Discovering Lefkada and Meganissi by boat


Exploring the Ionian Islands under sail or by skippered motor yacht is the perfect way to unwind on holiday. Chartering a boat gives you the freedom to anchor in one of the many bays, beaches or inlets and explore some of the many small Greek fishing harbours. Whether you prefer to potter around the enchanting coastlines of Lefkada and Meganissi or spend time exploring the mainland coast, you will have a day to remember.

Here are a few options for sail boats and motor yacht charters. For more information and prices, please call +44 (0) 203 603 4478 or email

30-hour day-and-night sailboat charters

A fabulous way to start your holiday (before checking in at your villa) or end it (after checking out) is to spend a full 30 hours on board a skippered sail boat. 

Embarking at 10:00am, you'll cruise around Lefkada and Meganissi and their neighbouring islands, stopping off to plunge into the crystalline turquoise waters for swims and snorkelling, discovering hidden caves, soaking up the sun in the cooling sea breezes, dining on board or in a seafront taverna, and spending a night in the comfortable cabins.

After a good night's sleep, rocking to the gentle rhythm of the lapping waves, you'll wake up to breakfast and continue your cruising until 4:00pm.

Your boat

You'll be on a 45ft Jenneau Sun Odyssey, with three cabins (two of which are en-suite), a saloon and plenty of deck space.

For information about prices, what's included, and further details, please contact your Experience Specialist on +44 (0) 203 603 4478 or email them at  


Luxury motor yacht charters

Full day charters

Let us organise a luxury day cruise around the beautiful Ionian Islands for you. Just choose a destination from the two zones below and we’ll organise the rest!

Zone A: Scorpios, Meganissi, Poros Bay, Sivota, Palarios, Kefali Bay
Zone B: Meganissi, Kalamos, Kastos

Early evening and dinner charters

We can also arrange a superb summer's evening trip, setting off at 6pm with a glass of champagne. Afterwards you'll cruise off to an island taverna for a mouthwatering dinner*, before returning home at about midnight.

* dinner is not included in the price

Destinations: Meganissi

Your boat will be a Karnic 2965, known for her impeccable sea-keeping and a cruising efficiency that is enhanced by a full-length transom platform. The transom has a large seating area and double sunbed on the foredeck, while the cockpit and open-plan saloon can be used as a comfort area. The Karnic 2965 is an extremely competent motor yacht for its size and is ideal for swift, long-range cruising.


Sail boat charters and courses

Enjoy sailing round the many islands scattered in the Northern part of the 'Inland sea'. Around Lefkada island you can sail as far south as Sivota, and as far North as Lefkada town. It is also possible to sail to the mainland coast which offers many charming anchorages.

Meganissi offers an enormous choice for places to stop at anchor or to explore a fishing village and buy lunch.

Bareboat charters

If you are a competent sailor you are welcome to rent one of our boats for the day. At the start of the day you will receive a full boat briefing from a Day Sail Adventures skipper, who will also pass on some local knowledge on where to go and local weather information. The boat will be yours from 9:30am to 6pm.

Skippered charters - a brilliant introduction to sailing

If you have little experience of sailing, but would like to enjoy the freedom of exploring the islands on your very own private sail boat, then a skippered charter can offer you just that and much more. Our qualified skippers will tailor the day to your requirements.

Whether you want to sit back and relax, or would like a hands on sailing experience, your skipper has the local knowledge and experience to show you the ropes and to sail you to the best places the Ionian has to offer.

Your day starts at 9:30 am (or later if you wish). You sail to one of the many beautiful bays, beaches or inlets for a mid-morning swim, before sailing off to find lunch in a taverna at midday. In the afternoon you can enjoy sailing around the islands and practice your new found sailing skills, finishing with an afternoon swim from the boat in a sheltered bay before heading back to port for 6pm. A relaxing yet active day, you can learn as much or as little as you like, and the day can move at your chosen pace.

Sailing Courses

Ever dreamt of learning to sail, and exploring the Ionian islands by wind power alone? These sailing courses are designed to give you the knowledge and confidence required to set sail on your own once you have reached level 2. They are run by qualified instructors and on passing your course you will receive a log book and a Greek recognised certificate.

Introduction to sailing - level 1

This 2-day course is for people who have very little or no previous experience. Your instructor will introduce you step by step to sailing techniques, wind awareness, handling under engine, some knots, safety procedures and more. After the course you will be confident on board a sailing yacht and will be a competent crew with experience at the helm and seaman ship skills.

Day Sail Adventures Certificate of Competence - level 2

This 2-day course is designed to get you ready for taking out a sailing yacht out on your own in non-tidal waters. You need to have experience as crew (our level 1 course or equivalent). You will learn navigation, mooring up, anchoring, knots, rules of the road and much more.

One-day sailing course

This one day training is ideal for those who want a refresher with a qualified instructor before they head out on the water, or for those who just want to learn how to sail for the day, without reaching a level. 

The boats

The boats used is a Beneteau First 211, 21 foot modern day cruiser/racer, known as the 'pocket rocket'.

Full safety inventory on board, Ionian pilot guide, chart, compass and Portland plotter, children's life jackets if required, lifting keel, new depth sounder 2011, CD player, DSC radio, sun awning, rigged for easy cruising.


Terms and conditions

Think Experiences are provided by independent local companies which are neither owned nor controlled by The Thinking Traveller and for whom we act only as an agent. Whilst every effort is made to keep the description of every Think Experience up to date, the provider may cancel or amend your experience at their discretion for many reasons including where it considers that there may be a risk to your comfort, health or safety. Some excursions/activities (i.e. helicopter rides, excursions on Mount Etna, boat charter, etc.) may contain an element of risk or require a good level of physical fitness, and, if in doubt, you should contact us so we can put you in contact directly with the local provider before deciding to buy. Please also check that you are covered for the activity(ies) in question by your travel insurance policy.

In acting in the capacity of an agent on behalf of the provider, your contract will be with that provider and will be subject to their standard terms and conditions, and it will not form part of your contracted holiday arrangements with us. Any complaint (including any allegation of breach of contract or negligence) should be taken up with the excursion/activity provider directly. We will do our best to assist you but will have no liability in relation to the performance of that contract.

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