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1. Zakynthos Island: Navagio Shipwreck Beach & Blue Caves Tour
After you're picked up from your hotel or nearby accommodation, your guide will share with you the day's tour plan. Following this you will explore the north-east of Zakynthos Island, with time for photo stops in Katastari (with panoramic views of Alykes Beach), Xigia beach (a natural spa with sulfur and collagen) and Makris Gialos Beach (a crystal clear and rocky beach). Afterwards, you will have the chance to board a glass-bottom speedboat and visit the Navagio Shipwreck beach. On the way back to the harbor, you'll get the chance to swim inside the beautiful blue caves of the area. When you arrive back from your boating experience, it will be time for lunch at the shipwreck panoramic viewpoint. Following lunch, your tour will wrap up with some more chances for photos in Exo Chora (a 2000-year-old olive tree), Agios Sostis (Cameo Island) and Kalamaki Beach (an 8-kilometer beach). This ...
It was an amazing trip and our guide Denis was very skillful and kind. Thanks Denis.
2. From Corfu: Day Cruise to Paxos, Antipaxos, & the Blue Caves
Sail from Corfu to the magnificent islands of Paxos and Antipaxos, famous for wine and picturesque beaches. Travel into the historical rock caves and admire the beautiful scenery. On this full-day cruise you’ll stop at the island of Antipaxos, which has one of the most stunning beaches in the Mediterranean. Marvel at the beauty of the golden coast, providing a contrast with the crystal blue water. Enjoy a swim when you stop in Gaios, the capital of Paxos. Make the most of your free time to explore the small town. Shop at the souvenir stores, grab some lunch or cool down with an ice cream.
It was an amazing trip with beautiful views and a lot of fun! The crew was so kind. Paxos is un incredible place and Antipaxos has the most blue water. Everyone who visit Corfu have to take this cruise.
3. From Corfu Island: Antipaxos & Paxos Blue Caves Boat Cruise
Get stunning views of the Venetian castles in the Old Town of Corfu as you set sail and head south along the Kanoni Peninsula. Pass the palace of Mon Repo and the towns of Perama, Benitses and Kavos as you sail towards Cape Asprokavos. Get a magnificent view of the olive and cypress trees that cover Paxos, formed when Poseidon severed the tip of Corfu with his trident to create an idyllic retreat for Amphitrite - according to legend! Reach the unspoiled northern side of Paxos and enter the natural bay of Lakka. Stroll the narrow streets of the traditional village, or take a short walk to the beaches to swim and sunbathe. Then, sail along the west coast of Paxos and enter the Blue Caves, where monk seals have taken up residence. Next, cruise to the small island of Antipaxos to swim off Paradise Beach (Voutoumi). Sail along the east coast of Paxos and get great views of the small island...
A really interesting day with spectacular scenery. Super organised, was picked up and dropped off at hotel as per arrangements. Really friendly guide and colleagues. Thanks for a great day.
4. From Corfu Island: Day Cruise to Paxi Islands & Blue Caves
Enjoy a full-day cruise to the jewels of the Ionian Sea – the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos and the famous blue caves. Sail along the west coast of Paxos, enjoying the impressive rocky coastline and white sand beaches. The boat will enter the breathtaking blue sea caves, which are a natural habitat of the Mediterranean monk seal. Next, at the small island of Antipaxos, you’ll have the opportunity to swim off Paradise Beach. The cruise continues along the narrow channel of Paxos and the islands of Panagia and Agios Nikolaos. The captain will moor in the port of Gaios village and you’ll have time to explore the town.
perfect experience. We loved the tour, we were enchanted by the beauty of the place.
5. Zakynthos: Shipwreck Beach Boat Tour from Porto Vromi
Set sail from Porto Vromi Maries and sail to Navagio Beach, voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Famous for its shipwreck, Navagio Beach also boasts crystal clear waters and the staggering natural color combinations that make up a landscape to excite every visitor. Only accessible by sea, the beach (also known as "Shipwreck Beach") is legendary as the site of the wreck of the MV Panagiotis that ran aground and washed up on the sand in 1980. Get up close to the boat following a short 15-minute cruise from the port of Porto Vromi Maries. Then, enjoy at least 1 hour to soak up the Mediterranean sun at the beach. Ask the captain to stay longer without extra charge if you wish! Return towards Porto Vromi Maries and stop for a swim at the blue caves, the hidden beach of Sfogio or the paradise beach of Porto Steniti. See the natural formations of the “Neptune Profile” cave ...
Was super nice and enough for a trip. Some trips are 8 hours or 6 hours, don't know how people can stand all this time. Be careful, don't go to Porto Vromi, go to Porto Vromi Maries, if you go to wrong Porto, it's impossible to go to the otherside by car in very short time, which will make necessary to ask a guy to take you there, and there are some guys taking Advantage and charging you 10 euros to cross. When it takes 1 minute by boat and it should be free.
6. From St.Nikolaos: Boat Cruise to Navagio Beach & Blue Caves
Meet the captain "Takis Karidis" at noon (12.30 PM) with your tickets at the port of St. Nikolaos on the northeastern side of Zakynthos island. After a short meet and greet with your skipper, you will set off into the horizon aboard your boat for a jam-packed day full of adventure. Your first stop of the day will be Navagio beach, arriving at approximately 1:15 PM just as the big boats leave, offering you a more private experience as you enjoy and explore without large crowds. While approaching the famous shipwreck beach, the captain will share with you the true story of the abandoned boat and help you land on the beach with safety. After 1 to 1.5-hours, your captain will call you back to board the boat once again, so you can head to your next destination - the Blue Caves. After leaving the Navagio behind you will eventually find yourself at the Blue Caves. On the glass-bottom boat,...
