*Check out my video of our catamaran cruise here!*
One of the highlights and favorite things of my entire abroad experience was the sunset cruise my friends and I took in Santorini. Once we arrived in Santorini and saw all the storefronts trying to sell sailing cruises we were really interested in doing one but figured that we wouldn’t be able to afford it. We stopped in at several different tour companies and finally said what the heck we have to do it. We booked through Sunset Oia and did a semi-private tour meaning that we did not have the entire boat to ourselves but would be sharing it with about 15 other people. Being college students studying abroad we were on a budget but willing to splurge a little and this was a great option! Because we were still off season for Santorini the sales guy at Sunset Oia gave us a really great deal! We couldn’t pass up such a memorable experience.
We were a little worried about the weather since it can be hit or miss during this time of year but the weather gods were on our sides because we ended up having a hot sunny day!! The Sunset Oia van picked us up at our hotel at about 12 pm and drove us across the island where we would be embarking on our catamaran.
When we arrived we put our shoes into baskets and climbed onboard the most beautiful catamaran. I felt like I was dreaming. We all gathered in the cabin while we taxied out of the harbor and were informed of the safety rules. We were then given free reign of the boat. The crew served us Greek wine while we laid out on the front of the catamaran. We were all in heaven and pinching ourselves asking if this was real life.
When the boat docked for lunch we decided that we had to go swimming. I mean we were in Greece and were being provided snorkel gear how could we not?! The other guests on boat and the crew thought we were slightly crazy for jumping in and swimming around but I have to say we were in for a good 30 minutes and I could have stayed in longer. The water was so clear and fish were swimming around I honestly didn’t know how life could be much better than in that moment.
The captain then called us in to eat. We were served the most delicious assortment of traditional Greek foods. The meal was delicious and it was really nice getting to try some local cuisine. We then set sail again for the hot springs. Since we had dried off and the sun was starting to sink a little it was starting to get a little chilly so we decided against jumping in again.
Finally we arrived at Oia, the tip of the island and where the sun sinks into the water on the horizon. We had a great view of the sunset and my friends and I sat in awe of the beauty reflecting on such a fabulous day.
When the sun finally sank into the inky black water we headed to shore where were got a van back to our hotel. Taking the sunset tour was such an incredible experience and so worth every penny. It was so fun and so relaxing at the same time. It is a memory I will have and look back on for the rest of my life.
To see how we spent the day here is my go pro video recap of our week in Greece!