We (parents and fourteen year old son) spent five days in the middle of August on Shanti, a beautiful 50 foot sailing yacht. We were looking for something more than a villa with a pool and were able to slot our time on board in the middle of our two week holiday to Kefalonia.
As complete novice sailors we did not know what to expect but it turned out to be a great first sailing experience for us, enhanced by our brilliant skipper, Malcolm. As well as learning some basic sailing skills we had a very relaxing time, saw some beautiful places and enjoyed many laughs along the way. From the moment we stepped onto Shanti Malcolm ensured that we felt at home with his relaxed yet fully professional approach. The cabin space on board is a good size with comfy beds and well equipped cooking facilities including a large fridge for nice cool drinks on board. We also had the opportunity to sample local dishes along the way at various tavernas which were all great value.
We came away feeling that our five days on board (Malcolm had advised booking for longer!) was a little too short and a full week would have been better to do everything we wanted to. Nevertheless we managed to visit three other islands during our time and found this a great way to explore the area. Highlights, particularly for our son, were diving from the bow of Shanti into the crystal clear waters, snorkeling (especially the sunken airplane!) and of course taking the helm of Shanti!
We would thoroughly recommend a trip on Shanti and hope to repeat the experience again ourselves.