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A Private Boat Tour from Positano: A Bucket List Experience

Are you considering a private boat tour from Positano to Capri or the Amalfi Coast? If so, you’ve come to the right place! We just arrived home from our spectacular trip to Italy and I’m here to spill the beans! Keep reading as we explore the opportunities offered by this once-in-a-lifetime experience and whether it’s worth the investment.

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What is the Cost of a Private Boat Tour from Positano?

The burning question everyone has is how much does something like this cost? Fair warning, it’s definitely an expensive outing. But there are different options available which can allow you to pick what’s best for you and your price range.

Almost every boat company in Positano offers full day (7/8 hours), half day (4 hours), and sunset (2 hours) tours. In addition, you can choose between cruising to Capri or the Amalfi Coast. Capri is always at least 200€ more than Amalfi. The cost includes your skipper, gasoline, drinks/snacks, and towels.

I reached out to at least 5 companies in my pursuit of booking a private boat tour. Many of them were priced the same, but we ultimately booked with Jolly Boats, who had the best price and we had a personal reference.

Here are the average costs for each tour:


  • Full Day: 1300-1600€
  • Half Day: 1100-1300€
  • Blue Grotto: 15€ per person (weather permitting/optional)
  • Port Fee at Capri: 100€ (this is optional and only if you want to get off at Capri)

Amalfi Coast

  • Full Day: 1100-1300€
  • Half Day: 800-1000€
  • Sunset: 450-700€

I believe the boats hold up to 8 people, so if you’re traveling as a group you can certainly split the cost. Many companies also have a smaller boat option which is typically 100-250€ less, but is only available for Amalfi Coast. Now that we’ve talked about the cost of a private boat tour, let’s discuss what you can expect on your tour.

Brittney Naylor lounging in white swimsuit coverup on private boat tour of capri

What to Expect During Your Private Boat Tour?

We opted to do a full day tour to Capri. The first two hours involve a tour of the island Capri. You’ll discover colorful fishing villages to awe-inspiring rock formations, there is something around every corner to mesmerize any traveler. There is also an opportunity to see the Blue Grotto, which involves getting into a smaller boat and paying a 15€ fee per person. This spot is typically busy. While we only waited 30-45 minutes, in peak summer the wait time can be much longer. Even if there is a wait, I highly recommend seeing the Blue Grotto.

In addition, there will be opportunities to spend time in the water. We visited Italy early May, so the water was VERY cold, but the water temperature can get as warm as 80+ degrees Fahrenheit throughout the summer.

If you choose, you can get off at Capri (additional 100€ fee) to have lunch, shop, or walk around. Or if you opted not to get off like we did, there are other places to stop to eat. Our skipper took us to Maria Grazia, which was located off the mainland and SO good.

After lunch, you can expect to sail the sea, enjoy the sun rays, and swim. While 7 hours may seem like a long time, we felt it was perfect and really enjoyed our time on the boat.



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Rock formations in Capri, Italy view from boat
Fried Calamari and grilled fish on plates at Maria Grazia in Italy

Benefits of Taking a Private Boat Tour

Aside from having a boat to yourself and the freedom to sail mostly anywhere along the Amalfi Coast or Capri, there are other benefits of a private boat tour. While you could take an inexpensive ferry boat to the island of Capri, a private boat is the only wait to explore the hidden caves and grottos. In addition, you’ll learn a little history about the area and swim in exclusive areas.

A private boat tour is also a great way to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of Positano. It was so relaxing to just lay out on the boat as the boat rocked. Our skipper was also accommodating and helpful when we weren’t sure what we should do next. Whether you’re exploring a private boat tour as a couple or with a group of friends, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable day.

Brittney Naylor sitting on private boat in Capri with legs hanging off the ledge of the boat. She's wearing a white coverup, sun hat and sunglasses.

Private Boat Tour from Positano: Conclusion

Overall, a private boat tour from Positano to Capri is a unique, bucket list experience that is worth the investment. You’ll get to enjoy beautiful landscape, learn about the region, and connect with local culture. With careful planning and selecting a quality tour operator, you can ensure your boat tour will be a memorable and enjoyable experience.

If you’re ready to enjoy a private boat tour from Positano to Capri and start planning your perfect experience, share this post with your friends on social media and start researching quality tour operators today!

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The Comments

  • Simina
    May 13, 2023

    Going soon to the Amalfi Coast and thinking of getting a boat as well. Loved your article!

  • Linnea
    May 13, 2023

    For that much money i feel like lunch should be included, but that’s just me!

  • Mandy
    May 16, 2023

    Looks like an amazing time. Such a beautiful place. Italy is on my bucket list!

    • Brittney
      → Mandy
      May 16, 2023

      We definitely made some memories we’ll never forget.

  • Stephanie
    May 16, 2023

    A private boat tour from Positano!? That sounds delightful! I enjoyed reading through your experience and seeing the photos.

  • Eileen M Loya
    May 17, 2023

    A private boat tour is a dream for me! I have always wanted to visit Italy especially the island of Capri. This would be the best way to make the most of a vacation in Italy. It may sound a bit pricey, but I am sure it will be worth every penny.

    • Brittney
      → Eileen M Loya
      May 17, 2023

      We were celebrating our 10 year anniversary so we didn’t mind the splurge. Plus, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Definitely well worth it.

  • Ntensibe
    May 17, 2023

    Nnniiiccceeeeee….Positano looks so so good. I am always amazed by the little houses built on the hill. Those waters must see me one day.

  • Cinny
    May 17, 2023

    That is a beautiful area. I’ve never considered a private boat tour but it may be worth it if our family goes!

  • abzstylz
    May 17, 2023

    What beautiful scenery and day for sailing! This is on my bucket list to do when I visit Italy soon. I love visiting places, and getting to interact with the locals. You learn so much more about the culture!

  • beth
    May 17, 2023

    Im surprised with the price of the boat tour. I thought it would be more expensive. I would love to do a private boat tour too someday.

  • Brianne
    May 17, 2023

    What a beautiful day out. I need something like this to unwind with my family.

  • Alita
    May 17, 2023

    Positano is the perfect destination for a boat tour! Great sceneries.

  • Barbie Ritzman
    May 17, 2023

    The pictures are absolutely stunning, and I am really interested in the private boat tour. Dealing with other tourists can sometimes be frustrating, so having the boat to ourselves would be ideal.

  • Nyxie
    May 18, 2023

    If you were able to get 8 people to go along with you, this would be well worth it! We did something similar with a hen party on a boat that could seat up to 22 of us! It was gorgeous!

  • Fransic
    May 19, 2023

    This look fun and amazing boat trip. Never had private boat before but would love to experience that.