Hiring a boat is the ideal way to discover the hidden beauty of Chios. Hanging in the corner of the Aegean, this mysterious island is known for its mastic villages and unique beaches that awaits you for exploration. You can easily find the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speedboat of your choice from the various marinas in Chios. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without one if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Oinousses or Psara. With the option to rent a motor boat you can tour various beaches along the coastline you desire with ease. You can also book a catamaran to throw a birthday party, bachelor/bachelorette party or even a wedding anniversary. Finally, you can hire a luxury sailboat or traditional yacht to visit destinations closer to Turkey for the most memorable experiences.
Chios is the fifth largest island in Greece and is situated in the northeast Aegean island complex, right between Samos and Lesvos. The island is diverse with rich contrasts, the north is more mountainous and great for hiking adventurers, the south is fertile with famous mastic trees that produce a precious resin and the east side has impressive cliffs that arch the hidden seas. The capital of Chios, Hora has a long history of timeless traditions influenced by colossal powers that will make you travel back in time. You can wander around the coast or stroll through the center where you will catch sight of Ottoman structures, Neoclassical mansions and the imposing castle of Chios. If you have more time, you can visit the medieval mastic villages, plenty of which you can pick from. Armolia renowned for ceramic pottery, Kalamoti covered with fruit trees and olive groves, Mesta known for the best wines in the island and agritourism activities, Olympi with a cave made of stalactites, Vessa where you can wonder in the cobblestone alleys and Pyrgi being the largest mastic village on the southern side of the island. To top it off the Mastic Museum of Chios is ideal for those who want to better understand the history of the island and those who want to educate themselves of how mastic actually grows. The monument of Nea Moni is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and a very important monastery featuring the oldest mosaics of Byzantine churches during the middle ages, still well-preserved today. This is just a glimpse of the things you can get to do or see in Chios, when you have selected your favorite yacht, you have an exciting trip ahead of you.
Boat hire in Chios will allow you to discover the hidden beaches of the island. With a motorboat or speedboat you can explore the western coastline and the long sandy shores. Vroulidia Beach is a great choice, calm with crystal clear waters and well-protected from the winds so you will have a smooth boat ride. In close proximity, we have Mavra Volia which attracts visitors from all over the world. This beach is the best choice for families with children since they will enjoy the black pebbled shore that was the result of a now extinct volcano. When you visit Mavra Volia part of the western coastline you can make stops wherever you please, one of them being Vrondados or Emporio which has lovely natural coves. In fact Vrondados is a seaside village where during earlier times experienced sailors inspired Christopher Columbus’s nautical plan and assisted him for his discovery of America. Near Emporio, roughly 5km away you can visit the village of Pyrgi, decorated with ‘xysta’ – black and white patterns that paint the buildings. Here you will also have a great chance to visit the museum which presents the history of mastic cultivation. Overall, this can mark a great day charter experience. For some extra options to add to your beach tours, the beach of Agia Fotia, Apothika and Avlona are pebbled beaches with emerald waters on the southwest side of the island you cannot miss.
If you want to go Island hopping, you can hire a boat in Chios and visit Inousses, Psara and Lesvos. Of course, you can simply enjoy a day trip to Psara or Oinousses where you will discover virgin seashores, rocky reefs, inhabited villages and pristine landscapes for moments of relaxation. Oinousses has a long naval history and has been named as the island of the seafarers, with thousands of captains being awarded for serving the merchant navy worldwide. During your stay there you cannot miss visiting the maritime Museum of Oinousses exhibiting nautical instruments and model ships that were used within the biggest merchant fleet in the world. This beautiful island is also ideal for an excursion with a catamaran as you can snorkel in the crystal clear waters and go kayaking in spectacular rocky formations. Some great stops for your yacht are Donkey Island or Karaada island where you will find comfort anchoring your vessel and swimming. For a longer cruising experience, you can take a boat trip to the island of Lesvos known for the Greek Ouzo and Meze, a perfect treat to your journey where you can enjoy the seaside taverns and fresh fish with your loved ones. Do not miss the chance to visit the beach of Eressos on the west side of the island known for refreshing waters and beautiful sunset. One can also have the extraordinary opportunity to visit Cesme in Turkey which is only 6km away from Chios. Cesme is known as the pearl of the Aegean Sea due to the breathtaking beaches and rich culture, you can always return home with a souvenir or a variety of olive oil products too. Your boating holiday in Greece can be crafted to your liking, with a professional skipper you can explore the hidden gems of the Aegean with ease and sit back, relax and enjoy a stress-free vacation.
Below we have some useful information for your boat trip in Chios. Marinas and Airports and general accessibility of the island:
Main Marina of Chios: located 1 mile north from the capital, the marina can accommodate roughly 200 berths for all types of boats. The marina however has no electricity, water or sanitary facilities.
The main port in Hora is roughly 7km away from the Airport.
Lagkada Marina: A picturesque marina that attracts many visitors during the weekends and summer holidays. It is located in the northeastern coast of Chios and lots of boats depart from here to the islands of Oinousses or the bay of Lagada.
Omiros Airport in Chios is roughly 30 min away from Lagkada Marina.
Lithi Marina: Mainly used as a fishing shelter but a great marina for boats to set anchor and enjoy a swim in the closest beach. Lithi is situated 4km from Vessa and 23.5km from the town of Chios. Worth visiting to enjoy the fresh fish and the sunset.
Mesta Port: On the southwest coast of the island, a pretty busy port with several ferry connections. This port belongs to the mastic villages and you can enjoy long walks within the labyrinthine streets and beautiful facades.
Mesta Port is roughly 45 min away from the airport.
Port of Kardamyla: A traditional seaside village and port on the northern side of the island. A great place to depart for your boat trips to Oinousses, also has plenty of shops and restaurants nearby.
Omiros Airport in Chios is roughly 45 min away from the Port of Kardamyla.
Marina Oinousses: Offers adequate shelter from the winds both in summer and in winter. It is the main connection between Chios and Oinousses. Here you will find many churches and chapel as well as beautiful beaches with clear sea.
Setur Cesme Marina, Turkey: Offers plenty of space for vessels and mooring spots. A well-run marina and perfect to drop anchor during your boat trips from Chios.
You can book tickets from Athens to head directly to Chios, the trip should take 40-45 minutes, or you can take a boat from Piraeus in Athens to Chios.
Chios is also connected with ferries to Mytilene/Lesvos, Limnos, Syros and Mykonos.
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