On this unique tour, not only will you see the turtles swimming alongside the small glass-bottom boat or passing under it, but you will also visit the very clean and shallow Kalamaki beach where the turtles lay their nests.
This is a chance to discover the natural beauty of Lagana bay’s underwater paradise, as well as take advantage of stops to swim and bathe in the stunning Keri Caves and the picturesque crystal clear waters of turtle island.
You will have the opportunity to capture perfect photos with Cameo Island in the backdrop of your photos or while walking across its famous roped wooden bridge.
Finally, get in touch with our Greek cultural heritage by visiting the award-winning Aristeon eco-olive oil press & olive museum.
Starting the tour:
Your unique experience will start with a convenient pick-up from the door of your accommodation or hotel throughout the island. Your very friendly local guide-driver will begin by giving you a free map of Zakynthos before briefing you with the details of your itinerary. We recommend to all our guests to have their swimming suits and caps on as we will go straight to the beach first.
Kalamaki Beach - National Marine Park of Zakynthos:
Located on Zante's southern shores, Kalamaki is a lovely, clean beach with soft golden sand and warm waters, which has the added attraction of being a nesting site for endangered loggerhead turtles (Caretta-Caretta). You can see the turtle nests which are clearly marked with wooden frames and are easily visible. Furthermore, the knowledgeable guide with the volunteers who patrol the area to ensure their survival will tell you everything about these beautiful creatures.
Laganas bay is characterized as National Marine Park since the famous Caretta-Caretta has chosen it as its breeding area. The very knowledgeable local captain starts immediately to look out for the turtles, get ready with your cameras to take divine photos of them. Sailing around the bay, the rules of marine life are always respected for the safety of the rare endangered Loggerhead turtles.
The breathtaking Keri Caves are located on the south-western part of the island and are carved by time, tide and wind. The professional captain is very adept not only at getting into the spectacular small-sized caves with the Glass-Bottom boat but at passing right through the famous pretty rock arch (Kamara) as well. We will have 20 minutes to swim just outside the entrance of a very large cave. Make sure you have some snorkelling equipment with you so you can take a look under crystal clear water and see and admire the fish swimming.
Marathonisi, (known as Turtle Island), is an exotic, green and coincidentally turtle-shaped island, part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos has been a destination for the reproduction of the Loggerhead sea turtles and Monachus - Monachus sea seals. The captain will drive the boat at a slow speed to not harm the turtles inside the two impressive caves. He will head to the other side of the island for a one-hour stop at the small, golden, sandy, and clean beach where you will have the chance to swim, snorkel, or relax.
Heading back, the captain will drive the boat close to the dreamlike Cameo island, known as the wedding island, which is one of the most beautiful sites of Zakynthos. You will enjoy the views of this small idyllic paradise that is located just off the coast of Agios Sostis in the south of Zakynthos.
Aristeon Olive Oil Press Museum:
The olive tree, its fruit, olives, and olive oil are closely tied to Greek culture. The friendly oil experts at the Aristeon ecological olive oil press will guide you through the outdoor olive oil museum which reveals the history of olive oil making on the island throughout the centuries. You’ll be amazed by the old methods and early wooden types of equipment, as well as by the machine-run stone mill of later years and the factory’s cutting-edge productions. You get to taste local olives and traditional village bread with different extra virgin olive flavours (most likely lemon, orange, and garlic).