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Kos Yacht Charter

The Dodecanese in the south eastern Aegean are an island hopping dream in one of the sunniest parts of Greece, where you can sail in a diverse cruising ground to more than 160 islands and islets.

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Highlights

  • Ancient ruins
  • Delectable seafood
  • Scenic fishing villages

Sailing the Island of Kos

Kos crystal bay sailboat charter

From our base in Kos Marina, you can sail north to the islands of Leros, Lipsi and Patmos, where you’ll find secluded pebble beaches and crystal clear coves for swimming. Or sail south to the striking island of Symi and the glamorous little port town of Gialo with its waterfront lined by unique neoclassical architecture. 

Nisyros Island is a great place to stop off for inland exploration during your Kos yacht charter. It’s here you can stroll dark, volcanic beaches, visit the whitewashed streets of Mandraki and see the active volcano and its impressive caldera.

On Kos, take a trip to the medieval fortifications at Mandraki Port, including the Castle of the Knights Hospitaller with impressive harbor turrets. For sandy beaches on the island, sail to the resorts of Kefalos, Marmari and Tigaki. Or venture offshore while sailing Kos and head to the steep and rocky coastline of nearby Kalymnos. 

To sail in Kos you’ll need a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities. Or you can hire a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway..
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.
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Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.

Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.

SailShare

Low package rates for island-hopping aboard a sailing yacht.

Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean holiday.

Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.

Things to do in Kos

Kos colorful old town tourism

Visit the traditional village of Mylotopi

At Kefalos on the island of Kos, you can see the restored traditional village of Mylotopi. Tour the fascinating architectural landmarks, including a windmill, tunnel, house and a restaurant displaying the conditions of the inhabitants a century ago.

Enjoy a drink in Eleftherias Square

With so many things to do in Kos, make sure you visit this lively market square. Surrounded by historic buildings, you can soak up the local atmosphere with a drink or a meal in a local restaurant or cafe. The market stalls, offering local honey and herbs, are great for stocking up on gifts to take back home.

Sail to Symi

Head to the south of the Dodecanese during your Kos yacht charter and explore Symi’s impressive architecture. A clock tower dating from 1890 stands guard at the port entrance and is one of this island’s trademarks. Shops, bars and cafes lure you in, while later on a lively nightlife awaits.

Relax on Agios Fokas Beach

Many of the locals enjoy this superb little beach, complete with a sparkling sea, snackbar, sunbeds and umbrellas. Take your beach shoes and goggles with you so you can enjoy a swim from this pebbly beach.

Discover Casa Romana

Casa Romana showcases the architecture of Hellenistic and Roman times. Tour this beautiful mansion known for its elaborate frescos and statues. It’s one of our favorite things to do in Kos.

Weather insights

Kos mountain church beautiful sunset

When is the best time to visit Kos?

The best time to visit Kos is in the summer, when you can enjoy hot, dry and sunny days. Temperatures can reach 86ºF in the summer months, peaking in August.

What are the sailing conditions in Kos?

The sailing conditions for Kos include a NW prevailing wind in summer, force 4-6. Keep your distance from the shoals extending from Akrotiri Ammoglossa and be aware of the meltemi and its strong gusts into the bay. 

When returning to base, go stern to and use the mooring lines, not your anchor. At the entrance to the port, call channel 77 and the marina office will send a pilot to assist you.

Kos happy family surfing yacht charter

Sailing Kos with Dream Yacht Charter

Yacht charter Kos

Explore the Dodecanese group of Islands from our base in Kos. Plan your perfect itinerary in Greece and enjoy sailing our catamarans and monohulls.

Skippered yacht charter Kos

If you can’t sail, you can still enjoy an exciting sailing holiday in Greece. Hire a skipper to sail your yacht from Kos and the rest of the islands in the Dodecanese.

Kos happy friends enjoying beverage luxury yacht charter

Kos sailing itinerary

Take a look at our Kos sailing holiday suggestions

Other Itineraries
7-day itinerary Kos (Dodecanese Islands)

Day 1

Head out from Kos to Kalymnos, the center of the Greek sponge diving industry. You can shop for local sponges to take home or give as gifts. If you are an adventurer, the island’s steep landscape is popular with rock climbers.

Day 2

Sail to Leros’ Lakki Bay and dine at the yacht club in Lakki Marina. Lakki was home to the Italian Navy when the island was part of Italy between 1912 and the late 1940s. The Italian designed the town with a unique, modernist feel to its architecture. The area was revived a couple of decades ago and is worth a visit.

Day 3

Lipsi offers a typical Greek landscape with white churches and domes splashed with vibrant blue, coordinating perfectly with the glittering cobalt seas and summer skies. Explore the island’s charming coastline or head into Lipsi Port and Sokora Bay.

Day 4

Make for Arki and Port Augusta. This largely uninhabited island offers a fine beach for snorkeling at Tiganakia, which is sheltered from the wind. Dine at the few traditional tavernas and taste their specialties.

