Everything you need to know when booking a private boat tour on the Amalfi Coast
Create unforgettable experiences with a private boat tour on the Amalfi Coast. Exploring the cities like Sorrento, Capri and Positano with transparent turquoise water along the Amalfi coastline while being kissed by the Italian sun is an adventure you’ll never forget. How much it costs, how to navigate from Naples to Capri, what kind of private boat tours are available and everything in between; keep reading and you’ll discover all there is to know!
Here are all your questions answered and everything you need to know to get started on your private boat trip
to the Amalfi Coast:
Is it worth taking a private boat trip to the Amalfi Coast?
Absolutely! A private boat tour along the Amalfi Coast is an experience like no other. From the town of Amalfi to the colorful cliffside of Positano, the stunning coastline of Maiori, and hidden gems like the Blue Grotto, a private boat tour provides the perfect opportunity to soak in the beauty of these breathtaking towns from a unique perspective on the water.
How much does a private boat tour to the Amalfi Coast cost?
The price of a private boat cruise can depend on a few things - First of all if it's private for you or shared with other people. Clearly private experiences are much more expensive than group tours. But it's also a matter of how long you'd like to have the boat for (half-day, full day, multi-day cruise) how big the boat is, where you're starting from, how many people are joining, what kind of boat it is and more. What's included in the package will also affect the cost. Just to give an idea, the price for a private boat tour for a full day will start from €800-1500 with the smaller boats, €2000-3000 with medium size boats, €4000-5000 with the larger boats and it can go over €10k with the top luxury yachts.
Where does the private boat tour start?
The good news is that you have options when it comes to departure points for the private boat tour - whether you're docking at the port of Naples (a go-to for cruise enthusiasts), prefer to embark from the charming locales of Positano, Capri, Sorrento or stay in less crowded towns like Ravello, Minori or Maiori - the choice is all yours. If your accommodations come equipped with a private pier, you can even be picked up from your primary location.
What kind of boats are available?
Small: 15-28 ft - The best thing about these boats is that they are the least expensive ones. They generally have rear and/or front seats, as well as space for sunbathing in the bow. They generally do not have toilets on board. They also have less powerful engines so the cruise speed will be slower. Capacity is typically between 2-8 people.
Medium: 30-48 ft - The medium sized boats offer more space and comfort and are suitable for a larger group of people (up to 12). They generally have space below deck including the toilet. With the extra space, you can seat more people and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast with your companions. Thanks to more powerful motors, they allow a faster cruise speed. They are the most popular choice, which means that they will sell out soon in the season!
Large: 50-75 ft - The larger yachts offer more space, comfort, and amenities, making it a more enjoyable and luxurious experience. They also tend to be very powerful allowing the highest cruise speed. If money is not an issue, go with this one, espcecially if you are a party of 10 or more.
Extra large: 80+ ft - The extra large yachts are clearly the most expensive ones with prices starting from €10k per day. They are more generally utilized for multi-day private cruises.
How long does a boat tour of the Amalfi Coast last?
Boat tours of the Amalfi Coast offer a range of options. A half-day trip usually lasts about 4 hours, while a full-day adventure can run anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. Weekend or week long private boat rentals are available options as well. But the most popular is for sure the full-day trip.
Should I book a half day or full day boat tour if I’m in Naples?
If you wish to book a boat tour from Naples to the Amalfi Coast, a full day is necessary. However, if your starting point is Sorrento, Capri, Positano, or one of the smaller cities such as Ravello, Minori or Maiori, a half-day boat tour is an option.
Do I need to book in advance?
Absolutely yes. The sooner the better because boats tend to sell out - especially in the summer.
How long does it take to navigate from Naples to Capri with a boat tour?
Navigating a boat trip from Naples to Capri generally takes an hour, weather permitting.
How far is Capri/Positano/Amalfi from Naples?
Naples is one of the primary arrival destinations for cruise ships so, departing from there varies on which destination at the Amalfi Coast you choose to arrive at. Taking a private boat from Naples to Capri typically requires approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. However, the distance between Sorrento to Capri, Capri to Positano, or Positano to Maiori is much closer, which makes driving from port to port a feasible option.
When is the best time to go to Amalfi Coast?
The best time to go to the Amalfi Coast is from May to October because the weather will be wonderful for boat tours, swimming in the sea, exploring the cities like Capri, Sorrento and Positano, and basking under the warm coastal sun. April is possible to visit the Amalfi Coast and also early November, but your options may be limited.
What’s included when booking a boat tour?
When it comes to boat rentals, what's included in the package can vary, from the private boat itself to the skipper, fuel, port fees, towels, drinks, food, and even ground transfers - so it's important to clarify what's covered before making a decision.
We are a group of 25 people - what can I do?
If you are a large group heading to the Amalfi Coast, it is possible to book a private boat. By law, the maximum is 12 people but we can arrange to find a boat with the appropriate license.
Is a boat tour of the Amalfi Coast suitable for children?
A boat cruise of the Amalfi Coast can be a fun and exciting way for families to explore and create unforgettable memories together. However, it's important to keep in mind that you'll be spending a lot of time in the sun - so having a shaded area on the boat can make a big difference in the comfort level for your family. Having space below deck is also very useful as it gives space to rest for children of younger age.
Can I do a sunset tour?
Yes! It’s absolutely beautiful! Seeing the sun setting in the Mediterranean sea while drinking prosecco will probably remain among your most beautiful lifetime memories. We suggest starting from Sorrento because the Lattari Mountains can obstruct the view if you are departing on the side of Amalfi. Moreover after the sunset tour, the boat can drop you off at one of the lovely restaurants on the coast for an unforgettable candle light dinner on the sea.
Can the boat tour stop for swimming in the Amalfi Coast?
Of course! There are spots and beaches along the coastline where the boat stop for you to enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Amalfi Coast.
Do the boats have toilets onboard?
Generally yes. From the medium range and up, they always have toilets. For the smaller versions it’s better to ask ahead of time.
Do I bring my own food/drink on the boat tour?
Sometimes the drinks are offered/included but it’s always best to double-check first.
If you’re interested, contact us and we can help arrange your boat excursion to the Amalfi Coast.