1. Volcanic Islands Cruise with Palea Kameni Hot Springs
A great and the cheapest one on this list is this volcanic island cruise. Starting from only 26€ per person, this is an absolute bargain. Oh and it is popular and great value!
Cruise to the volcanic islands of Santorini’s caldera region. Swim in the hot springs, admire views from an active volcano and explore island villages.
The highlights are:
Peer into the crater of an active volcano
Swim in volcanic hot springs
Explore the the city of Thirassia on your own
Experience a spectacular sunset in Oia
Below I created a map for you. Here you see where this tour takes you. You get on the boat at Athinios Port, the main island of Santorini itself.
First stop is at Nea Kameni. There you take the path to the crater of the active volcano. As with every tour you have some time to explore and wander.
Next you head to Palea Kameni, the island left-hand and swim in the hot springs.
The hot springs are not super hot water, if this is what you expect, but more warm water.
After getting dry you will sail to Thirassia to visit Manolas, a village accessible by winding stairs, or by a donkey ride up to the village.
In Thirassia you have the time to get lunch. The crew has some recommendations on restaurants. They are good places to eat. However, if you are a bit in shape, you can walk up the village and eat at Panorama Restaurant. It’s a bit cheaper, and the views are wonderful. (make sure you are back on time!)
The last stop takes you to the North of the main Island, the famous Oia village, for a brief stop.
There is the option of extending the tour in Oia to admire the panoramic views and a spectacular sunset.
Depending on what you chose, the duration of the tour is between 6 and 10 hours. This tour is the cheapest one of all, starting from 26€.
“The trip was fun and the sunset was awesome on the boat. I would definitely do it again. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and dont forget your nausea medicine if you are a person that gets sea sick.” – Review from a traveler on GetYourGuide
Cruise around Santorini and get some free time at Nea Kameni volcano. Languish in the hot springs, and watch the sun set over the island on a dinner cruise.
The highlights are:
Climb to the top of the volcano on Nea Kameni Island
Swim in the hot springs at Palia Kameni
Watch the sunset while being wined and dined on a dinner cruise
The tour actually starts at your foot step. They will pick-up at your hotel, and then drive to Athinios Port to hop on the boat.
Cruise to the island of Nea Kameni and get the chance to climb to the top of the volcano.
Continue to Palia Kameni to dive and swim in the hot springs created by the underwater powers of the volcano.
Sail above the underwater craters to Thirasia Island, and anchor close to the shore to relax over a dinner buffet of pork rolls, chicken rolls, rice and baked potatoes, along with Greek salad, tzatziki, bread and seasonal fruit, all served with local wine.
Set sail as the sun begins to sink into the sea and experience the true romance of Santorini from the water.
The itinerary is pretty much the same as #1 in this list. Yet, this activity includes lunch and is usually less busy.
On top of that, the highlight here is the sunset from the boat.
5. Luxury Small Group Catamaran w/ Meal & Open Bar
And if you want to share a little luxury with your people, then we recommend Luxury Small Group Catamaran. You can sail with a small group in the morning or sunset hours around the Santorini caldera aboard a luxury catamaran with an open bar.
After being picked up from your hotel, unwind as you’re taken straight to the port. Take advantage of the snorkeling opportunity with a half-hour stop off the coast of Red Beach, plus 1.5 hours to snorkel in the sea caves of White Beach. Bathe in the lagoon’s hot springs and snorkel in clear waters.
If you choose the morning option, start your day off with a light breakfast onboard the catamaran. Sip on some coffee, tea, and orange juice, with toast and spreads.
Snorkel, swim in hot springs, and enjoy a freshly prepared Greek meal.
This experience include delicious food, amazing views, and the kindest staff. We would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an unforgettable experience. You can swim and dive from the catamaran. The food is freshly prepared on board – live cooking on the grill.
If you travel to Santorini, this experience is a must.
With both websites I receive an instant confirmation email, and the payment can be done online with your credit card. Very simple! The guide will send you an email or call you about the pick-up and meeting point.
Everything is pretty straight forward and simply.
Pick your favorite tour, add your dates, and finalize the booking. Make sure you receive the confirmation email.
And that is it! Congrats, you are about to have a great time!
Especially in summer I recommend to book your tour as early as you can. Tours can be sold out easily, and then you are left with the “less good” tours.
Can you book a Santorini Boat Tour for the next day?
