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Best Nautical Board Games

Hoist the sails and raise the anchor, we’re setting sail to find the ultimate nautical-themed board games. 

Maritime, marine, and seafaring — our list includes all things nautical. You could set out on expeditions, come face to face with pirates, or build a shipping empire. But if you’re not careful, you’ll be swimming with the fishes. 

Let’s take to the high seas and explore the best nautical board games. 

🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Nautical Board Games

In a hurry? Take a quick peek before you go.

Best Pirate

Forgotten Waters
  • PIRATE ADVENTURE GAME: Forgotten Waters is a Crossroads Game set...
  • COOPERATIVE STRATEGY GAME: In this survival game, pirates face...
  • IMMERSIVE STORY-DRIVEN GAME: The world of Forgotten Waters is...

Best Narrative

Sleeping Gods
  • Explore A Massive, Open World In A Game Atlas Of Connecting Maps...
  • Includes A Novel-Length Storybook To Read As You Explore, Filled...
  • The Cooperative Play Allows Players To Jump In Or Out With Ease,...

Best Overall

Endeavor: Age of Sail
  • For ages 12 and up
  • 2 to 5 players
  • 60 minutes average playtime

#1. Endeavor: Age of Sail 

Endeavor: Age of Sail board game box and components

Players: 2-5
Playing time: 60-90mins

Endeavor: Age of the Sail transports you to the era of unprecedented expansion across the oceans. Maritime empires build major fleets to set sail to the distant regions of the world. 

A rich strategy game, you’ll work to grow naval power striving to make the wisest connections as the map unfolds. A new edition of the much-loved Endeavor, Age of Sail keeps all the modern classic gameplay while adding a few simple enhancements.

To conquer the new lands, players leverage their growing industry by acquiring asset cards, giving you powerful boosts and game points. Building shipping routes and constructing buildings will help you further your expansion and powers over the sea.

Endeavor: Age of Sail
  • For ages 12 and up
  • 2 to 5 players
  • 60 minutes average playtime

#2. Underwater Cities 

Underwater Cities Board Game Box and Components

Players: 1-4
Playing time: 80-150mins

Can you save Earth from overpopulation? 

The most powerful brains in the world have come together to solve overpopulation by building the best and most livable underwater cities possible. In Underwater Cities, players build and develop underwater metropolises by creating desalinization plants, constructing kelp farms, and connecting laboratories and tunnels. 

Players take on the roles of these bright and brilliant brains, founding their own underwater nations. They work to gain resources, build transportation, and various facilities needed to support life. 

By playing cards, you’ll decide which actions are needed to move forward. You’ll need to make the right decisions so your underwater habitat can survive!

Underwater Cities
  • For 1-4 players
  • Ages 13+
  • 90+ minute playing time

#3. Forgotten Waters

Forgotten Waters Board Game Box and Book

Players: 3-7
Playing time: 120-240mins

Ahoy matey! Who doesn’t enjoy a pirate adventure game?

Forgotten Waters is set in a fantastical world where players become pirates, sailing together to complete one common goal, while still seeking to further their own personal stories.

In this cooperative strategy game of survival, you’ll be faced with desperate struggles and must fight to stay alive. Each choice a player makes impacts the storyline keeping the game interesting and ever-changing.

 An immersive story-driven game, Forgotten Waters is designed to encourage players to explore and laugh as they create silly and magical stories. The board game comes with five scenarios as well as a free web app that only helps you delve further into scenarios and crossroads.

Forgotten Waters
  • PIRATE ADVENTURE GAME: Forgotten Waters is a Crossroads Game set...
  • COOPERATIVE STRATEGY GAME: In this survival game, pirates face...
  • IMMERSIVE STORY-DRIVEN GAME: The world of Forgotten Waters is...

#4. Raiders of the North Sea

Raiders of the North Sea Board Game Box and Art

Players: 2-5
Playing time: 60-90mins

Viking warriors unite! 

Raiders of the North Sea takes you into the world of Vikings looking to raid and plunder their way to victory. As a Viking warrior, you’ll be plundering, raiding settlements, and making your offerings to the Chieftan to gain his trust. 

A worker placement game, Raiders of the North Seas has players recruit their crews and gather supplies to be prepared for raiding season. Settlements are yours for the taking so be sure to be fully prepared to gain precious rewards and resources. 

Have the most victory points at the end of the game and be the one to impress the Chieftain!

Raiders of the North Sea
  • Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel 2017 nominee (enthusiast game of the...
  • Impress the chieftain by raiding villages!
  • Part of the North Sea Runesaga Campaign Trilogy!

#5. Sleeping Gods 

Sleeping Gods Board Game Featured Image

Players: 1-4
Playing time: 60-120mins

Can you survive and find your way home? 

It’s 1929 and you as the captain, along with your crew, are lost at sea in a strange and mysterious world. It’ll take teamwork to explore and survive the exotic islands you visit. From fighting creatures to meeting the world’s inhabitants, it’ll take everything you’ve got to return home.

Finding the totems of the gods is the key to waking the gods and leaving the curious and mysterious world. The map is a massive open world of connecting maps where players use a combat system to execute their campaign. What’s great about Sleeping Gods is that it’s also fantastic played solo!

Sleeping Gods has a gorgeously illustrated map and each character’s card is detailed.

