Positano – Boat Cruise

Hi friends, welcome back to my Italy series! After two overcast days in Positano, we finally woke up to rays of sunshine and blue skies. It seemed like we had woken up in a totally different place. The water had the prettiest blue sparkle and was exactly like all the pictures of Positano I’d seen. I’d rushed us off to the ferry the previous day, so Jon was very happy when I said we could sit down and enjoy our breakfast.

We were especially glad to see the sun because we booked a private Amalfi Coast boat tour to celebrate our anniversary. We left right from the main beach in Positano and set off on a relaxing cruise in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Views of Positano and Spiaggia Beach fading away.

These views were the same as the ferry ride to Amalfi, but it looked so different with the sun. Our driver also pointed out the main sights.

Arienzo Beach Club is a beautiful beach club complete with a boat shuttle to get there. It’s an Instagrammers dream, but the basic package costs at least 300 euros for two people and includes chairs, umbrella, towels, one water bottle, one main entrée, and a welcome bottle of champagne. For that small price you’ll be in the sixth or seventh row of beach chairs. Front row will set you back at least 600 euros. These prices are based on mid-September so I’d assume it’s even pricier in peak season.

Il San Pietro di Positano is a five-star hotel with fabulous amenities and wonderful views of Positano. They have a pool, tennis court, spa, exclusive beach club, and complimentary boat trips.

The Grand Hotel Tritone, I can’t imagine walking down all those stairs, but guests don’t have to thanks to an elevator built into the rocks.

The Fiordo di Furore is a popular swimming area under this beautiful bridge.

There are a few grottos along the route that we pulled up close to.

As you can tell, I couldn’t stop taking pictures. It was such a beautiful day and so relaxing out on the water!

My only complaint is that the ride went by too fast, I could’ve cruised all day long! If you’re planning on taking a boat trip in Positano, I’d highly recommend booking with Positano Boats. We had such a great experience. They also have different sizes and tours depending on your needs. It was the perfect start to our anniversary!

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27 thoughts on “Positano – Boat Cruise

  1. It would not dare to be cloudy on your anniversary Lyssy. So glad a blue sky day showed up for your cruise. A great way to remember this anniversary. So glad you are keeping the day special with these types of memories. We started the same thing in 2004 (year 27) and have kept it going since then. These days, it may only be Jasper, but hey, its the mountains. Those clifftop views along this coast are stunning, but you are right, walking down the stairs would be a real chore. Thanks for sharing. Allan

    1. The blue skies really made a difference on the boat ride! I even got a bit too much sun on the boat oddly enough. It is special to celebrate an anniversary with a trip or activity, Jasper is a perfect place for some quiet reflection on all the memories and anniversaries over the years. My knees hurt just thinking of those stairs!

  2. Happy (belated) anniversary to you both! I’m so glad that you took so many photos and that you shared them. What a gorgeous place, Lyssy. I wouldn’t have wanted the cruise to end either. I’ve missed some of your other posts, but I’m trying desperately to catch up. Can’t wait to see what else you and Jon did on your trip.

    1. Thank you! It was very hard for me to narrow down all my pictures even if they all look almost the same sometimes. No worries on catching up, it’s hard keeping up with everyone and traveling!

  3. A private cruise is very romantic for your anniversary (first?). The views of Positano are stunning. Was is as steep as it looks. Getting around there must require a lot of stairs.

    1. Our second 🙂 The first was in Paris last May. It was as steep as it looks in Positano. One day we ran all the way up and my heart rate was about 181 and that’s what it is when I am exercising at about 90% max. We were glad our hotel wasn’t at the top.

    1. Thank you! It really is a beautiful coast and the ride was the perfect way to spend our anniversary 🙂

  4. I love the look of the church in the middle of the cityscape, situated in sort of a valley between two hillsides. Italian churches always seem to find a way to be the center of attention – ha. The houses and other structures really do look like they’re hand-pasted in big bunches onto the sides of the cliffs. Safe to say you know your neighbors if you live in Positano!

    1. They do tend to steal the show although most of them do put on a pretty good show. I don’t think we made it inside the Positano church. The towns are so scenic and houses are literally right on top of each other. We accidentally walked onto someones patio because we thought it was the entrance to the sister hotel we stayed at. Luckily the lady that came running out was friendly.

  5. Such fantastic photos of the village from the water. It really is incredible to see them perched on the side of the hill like that. The pictures look like postcards and the colouring is just like watercolours. So happy for you that the sun came out just in time for you to celebrate your anniversary!

    1. Thank you! The scenery really is like being inside a postcard. The sun coming out made for the perfect anniversary cruise 🙂

  6. Positano is the dream! I didn’t have much of a time there (from what I recall), but I hope to go back and stay in town! The beach rental prices are insane, so I’ll probably skip on those! 😅

  7. What an awesome anniversary celebration! I’m baffled that people would pay so much money to get some chairs and umbrellas and take some photos for instagram. It’s a whole lifestyle I just don’t understand, I guess. And anyway, the views seem much better from the water. I can see why you took so many photos, it’s so pretty!

  8. What a wonderful anniversary celebration! Absolutely gorgeous day and views. Once again I feel envious of those who call Amalfi coast their home. The beach rental prices at Arienzo Club are insulting. Surely there are better ways to spend that kind of money.

  9. ‘Jon was very happy when I said we could sit down and enjoy breakfast’ had me laughing – this is me and Chris every single holiday 🙂 The boat trip looks lovely – we did the same and I get so sea sick I was vomiting over the side for most of it so looks like you had much more success. Your photos are just beautiful, what a coastline!

  10. Oh my gosh…these photos from the water looking back towards Positano are too dreamy for words. I’m so happy you got to wake up to sunshine and sparkle for your anniversary boat cruise! 😍

  11. These houses clinging to the cliffs are vertiginous, in a country with earthquakes, I wonder. A boat trip in the sunshine seems a good option for escaping the crowds of visitors to the busiest spots.

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