Zakynthos: Half-Day Trip to Marathonisi and Keri Caves
- Pickup available
- Duration: 5 hours
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!
Start with pickup from your hotel and discover the highlights of the southern region of Zakynthos. The first stop will be at the Argassi Bridge which was constructed in 1885. This bridge is now situated off the coast of the island but was once a river crossing. Then, stop at Kalamaki Beach to learn about the turtle nests in the area. Next, embark on a 3-hour boat cruise from the port in the town of Laganas. Stop at the nearby island of Marathonisi where you can admire its beautiful caves and white sand beaches. Keep a look out for the Caretta turtles who inhabit the surrounding waters. Continue by sailing to the Keri Caves located on the southern coast of Zakynthos, where you can enjoy a stop for swimming. Return to the port, and travel to the Aristeon Olive Oil Press. Learn about the long history of olive oil production on the island and taste some samples. Finally, be returned to you...
We enjoyed our tour to Marathonisi and Keri Caves. We were picked up on time and there were only 6 of us in the tour group. We firstly stopped at Kalamaki beach to see the turtle nests and our guide gave us some information about the turtles, which was interesting. We then proceeded to Laganas to get on the boat to turtle island and the caves. It was very chaotic with lots of people waiting for boats and we were left here by our guide to get on a boat with lots of others not from our tour. The boat trip was enjoyable, as we saw several turtles and then proceeded to the caves, which included a stop for swimming in the beautiful crystal blue waters. We then had a stop at Marathonisi , which was incredibly busy. After returning to land, we visited the olive oil press which was really interesting and we were able to sample and purchase the olive oil. There was no pressure to buy anything which was nice. . We finally visited cameo island at the perfect time to take sunset photos.
Depart from the Gulf of Laganas where your cruise begins. After boarding the boat your guide will give you some information about the loggerhead turtles "Caretta Caretta", while the crew will try to spot some turtles as they surface for air. Grab the opportunity to observe the turtles and take some great souvenir photos and videos. Continue to the stunning caves of Keri and stop for a relaxing swim in the crystal clear waters. Arrive at the turtle-shaped island of Marathonisi. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling as the clear turquoise waters surround you and explore the Golden Nesting Beach, where sea turtles lay their nests. Return to the Gulf of Laganas at the end of the tour.
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In the tour we followed all the stages described. The operators come directly to pick you up at the hotel in a comfortable and clean air-conditioned van or coach. The drivers are courteous, very prepared and friendly, as well as available if you need a few more minutes or if you need a stop. The captain of the glass-bottomed ship is very good at finding turtles for you to see. The stops for swimming are of the right duration and in very beautiful places, even the tour of the caves is excellent and they try to give maximum visibility to all passengers with the boat, which are never too many compared to other tours that overload the ships. The oil museum is also nice and interesting. Highly recommended
We went to Laganas beach first and checked out the turtle nests. Then we went out with the glass boat and were able to observe the common turtle. The bays and the water was the highlight of the trip. The water is turquoise-blue and very clear. At the end we were at the oil press and were able to try some olive oils. As a conclusion, we drove to the Cameo Island which was not on the plan, but was still very nice.
Wonderful outing! We had to postpone the day trip due to the waves being too big. The guide apologized a thousand times when it was not his fault. The next day we had a wonderful afternoon! Everything was perfect according to the program, boat in a small group of 10 people and adorable guides (boat and bus)! Thank you!
Very nice tour with a fabulous guide who could tell a lot about the island. The boat tour was very entertaining, but we felt very sorry for the turtles because countless boats drifted really close to a single turtle.
it was a amazing experience. We had an opportunity to see turtles, explore the keri caves and enjoy the island. The staff was very kind.