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Zakynthos Turtle Spotting, Marathonisi Island-Keri Caves

1. Zakynthos Turtle Spotting, Marathonisi Island-Keri Caves

t After a convenient pickup from your hotel, head to Kalamaki beach on Zante's southern shores. Enjoy the pristine beach with soft sand and warm waters, protected by National Marine Park. See where the endangered loggerhead sea turtles nest. You may spot tiny baby turtles breaking out of their shells. Next, head to Laganas beach to board the glass-bottom boat. Sail to the Keri Caves, carved by time, tides, and wind. Follow the coastline, admiring the white beaches, rock arches, forested hills, and enormous limestone cliffs that fall into the sea. Pass through the famous rock arch, Kamara.  Stop for a 20-minute swim just outside the entrance to a vast cave. Climb back on board to head to Marathonisi, known as Turtle Island, an exotic, green, and coincidentally turtle-shaped island. Enjoy an hour on the golden sandy beach where you can swim and snorkel. Head back and pass the famous Cameo island bridge. Enjoy the idyllic views of secluded beaches surrounded by steep white limestone. Enjoy a final stop at the award-winning Aristeon ecological olive oil press museum in Lithakia. Explore the history of olive oil making on the island with experts.  Enjoy free tasters of local olives and traditional bread with different flavored extra virgin olive oils (most likely lemon, orange, and garlic). Take a sample of olive oil shampoo, soap, body cream, or face cream. You can also buy these products to support local businesses.

Zakynthos Early Morning Shipwreck, View point and Blue Caves

2. Zakynthos Early Morning Shipwreck, View point and Blue Caves

Begin your experience with a pick-up from your accommodation. On the way to take the boat, you will enjoy the views of the olive groves, vineyards, the diversity of the landscape, the traditional village houses, the old churches, and the stunning panoramic views of the turquoise sea waters until we arrive in Porto Vromi. From this small port, we will get on board a small to medium size boat, which allows us to enter inside the caves. It will take about 20 minutes to sail along the west coast, and reach to Navagio Beach that is our first stop. Now that you are one of the first tourists to land so early at one of the most famous beaches on the planet, grab your camera and get ready to snap the best pictures with the most amazing background of the rusty hull of the commercial shipwreck, named, M/V Panagiotis, which grounded onshore in 1980 and lies in the middle of the white sandy beach. The next stop is the blue caves that took their name from the sapphire color cast by the sunlight shimmering through the water and being reflected into the caves. For about 20 minutes, you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Another stop will be a secluded, and originally pebbled beach which is a characteristic sample of the natural beauty of Zakynthos, for swimming or sun tuning. Simply, another hidden gem. We continue our 3 hours boat trip, exploring more caves, each one more unique than the other. However, the last one is the magnificent Poseidon cave. Next to it, there is a natural rock formation in which you can easily spot the stunning face of Poseidon, the god of the sea, storms, earthquakes, and horses. Back to the minivan to visit the Shipwreck View Point. From the platform, you will be able to see and photograph what is considered one of the 30 most beautiful beaches all over the world. For safety reasons, you will follow the guide walking about 10 min along a stony path leading out to the cliff top to a high promontory facing the sea, where he will help you capture the best photos of the iconic shipwreck in the background. Full of pictures it is time for lunch (own expenses) at a Greek, Zakynthian family-run taverna, named Galaxy, a neat location at Anafonitria. Yiayia (grandmother in Greek ) Dimitra is the boss of the kitchen, with her delicious home-cooked traditional dishes with fresh homegrown vegetables and homemade wine and desserts, while the rest of the family would treat you like a family member or a friend. Simply authentic taverna in a mountain village, very nice atmosphere, good menu, sensible prices, very generous dishes. Last stop will be the famous 2,000 years old olive tree at Exo Chora. It is one of the seven oldest olive trees in the Mediterranean, and probably one of the oldest olive trees in the world. Some local treats and we are ready to drop you off to your accommodations.

