Sailing Holidays

Yacht Charter from Kos in the Dodecanese

Explore the unspoilt Dodecanese islands in the southeast Aegean, just off the coast of Turkey, on a sailing holiday from Kos.

Plan a sailing holiday in the south-east Aegean where the islands of the Dodecanese stretch along the coast of Turkey. This is a wonderful sailing destination for bareboat yacht charter and suits sailors looking for guaranteed winds and longer passages between unspoilt islands. The islands in the Dodecanese are conveniently spaced to allow a good day’s sail and they are all so varied, rich in culture and history. Between the well-known holiday islands of Kos and Rhodes lie the fascinating islands of Simi, with its beautiful Venetian harbour, Niseros with its dormant volcano and Tilos, undiscovered by tourism.

Or plan your sailing holiday to explore north of Kos where the islands have completely escaped tourism. Here you'll find traditional fishing ports and quiet waterfront restaurants. This sailing holiday is a great choice for keen sailors who want to explore some lesser known Greek islands. As long as you complete the official paperwork, you can also sail to Turkey - Datca and Knidos are easily reached from Simi so you can enjoy a sailing holiday in 2 countries!

To book your next sailing holiday in Greece, give us a call or fill out the Quick Quote Form.

Sailing conditions

Weather conditions in the Dodecanese are very favourable for a sailing holiday from Kos. Steady afternoon breezes averaging Force 4-6 from the north-east guarantee good sailing from mid-morning to early evening. In July and August the meltemi can bring stronger winds Force 5-6, but all the islands have good shelter. Temperatures average 27-29ºC.

Sailing area

The longer passages between the Dodecanese islands and stronger winds offer more challenging sailing itineraries for keen sailors. Start your yacht charter from the new marina at Kos and head south to Rhodes via the beautiful harbour of Symi, the dormant volcano on Niseros and Tilos, relatively untouched by tourism - see our suggested itineraries below.

Or sail north to the unspoilt islands of Kalymnos and Leros. On a 2-week sailing holiday you can plan a sailing itinerary to include the islands to the south and the north of Kos and include a visit to the Turkish coast, both the Sporades islands and the Gulf of Volos.

Charter yachts

Yachts are based at the new marina at Kos, right in the centre of the Dodecanese cruising area. For bareboat yacht charter from Kos we are pleased to offer yachts from 2 fleets. Istion Yachts have a very well presented fleet which all include dinghy with outboard. Optional extras include internet pack and fast track embarkation.

Kiriacoulis run one of the largest fleets of bareboat charter yachts in the Mediterranean, and have yachts based at Kos Marina, including many of the latest yacht models from Bavaria, Jeanneau and Beneteau. These yacht charters can start and finish any day of the week, giving you total flexibility over your sailing holiday dates.

We can also offer bareboat charter yachts from several other charter fleets in Kos marina so we are sure to have the perfect charter yacht for your next sailing holiday from Kos.

Travel arrangements

easyJet have flights to Kos, on Tuesdays and Saturdays as well as Thursdays from mid June. Thomson and Thomas Cook have flights to Kos from most UK airports. Transfer time to Kos Marina 30 minutes.

DAY 1 : Embark at Kos. The marina is in the centre of town.
DAY 2 : Kamares, Kos (15m) on the south-west corner of Kos, is a pleasant spot for swimming and relaxing on the beach.
DAY 3 : Tilos (40nm) is an island off the tourist track. It is a small and remote island which hasn't lost its traditional and picturesque character. Livadia is the main harbour on the island.
DAY 4 : Rhodes (30nm) is where once the ancient Colossus stood astride the entrance. Explore the medieval walled town.
DAY 5 : Symi (32nm) has one of the most beautiful, serene harbours in Greece. The day trip boats from Rhodes leave in the late afternoon and the yachtsmen have the harbour front to themselves.
DAY 6 : Niseros (23nm). Take a bus trip from the harbour to visit the dormant volcano crater. Many of you rate this as the high spot of the trip.
DAY 7 : Return to Kos (23nm).

DAY 1 : Embark at Kos Marina. The marina is in the centre of Kos Town.
DAY 2 : Lakki, Leros (27nm). Leros is a small island that remains untouched by mass tourism, so has an unspoiled and authentic character. Lakki is the main port of the island and one of the largest ports in Dodecanese.
DAY 3 : Lipsi (11nm). Lipsi is a small island with sandy beaches and translucent water. Lipsi Town is the only town and main harbour of the island. A lovely place with traditional architecture, this is where most activities and services are concentrated.
DAY 4 : Skala Harbour, Patmos (12nm). Skala Harbour is a lively place with white houses, flowered courtyards, tavernas and shops. Patmos is often known as 'The Jerusalem of the Aegean' and the famous monastery of St. John dates from the 11th century and houses illuminated manuscripts, rare old books and frescoes dating back to 1210.
DAY 5 : Levitha (20nm). The deep bay on the south coast affords good shelter. Only a lighthouse keeper and some fishermen inhabit the island. There is a taverna in a farmhouse 15 minutes walk up the hill from the quay.
DAY 6 : Kalimnos (27nm) is the centre of sponge-fishing in Greece since ancient time. Moor in the pleasant harbour of Kalimnos Town or overnight at the attractive fjord of Vathi with a small hamlet ashore.
DAY 7 : Return to Kos Marina (10nm).

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Discover the Dodecanese

Discover the Dodecanese

Kos is a perfect base from which to explore the Dodecanese Islands, including the popular islands of Rhodes and Patmos, the relaxed Leros, Symi and Tilos and the beautiful Astypalaia. Charter bareboat or join the Kos flotilla.


Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.


easyJet have flights to Kos, on Tuesdays and Saturdays as well as Thursdays from mid June. Thomson and Thomas Cook have flights to Kos from most UK airports. Transfer time to Kos Marina 30 minutes.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School

Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: Ionian

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Saronic Gulf & Sporades

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3: Aegean & Dodecanese

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper

Sailing holidays in RhodesWe arranged for Claire Mann and her family to charter a yacht from Rhodes. Her article about the trip appeared in The Telegraph Travel Section May 2013. Click here to read the article >>

She says, "We sailed to the lovely tranquil islands of Tilos and Khalki, the entrance of Khalki marked by windmills silhouetted on the hillside. Nisyros, with its picturesque, sleepy harbour, was one of our favourite places, famous for its extinct volcano that is two and half miles wide."

Niseros is Greece's only active volcano but the most recent eruption was in 1888. Today there are five craters in the caldera and a path descends into the largest one where you can see multicoloured fumaroles, listen to their hissing and smell their sulphurous vapours. The surface is hot enough to fry an egg and melt flip-flops. Take the bus from the harbour - a touristy morning trip but well worth the visit!

"A couple of years ago a colleague recommended Nautilus to me. We have just spent a week with our family on a Nautilus chartered boat sailing on the Ionian sea. It was a fantastic experience, not the least made possible by your professional organisation, including the local base, and skipper. Thank you. "
Lefkas 2014 - J.vI


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