Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the hidden beauty of Kalymnos, and its unique coastline which spans at a length of 96 km. Kalymnos is situated between Kos and Leros in the Dodecanese islands. A mountainous landscape with moderate winds and beautiful beaches makes it ideal for a sailing trip. Kalymnos has several picturesque marinas where you can easily find the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speedboat of your choice. 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 if you have a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to remote islets of Telendos or Pserimos. You can also rent a motorboat, their fast cruising speed will allow you to tour various beaches around Kalymnos in a short amount of time. With the option to book a catamaran, you can throw a birthday or bachelor party and celebrate a wedding anniversary. Finally, you can hire a luxury sailboat or traditional yacht at a fair price and go island-hopping in the Dodecanese for as many days as you please.
Kalymnos is the fourth largest island in the Dodecanese complex with a rocky landscape. The seashores of Kalymnos in the shimmering expanse of the Aegean, draw yachtsmen from Kos and Turkey who prefer a low-profile destination when sailing the Greek islands. Besides the fascinating seabed of Kalymnos and the long tradition of shipping and sponge diving, Kalymnos is known all over Europe for one of the most beautiful rock climbing routes. Some peaceful touristic resorts worth exploring for a hiking adventure are Mirties, Masouri and Armeos. In the 4th century, Kalymnos was called Kalynda, marking an important land in the Aegean where Dorians settled and conquered the last members of the Minoan civilizations. The Port of Pothia was built in 1850 and is built amphitheatrically on two hills serving as the capital of the island. This busy port gave access to many locals who became uniquely attached to the sea and so sponge diving, fishing, and sailing emerged throughout the years. Today guests may enjoy the heart of the town before they rent a boat from the functional harbor of Kalymnos. Splendid mansions, restaurants, bars, taverns and so much to see and explore. The Sea World Museum is only 5 km from Pothia displaying petrified sponges and a number of artifacts, and Scalia Cave is an astounding cave with stalactites and stalagmite formations you can also visit. Once you have had your fair share of historical and cultural input of Kalymnos, a boat rental trip will have you settled for a perfect vacation.
Rent a boat in Kalymnos and visit the pristine beaches on the outskirts of the town. You can easily visit the beaches of Gefira, Therma and Vlihadia when departing from the bustling marina of Pothia. Therma used to be famous for its hot springs and is currently the main diving center. Starting from the settlement of Vathis, you will come across a narrow channel, a fjord-like valley surrounded by gulfs and caves. Swimming in picturesque surroundings from the deck of your catamaran or sailboat is certainly a life-affirming experience. That is not all, one can also enjoy a speedboat cruise to the beaches of Almires, Palionisos, Sikati, Drasonta, and Pezonta. One of the cleanest beaches of Kalymnos is Agrinontas which is 15 km from the capital. The bay of Agrinontas was a trade center in ancient times and is sheltered by the islands of Telendos and Kalavros you might also like to explore. Telendos is only 750 m away from Kalymnos and makes a perfect day cruise. Several other destinations you can visit on a 3-day 4-day charter experience are Leros, Nysiros, Symi, Tilos. For longer cruising experiences you may also visit Kos and Rhodes, the nightlife hotspots of the Dodecanese that are perfect for a 7-day yacht charter.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat hire in Kalymnos.
Vathy Marina: Located on the northeast of Pothia, many yachts anchor here since it is the biggest bay of the island.
Port of Kalymnos, Pothia: A bustling port situated in the capital of Kalymnos where boats regularly depart for day trips. Near the port, you can visit the Archaeological Museum to better understand the maritime activity and spine catching of Kalymnos.
Since the port is in the commercial center region of Kalymnos, there are public services such as a post office, port authority, hospital, and all sorts of facilities for visitors.
Vlychadia bay: 5 km away from Pothia ensuring a safe anchor for all types of boats in a calm bay. A great beach in the inner bay is ideal for families with children.
Melitsachas Harbour, Telendos: Just opposite Myrties village in Kalymnos, the beautiful harbor of Telendos is connected with regular boat excursions. There are regular ferry boats traveling from Kalymnos to Telendos too. Traditional taverns and beautiful beaches surround the island.
Kalymnos International airport lies near Argos (a small fertile village near Chora) and is a 15-minute drive to Port Pothia.
Kalymnos is connected by ferry to Leros, Rhodes, Kos and Patmos.
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