Sleeping Gods
  • Explore A Massive, Open World In A Game Atlas Of Connecting Maps...
  • Includes A Novel-Length Storybook To Read As You Explore, Filled...
  • The Cooperative Play Allows Players To Jump In Or Out With Ease,...

#6. Le Havre 

Le Havre Board Game

Players: 1-5
Playing time: 30-150mins

Le Havre is all about what it takes to manage a harbor by building ships and constructing buildings. With each turn, players decide which action to take. You’ll need to balance your resources, such as wood, fish, grain, and dock workers. Using currency, you can buy ships and buildings with cash, no resource collections are needed. 

It’ll help to have some experience with games like Viticulture, as the game can be challenging. But if you’ve got a bit of board gaming experience, Le Havre is a brilliant board game to test your strategy and gaming abilities. 

Le Havre
  • THE TOWN AND THE HARBOR: Picture the south coast of the English...
  • STRATEGY BOARD GAME: Le Havre is a game about managing a harbor,...
  • CHALLENGING AND COMPETITIVE: After every seven turns, the round...

#7. Tsuro of the Seas

Tsuro of the Seas Board Game Box, Board, and Components

Players: 2-8
Playing time: 20-40mins

Can you guide your ship through the treacherous waves?

A fun nautical board game for the whole family, Tsuro of the Seas takes you sailing on the mystic seas. Guide your ships and avoid powerful sea monsters. Moving along the board, you’ll need strategy and a little luck to be the last player standing to win!

The game is great for kids as its simple to learn, rolling the dice to move the monsters and placing tiles to sail your ship along the board. The game is never the same game twice as you place tiles and create fun experiences as you try to escape terrifying monsters. 

Succeed the mighty quest and you’ll be forever in the Emperor’s favor.

Tsuro of the Seas
  • EXCITING FAMILY BOARD GAME: Sail the Mystic Seas and guide your...
  • CHANCE & STRATEGY CREATE EXCITEMENT: Play against each other, the...
  • SIMPLE TO LEARN: Roll dice, move the Daikaiju, place a tile, and...

#8. Catan: Seafarers 

Catan Seafarers Expansion

Players: 3-4
Playing time: 90mins

The ever-popular game, Catan, takes sail on the high seas to discover and settle in the Isles of Catan. 

In Catan: Seafarers, you control a group of brave seafaring settlers looking to explore and tame the wild. With each game, you’ll experience new seas and new lands, looking to discover precious goldfields. 

Catan’s Seafarers edition is unique and full of fun as you embark on epic quests to build a new life. By building ships, trading, and charting nearby waters, you’ll guide your settlers to victory. Catan is all about strategy as you navigate new scenarios and seek to become the undisputed ruler of the rich Isles of Catan!

Catan: Seafarers
  • THIS IS AN EXPANSION TO THE CATAN STRATEGY BOARD GAME BASE: You...
  • FUN GAME WITH COUNTLESS REPLAY OPPORTUNITIES: The completely...
  • BUILD AND/OR JOIN A COMMUNITY: Whether you play as a family, a...

#9. Ticket to Ride: Rails and Sails 

Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails Board Game Box and Board

Players: 2-5
Playing time: 60-120mins

All aboard, get ready for an unforgettable journey!

Ticket to Ride is taking to the seas as the world is changing fast. Trips that would previously take months are now possible in days with huge steamers carrying hundreds of passengers across the oceans.

From Los Angeles to Sydney, Dar Es Salaam to Murmansk, Ticket to Ride: Rails and Sails is another adventure story where players work to claim rail or sea routes, connecting the world. 

Network and route-building games require a lot of strategy and Ticket to Ride is no exception. Players collect cards of various types, including trains and ships, to claim the best routes and gain the most points.

Whether you are a fan of Ticket to Ride or are new to the series, it’s easy to learn and a fun edition for a nautical game night. 

Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails
  • STRATEGY GAME: Build railways and sea routes across the globe in...
  • FUN ADVENTURE GAME: Ticket to Ride Rails & Sails takes you on a...
  • GAME FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS: Ticket to Ride Rails & Sails takes...

#10. Survive! Escape from Atlantis

Survive! Escape From Atlantis Family Board Game

Players: 2-4
Playing time: 45-60mins

Thrills, adventure, suspense, survive! Escape from Atlantis will keep you on your toes as you try to reach dry land. 

It’s the 20th century and Atlantis has finally been discovered in the middle of the sea, rumored to be full of gold and riches. Luckily, you’ve reached the treasure and are ready to return home. But, Atlantis has begun to sink! Panic ensues as explorers try to escape. 

Survive! Escape from Atlantis is a strategy game for any level of board gamer. Players try to lead explorers from the sinking isle of Atlantis to the safety of a nearby island. 

Avoid sea serpents, whales, and sharks and you might just have a chance to reach safety!

Survive! Escape from Atlantis
  • THRILLING ADVENTURE GAME: It’s early 20th century The...
  • STRATEGY BOARD GAME: In this cutthroat survival game, players...
  • CHALLENGING AND COMPETITIVE: Each player controls ten people that...

Wrap-Up

We hope you enjoyed our list of the best nautical board games! We hope you’ve found the perfect board game for your nautical explorations! Let us know which game on the list is your favorite. Drop a comment below! We’d love to hear from you.

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