Day 5

Travel onwards to Patmos, known for its spiritual background and a place of holy pilgrimage. The Book of Revelation is said to have been written inside a cave on the island by St. John. You can visit the Cave of Apocalypse and the Monastery of St. John.

Day 6

Kastelli, Kalymnos Island, showcases the ruins of a 7th century coastal fortress overlooking Telendos. See the view across the sea from this Byzantine monument then enjoy the coves along the coast and the waterfront tavernas.

Day 7

Head back to Kos and disembark.

Useful information for yacht charters in Kos

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How do I get to Kos from the US?

There are several daily flights from Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) to Kos International Airport (KGS). You can fly direct to Athens from New York with Emirates, or with scheduled stops from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago with American Airlines.

The airport is a 30-minute taxi ride away from your base for sailing Kos.

What language is spoken in Kos?

The official language spoken in Kos is Greek, although English is spoken by many locals as well.

What is the currency for Kos?

The currency in Kos is the Euro (EUR).

What documents do I need to sail Kos?

To visit Kos, you’ll need a valid US passport. US citizens do not need a visa for visits to Greece for up to 90 days.

To sail Kos, a sailing license recognized by port authorities is required.

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

How do I get around Kos?

There’s a local bus service between the airport and Kos, Mastichari, Kardamena and Kefalos. The bus stop is 50 meters from the terminal building. Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Kos?

There’s internet access at our marina and via cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots which you can use during your Kos yacht charter. Onboard Wi-Fi service can be added to your charter upon request for an additional fee.

What regulations are there in Kos?

Fishing without permission is prohibited in Kos. Sailing is permitted at night.

Where can I find weather forecasts in Kos?

You can find Kos weather forecasts on the Meteo website. You can also monitor VHF channel 16 for weather reports ahead of your holiday sailing the Dodecanese Islands.

What provisioning is there in Kos?

There is plenty of choice for provisioning in Kos. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my Kos sailing holiday?

Please take only soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in Kos?

The electrical current in Kos is 220V (power sockets are F type).

What is the dialing code for Kos?

The dialing code for Greece is +30, and the Kos area code is 2242.

What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.

Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:

  • More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
  • 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
  • 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
  • Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee

How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?

Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.

What happens if the weather changes while sailing on a Sail Share charter?

The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.

Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?

Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.

Are there child or age restrictions for Sail Share?

Minimum Age: 16 years old

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accomodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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Excellent cruise and very good stay. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.

Maxime

Guadeloupe Skippered

Just returned from another fantastic sailing week at your base in Pula and I would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible on such short notice and without any problems.

Mathias

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The marina itself is a perfect starting point with great facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was amazing and very knowledgeable of the area.”

Jonathan

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What an AMAZING experience. We’ve just returned from a week long skippered charter from Corfu, sailing around the beautiful islands of the Ionian. Paxos, Antipaxos and Corfu Old Town were beautiful and the secluded bays we had the pleasure of visiting thanks to our local skipper, Nicholas, were simply overwhelming. Fly and flops are no longer for us – we’ll be chartering with DYC for the foreseeable future.

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Charlie

British Virgin Islands Bareboat

Baja is my favorite place now. There was something for everyone: sailed under northerlies with mostly calm evenings, snorkeled, fished, bummed it on the sandy beaches, enchanted by pelicans feeding, greeted by the barking sea lions and explored the Ispiritu Santo island geology. DYC La Paz base provided competent professional support with a well provisioned and maintained boat. We were nourished well by an onboard cook arranged with DYC freeing us all for more play. A vacation and an adventure connected with nature.

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Mexico Crewed Premium

All staff were fantastic and made our trip very memorable. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was amazing. The service throughout the trip was always first class!

Tommy

Thailand Cabin

Absolutely recommended. Perfect service and set up. Will charter again and will recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.

Zahradnik

Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of amazing sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. I would like to express my thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our hostess.

Giles

Sardinia Bareboat

For a first cruise as a skipper, the Mediterranean is great. The Dream Yacht Charter service is too!

Thomas

France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and actually got engaged on the first night of our sail! We will certainly be back one day. Thank you for getting us ready for our charter. We were definitely beginners but he gave us a very thorough but very easy to follow training and it gave us a lot of confidence.

George

Australia 

The on board experience was way beyond our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. We could not believe her creativity and delicious meals. Thomas was an excellent skipper. He was always on the lookout for our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, New Caledonia bareboat with crew charter

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New Caledonia Bareboat

Yet again another fantastic sail with another great crew. Thanks again to a great captain and cook. Was totally fantastic.

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It’s always a pleasure sailing with DYC in the UK. Great team, great boats, great sailing. Very flexible and work hard to make your trip a success. Many thanks.

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Unforgettable spots to snorkel and beaches. Very experienced crew. Highly recommend.

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