Caught between the mountains and the sea, Liguria lends itself like few others to exploration with rental boats and rafts. Many of the most evocative locations can be reached easily only by boat, and even those served by conventional means morph into unforgettable sights when admired from the sea.
But how to discover and enjoy this secret side of Liguria? Who can rent you boats and tenders on your holiday in Liguria?
Cantieri Sant’Orsola emerged in the nautical sector back in 1959, headquartered in Santa Margherita Ligure, one of the beating hearts of pleasure boating in Italy. When it comes to boat rental in eastern Liguria and the Tigullio Gulf, here you will simply find the best boats and tenders to rent.
Our base of operations is a comfortable pier in Santa Margherita Ligure, just 3 kms from Portofino. Here we moor rental boats from the most prestigious brands, household names due to their reliability and prestige, such as the Invictus Capoforte Fx190, the Invictus Capoforte Fx270 and the Open Marine Sites. On the side of rental tenders, our fleet in the Tigullio Gulf includes brands such as Sacs and many other classics. Without exception, our rental boats and tenders are among the newest, most modern and best maintained in Liguria. Our personnel take care of maintenance right at the dock and will be able to explain the use of each boat or dinghy; what better way to satisfy your curiosity and help you to choose the best boat to rent for your adventure at sea?
And yours will be a full comfort sea adventure! Each rental boat and tender in the fleet of Cantieri Sant’Orsola comes with a fridge to keep food and drinks fresh even in the August sun! Just be careful not to overdo it with alcohol: the same rules apply at sea as on land to protect your health and that of others. Do you have small children? No worries there: our Ligurian boat rental service provides you with cute life jackets to keep them safe!
No sea trip on a rental boat in Liguria is complete without a dive: right beneath the surface of the water, an entirely new world opens up. Don't be discouraged though if you don't have your own snokeling gear or haven't brought it along: at the time of your rental, we will provide you with our EasyBreath masks for optimal viewing! Each rental boat and tender is moreover equipped with soome of the best GPS / depth sounder by Garmin and RayMarine. You'll always know what the depth is when you're dropping anchor; and if you're sensitive to cold water, you'll always know what the temperature is before taking a bath.
Once you have found the boat with the perfect technical specs, the next crucial choice awaits you: will you rent a boat with or without a skipper for your trip across the Ligurian seas?
What better way to visit 5 Terre than on a wonderful rental boat driven by a qualified and good-looking skipper? From our pier in Santa Margherita to 5 Terre, in fact, the journey is full of wonders to admire and secrets to discover, which only a skipper well-versed in the area can show you properly.
Our skipper will ensure you a smooth sailing epxerience in the unspoiled 5 Terre Natural Park. Swin in fabulous coves and keep your eye peeled for dolphin sightings. Even the best walking excursion through the Cinque Terre towns cannot rival the unique experience you'll have on rental boats led by our skippers.
While sailing you shall savor the timeless beauty that has fascinated millions of tourists and continues to attract more every year. Our skippered boat tour will show you every village of 5 Terre, from Monterosso to Riomaggiore and even beyond, where Porto Venere and its Natural Park await you.
Each village is a different facet of the 5 Terre painting that can be fully experienced only by visiting them all under the expert guidance of your skipper.
Although a skippered boat comes with enormous advantages, being the captain of your own boat and driving it without having a license is its own irreplaceable experience.
Our fleet includes many rental boats and tenders that require no license to drive. Whether you are a group of friends or a family, on your boat or dinghy available you may discover the most evocative secrets of Liguria. Leave the crowded beaches for a day and go on an adventure: you shall explore pristine coves and enchanted seabeds in total autonomy.
Cantieri Sant’Orsola's staff will provide you with all the information you need when renting your license free boat or dinghy. From the recommended routes to the best locations to visit and anything you may need to have fun while sailing safely. On our website you can choose the license free boat that is right for you and rent it directly!
The last step before renting your boat on our website is to choose where to go once you have left the mooring in Santa Margherita. We have already mentioned the many coves, secret views, and breathtaking destinations that you can reach with your rental boat. Santa Margherita Ligure is an ideal starting point to visit many of the most fascinating.
Turning the bow of your newly chartered boat west, you will reach the bay of Paraggi within a few minutes. Here, the reflected green of Mt. Portofino gives the water a heavenly color. Just off from Santa Margherita, and it is already impossible not to drop anchor for a few minutes and dive off the board of your rental boat.
Sail beyond the next small promontory, and you will find yourself in Portofino. Even sailing at a certain distance on your rental boat, Portofino is unmistakable, what with the countless boats in its harbor against the pictoresque backdrop of the village. Here too, in sight of Portofino's promenade, you can drop anchor, jump overboard for a swim, and try to dive in front of Portofino's lighthouse.
Fans of snorkelling and diving cannot give San Fruttuoso a pass. After sailing your rental boat along Mt. Portofino, San Fruttuoso's abbey appears almost suddenly. You may moor in San Fruttuoso and have lunch at local restaurants, but before leaving again, why not dive in the crystal clear water near the Christ of the Abyss to try and touch the famous statue?
Beyond San Fruttuoso, you can sail with your rented boat towards Punta Chiappa and Camogli, or turn the bow back and sail eastwards from Santa Margherita. Well before 5 Terre - for which we recommend renting a skippered boat - you can visit nearby Rapallo and the small but fascinating Zoagli for a cone of ice cream. The contrast between the two coasts - the immaculate nature of Mt. Portofino in the west and the synergy between man and nature in the east - will add a last touch of novelty to your boat trip, before returning to the pier in Santa Margherita Ligure.
On our website www.cantierisantorsola.it you may select the boat or dinghy you like best, whether by price range, by booking date, or by specs. With just a few clicks, you can secure your day on a boat or dinghy without the risk of being stranded ashore. And this is only the beginning!
Are you curious to explore our beloved coasts by renting a boat, but wish for a full comfort experience? That's what our skippered boat rentals are for: one of our skippers will show you the most fascinating corners while you kick back, relax, and enjoy sailing. While the skipper sails your rental boat from Santa Margherita and back, you will have no other concern than sunbathing and swimming in all the most pristine coves!
Do you prefer to sail independently, be your own captain, and you don't have a sailing license? No problem! On our website www.cantierisantorsola.it you'll see that most of our tenders and boats are license free. All you have to do is choose based on your favorite features!
What are you waiting for, RENT YOUR BOAT WITH US!