Where to rent a boat in Ponza Island
If you want to enjoy Ponza to the fullest, the best way to do so is by renting a boat. While Ponza Island does have a few beaches, reaching them requires walking up and down lots of stairs. Keep in mind that apart from the beach in Cala Feola and Frontone, other beaches do not have many services.
Plus, if you don’t rent a boat, you’ll miss out on amazing beach coves. And Ponza is known for its beach coves. If you were searching for long stretches of sandy beaches, this is not the destination for you. But if you’re searching for crystal clear waters and stunning beach coves, this island is your place! Where can you hire a boat in Ponza? You’ll find boat rentals everywhere in the island, from the port all the way to Le Forna, the only thing that changes is the price.
The most expensive place to rent a boat in Ponza is the port. Boats here will cost you from €80 per day without consumption costs. In Santa Maria, boats will cost you from €50 per day without consumption costs. While in Le Forna they will cost you starting from €45 – €60 per day, without consumption costs.
These costs are meant for the traditional wooden boats – gozzo – which can hold a maximum of 4 – 5 people. For motor dinghies you will pay from €120 – 160€ per day, and for larger dinghies you will pay up to €200 – €300 per day.
Just keep in mind that if you’re renting a boat during the weekend, it will be hard to find one if you haven’t reserved in advance (during August). My advise is that once you rent a boat, you reserve it for the duration of your trip. If it’s peak season, I recommend you call in advance to reserve your boat. I called this year and the guy said he’d been getting reservations from April!
To rent a boat in Ponza, you don’t need a boat license. You will be given a tutorial on how to use the boat. If you don’t feel comfortable driving the boat, you can hire a captain to take you around the island, the cost is about an additional €50 – €70 per day.
Boat Rentals in Ponza
GMM (Gianmaria Maltese):
Phone: +39 349 864 3727
Price range: starting from €50
This boat rental is situated in Santa Maria, just a 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from the port. The wooden boats cost €50 for the small boat and €60 for the bigger boat. If you want a skipper/captain, it’s an additional €50. The price of a motor dinghy is €120 for the day.
Phone: +39 360 475 330
Price range: starting from €50
Albatros is a boat rental located in Santa Maria, just a 10 to 15 minutes walk form the port. The wooden boats cost €50 for the small boat and €60 for the bigger boat.
Achille e Lucia:
Phone: +39 0771 809 025 / +39 368 362 1195
Price range: starting from €60
Achille e Lucia boat rental is located in Cala dell’Acqua, facing the Island of Palmarola. The wooden boats cost €60 for the small boat and €70 for the bigger boat. The price of a dinghy is €150 per day. The good thing about renting the boat in this part of the island is that reaching the Island of Palmarola will be much faster.