Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com
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Sailing the Caldera in Santorini

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com
“A rough day at sea is better than any day at the office.”

If you are anything like us, our vision of Santorini, Greece included bright blue waters and cliffside living.  The towns are scattered on the edge of the cliffs facing the rich blue waters of the Aegean Sea.  What makes Santorini so unique is that a caldera has formed which helps to create the basis for the cliffside towns.  Quick geography lesson on calderas, they are essentially a volcanic crater that is formed when the magma is emptied from a volcano chamber and collapses.  Anyone else find that to be as cool as me?

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

Santorini has plenty of opportunities to get a bird’s eye view of the caldera!  We outlined some of our favorite lodging options here which offer a natural viewing option for the caldera in Santorini.  We always like to see areas from various vantage points therefore, we decided to explore Santorini from the water as well!

We chose to book with Santorini Sailing, not only do they offer small group sailings but they pride themselves on the culinary experience as well.  The best of both worlds for us!

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

Included in the rate is a roundtrip transfer from your hotel.  We were transported to the Vlihada Marina in a comfortable, air conditioned van.  The marina offers a few shops to explore while we waited to sail.

We chose to book the 5 hour Sailing Catamaran Tour of the Caldera in Santorini.  Their sailing fleet offers 3 boats, we were on the Blue Lagoon but you really can’t go wrong.  I am sure service and food are the same on both!  Here is one of the other boat options, the Dream Catcher.

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

After departing the marina, we sailed past the red rock beach.

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

It was really interesting to learn about the variety of rocks that form the island. Can you see the red tint to the rocks? No surprise this beach is named red beach.

Soon after we set sail, we were offered beverages.  A glass of wine and this view of the caldera in Santorini?  I was in heaven.

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

The staff was extremely friendly and offered to take photos for us along the way.

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

Once we set sail, the rock formations were instantly intriguing as the colors really varied.  We did not appreciate this difference from above.

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

Our first stop was for a swim! As usual, Brian was eager to jump in the water.

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

After about 45 minutes of swimming, it was time to make our way to the next stop.  We were headed to the island in the middle of the caldera.

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

It was time for more swimming as our lunch was prepared.  This was a unique stop in that as you got closer to the rock, a natural hot spring was formed due to the thermal activity.  Word of caution, there is a lot of sulfur as you get closer to the rocks.  Either don’t swim there or be prepared for an orange tinted swimsuit when you are done!

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

It was time for lunch…..let me just say this is where Santorini Sailing sets itself apart from any other sailing trips we have experienced.  The cuisine is amazing that was prepared on-board this catamaran!

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

We were served fresh calamari, seafood pasta, a vegetarian dish and greek salad.  Fresh bread, wine and beer were free flowing as well.  To top it off, we ended the meal with Ouzo!  Absolutely worth the price when you consider all these inclusions!

With our bellies full, it was definitely time to relax before heading back.

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

Overall the views were quite different than we experienced from above.  We had a great appreciation for the various rock formations and how the caldera was formed by getting down in the water!

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

Overall we highly recommend seeing the caldera from a different perspective.  Santorini Sailing is highly recommended.  As of May 2016, their advertised rates are €165 per person.  When you include the roundtrip transfer and hearty meal(plus drinks), it is worth every penny!

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

Have you been to Santorini? What was your favorite spot to view the caldera in Santorini?

Santorini, Greece is famous for its cliffside towns and caldera views. While the birdseye view is fantastic, it's worth it to explore the island from the water as well! | www.eatworktravel.com

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7 Comments

  1. Your sailing excursion around Santorini looks heavenly. This is definitely something that’s on my travel bucket list! Gorgeous photos too 🙂

  2. Santorini has long been on my travel list and I have been reading experiences of others there. Enjoyed the sailing experience that you shared. Thanks for sharing it at #WeekendWanderlust

  3. So stinking COOL! We were there a year ago and decided not to do a caldera boat tour since the weather turned crappy on the day we had earmarked for it. So sad! BUT Santorini is one of the few places that I KNOW we have to return to – probably for a wedding anniversary!
    #WeekendWanderlust

  4. What a wonderful experience! Looks like you guys had some amazing views and an incredible day!

  5. Wow. I am so jealous! This looks like a magical day. Clear blue waters, delicious seafood and best of all sailing. I’m dying to learn to sail and until then I’ll jump on a boat any chance I get. Looks like you had a wonderful day.

  6. So pleased you got out on the water. For me, my time in Santorini would not have been complete without getting out into the caldera (and yes you are right, is it a cool geographical phenomenon! We went to the places you did on two separate trips. A sailing boat took us to the thermal springs, to climb the volcano, Tharassia and to Oia and then we got a smaller boat to the White/Red/Black Beach. I remember though seeing the Dreamcatcher (think I have a photo actually) and thinking how nice it would be on there ! Lucky you to experience that! Great memories, thanks for sharing your time there. #weekendwanderlust

  7. Looks like a wonderful adventure. Great pictures. I Definatly want to get out on the water should I get to Santorini. Thanks for sharing 😎.

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