If there is one thing more enjoyable than watching the glistening Mediterranean Sea from a swanky North Cyprus villa, it must be to sail in it! There are a variety of companies which offer boat trips from Kyrenia harbour, from short trips along the coast to full-day excursions.
A boat trip around Northern Cyprus coast can be a fun day for the whole family. Sail out from Kyrenia’s picturesque harbour past the impressive Kyrenia Castle and out around the coast, your Swedish or English speaking guide will point out landmarks such as St.Hilarion Castle, before the anchor is dropped and it is time to snorkel in the warm Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a drink before lunch is served, either on board or on a secluded cove or beach. Check what’s on offer when you book your cruise in Kyrenia harbour, so you can bring a packed lunch, food and drink if it’s not included in the price of the trip.
If you’ve been on holiday in a coastal town in Turkey, you will probably have seen these beautiful wooden boats along the Turkish coast. Some boat operators in North Cyprus offers trips on a Gullet with wonderful mountain views from the water, with swimming, water sports and generous lunch. An average the boat departs around 10:30 and returning to the port 16:30.
To sail into the sunset on North Cyprus is perhaps the most romantic moment of your stay in North Cyprus, and several companies offer sunset cruise with dinner.
What one should take on a boat trip
What you need to bring is your bathing suit, towel and sunscreen (waterproof if you want to swim). You should also bring a hat or cap and sunglasses when the midday sun can be very strong. In addition, we advise clients to bring your camera to capture the stunning views of the mountains on picture, and a pair of binoculars if you want to take a closer look!
Most companies hand out masks fins and snorkel, but you are always welcome to bring your own equipment. If you choose to snorkel, you can see sea urchins, flat fish, jellyfish, shrimp, squid, and maybe even swim with a turtle in a secluded cove. If you get burned easily, wears a t-shirt when snorkelling, to prevent your back getting burned, and apply plenty of waterproof sunscreen.