Best Milos Boat Tour – Choosing A Milos Sailing Tour 2024 Guide

Taking a Milos boat tour is an amazing experience, and one of the best ways to see this beautiful Greek island. Here's everything you need to know about choosing a sailing tour in Milos.

A Milos island catamaran tour is the perfect way to see the island from a unique angle.

Boat trips are a perfect way to explore Milos

The Greek island of Milos is renowned for its beautiful landscapes, beaches, and numerous sea caves. This is best represented by Kleftiko, a former Pirate's bay, and a must-see when visiting Milos.

The best way to enjoy the awe-inspiring volcanic coastline, and swim in the crystal clear turquoise waters of Kleftiko and other hidden gems in Milos is to take a sailing trip.

I've been fortunate to have visited Milos twice now, and have taken boat tours on both occasions. They are among the most memorable experiences I've had on Milos, and I highly recommend that you consider a Milos boat tour during your own vacation.

If you're thinking about taking one or two Milos day trips when you're on the island, here's everything you need to know about choosing a sailing trip.

Tips for choosing Milos Boat Tours

As some of the best beaches in Milos can only be reached by boat, I'd suggest taking a Milos sailing tour during your vacation. This is what I did, and loved every minute of it!

There's a few different Milos sailing tours available, and I opted for a full day circumnavigation of Milos. This included highlights such as Poliegos island, Kleftiko beach, Gerakas and more.

There are plenty of other boat tours in Milos available, and most visit Kleftiko beach on Milos. Keep in mind you might prefer a non-windy day for your Milos boat cruise!

All of the boat trips leave from Adamas, which is the main port town in Milos. If you are staying in another area on the island, you'll have to work out how to get to Adamas in time to take your tour.

Milos adventure sailing trips

Best Milos Boat Tours

While you can book a boat trip when you are in Milos, keep in mind that tours do sell out, particularly in the peak season months of July and August. For peace of mind, I suggest booking a Milos boat cruise online before you arrive.

Get Your Guide have a number of interesting cruises around Milos to choose from. Most tours include stops at the pirate caves of Kleftiko, and many include lunch. It's worth comparing the differences of each one to see which you find the most appealing and suitable:

Kleftiko Bay in the the Cyclades island of Milos, Greece

Milos Boat Tour

My experiences of a full day Milos sailing tour started at 8.30 when I boarded the boat Chrysovalandou II catamaran at Adamas port. From here, we followed the route shown around the island in a clockwise direction.

The route our Milos sailing tour followed around the Greek island of Milos


I'll try and break down the areas we visited along with some pictures of Milos, Greece. Here's a short video so you can get a taste of the Milos sailing experience!

Blue seas and unique volcanic rock formations were a highlight of the Milos boat tour

The basic sailing itinerary looked a little like this:

  • Leave Adamas, and sail past the pretty fishing villages of Skinopi, Klima, Fourkovouni, and Areti with their colourful little houses.
  • Sail past the Arkoudes rocks which look a little like a bear. I think I saw a rabbit in the rocks too!
  • Sail up to the Glaronisia volcanic islands with their unique features
  • Sail on to Poliegos island, where there's a stop for swimming
  • On to Firlingos for more swimming
  • On to Gerakos for more swimming
  • Sail to Kelftiko Beach … yes more swimming!
  • Sail back to Adamas port

I think that is more or less what we did on this Milos tour. There was also a delicious lunch in the middle of there somewhere as well!

Kleftiko Milos

If you don't take a boat trip to Kleftiko beach, then you haven't had a proper vacation in Milos!

One of the real highlights of a Milos boat tour, is being able to see Kleftiko Beach. This beach is as iconic as Sarakiniko beach, and is a ‘must see' when visiting Milos island, Greece.

Kleftiko Milos is also known as the ‘Pirate Bay‘, and legend has it that one of the caves may have treasure waiting to be found. Will you find it when swimming at Kleftiko beach? Let me know if you do!

Kleftiko Beach

Is Kleftiko a beach? Good question! It often gets referred to as a beach, but in its strictest definition of the word, it's not really. Instead, it is a sheltered bay.

The cluster of naturally eroded white volcanic cliffs, rocks and caves which make up Kelftiko do provide the perfect setting for swimming and relaxation though.

If you've been wanting to get that perfect photo of you diving off the side of a boat, there is probably no better place in the world than Kleftiko Milos!

Kleftiko Caves

You can swim through and into many of the Kleftiko caves and tunnels, depending on the calmness of the sea and the tide.

