Sail and Dive in Cyclades islands:
One week cruise
Live the experience of sailing and diving at the Greek islands
Enjoy diving in the crystal and transparent waters of the Aegean SeaEnjoy a sailing cruise for 1 week at the Cyclades islands and dive at three of them: Kea, Paros and Kythnos. Sailing the Cyclades is a fantastic experience: strong winds prevail on most of the days, picturesque islands with traditional fish ports and secluded coves compose the top scenery for your holidays. Moreover, the Cycladic islands offer a rare diversity under the water, plenty of species of fish and sea life as well as the unforgettable sea bed, with shipwrecks, reefs with breathtaking formations and colors, and evidence of ancient human life, such as whole settlements covered by the sea, amphorae and more invaluable treasures.
The Sailing Experience:
Sail from Athens marinas (Alimos or Lavrion) to the islands of Cyclades: Kea, Paros and Kythnos. There is also the option to charter the boat from Paros island, reducing the total distance to the islands. However, availability of yachts in Cyclades islands is limited so it is not always possible to charter the yacht locally.
Each sailing route lasts roughly for 6-7 hours; the speed depends on weather conditions and the size of the yacht. Sailing conditions can be challenging since the winds are strong during summer months and waves can get tall. Sailing the Aegean Sea is very exciting but it is unlikely to be suitable for those that prefer more relaxing holidays.
Dives are planned every second day and in between takes place the sailing trip, from one island to the other. Everyday however, there is time for swimming and relaxing in the beautiful coves of the Cycladic islands. Nights are spent either in ports or at anchor in picturesque bays. The decision is yours, respecting the weather conditions and the advice of our professional skipper, aiming at your safety and pleasure.
The Diving Experience:
Dives are perfomed at each island with the guidance of local PADI instructors, who are based in local diving centers. The exact diving spots at each island depend on weather conditions and your level of diving experience. The yacht arrives near the diving spots the day before the dive, or early in the morning. Your dive instructor delivers the equipment and ensures that all are comfortable and familiar with it. We suggest two dives at each island, but you have the option to have more (discounts apply on additional dives). During the dives, the instructor of the group ensures your safety and the finest underwater experience! You just have to enjoy the clarity and bright colour of the Aegean Sea.
No previous diving experience? No problem, you can still join this special sailing trip! Sail the yacht to Cyclades islands, enjoy your first introductory dives and live an unforgettable "Sail n Dive" cruise in the Big Blue!
The RouteDay 1: Sail from Athens marinas (Alimos or Lavrion) to cape Sounion (Click on the image for a detailed map of the route)
Day 2: Sail to Kea - Dive at the island
Day 3: Sail to Paros island
Day 4: Dive at Paros island
Day 5: Sail to Kythnos island
Day 6: Dive at Kythnos island
Day 7: Sail back to Athens
(The route is adjusted if starting/end point is the port of Paros island)
- 4 persons: 6.140 EUR or 1.535 EUR / person / week
- 6 persons: 8.065 EUR or 1.344 EUR / person / week
- 8 persons: 9.945 EUR or 1.243 EUR / person / week
- 10 persons: 11.145 EUR or 1.145 EUR / person / week
Please contact us for your inquiry in order to plan the cruise according to your personal preferences.
A security deposit of 1.000 EUR total per yacht is withheld on credit card upon embarkation. The amount is to cover any damages caused to the yacht, with responsibility of the passengers. No charge would apply if any damage is responsibility of the skipper.
The price includes:
- Charter of a sailing yacht, her size depends on the number of guests (we estimate yachts with one cabin for two guests, plus a cabin for the skipper)
- Skipper fee
- Transport from the airport to the marina and return
- Dives at the three islands; for certified divers, a double dive is estimated at each island
- Fixed costs: cleaning pack for the yacht and port fees (including supply of electricity and water for the refilling of the yacht during the cruise)
- Yacht fuels
- Insurance (during the sailing cruise and the dives)
The price does not include:
- Food and beverage during your stay on the yacht, including meals for the skipper
- Personal expenses on the islands
Information about the diving spots
Kea islandKea is the island in Cyclades complex that is closer to the Athens Coast (only 2 hours distance on a sailing yacht from Cape Sounion). There you can enjoy diving all around the island, depending also on weather conditions; we always opt for diving spots without wind or waves. There are plenty of options for diving in Kea: Ship wrecks (but in long depths > 70 meters, so suitable only for experienced divers), reefs, such as the reef of Koundouros. This is a breath taking diving site, but again requires high experience. Other options include diving at secluded sandy beaches to start the dive and even a small rocky islet at the north of Kea, called Spanopoula. Spectacular fish and marine life are visible around this islet.
Excursions can take place by the inflatable boat of the dive instructor around the island, visiting beautiful spots and secluded coves for diving and snorkelling.
Paros islandParos includes a great variety of diving destinations and is suitable for all levels of divers. Main underwater sight seeing are the ship wrecks from ancient to modern years. Wrecks are scattered along the coast line of Paros island.
Ancient settlements are also preserved underwater near Paros, where at some spots the tracks of walls and roads are obvious even from the sea level.
The magnificent scenery comes together with protected fish life, spectacular reefs and scattered amphorae from the Roman Age. Paros and the neighboring, secluded islets with historic importance still to be discovered on its full size, create a diversified and impressive diving destination.
Learn more about the Aegean Sea: the dive instructors are pioneer marine researchers and experts on sea environmental issues, protection of marine archaeological research, oceanography. All in all, diving at the heart of Cyclades offers a unique experience.
Kythnos islandKythnos island is abundant of diving spots, which include impressive formations of reefs such as declining walls falling into endless depths. “Abyss” is one of the most impressive sites. The wall goes sharp down to over 84 meters, offering a unique spectacle. There you will see the balcony, at 32 meters, a combination of man construction and a layer of sea life, covering the ancient walls.
Along the coast line of Kythnos there is variety of sea life, big fish, lobsters (visit the “Lobster Reef” on the north) and golden groupers over tens kilos. All add a special color to the seascape.
Rock formations like the Crater, the Submarine the Bridge and many equally impressive sites sparkle the mind and leave the best memories.
It is convenient to visit Kythnos island when sailing the Cyclades islands. The diving center is located in a very good shelter for sailing yachts, the port of Loutra. Besides, the island lies close to the entry of the Saronic Gulf, thus it lies on the route from Cyclades to the marinas of Athens.
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