Yacht Charter Guide
1. About us
1.1. What is Viravira?
Viravira is one of the few specialized boat rental platforms around the globe and leader in its field in Turkey.
Viravira brings together boat owners and those who want to rent a boat.
Easy boat rental in 3 steps: Choose, Pay, Sail
Viravira gathers every process that needs to be completed to rent a boat in a single platform.
Through Viravira, you can reach photos, prices and all other details of thousands of boats in dozens of countries.
You can make reservations with a boat of your choice either through the website or contact our travel consultants using Viravira's safe payment system.
The seas are at your fingertips with Viravira.
Viravira team keeps working hard to improve your experience at the sea.
You keep on sailing.
1.2. Why Viravira?
Why should I rent a boat through Viravira?
Thanks to Viravira, those who want to rent a boat can pick a boat of their choosing in accordance with their budget through our large boat pool.
Because of split payment option Viravira offers, boat tourism, which is usually known as luxurious and hard to organize, is now accessible to the wide range of audiences.
Those who want to rent a boat can reach all the technical details and photos of the vessel beforehand. Thanks to this there won't be any unwanted surprises.
Renters, should they have any problems, can contact Viravira's experienced team and receive assistance.
2. Yacht Charter
2.1. Weekly Charter
During the season, Yacht Charter boats are given to the rent from saturday to the next saturday for a minimum of one week.
With the weekly charter option, you can sail from Bodrum, Marmaris, Göcek, Fethiye and enjoy a joyous Blue Cruise voyage.
Throughout the Yacht Charter, not only you get exposed to sweet trio of the sea, the sun and the nature but also experience various activities.
One of the important things that should be known about Yacht Charter is check-in and check-out hours. You start your voyage on a saturday afternoon and end it next saturday right after breakfast, as is the tradition. While the hours may vary per boat, usual check-ins are around 15:00 and usual check-out hour 10:00.
2.2. Boat Selection
What kind of boat do you want to rent?
You can start a Yacht Charter with a sailboat, gulet, catamaran and motoryacht. You can make your choice depending on your budget, number of people, and other criteria(speed, comfort, quietness etc.).
You can set up your voyage in two separate options, with or without a crew.
When you select option with the crew, while the prices will be higher, the crew will cater to your needs and ensure a comfortable Blue Cruise for you to enjoy.
3. Boat Types
Sailboat is a name given to type of a boat powered by wind through thick fabric/membrane stretched on the mast.
Sailboats are usually preferred by people who enjoy exercising and becoming one with the nature. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to reach high speeds and events such as sailboat races organized across the globe.
You can reach detailed information about sailboats from here.
On Sailboats, air conditioning can be used without restriction if there is a generator aboard. In case there is no generator aboard, you must acquire electricity from the marinas along your route and use air conditioning accordingly. However this will result in additional costs depending on pricing of that marina.
Gulets are two or three masted sailing vessels. They're most preferred type of vessels for Yacht Charter in Turkey.
Gulets, thanks to their spacious cabins, offer very comfortable living spaces. Gulets are only available with the crew and as a result, captain, chef and servant personnel accompany the passengers throughout the vacation.
Duration of air conditioning usage for standard and air conditioned category boats varies between 4-8 hours per day.
In Luxury and Deluxe category, duration of air conditioning usage is about 8-24 hours per day.
Catamarans are a double hulled boat type that offers comfortable Yacht Charter experience with wide living space and well deck.
Because of unique construction, Catamarans offer spacious living spaces. In addition to that, as a result of the double hulled design, Catamarans do not get affected by the waves as much as the other vessels.
On Catamarans air conditioning can be used without restriction if there is a generator aboard.
In case there is no generator aboard, you must acquire electricity from the marinas along your route and use air conditioning accordingly. However this will result in additional costs depending on pricing of that marina.
3.4. Motor Yachts
Motor yachts are known for versatility, they offer higher speeds than the rest while also maintaining comfort.
In addition to that, for those who do not have much time, it is also preferred solely because of the speed factor. However, its mostly preferred by the people that desire full range of versatility. It is one of the ideal type of vessels for cruising along the Mediterrenean coasts.
Because of varying lengths, number of cabins and the equipment, motor yachts appeal to all tastes. Motor yachts, equipped with modern maritime trends in mind, are usually preferred with the crew.
On Motor Yachts, air conditioning can be used without restriction if there is a generator aboard. In case there is no generator aboard, you must acquire electricity from the marinas along your route and use air conditioning accordingly. However this will result in additional costs depending on pricing of that marina.
4. Food Aboard
4.1. Preparation of the Food
During the Yacht Charter, as soon as you depart, you will be spending most of your time at the sea. Within this period, first basic need that comes to mind is ofcourse, FOOD!
Before you start your Yacht Charter, you will have to organize the food service. There are various options for the food organization aboard.
First, you will have to decide who is responsible for the food. You can either decide to order food service from the crew or bring your own.
Generally on sailboats and catamarans the passengers are responsible for the food preparation, while on the gulets and the motor yachts the crew are responsible for the food preparation.
4.2. Types of Menu
One of the things you will have to decide about food is the menu. If you rent a boat with the crew, you can prepare the menu with the personnel and prepare provision list accordingly.
