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.What’s on this page
Sailing the Island of Kos
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.
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Things to do in Kos
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.
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.
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 sailing itinerary
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head back to Kos and disembark.
Useful information for yacht charters in Kos
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.
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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
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