For the most part, the bay is very well sheltered, and so you'll have the time of your life!

Our catamaran had snorkelling gear available for people to use so they could snorkel at Kleftiko beach. You might want to make sure that any Milos sailing trip you take has the same.

Pictures of Milos, Greece

Here's a few of the photos of Milos I took when sailing around the island. Just in case you need the extra inspiration!

A few pictures of Milos island, taken when taking a boat tour

How to book a Milos island sailing tour

I don't think there's a massive need to book a Milos sailing trip weeks in advance, unless visiting the island in August. This is always a busy month no matter where you are in Greece, and you can guarantee that the Milos boat tours will be busy at this time.

However, you can book ahead if you wish. Below, I've given you a few different options of sailing trips around Milos you can choose from.

West Milos and Kleftiko Beach 5-Hour Catamaran Cruise** Click Here **

Kleftiko Full Day Sailing Cruise with Snorkeling & Lunch –  ** Click Here **

Full Day Sailing Cruise to Kleftiko ** Click Here **

Practical advice for Milos catamaran tour

Here's a few things you should consider and keep in mind when taking the catamaran tour around Milos.

  • Strong winds or bad weather may mean the sailing trip is cancelled or the route altered.
  • Check that snacks and drinks are included in the price (it was on my tour)
  • Bring LOTS of sunblock! The sun reflects off the waves.
  • Consider taking a Go-Pro or other waterproof camera for awesome video and instagram shots!
  • Some tours may provide cameras at an extra charge for underwater pictures.
  • Be prepared for sea sickness.

Milos Boat Trips FAQ

Readers who want to see the beautiful beaches and numerous caves along the stunning Milos coastline when planning their Greek island hopping itinerary often ask questions similar to:

How do I choose a Milos sailing tour?

The boat trips in Milos are normally full or half day tours. A full day tour offers the most value, but you should ask questions about extras and what is included, such as are lunch, water and soft drinks provided, and are there any masks and snorkels you can use.

How do I get to Kleftiko Milos?

The easiest way for most people to get to Kleftiko is to take a sailing trip from Adamas, the main town in Milos. It is also possible to hike to Kleftiko Bay, but you need to drive to a remote part of the island to do so.

How many days do you need in Milos Greece?

For the most enjoyable time on Milos, aim to spend two or three days on the island. This gives you the opportunity to see the colorful little houses in the traditional fishing villages, visit the amazing beach of Sarakiniko, and take a day trip on a boat along the coastline.

Is there a guidebook available for Milos Island in Greece?

There is only one guidebook to Milos and Kimolos islands in Greece published by Real Greek Experiences. It offers valuable insights into planning a trip to Milos, including itineraries, where to stay, and more!

Milos Island Travel Guide

Looking for more information on what to do in Milos? My Milos Travel Guide has everything you need! From what to see in Milos to where to stay, it's got lots of useful and practical travel tips to help plan a vacation in Milos.

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If you are using Pinterest boards to gather together information about things to do on the Greek islands, by all means pin this Milos boat excursion blog post for later.

A catamaran cruise around the Greek island of Milos is a once in a lifetime experience!


Milos Boat Trip Final Thoughts

I think Milos is my new favourite Greek island when it comes to beaches. From the unique white beach of Sarakiniko to the sands of Paliorema backed by an abandoned sulphur mine, you could visit a different beach every day of your vacation, and still not see them all.

Sailing around the beautiful Greek island of Milos is a must-do activity for any traveler. The stunning scenery and crystal clear waters make for an unforgettable experience. If you're looking to explore some of the best beaches on Milos, be sure to visit Kleftiko beach – one of the most iconic destinations on the island.

Dave Briggs visiting an island in GreeceDave Briggs
Dave is a travel writer from the UK who has been living in Greece since 2015. As well as writing this guide about taking a Milos catamaran tour , he's written hundreds of other insightful travel guides to Greek islands and destinations. Follow Dave on social media for travel inspiration from Greece and beyond:

13 thoughts on “Best Milos Boat Tour – Choosing A Milos Sailing Tour 2024 Guide”

  1. Hi Dave,
    Great video.Do you know off hand the ferry schedule between Athens(Pireaus)
    and milos,and are day trips or shorter overnights to other islands not practical?
    Thanks Again,Best Regards,
    Jeff and Yvonne

  2. Hi Dave, great post about Milos. We will be in Milos around Oct 19, I’ve checked boat excursions for tours around the island and found one, will the weather be warm enough for boating and swimming? I know there are a lot of factors that go into that, but with your experience? Also, if we book I advance and they cancel due to weather do you know if a refund would apply?

