It is possible to sail and set anchor anywhere except at beaches, in
swimming areas or natural reserves. Full information is
available from the marinas and the Cyprus Tourism
- For the Cyprus Tourism Organisation
Registration of Small Vessels and Recreational Boats
Recreational craft in Cyprus must be
registered either in the Register of Cyprus Ships
or in the Register of Small Vessels. A
recreational craft is defined as "any boat of any type
intended for sports and leisure purposes of hull length
from 2.5m to 24m, regardless of the means of
propulsion". Jet skis are included in this general
category, however canoes and kayaks, pedalos, sail and
surfboards (including powered surfboards) are not.
Department of Merchant Shipping provides
comprehensive information on boat ownership licensing,
registration, markings and more.
- For comprehensive information about
- The Department of Merchant Shipping
At: Kyllinis Str., Mesa Geitonia, Limassol
Post: PO Box 56193, 3305 Limassol, Cyprus
Tel: 25 848 100
Fax: 25 848 200
The Cyprus Maritime Centre also has additional
- For the Cyprus Maritime Centre website:
A high-speed small vessel is any boat up to 15
metres which can carry one or more people, seated or
standing and which as an outboard or inboard motor that
can go at speeds of at least 15 knots.
For registration purposes, these craft fall into one
of two categories:
- Category A: small high-speed small craft for
private, non-commercial use only
- Category B: small high-speed small craft rented
out for hire
All high-speed small vessels must be clearly marked
on both sides of the stern with a registration number.
Category B vessels must include the letter "B" written
after the registration number. The size and placement of
the registration number is regulated by law.
- For details from the Department of Merchant
Shipping on the marking of high-speed small vessels:
License to operate
Operators of high speed small craft must be licensed.
as with learning to drive a car, an applicant must first
pass a learners test (must be at least 17 years of age)
in order to then take the drivers test and do the
practical training. Boat driving training and tests can
be taken at nautical clubs.
- For full details and downloadable application
Click here and scroll down to heading
"Operator license and learner's licence"
Visitors to Cyprus staying for under 30 days may be
allowed to drive a hired motor boat without a Cyprus
licence provided the owner is satisfied that they are
competent and they sign a binding declaration of
competence with the owner.
European standard regulations are in place for small
boats and their engines with regards to noise and
- For comprehensive details from The Department of
Merchant Shipping regarding regulations: