Looking for the best boat tour or sunset cruise in Santorini? Cruising around the Aegean and splashing in the sea with Barbarossa Sailing was absolute bliss.
A spacious, air-conditioned van picked us up outside our hotel, and we barreled our way across the island to Ammoudi Bay. Since there’s not enough room to turn the van around at the bottom, the driver careened us down in reverse!
Once at the port, Captain Marios and his hostess gave us a hand onto their well-kept catamaran and brought out a platter of fresh fruit for us to nibble on. We applied sunscreen liberally and settled into the comfy seat cushions.
Free flowing beer and white wine kept a warm buzz going all day. As we took in the beautiful caldera views, Captain Mario put on smooth electronic beats and regaled us with stories of the history of Santorini.
We anchored by Thirasia, directly opposite Santorini, for a quick swim and a glimpse at the tiny old houses on an island that seemed untouched by tourism. Next, we stopped at the volcanic islet of Palea Kameni, where we jumped into the ocean and swam in to the warm, rust-colored hot springs water.
After a delicious homemade meal of bread, salads, pasta, spicy chicken, and seafood stew, we had a last and final stop, snorkeling to our hearts’ content in the crystal clear sea.
Boating with Captain Marios Barbarossa Sailing made for one of our favorite activities in our 14-day Greece and Italy trip. Our hotel manager recommended Barbarossa Sailing as the best boat tour in Santorini because they limit their trips to 10 guests (some take up to 40!).
Even in August’s high season, we were lucky to have a very private excursion with only one other hilarious Aussie couple. Though the price is higher than what we’d typically spend on vacation excursions, it was a dreamy day that was perfect in every way.
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What’s included : Roundtrip transport from your hotel, boat cruise, towels, snorkels, homemade meal, and unlimited wine / beer / soft drinks.
Price : 125€ per person before tip.
Timing : The boat cruise goes for approximately 5 hours. The morning trip departs the port at 11 a.m., and the afternoon trip (sunset cruise) leaves at 4:00 p.m.
Facilities : The lower deck has a small kitchen, refrigerator, and restroom. There’s also room to store small belongings, so it’s fine to bring your camera, wallet, bag, etc.
What to wear : Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are a must—the sun can get hot! Wear your swimsuit and something easy to slip out of, since you’ll be jumping in and out of the water. I wore a breezy maxi dress, which was perfect. However, swimming in the sulphurous water can stain your skin and clothes, so wear something dark that won’t stain (no white suits or dresses). If you’re doing the sunset cruise, you may want an extra layer in case it gets windy.
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