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Zakynthos: Turtle Spotting, Marathonísi, & Keri Caves Cruise

1. Zakynthos: Turtle Spotting, Marathonísi, & Keri Caves Cruise

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.

Zakynthos: Turtle Spotting Cruise on a Glass-Bottom Boat

2. 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.

Zakynthos: Island Day Trip with Turtles, Swimming, and Caves

3. Zakynthos: Island Day Trip with Turtles, Swimming, and 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.

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What people are saying about Zakynthos

This trip was fantastic. Our guide (unfortunately didn’t catch her is name) was so helpful and friendly. My dad was on crutches and I had previously emailed the tour company to ensure the boat was accessible. Our guide was absolutely amazing, helped my dad on and off the boat at all times, I can’t thank him enough. Although there’s no guarantee you’ll see turtles, we saw 2 massive Loggerhead turtles. These amazing creatures were just swimming around underneath the boats and popped up for a breather - it was such a great sight to witness these magnificence creatures in their natural habitat. There were plenty of swim stops near the caves as well as an hour to roam on Turtle Island and also grab a snack from the floating Tuck Shop. Thanks again to the guide, he made it so enjoyable and really helped my dad enjoy the trip too!

It was a great trip! We were picked up from our hotel and taken to the port, where our captain Stella welcomed us on the boat. We were fortunate to spot the first turtle 5 minutes into the cruise. After a few minutes of watching the turtle, we went for a ride around the coastline. We had a 20-minute stop for swimming. After, we headed to the turtle-shape island Marathonisi to see the caves and for another swimming stop (1h), this time at the beach. We still had a few minutes left on our way back, so Stella showed us Laganas beach. We were very lucky to spot another turtle! When the cruise was over, we were dropped off at our hotel. Our guide Stella told us a lot about islands and her skill behind the stere was very impressive!

HIGHLY recommend this tour! Khalifa was an awesome guide kind, informative & passionate about the topics. We saw a sea turtle on the boat tour thanks to our amazing captain, the water & landscapes were breathtaking. Olive press museum was more enjoyable than I had expected, don't forget to try some of the cosmetic products. Don't pay 5EUR to enter the island across the bridge, theres nothing to see that the tour hasn't already shown you except for a keyring with your photo on it.

It was a good tour. We seen 1 turtle and lik People tell, its a lot of tourist around the turtle so its against nature a little bit. We were glad We get to see one but you don't need to expert like 5 turtles Just swimming there but it was good Stella was the best!

It was lovely, we managed to see a turtle while the captain wasn’t chasing or in any way disturbing the lovely sea animal! Great day!