    • Hi Jennifer,
      It’s always difficult to know what the October weather would do. My feeling is that it would be warm enough for the sailing trip (maybe still bring a fleece though just in case – although you could just as easily need gallons of sun block!). Swimming wise, perhaps a little chilly to spend too long in the water, but swimmable for the brave.
      In short – I have enjoyed swimming in Greece in October some years, and found it cold in others. The 19th might be pushing it for reliable weather.
      If the weather is bad, boat companies might suggest an alternative (for example the wind is bad on one side of the island). When trips have to be cancelled, they would refund. I’d just check the small print before booking anything.

  3. Hi Dave,

    That’s for such useful information about Milos and other Greek islands. I have been visiting your page for a while and it has been extremely helpful to me while planning my trip to Greece. I have reaching Milos towards the end of Sep (29th Sep) and planning to do a boat trip. Do you think I need to book in advance or I can book a day ahead while I am on the island? Unfortunately I am only there for 2 full days, so want to make the most out of limited time, shall I go for a full day or half day trip? Thanks for your help Dave!

    • Hi Varun,
      I’m glad you’ve found the blog posts useful!
      I’d say to book in advance, as that way you’re sure to go. Also, it’s one less thing to think about when you’re on vacation.
      Personally, I’d say a full day has the most value. Whichever you decide, make sure the boat definitely goes to Kleftiko Bay – it’s a real hightlight (at least on a good day with weather!!).
      Have a great trip to Greece!

  4. Hi Dave! Happy to read your article about sailing around Milos because everybody speaks every time about Santorini… but Milos, Kleftiko, Kimolos, Poliaigos are such amazing places to sail! My favourite area indeed. If you liked sailing I hope you will come back for longer sailing vacations!

  5. Hi Dave,
    My hubby and I are heading over in mid June 201, is June a really busy time.
    At the moment I have just hired a car for the 6 days, not decided if I should get a 4×4 for 1-2 of those days or just do a boat trip instead.
    In saying that I was going to do a boat trip anyway as I figure this is probably a Must if you come to Milos.
    I am considering also hiring a tinny for a day, if so is it possible to pull up at the beaches in the west or other secluded area’s if the seas are calm? Would I need to book in Advance? Is the port and surrounding area’s of Milos easy to Navigate or is the waterways very busy?
    I am just trying to get the feel for the island as I have no idea.
    Any thoughts will be much appreciated
    I have Never been to Greece
    Kind regards

    • Hi Nikki,
      Glad to hear you are off to Milos – It’s a great island, and I’m sure you’ll love it!
      June is not a super busy time. I’d still make sure you have your accommodation booked some months before just so you can be sure you get the hotels or apartments you want.
      If you’ve already hired the car, I’d say perhaps hire a quad bike for a day as a bit of fun, and also to get to some beaches down the rougher tracks.
      I think the boat tour is a bit of a must actually. In June, you won’t have overwhelming amounts of people on board either which is a good thing.
      Not sure about hiring a smaller boat for yourselves. Let me know how you get on with it, so I can update the page and let other travellers know!
      Waterways are not very busy – (only when the boat tours leave).
      Some rocks near the shore line.
      If you are on Milos for 6 days, I would also suggest a day trip over to the nearby island of Kimolos.

      Hopeyou get great weather whilst you are here!

  6. hi Dave have been enjoying following your posts.
    our oldest son Matt is getting married in Greece next year in July.
    we are bringing our family of 8 for the wedding and holiday – my husband Paul my mum our other 3 kids and 2 of their partners. they r marrying in a village outside Kopanaki in the Peloponnese. (enjoying that road trip blog too) have booked 3 nights on Milos and am trying to book catamaran day trip but both seem booked out is that because it is so far ahead? would they be fully booked already?
    cheers Rae

    • Hi,
      I answered via email, but as other people may be interested:
      There is a strong possibility that the company hasn’t sorted their calendars out for next year yet!

  7. Thanks for the great info on Milos! I also just read your Milos guide post. I’m still wondering if I should take a full trip around the island, or just part of it? Did you feel rushed or like you didn’t have quite enough time to take photos, snorkel, etc. with this full island tour?

    • I’m sure you’ll have enough time to take plenty of photos and enjoy lots of swimming if you take the full island boat tour of Milos!


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