Zakynthos: Shipwreck Beach, Viewpoint, Blue Caves Day Tour

3. Zakynthos: Shipwreck Beach, Viewpoint, Blue Caves Day Tour

Visit all the must-see spots in Zakynthos. Visit Shipwreck Beach, the Blue Caves, impressive viewpoints, and more. Begin with a stop at Bohali hill, the oldest neighborhood in Zakynthos town. Then head to Xigia beach where the springs provide a natural spa. From Agios Nikolaos port, take the boat to the shipwreck and blue caves. Check out Shipwreck Beach and swim around the Blue Caves. After returning to Agios Nikolaos port, enjoy a 1-hour photo stop at the shipwreck viewpoint before ending at a traditional olive oil factory for olive oil tasting.

Zakynthos: Half-Day Trip to Marathonisi and Keri Caves

4. Zakynthos: Half-Day Trip to Marathonisi and Keri Caves

Start with pickup from your hotel and discover the highlights of the southern region of Zakynthos. The first stop will be 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 your hotel on Zakynthos to finish the tour.

Zakynthos Water Park Entrance Ticket

5. Zakynthos Water Park Entrance Ticket

Prepare to get wet on the slides of a brilliant water park in the village of Sarakinado, just a few kilometers from Zakynthos Town. Enjoy a fun day out for the entire family and avail of the park's shops and snack bars. Get your thrills at the largest water park on the island and have some fun on attractions such as the 3 octopus slides, Slippery Rabbit and Boomer Bowl. Relax on the 300-meter long Lazy River or get an adrenalin rush as you are sucked into the Black Hole. Play spray games and take the kids to the dedicated slides and attractions of the Children's Tower. Newer attractions include the 25-meter high Mat Racer, where you can slide head first into the water, whilst the multi racing slides continue to thrill for those who want to challenge their mates to a race down a 60-meter slide.

Zakynthos Town: Boat Cruise to Navagio Shipwreck Beach

6. Zakynthos Town: Boat Cruise to Navagio Shipwreck Beach

Go on an adventure with this boat tour from the port of Zakynthos. Swim in the waters near Shipwreck Navagio, relax at Xigia beach, and explore the stunning Blue Caves. Board your boat in Zakynthos and begin your maritime adventure. Head for Shipwreck Navagio and dive into the water for a 1-hour swimming stop. Explore the wreckage on the sand and swim in the warm waters off the coast. Continue to the Blue Caves, taking advantage of the onboard cafe and bar as you sail. Once you arrive, enjoy a 30-minute swimming stop through the stunning blue waters and fascinating rock arches and caves. Return to the ship and sail to Xigia beach for a swim in the therapeutic sulfur waters and a rest on the comfortable beach. In the late afternoon, return to the port of Zakynthos.

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What people are saying about Zakinthos

This was a great day out with our guide Theodore who was friendly and helpful, giving us lots of information about the area and answering all our questions. He also volunteered to take family photos at all the scenic viewpoints. The minibus tour was great but the high light of the trip had to be the boat excursion to Navagio (shipwreck) beach where you get to spend an hour before being taken to the blue caves. I was amazed how far they took the boat in to the caves, we were lucky that at one of the caves the water was not too choppy and were able to take a quick swim here too. Theodore didn’t join us on the boat trip but his colleague Kostas was also very pleasant. After the boat trip there is a quick lunch stop at a local taverna which was okay - my wife says her prawns were amazing. A quick stop at the oldest olive tree on the island and then back to be dropped if at our accommodation. A thouroughly good day and I felt it was great value.

Have a very nice day! The guide was very friendly and the one we went on the boat with really took us past and through the beautiful caves. Also the stops at Shipwreck Beach and Xigia Beach were very nice and fun! This tour is really worth it!

We had a very nice day. Shortened due to a plane to catch which is a shame but our guide was able to show us everything in due time. Great

Trip was very nice organised however not in the schedule mentioned in the description. George - tourguide was funny and relaxed.

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