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The 5 Best Positano Boat Tours in 2024 | Small Groups & Private Tours

There are a few places in the world where arriving by boat gives you goosebumps. Arriving by ferry into Santorini is one of those times. But easily up there too, is touring the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri.

The staggering beauty of this part of the world is a reason why millions of people visit the towns of Positano, Sorrento, Ravello & Praiano for this reason. And taking part in one of the many Positano boat tours to explore this region should be high on everyone’s travel list.

Positano makes a great base to explore the nearby towns of the Amalfi Coast and it is also a short boat ride across to the island of Capri. During the summer months, the traffic on the small Italian roads can be terrible, with bumper-to-bumper traffic and serious delays. 

Top Pick: Positano Boat Tour

Don’t miss one of the most unbelievable experiences in Positano. Cruise from Positano to beautiful Capri and around the Sorrento Coast in a small group. Explore sea caves and fall in love with the island of Capri.

Which is why you should consider adding a boat tour to your vacation list of things to do on the Amalfi coast. The freedom of either hopping on a ferry to the nearby towns or taking part in an organized tour is one of the best ways to explore the region. 

With a number of boat tours from Positano, you can select from a private boat or an organized boat tour. I’ve listed below some of the best Positano boat tours from Viator that visit some of the most spectacular and stunning scenery in Italy.

Overview of the best Positano Boat Tours

Tour NameTypeIdeal for…Number of PeopleMore Info
Small Group Amalfi Coast Day CruiseCruise around the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy Snorkeling, and swimming, and visit the towns of Amalfi & Ravello.Couples, Solo Travelers, Small FamiliesLimited to 12 peopleClick Here
Full-Day Capri Cruise from PositanoVisit Capri from Positano or Praiano. Spend the day exploring Faraglioni Rock, the island of Capri. Swimming & Snorkeling included. Large families, solo travelers, couples & friends30 peopleClick Here
Private Boat Tour from Positano to CapriRent a private boat cruise from Positano to Capri for the entire day. Couples, Families, FriendsPrivateClick Here
Small Group Sorrento Coast and Amalfi Coast Boat TourStart your tour in Sorrento before traveling down the Amalfi Coast and visiting towns such as Positano & Amalfi. Couples, Friends, Solo Travelers, Families12-14 peopleClick Here
Self Drive BoatRent your own boat and create your own perfect Amalfi Coast itinerary. No boating license is required! Friends, Couples, Families???Click Here

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Group Tours from Positano

Small-Group Amalfi Coast Day Cruise from Positano

Blue Star Boat Tours offers a Small-Group Amalfi Coast Day Cruise from Positano that is limited to 12 people per group. This intimate itinerary covers some of the most picturesque spots on the Amalfi Coast. Also, it has a stop for a quick swim or snorkeling, which in the Italian summer is an absolute must!

Tour Details:
– Sail along the Amalfi Coastline – taking in sights of the picturesque towns of Praiano & Furore Fjord.
– Limited to 12 people per group.
– Spend time on foot exploring the towns of Amalfi or Ravello.
– Snorkel the crystal clear waters off the Amalfi Coast.
Tour Length: 7 Hours

Best Tour For: anyone looking for a small group to join, potentially meet new people and explore the Amalfi Coast in a beautiful boat. 

Full-Day Capri Island Cruise from Positano

No trip to the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast is complete without a visit to the stunning island of Capri. One of the most beautiful and luxurious islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the Full Day Capri Island Cruise from Positano gives travelers ample time to explore the island (and its iconic Capri beach clubs), and still allows time for a quick swim. 

The scenery in the waters around the island of Capri, such as Faraglioni Rocks are unmissable. Sip on a complimentary glass of prosecco/soft drink that is included in the price. 

Tour Details:
– Departure from Positano or Praiano
– Cruise around the natural wonders of the White Grotto, Natural Arch & Faraglioni Rocks.
– Self-Exploration the island of Capri.
– Swimming and snorkeling.
Tour Length: 8 Hours

Best Tour For: travelers looking to explore the island of Capri with 30 new friends. 

Private Boat Tours from Positano to Capri

Channel your inner celebrity and rent your own stunning Capri Private Boat Tour from Positano for you and up to 11 family members/friends. Motoring on a traditional Gozzo, a wooden motorboat typical to the area, is one of the most glamorous ways to travel in the Amalfi Coast. 

With ample space to sunbathe on the front deck or sit at the back of the boat in the shade, you’ll be treated like royalty on your trip from Positano to Capri. 

Tour Details: 
– Possible departures from Positano, Sorrento, or Naples.
– Private Boat Cruise that passes by Blue Grotto, Faraglioni Rocks and around Capri and Sorrento coast.
– Opportunity to dock in Capri and explore the island. 
– Beverages and snacks are included in the price. 
– Transport is included but only for visitors staying in Sorrento. 
Tour Length: 8 Hours

Best Tour For: Travelers looking to escape the crowds and experience an intimate and personal experience. Perfect for families and large groups of friends. 

Small Group Sorrento Coast and Amalfi Coast boat tour with Local Host on board

There’s a lot more to Positano than just Capri. Take a small group boat tour around the Sorrento and Amalfi coast passing incredible scenery and towns such as Positano, Praiano, and the numerous grottos along the way.

The landscape in this part of the world is outrageous and best seen from the comfort of a small boat tour. This small group tour is perfect for those eager to take part in one of the most intimate Positano boat tours with a small group of people. 

Tour Details:

  • Departures from Sorrento.
  • Pick up/Drop off from hotels or meeting points.
  • Ample time to explore on foot Amalfi and Positano.
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters.
  • Enjoy a delicious limoncello on board.

Tour Length: 7/8 Hours

Best Tour For: Travelers wishing to explore the Amalfi Coast and visit to towns such as Positano and Amalfi and skip all the summer traffic. 

Create Your Own Perfect Positano Boat Tours

Perhaps you want to create your own itinerary or just want to go directly to Capri/Sorrento/Positano etc. Surprisingly there are a number of ferries that connect several of the towns that make day trips and exploration possible. Book your ferry tickets through FerryHopper

Photo by Nellia Kurme on Unsplash

Otherwise, you can rent your own self-drive boat for the day and create your perfect itinerary. Take an afternoon or a morning exploring the Amalfi Coast in a small private boat and create your private tour of this exquisite coastline.

With ample moorings along the area, you hitch your boat to a mooring and spend an afternoon having a leisurely lunch in Atrani or Amalfi.

Word of warning for anyone who suffers from sea sickness. The Bay of Naples can be quite wavy and those who are prone to suffering from sea sickness should go to a local pharmacy in Italy and procure preventative measures. Ginger tablets are a good natural remedy too. 

Need a place to stay in Positano? Check out my guide to the best hotels not to be missed in Positano!

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