Hiring a boat is an excellent chance to explore the 64 km long coastline of Tilos. Tilos is one of the less-visited Greek islands in the Dodecanese complex, yet there is the chance to enjoy everything on this discrete island. You can easily find the ideal boat from Rhodes or Kos or select your preferred catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speedboat from the picturesque marina of Tilos. You can directly contact the owners 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 own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Nisyros or Halki. With a motorboat you can tour various beaches around the coastline with ease and even visit the island of Halki on a half-day trip. With the option to book a catamaran you will have plenty of space for fun, comfort, and luxury and you will have the chance to enjoy the perfect overnight trip. Finally, you can hire a luxury sailboat or traditional yacht from Kos or Rhodes, making sure that Tilos is included in your week-long itinerary.
Tilos is situated between Kos and Rhodes and mesmerizes the visitor with unspoiled beauty. There are many Byzantine monuments and churches and the culture has left its mark on time with caves and medieval castles. The cave of Charcadio has prehistoric fossils of endemic dwarf elephants, thus giving this serene island the name “island of the dwarf elephants”. The two main settlements of Tilos are the port of livadia and the capital of Megalo Chorio only 2 km away from the port. The port of Livadia has many facilities and is ideal for boat charter to some charming secluded beaches. Megalo Chorio stands out with a lovely waterfront promenade and a medieval fortress on top of the hill where you will experience a floating sensation by gazing out to the sea. The whole island is protected by international treaties since the locals have put every ounce of effort into preserving their natural heritage and ecological park. The park constitutes abundant waters, fertile areas that are rich with flora and fauna making it perfect among nature lovers, free campers and hikers. If you add to the above a private boat cruise in Tilos, then you have yourself the perfect vacation.
Boat trips in Tilos care ideal for those are tired of the bustle of big cities. You can spend an entire day exploring the beaches in complete privacy with your group. If you fancy a fully organized beach, Livadia close to the port is a great choice and offers all the amenities you need for your trip. A remote yet pristine collection of beaches includes Agios Sergios, Tholos, Skafi which you can tour with a speedboat or rib boat. These beaches are hard to access on the island with catamarans or sailboats, but you can always take a traditional wooden boat from the main port of Liavadia and enjoy an authentic Greek cruise. The Dodecanese islands have the biggest fleet of caïques (traditional wooden boats) due to the close relations with Turks in history, the port of Livadia offers this kind of vessels that form the soul of the Aegean. Eristos and Lethra are also secluded beaches worth visiting, filled with tamarisk trees and emerald waters. Any moment when you are sailing you can stop and dedicate a day to the Cave of Charkadio located between Megalo Chorio and Livadia.
One can also enjoy a scenic cruise to Nisyros, passing by islands that have never been populated. Nisyros is a volcanic island that goes beyond natural beauty with over 40 hiking trailers for nature lovers. For more swimming and exploring you can take your boat to the islet of Giali. The monastery of Panagia Spiliani in Nisyros attracts pilgrims all over the country and is considered one of the most important Greek Orthodox monasteries. A boat trip in Tilos can also be combined with a cruise to Halki. With only 400 inhabitants and a string of pure white beaches, Halki makes a peaceful and pleasant cruise with a yacht. The town of Emporio features exceptional folklore architecture, twin-winding staircases and appealing taverns overlooking windmills. Lots of boat excursions from Rhodes are also organized to visit Halki, guests have the opportunity to create their own itinerary and make stops where they please. Beginning your sailing trip from Kos or Rhodes may be ideal since Tilos has no airport, but you can always have the option to begin your cruise from Athens, making your way to the Dodecanese islands at your own pace.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat rentals in Tilos.
Agios Stefanos Marina: Situated in the main village and can take boats with a max depth of 6 m. Here you can enjoy swimming in Livadia beach and have all the facilities required for a boat trip.
Tilos is also accessible by ferry to all the Dodecanese islands
Tilos is accessible from the harbor of Piraeus in Athens.
There is no airport in Tilos, but you can fly directly to Rhodes or Kos and take a ferry to Tilos (1-2 hour trip).
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