What's the difference between a private and shared tour?
Private tours include exclusive use of a boat with a skipper, so there are no other passengers besides you and your group. The maximum number of passengers depends upon the type of boat you book, but it varies from 6 to 12. Though there is a general itinerary for private tours, there is also maximum flexibility for stopping to swim, docking on land, or stopping for lunch.
Group tours have a fixed itinerary and you share the boat with other passengers - from 7 to 40-50, depending upon the tour. Classic Capri small-group boat tours include 12 passengers.
What's the best length of time for a boat tour?
If you are taking a boat tour of Capri from the mainland and also want to dock on the island to explore a bit on land, you should book an 8-hour boat tour. For a boat tour of the Amalfi Coast with no stops on land, a 4-hour tour is long enough.
What's the difference between a gozzo boat and a speedboat?
A gozzo is the traditional boat, complete made of wood. It has a large sundeck in the front and padded couches in the back under the sun awning. Larger gozzo boat also have a cabin with a WC and galley.
Speedboats are more powerful and faster than gozzo boats, but smaller speedboats may not have a restroom on board so check in advance.
Can I rent a boat and drive it myself?
Of course, there are a number of different boats that you can rent without a skipper. In our listings, you'll find boats with engines under 40 HP that you don't need a boating license to rent. We recommend renting a boat without a skipper only if you have experience driving a boat.
Is there a restroom on the boat?
Yes, most boats have a WC on board though smaller gozzo boats and speedboats may not have a restroom. If you need to have a WC on board, make sure to check the amenities before booking (they are listed in each tour's description).
Can I bring pets on board?
Yes, small dogs can be brought on board private boats and many shared tours. For larger dogs, check directly with the boat tour company before booking.
I want to visit the Blue Grotto on my boat tour. How does it work?
During the tour, the boat will moor near the grotto opening. Small rowboats pass through the larger boats to pick up passengers who want to enter the grotto. You must purchase a grotto ticket at the floating ticket office moored near the entrance to the Blue Grotto, paying in cash. The queue to enter the grotto can be very long, up to two or three hours in high season. We recommend visiting in the early morning or late afternoon.
Are boat tours family-friendly?
There is no age limit for boat tours and all boats have a sun awning and safety gear for children. You can leave your stroller or pushchair at the port office while you are on your tour. We recommend booking a shorter boat tour if you are traveling with children under three, especially if they are not used to being on a boat.
Can I bring my suitcases or bags on board?
Larger boats with an enclosed cabin have storage space for luggage.