If you travel with a group, you may want to prepare the menu with them. To avoid any problems later, you will have to confirm how much provision you need for the food listed in the menu.
You may acquire the food provisions yourself or you can request the crew to acquire it for you before you arrive.
If you don’t want to get involved in any of this, you can choose to benefit from boat’s set menu and completely forget about provisions and menu preparation. Often Blue Cruise boats have multiple fix menu options, this involves price per person usually starting at 25€.
5. Boat Selection
Budgeting is highly important during boat selection. You’ll need to contact the boat owner to know what is included & excluded. As a result, there will not be any extra costs during the cruise and you’ll have peaceful voyage out in the blue.
In Yacht Charter vacation, there are certain extras that needs to be considered during renting process.
Common extras are;
Transitlog, Fuel, Captain, Crew, Final Clean-up, Safety Net, Wi-Fi, Outboard Motor.
Some of these extras are included within the price depending on the boat type.
6. Extras on Boat
6.1. Mandatory Extras
Transitlog is a document that needs to be acquired when leaving Turkish ports and maritime territory. The price varies between 80€ - 120€.
Generally gulets have the transitlog included within the price but on sailboats, catamarans and motor yachts it is usually an extra and you need to pay for it while boarding the vessel.
In case you want to do your Yacht Charter at the Greek Islands, you need to acquire a transitlog in Greece separately.
When you start your journey from Turkey and have your route in the Greek islands, unlike Turkey transitlog, you’ll have to pay transitlog fee both during the entrance and exit when using Greek maritime territory.
For the port costs, taxes and the transitlog in Greece, you’ll have to pay a fee of 700€ - 900€ depending on your route.
Fuel costs may get included within the price depending on boat type. Gulets, for captain designated routes, have the fuel costs included within the price. If designated routes are not used, the captain have the right to request extra fees. On Motor yachts, Catamarans and the Sailboats, fuel costs are always an extra. However since Catamarans and Sailboats use wind power through their sails during the Blue Cruise, their fuel costs are very low.
Skippered rental, if you do not possess a licence to captain a boat, is mandatory. For Gulets its included with the price.
Daily captain fee for Sailboat, Catamaran and Motor Yacht varies between 125€ - 140€ daily. Additionally, on all the boat types, the renters are the responsible for the cost of three meal per day.
Final clean-up fee is for preparation of the boat for its next guests when you conclude your Blue Cruise. For Gulets it is included with the price.
For Catamarans, Sailboats and Motor Yachts this service usually costs between 60€ - 75€.
However, even though its rare, boat owners might include it within the price occasionally for these boat types as well.
6.2. Optional Extras
The Crew, are the personnel that provide services to you during your Yacht Charter,they’re only available for Gulets. Depending on size of the boat and your needs, there can be 2 personnel or more.
Usually the crew are composed of a chef and a sailor. However, you can request more personnel for the crew. For example; if you’re cruising with your children you can request a caretaker. For Sailboats and Catamarans the crew can be provided as an extra.
Additionally, on these boats, it is possible to hire a stewardess that is responsible for clean-up and the food. Stewardess service usually cost between 100€ - 130€ daily.
Additional Bedclothes / Towels. The towels and bedclothes that are placed in the cabins are included within the price. However should you request extra towels and bedclothes this has additional fees. It is 10€ for bedclothes and 5€ for towels weekly per person.
Outboard motor is a small service boat that allows you to reach short distances more easily and faster. It is an optional extra with a weekly fee between 40€ - 75€.
Safety net is an ideal safety measure for Blue Cruise not only for your children but also for your pets and belongings that might fall to the sea.
If the guard rails of the boat have safety nets, it will ensure a safe cruise for everyone involved.
For safety net you’ll have request it before your cruise starts and pay the weekly fee of 50€.
Boat Wi-Fi is an extra on all the boat types.
This service usually costs 30€ - 40€ per week.
7.1. Route and Sailing List
Route and Sailing List makes sure you don’t lose time during your boat vacation.
Route means predetermined path while the Sailing List is a detailed plan that includes marinas, coves and arrival and departure hours as well as the rocky and shallow parts in order to avoid them.
If you wish to create a Route you may want to take a look at ViraviraRoutes we’ve prepared for you. Here are the most preferred Blue Cruise routes:
- Bodrum-Hisarönü Körfezi-Bodrum,
- Bodrum-Hisarönü Körfezi-Marmaris,
- Bodrum-Kaş (Kekova)-Antalya,
- Marmaris-Kaş (Kekova)-Fethiye,
- Marmaris-Kaş (Kekova)-Antalya,
- Antalya-Kaş (Kekova)-Antalya and Antalya-Kaş (Kekova)-Fethiye
8. Cancellation Policies
8.1. A Service That Protects Both Sides
Cancellation Policies are created by Viravira in order to guarantee a safe experience for you.
First, if you rent a boat in our system you have 3 days of free cancellation, at the end of 3 days, your and boat owner’s informations will be shared with each other.
Additionally Viravira has 4 types of cancellation policies in total. Such as;
- Semi flexible
- Super strict
. If you want to know more about our cancellation policies you can visit here.