek civilization in or near the town. Though it sells its history hard, it is nonetheless an authentic Greek Cypriot fishing town. Currently, yacht charters are available from the town's harbor through a 1,000 berth marina development that has recently begun construction.

Ayia Napa

Something for the younger crowd! Expect top DJs blasting your eardrums until your ears bleed, hungover people on the beach from around lunchtime, and all the fun and frolics that late teens and twentysomethings get up to. A new marina is under construction here too.

Getting to Turkey

There are three international airports in the Republic of Cyprus, with Larnaca Airport (SE of the island) and PaphosAirport (SW of the island) the main ones for yacht charter vacations. Both have airlines flying in from much of Europe and the rest of the world. Nicosia Airport is inland and a bit of a trek from the yacht charter hubs of the island.

Types Of Yachts To Rent In Cyprus

There are broadly four types of charter yachts in Cyprus - the sailboat monohull, motor yacht, catamaran, and superyacht.

Sailboat (sailing yacht)

The monohull sailing yacht is the workhorse of charter yachts. They can be rented for as little as $130 a day depending on size and season. The charter monohull sailboat will sleep 6-8 typically with different conveniences according to your budget and needs.

Motor yacht

Simpler to get around than a monohull sailboat, charter the motorboat is usually very comfortable and fun to drive. One major advantage of these over sailboats is that you can hide from the weather (too hot or cool) as you move between ports, anchorages, and marinas. Expect to pay $700 a day and up.

Catamaran

At the luxury end of sailboat charter in Cyprus, sailing catamarans combine the comfort of a motorboat with the fun of the monohull. You may find it possible to sunbathe on the foredeck while underway and all the cabins may have en suite heads and showers. You get what you pay for as luxury yachts go - expect to pay $500 a day and up.

Superyacht

A superyacht luxury yacht charter is a fully crewed yacht where your group has as much or as little to do with the sailing as you want. Aboard these luxury yachts, you will be fed and looked after by the crew while the captain takes you to the best anchorages and marinas, giving you a local's view of the area you are sailing in. Even among non-seafaring types, luxury charter vacations are a very popular way of exploring the Cypriot coastline.

Captained, flotilla or Bareboat Yacht Charter in Cyprus

There are broadly three types of yacht charter available in Cyprus - the crewed luxury yacht charter where you leave the crew to do everything while you have fun, the flotilla charter where the lead boat does the navigation and you just sail, and the bareboat vacation where you do everything from cook to sail!

Luxury Yacht Vacation

You need no sailing qualifications to enjoy a Mediterranean Sea sailing vacation here. Just turn up and chill out! The crew will take care of the rest, allowing you to do as you please.

Flotilla Sailing Vacation

Often done by those who have the competence to sail but lack the confidence to navigate or perhaps the knowledge of the area they want to sail. Led by a lead boat, you will sail on a fixed itinerary between marinas and ports on your trip.

Bareboat Yacht Charter

You have all the responsibility, navigating and organizing your own itinerary for the trip. On a sailing boat or motor yacht, this is a boat rental where you will shoulder the responsibility and have complete freedom to do as you choose (within national and international law!).

Do you need a license to rent a Yacht in Cyprus?

If on a superyacht or captained luxury yacht charters you don't need to worry about sailing qualifications.

On a bareboat or flotilla boat rental vacation you will need an RYA Day Skipper or equivalent and preferably an International Certificate of Competence (ICC). If you are from outside the EU, UK, and South Africa (that accept the ICC), an equivalent sailing qualification like an ASA 104 Bareboat qualification will be accepted.

Best Times To Rent A Yacht In Cyprus

Compared to Northern Europe, Cyprus hardly ever gets cold through the year. You can enjoy the stunning coastline on a Cyprus yacht charter at any time of the year. In July and August, it can get crowded and uncomfortably hot so the shoulder months of May and October - if you can get out to the Eastern Mediterranean during school vacations - is generally the best time of all.

Sailing Weather In Cyprus

At the peak of summer, the sun can burn fiercely and temperatures can touch 40 degrees C in heatwaves. That's why it pays to go earlier or later in the year. The seas get warm too, peaking at around 20 degrees C - as hot as a warm bath!

For sailing, there are rarely any difficult sailing conditions. The Meltemi that blights much of Greece and Turkey doesn't affect southern Cyprus so much. In the winter, west and southwesterly winds dominate while in summer the winds come from the N and NW.

How much does it cost to rent Yachts in Cyprus?

This depends on what you want from the trip. A fully crewed superyacht will cost $1500 a day and up but you will be fed and looked after like royalty. At the other end of the scale, for a small monohull sailboat, you will part with as little as $130 a day. Catamarans will cost anything from $500 a day and up, while a motorboat will cost $700 a day and up. These will change according to the time of year you want to go. If you want a captain then add at least $150 a day as well as a tip and a budget for food. On top of this, you need to think about your budget for food, fuel, marina fees, and entertainment.

Explore Cyprus By Renting A Yacht

Whatever you want from a luxury yacht charter in Cyprus, you can find the vessel you need on Borrow A Boat. Have a look around our website today and book your next sailing vacation now!

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I consider when renting a boat?

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 renting a boat?

​You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht 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 charter companies themselves.

What happens if my boat breaks down?

If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.

What should I think of before I rent a boat?

You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat rental before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool on most evenings.

What qualifications do I need to rent a boat?

If you want to sail without a captain then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skippered on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.