Dreaming of an unforgettable and unusual vacation in Cyprus? In this case, the idea to rent a yacht in one of the large harbors on the island and set off on a cruise in the Mediterranean with friends or family may sound quite appealing. Let this trip go the way you like it: with or without diving, swimming in remote and picturesque bays, fishing, loud night parties under stars, or sunbathing on the deck. Read further if you want to know how and where to rent a yacht in Cyprus.
Where and how to rent a yacht in Cyprus?
Yacht rental services are available in all big harbors in such cities as Limassol, Larnaca, Latchi, Paphos, Protaras, and Ayia-Napa. Depending on the number of vacationers, time and leisure preferences, you can rent a power or a sailing yacht, a high-speed powerboat, or a catamaran.
Yacht rental can be either arranged directly with the owner or made through a specialized agency, which offers a number of vessels and some «all included» cruise programs.
If you want to navigate a yacht on your own, cruising in the Mediterranean, you will be asked to show an international certificate (a «sea driver's license» of a kind) as a prove of your ability to operate a private vessel.
It is also possible to rent a yacht with a crew and a captain.
Are you planning to spend more than a couple of days at sea? Consider visiting Greece, Greek Islands and other wonderful places of the Mediterranean world (a valid Schengen visa is required).
How much does it cost to rent a yacht in Cyprus? Prices for modest yachts start at 2000 euros / a week. Such additional expenses as on board services, harbor stay, a cleaning fee and gas (only for motor vessels) may apply.
Types of yachts
In Cyprus, one can rent power (or motor) and sailing yachts, as well as hybrids — so-called motorsailers. There are cruising yachts, sport fishing yachts, small cabin cruisers and massive megayachts — a variety of vessels can satisfy even the most experienced travelers.
How to choose a yacht? Think about the number of beds (from 5 to 200), available on board services (a kitchen and a shower are guaranteed, but maybe you want to have fast-speed internet access, diving or fishing equipment, or a DVD-player?) and of how long your cruise will last.
For an additional fee, most agencies offer three meals a day, entertaining programs, parties, and much more.
Yacht rentals and charters in Cyprus
Cyprus Yacht Charters agency has been in business for more than 30 years now. It specializes in yacht cruises from Limassol, Paphos, Latchi, Ayia-Napa and Protaras. Yachts (from 16 to 35 meters) are fully equipped for all kinds of events: wedding and birthday parties, or a team retreat. Here one can also rent a yacht for an hour or for the whole day.
Latchi Watersports Centre offers a powerboat rental service (the only necessary document is a driver's license), and sea charters with a captain. Yachts are equipped with showers, sunbeds, music and snorkeling devices. Water skiing and wakeboarding are available (an additional fee applies).
Enjoy the cruise along the Cyprus coastline and visit neighboring countries with Crystal Charters and Cruises agency (based in Latchi). Trips lasting from half a day to two days include on board meals and entertainment. Customers can choose the route of their trip. A special tour for sea fishing lovers is also available here.
More than 100 sea vessels — power and sailing yachts, and even Turkish ship biscuits — are offered for rent at the Yachts Sailing agency, which has an office in Cyprus. Go online to create a route, and discuss the details of an upcoming trip with a manager.
Cyprus Yacht Club is located in Limassol. There are 6 spacious yachts in the club’s fleet: a day, a night and several days long cruises are offered. Additional services include sea fishing, excursions, and other activities.
The Diamond Day agency with an office in Limassol is a place where adventurous vacationers can rent a yacht for 12 persons, a motorboat, or a catamaran. Those who aim to remember the trip for the rest of their lives can ask a manager to set up fishing, swimming, freediving, and even sky jumping.
My Villa in Cyprus agency offers day and night charters from all Cyprus harbors. Here you can create your own route and program or choose one of the available options: for example, a pirate show on the 19 meters long Flisvos boat.
The Lana Tour agency offers yachts charters without a captain for those who have a license, and with a captain and a crew for those who do not. The crew is responsible for cleaning, cooking, and entertainment.
Happy Charter is a website where you can not only choose a charter but also buy a yacht from an owner.