Yes! Just visit Get Your Guide and type in your date. Check the availability. When booking, you will receive a booking confirmation with a phone number. The tour operator will get in touch with you. If the tour is sold out, you won’t be able to book it.
Simply because Santorini’s history is closely related to it, no, because it is a Volcano.
Here is some reviews:
“Very well-organized cruise that delivers what they promise, with a fun vibe. Great for all ages and the boat never felt too full, even with about 30 passengers on board. We stopped three times to swim, and one included snorkeling. Dinner was tasty and plenty of good, drinks on tap apart from beer, which was charged for. Highly recommend it.”
– Louise, Japan
“If you want to get into the water, layout in the sun and visit several beaches, this is the tour for you. We had an incredible time. Our guides were so much fun, the food that was BBQ’d was delicious and the group we toured with were great! Drinks (beer and wine) are included in the price, which is also a HUGE plus. We got to swim with the fishes, take a dip in the hot springs and see the red and white beaches. The catamaran itself was about 3 days old so it was a very nice/clean looking. This was a day we will never forget. We cannot be any happier with this tour!”
– Melisa, United States of America
More unmissable things to do in Santorini
I love to keep it simple. For me there is only three things you cannot miss.
There is many Luxury Hotels to choose from. I especially like Aenaon Villas. It is located on a cliff with amazing views over the sea and area. A very calm area, quite secluded. You will need a rental car or quad to go around. They do offer as well airport transfer.
My best recommendation for families with 1 or 2 kids is the Astra Suites. It has a beautiful pool , suitable for kids, sunset views (for the romantic part of the vacation), and many facilities of luxury.
Some of the rooms also come with fully-equipped kitchen; this is obviously very helpful and a must-have to families.
You will need a boat to get there and come back. You cannot swim! The absolute best way is a day trip to the Volcano. Tours depart from the port of Athinios and from Gialos, the old port of Fira. Please refer to the map.
What are the best Volcano Cruise Tours in Santorini?
See the complete comparison in price, what is included and itinerary here.
Where is Volcano in Santorini?
Most commonly said, the Santorini Volcano would be the central one. However, visible above water is the circular Santorini island group. It consist of Santorini (the main island), Therasia and Aspronisi at the periphery, and the Kameni islands at the center. The Kameni Island would be the one most people refer to as Volcano.
Is Santorini volcano dangerous?
At present, the volcano of Santorini is still dormant, or “sleeping“. This means that it is indeed still active, but an explosion is not believed to be imminent. Please note that there is always a minimal risk when visiting a Volcano.
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Update: Unfortunately the two tours below “Exclusive Catamaran Tour” and “Luxury Catamaran Cruise” no longer exist. We have removed and replaced them to keep this article up to date for you.
3. Exclusive Catamaran Tour
This list would not be complete without a Catamaran tour. This tour does not take you to the Volcano BUT the Caldera – important.
This is my #1 recommendation if you prefer a semi-private tour with less than 25 people. It is a bit more expensive, but 100% worth it! It’s a different option and I think it’s important to you to see what other options you have.
The tour includes:
Sail in the Caldera during morning or evening to see a spectacular sunset
Swim and snorkel near the Red and White Beach
Enjoy a barbecue meal of local delicacies with drinks
Visit the Hot Springs
Discover unique parts of Santorini not reachable by car
Yes you read well, a barbecue is included, as well as drinks (white wine, beer, soft drinks, water).
They do also bring snorkeling equipment. You only have to be willing to jump in the water!
And the groups are small. A really nice way to meet other fellow travelers and enjoy Santorini and its hidden beach spots.
I could not find this tour on Airbnb Experiences. There is more private tours, although we enjoyed this one!
(Personally I did not do this so far. It was added by a close friend of mine visiting Santorini beginning of May)
This is the most complete volcano tour out there! A bit more upscale than the others mentioned.
You start in the North, near Oia, cruise around the Volcano and the Hot Spring all the way to the lighthouse and exclusives beaches in the South.
For me, it includes all the best parts of all the tours mentioned above.
It includes a delicious Greek meal, local beer and wine, cocktails, and is overall a more intimate experience. The group is kept very small, only up to 10 people can join.
The staff makes this cruise extra special too! The pickup at your hotel/ hostel/ apartment goes smooth, and they even offer vegetarian meal options, besides the typical Greek dishes of BBQ fish, shrimps and chicken.