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Rent a boat without a license in Crete

November 26, 2021

Have you ever dreamed of sailing the turquoise blue waters of Crete on a private boat? Do you want to feel the wind through your hair and smell the fresh air while relaxing in the exact spot you have wanted to visit for so long?

Imagine yourself in a boat, swimming among turquoise waters. Bright blue of the sea, intensifying hue of the full yellow sun! This is the real holiday experience!   

RENTING A BOAT for a day, week or a weekend, is one of the most popular activities in Crete. However a lot of people don’t know that they can rent a boat on a Greek island WITHOUT A LICENSE.

You don’t need a boat license, or a captain’s license to rent a small engine boat in Crete. You can rent a boat without a license in Crete and discover the islands and creeks by yourself!

Crete is an island with an exceptional climate and natural beauty. It has already been said that the big blue cloud of the Aegean Sea is particularly humid and pleasantly soft. Rent a bareboat to explore the island away from civlization.

RENTING A BOAT is one of the most popular ways of experiencing the wonderful resort island of Crete. The boat itself is an excellent way to discover the vast and beautiful Sea of the Mediterranean, with great weather and always sunny days, and mostly calm and clean Sea.

Balos Boat Trip

Balos beach by boat

Is renting a boat without a license possible in Crete?

Yes, it is possible. There are plenty of boat-rental agencies in Crete that offer this service. 

 If you chose to rent a boat without a skipper and without a  license, you are automatically insured for third party liability.  There is an additional cost to ensure the boat.

Be aware of renting a boat from a private individual. In this case, you might be liable for any damage or injury to others, or their property, as you would in an accident.


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Visit Menies Beach in Crete with a boat


How can you rent a boat by yourself?

YES, you can. The best way to rent a boat by yourself is to google search on the internet about boat rental companies near me. Then check their sites to see what they offer and also read  what other people say about them in trip advisor or google my business.

Another option is to go directly  to an agency that rents boats, ask what kind of boats they have and the prices.

You don’t need a skipper to rent a boat for a private tour on the Greek islands. 

Best Boat Rentals in Crete

Is license a requirement to rent a boat?

You don’t need a license to rent a boat with less than a 30 hp engine in Greece. So if you know your way around, you can rent a small motorboat and enjoy the privacy of your own.  That way you can also evade the cost of hiring a crew and decrease the final cost of your boat rental.

You can go out fishing with one of those boats or even take it to explore the coast of Crete, and you won’t need any license for renting a small boat with a 30 hp engine.

However, if you want to rent a motorboat with an engine larger than 30 hp, you need a LISENCE.

private RIB Charters in Crete, Kissamos

Vessels with engines larger than 30 hp require a valid boat license or a skipper in order to rent


How to rent a boat without a license in Crete

Before renting a boat in Crete, you should know that boating licenses are required in most cases but not all!

The best way to rent a boat without a license in Crete is to CONTACT A LOCAL COMPANY that rent boats that don’t require a license.


You can manage that with the following ways:

Google search with the keywords “rent a boat without a license near me” or “boat rental in Crete”. To be more specific add the location that you are staying such as Chania, Kolymbari, Ierapetra, Kissamos etc.

Visit a local boat rental company near you to get immediate information about renting a boat without a license in Crete.

Ask your hotel concierge to book you directly or ask for recommendations about the best boat rental companies.

Take a walk to the closest port near you,  find by yourselfall the” boats for rent” of the area and speak directly to the owners or the employees of the companies. 


There are lots of boat rental companies in Crete. However, for more information about renting boats in Crete, we recommend you check out SEAze the Day‘s  Boat Rental Greece website .


how to rent a boat in Crete, Chania



What is the best time to rent a boat without a license in Crete?

Some say the boat rental season in Crete starts on Easter, but it’s better to check with the city’s tourist office where you want to rent a boat. If you plan to travel around Crete by boat, you should be aware that sea traffic in the island is at its busiest during  July and August (Crete’s high season) but be sure that even in high season you will be more in privacy by exploring the coast by boat than traveling by car to a famous destination in Crete.


Rent a boat without a skipper and without a license in Crete

the typical capacity of a small motorboat is up to 4 persons


What Safety Measures should you take when Renting a boat without a license in Crete?

Before renting a boat by yourself, you should have in mind the following:


CHOOSE a reliable and experienced company that has been established for quite some time and has a good reputation. 

Second Critical Point-WEATHER CONDITIONS

It is also very important to check the weather conditions from reliable websites, such as windy, poseidon, windfinder and meteo. Advise also the opinion of the employees of the local boat rental company.

Third Critical Point-SAFETY

Finally, pay attention to the captain’s briefing regarding the boat safety. Be sure that the secondary engine works, and that you know how to use it before you start your trip. The boat should be equiped with lifejackets,  boxpharmacy, fire extinguishers, marine safety equipment, anchor ropes, e.t.c. A gps tracker is also a “must”, so you can be tracked in case of emergency. Be sure to provide your phone number to the rental company.

Fourth Critical Point-PRICE vs QUALITY 

While looking into the different options for boat rentals, make sure to clarify with the companies the different charges. Choose companies that have their price list on their website. The prices may vary depending on season, destination and quality.


safety on a boat for rent in Crete

Check the safety equipment before the boat rental



There are many things to do in Crete, but visiting the Crete’s coast line by private boat, is an experience many people should have at least  once in a lifetime.

If you are looking for an unforgetable boat tour, then you should choose SEAze the Day boat rental company! We offer great boats and professional services!

We can help you decide to choose the itinerary that suits you best, so that your vacation will be full of pleasant surprises.


Rent a Boat in Crete


Where can I rent  a boat in Crete provided by SEAze The Day Boat Rental Company?

Our main office is based in Chania, one of the best cities in Greece. The office is open all year round, so come and visit us whenever you wish.

You can also find us in Kolimbari, Kissamos and Ierapetra of Crete.

Kolimbari is a small village with a very nice traditional port where you can find nice  local fishing taverns and a nice sandy beach. From there you can rent a boat without a lisence and visit beautiful, unspoiled beaches such as Menies, Chironisia, and many others that are not accessible by car. 

We recommend you rent a small boat without a license from the port of Kolimbari to sail along the stanning coast or Rodopou. Otherwise you can also choose to rent one of our skippered boats (RIBs)


What to expect from us

We work to ensure that you enjoy your holiday and have a memorable time on the water.

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, whether you’re looking for speed, excitement, or tranquility, our friendly and professional staff will be able to advise you on a lovely way to make the most of your holiday.  We would also guide you in the use of the boats. 

Lastly, we offer a complete service from the moment you arrive at our office until the last day of your holiday – we can assist you with any request or problem that might arise during your stay on Crete.

We offer a variety of different kinds and sizes of boats for rent according to your needs. You can rent small boats without a license and without a skipper in Kolimbari port, or a skippered RIB from Chania, Kolimbari, Kissamos and Ierapetra for a private trip to Balos, Menies or other famous destinations in Crete.

If you want to spend a wonderful day at the Cretan sea, you can rent your boat here.


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