Boat great - new - comfortable - good viewing and can be inside or out. friendly crew. The sites were amazing and the waters more than amazing. Enjoyed swimming - could be a little longer.
7. Navagio Beach: Day Tour of Shipwreck Beach & the Blue Caves
Start your Zakynthos tour with a pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned minibus. Drive north to Xingia and stop for breathtaking coastal views and photo opportunities. When you reach the northern tip of the island, you’ll be greeted by the famous windmills.
From their high vantage point, look down on the Blue Caves below. Then, discover the Blue Caves from the inside on a small tour boat and pass underneath their arches. Take the chance to swim in the vibrant blue waters.
Further along the coast, board a speed boat at Navagio’s Shipwreck Cove and gaze down into the sea through the boat’s glass bottom. Swim in turquoise waters for a leisurely hour. Be inspired by the breathtaking view of the world-famous shipwreck beach from above.
Visit a market with local traditional products such as wine, ol...
Everything was fantastic! Our guide was amazing and very nice. Enjoyed every single thing. Really recommend it!!!!!
8. Zakynthos: Turtle Spotting Cruise on a Glass-Bottom Boat
After being picked up from your accommodation, set off to begin your 3-hour eco-friendly turtle spotting cruise. Climb aboard a special glass-bottomed boat and embark on your journey through the National Marine Park surrounding the island. Make a photo stop at the famous Cameo Islet, which was created by the 1633 earthquake. Take unique photos (guaranteed sightings) of the turtles from up close, and take the opportunity to swim amongst them in their natural habitat. After this, explore the enchanting Keri Caves, and pass underneath the “Kamares”, before enjoying another swimming opportunity in the clear waters. Finally, arrive at the turtle-shaped island of Marathonisi. Swim and have fun at the Golden Nesting Beach which is home to the loggerhead sea turtle Caretta Caretta. You will also have the chance to admire the stunning caves.
We loved this experience! It’s a smaller boat and you had time to swim and take your time. Seeing the turtle was really neat. We liked this better than our trip to shipwreck beach
9. Zakynthos: Island Day Trip with Turtles, Swimming, and Caves
Take a boat ride, spot turtles, swim, admire incredible scenery, and more during a day trip in the Zakynthos region. After pickup at your hotel, head straight to your first stop at Kalamaki beach on Zante's southern shores. Enjoy the lovely, clean beach with soft golden sand and warm waters, protected by a National Marine Park. See where the famous endangered loggerhead sea turtle nest. Learn all about these beautiful creatures from your guide and volunteers who keep the turtles safe. If you're lucky, you may even spot tiny baby turtles breaking out of their shells. Next, head to Laganas beach to board the glass-bottom boat. Get ready with your camera to take awesome turtle photos. Sail to the stunning Keri Caves, carved by time, tides, and wind. Follow the coastline, admiring the white beaches, fantastic rock arches, forested hills, and enormous limestone cliffs that fall straight int...
This was a super fun day out. Our guide, Sakis, was so helpful, funny and all around a pleasure to have as a guide. The activities were well planned and everything went smoothly. The boat trip was incredible. So relaxing. The side activities did feel slightly rushed, I would have skipped the olive oil museum to have more time at one of the other stops, since it's a turtle tour. Museum was still interesting though with being able to taste different types of olive oil. Would recommend!
10. Full-Day Cruise to the Blue Lagoon with Syvota Visit
Your lovely day will start after your departure from Corfu town port or Lefkimmi port, depending on which is the closest port to you. The captain and the crew will welcome you and help you out with anything you might need throughout the whole trip. The first stop will be in the historical cave of Papanikolis where you will have a few minutes to take some pictures and hear about the story of the cave. The second stop will be at the Blue Lagoon beach. You have a whole hour to enjoy the beautiful beach by snorkeling or just enjoying the great view if you do not wish to swim. The third stop will be Bella Vraka beach, where you can continue swimming. The last stop of the day will be on the mainland of Greece, where you have 45 minutes to explore the small fishing village, Syvota. Enjoy some free time to walk around the village, have a nice coffee, or even an ice cream if you wish. Later th...
Very nice trip, but the boat ride to the blue lagoon an back was very long (2-2,5h)
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What people are saying about Ionian Islands
Amazing day! We got picked up from the hotel and the trip is half on a minivan, half on the boat. We’ve done several stops in the minivan, including the viewpoint from above the shipwreck which was awesome. The boat trip has 2 main stops where you can get out of the boat, they take you to the shipwreck beach with no need to swim there and another one in the caves where you can dive and explore the caves , which for me was the best bit. After the boat trip, we stopped for lunch which is not included on the price but much needed. Our tour guide was Dionissios, and he was great! Throughly recommend this day trip, absolutely fantastic day. Boat fees are not included and cost 15 euros per person. Bring shoes, swimwear, towels, drinks and snacks, as it’s a long day.
This was a fantastic, informative, delicious tour! From start to finish we were spoilt with fascinating historical facts and information about Corfu. Really recommend to foodies and history buffs as well as tourists like us who just enjoy eating! I was a little concerned at the cost on booking but feel it was well worth the money. The time flew by and our tour guide Ariti is a gem - 10 stars xx
Despite initial difficulties maximum recommended. Caution, the port consists of two parts, the gps takes you to the wrong place, and there is no passage. After a phone call handled correctly, they came for us.
Great tour if you are on a short vacation and you want to try a bit of everything. Guides are very friendly and try to make everyone feel good and comfortable.
It was an amazing trip with a lot of beautiful places and a very friendly guide. We are really grateful for this experience in Zakynthos.