Capri Boat Tours & Rentals

FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Do you need a boating license to rent a boat on Capri without a skipper?

You can rent a small gozzo boat or rubber dinghy with an engine below 40 cc without a boating license. Boat rentals leave from either Marina Grande or Marina Piccola. If you don’t have much experience at sea, we suggest taking off from Marina Piccola where there is much less boat traffic to navigate around.

What types of boats can I book for a tour or rental on Capri?

The most common type of boat you’ll find on Capri is the traditional wooden “gozzo caprese”, often built by the Fratelli Aprea company. There are gozzo boats in a number of sizes, from those small enough that you can rent one without a boating license to large, luxurious versions that are similar to small yachts. You can also find rubber dinghies, speedboats like the Itama 38 or 40, as well as luxury yachts like the Pershing.

What type of boat can I rent without a boating license?

Boats with engines under 40 cc can be rented without a boating license. These include rubber dinghies, small fiberglass boats, and wooden gozzo boats. You can rent a boat from the ports in Marina Grande and Marina Piccola; if you don’t have a lot of experience at sea, opt to set sail from the quieter Marina Piccola. We do not suggest attempting to cross to Capri from Sorrento, Positano, or Naples with a rental boat without a skipper unless you have significant experience at sea as the Bay of Naples is a busy port and the water can often be choppy.

How long does it take to cruise around the island?

It takes about 90 minutes to cruise around the entire island of Capri on board a smaller craft. If you want to take in the island, stop to swim in the most beautiful coves, snap a few photos under the Faraglioni, and visit the Blue Grotto, consider that it will take about three to four hours.

Which port do boat tours depart from?

Boat tours of Capri depart from ports in Sorrento, Naples, Positano, and Amalfi. There are also departures from other towns along the Amalfi Coast. And, of course, you can depart from the port on Capri itself, located in Marina Grande...the same port where ferries to and from the mainland dock.