A yacht rental trip is an ideal way to explore the hidden beauties of Koufonisia, situated southwest of Naxos and Amorgos. Koufonisia is a secret gem of the Aegean, waiting to be discovered with the yacht of your choice. Koufonisia has plenty of mesmerizing beaches; some are well-organized, and others are completely remote. You can easily find the ideal yacht of your choice from Koufonisia’s port or any other marina in the Cyclades. You can directly contact the owners for the ideal boat, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a yacht with a skipper, or without one if you have a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Keros or Amorgos. You also have the option to rent a motor yacht and tour the sea caves in Pano Koufonisi for a half-day trip. If you book a luxury yacht, you will have the opportunity to throw a party or impress your guests in a corporate charter. Finally, you can hire a luxury motor yacht, making sure to include Koufonisia in your week-long itinerary around the Cyclades.
Koufonisia is a small group of islets, forming a tiny paradise in the small Cyclades of Greece. Koufonisia is known for its Caribbean-like beaches, peaceful atmosphere, and friendly inhabitants. The two regions are known as Kato Koufonisi and Pano Koufonisi. They both form a complex, belonging to the municipality of the island of Naxos. In the upper Koufonisi (Pano Koufonisi), visitors will enjoy the capital and port of Chora. Chora is the only settlement of Koufonisia where you will be welcomed by a stress-free community. On the other hand, Kato Koufonisi is famous for its pristine beaches and attracts many yacht owners who are eager to satisfy all guests. Before or between your boat rentals in Koufonisia, the church of Agios Georgios, also said to be the protector of the islands, is worth visiting. Here, small fishing boats, locals, and many tourists gather to enjoy the island’s trademark: fresh fish and wine. Just like most islands in the Cyclades, Koufonisia shared the same fate and was subsequently raided by pirates and later controlled by Venetians and Ottomans. There is also evidence through excavations in Kato Koufonisi that it had been inhabited since prehistoric times; artifacts also show how it was an important center of Cycladic culture. Today, visitors mostly arrive here to enjoy its beautiful beaches, bathed by the Aegean Sea.
With your yacht, you can explore the sea caves at Pano Koufonisi. You can even enjoy a half-day adventure to explore the mesmerizing waters of Gala, Pisinia, and “Mati tou Diavolou” (meaning “Devil’s Eye). These beautiful caves are connected to the sea through a narrow opening, and visitors may dive from rocks into the “small swimming pools.” The caves are just before the beautiful and most famous beach of the island, Pori. You can anchor in any secluded cove, as you go. The beach is also ideal for windsurfing and has two beach bars. Platia Pounda and Italida are also well-known beaches, with crystalline waters. You can cruise to Keros, Glaronisi, or Makares. They are all islands surrounded by uninhabited islets and beautiful beaches. Since Koufonisia is part of the Small Cyclades, one can also enjoy a three-day yacht charter to Iraklia and Donousa. You may also enjoy a day trip to Koufonisia, starting from Naxos or Paros. By discovering a handful of tranquil beaches and islands with your private yacht, you will have an unforgettable vacation in Greece.
Below you will find some useful information related to your boat rentals in Koufonisia.
Parianos, Pano Koufonisi: The only harbor on the island with 5-6 m depths for medium-sized vessels. The harbor offers good shelter from the Meltemi. The village and most amenities you will find are roughly a 20-minute walk from the harbor.
Marina of Kato Koufonisi: Great anchorage spot for sailboats and yachts. There is a tavern nearby, as well as beautiful beaches, including Lakki, Detis, and Nero. It makes a generally a perfect day trip from Ano Koufonisi.
Finikas Cove, Pano Koufonisi: A small harbor with a 4-5 m depth for vessels to anchor. There is good shelter from the Meltemi winds. Water and electricity are offered for all vessels.
Koufonisia is roughly 24 nautical miles from Naxos, which has an international airport.
Koufonisia is connected by ferry to all the Small Cyclades islands and is also connected to Athens, Santorini, Paros and Folegandros.
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