From where to begin to cover the most popular topic in Zakynthos Island; the amazing, unforgettable boat trips. A must do during your holiday with lots of fun for the whole family. What really makes the difference with the boat trips in Zakynthos island, is the clearest, magnificent turquoise waters you will meet everywhere around, together with the astonishing beaches whether they are sandy (in the south) or rocky (north). You will have the chance to visit secluded beaches with notable underwater life, reachable only by boat. Not to mention the top 2 landmarks: The paradise islet ‘Marathonisi’ in the south (known as the turtle island) and the shipwreck beach in the north that cause a great world attention every summer season.
Many companies around offer a variety of excursions, always weather permitted. It is not a good idea indeed to pick up a windy day for your trip, not only because of the shaking : ) but because you will miss the magnificent water colors too. Another tip is to choose the morning tours as it is really getting busy after 1 pm in July/August, and massive crowds could cause an uncomfortable feeling and spoil the trip.
There are 3 main different boat trips to experience on the island.
The most famous boat-trip is the one to the shipwreck beach or ‘Navagio‘ (called by the locals) and the Blue Caves nearby. The beach lies on the very North of the island and is only reachable by boat. It is surrounded by high white cliffs and it is one of the most stunning sights in Greece. The actual shipwreck lies in the middle of a beautiful white bay, dominated by stone arches and surrounded by deep, turquoise waters. The beach and sea floor are made of white pebbles. The geology of the area results into a unique blue color really worth to face.
Near the shipwreck beach, you will meet the famous Blue Caves. Nature has crafted there a unique impression in picturesque sea-side cliffs, offering the visitor a most extraordinary spectacle. Arches and domes which could never have been formed by the human hand, offer stunning views and colors. Sun rays reflect through blue sea water from white stones of cave bottoms and walls, creating visual lighting effects. Most of the boat companies will stop there to give you time for a quick swim inside the caves. Do not miss this chance, do not forget your snorkel.
Most of the companies combine the 2 spots with 1 trip, but you can do them separately too. Starting points are
TURTLE ISLAND-KERI CAVES
‘Marathonisi‘ Island, know as the turtle island, is a unique natural sight of Zakynthos. The small paradise beaches around it provide the turtles the perfect place to give birth to their little ones. Surprisingly, even the shape of the island resembles a turtle, and that’ s why it’s name. This uninhabited island is located off the south coast of the island, opposite ‘Keri’ community. It contains tropical vegetation, turquoise waters, beaches, and sea caves. Most of the boat trips to the turtle island pay a visit to the magnificent ‘Keri’ caves nearby. They resemble the blue caves on the North with amazing colors and a beautiful under-water life, ideal for snorkeling. The shore from Keri community to Keri caves contains numerous interesting rock formations, including arches.
ROUND TRIP OF THE ISLAND
If you have the power and will to see it all at once, then you need to go for a round day-trip. Trips begin from the harbor at Zante town in early morning (around 8am) and come back in the evening time. Boats are bigger and busier, but it’ s a lot of fun especially for the youngsters(high dives from the upper deck, parties on board!).
You could hire a yacht with a captain on board or you could rent a motor-boat and be the captain for the day.
If you are interested in the first option, please let us know to find a flexible solution for you, according to your wishes.
The second option is safe for all ages although it does not sound so! It is a unique experience for you and your family. We work with small companies certified by the Zakynthos Port Authorities , complying with all the safety rules. After a short instruction and safety briefing, you will be able to visit small secluded beaches, caves, natural beauties within a good range and with with the freedom your ‘own’ boat provides you. Stop anywhere you like, as much as you like, enjoy your privacy.
At the Blue Shore Motor Boat Cruises we offer private boat tours to the most beautiful beaches of the island of Zakynthos. You and your loved ones can enjoy an unforgettable experience as our skippers will make sure you explore all the incredible blue waters and unique rock formations the island has to offer. Have your camera ready for the photos of a lifetime!
We have created two routes (Shipwreck-Blue Caves and Myzithres-Marathonisi) which include the places we believe every guest must visit but we are open to suggestions. You can create your own route depending on your preferences. The friendly skipper will suggest the best choices and tailor the cruise to your own wishes. Every cruise is unique as are our guests.
We offer morning (08:30-13:30) and afternoon cruises (14:00-19:00) as well as custom cruises that take you exploring during the whole day. All cruises are subject to weather conditions and include a well trained skipper on board. If you have all the necessary certification to take the boat out to sea on your own we will be happy to rent it out to you. Our boats are also available for sea transportation. We can pick you up and transfer you to any other location on the island you request.
Please note: Private daily cruises are owned and operated by Blue shore® (third-party) which is not associated with Porta del mar villas.