Greece is a popular tourist destination for so many reasons: the culture, food, island atmosphere and beautiful beaches. Zakynthos Underwater Caves are the little known jewel of the Ionian see.
The Ionian Sea is a stunning area featuring private beaches and covered coves. The blue water laps upon a bejeweled seabed making it the perfect spot for diving.
Nature is on full display in the Keri Peninsula and the crystal-clear water begs for more attention. At the center of it all stands the Blue Cave. Sunlight playfully reflects from the water and invites every visitor to explore the beauty of the sea.
The backdrop of the island is mountainous rocks set between lush green valleys. Soft, white sand greets you on the beach, where you can look out at the tantalizing turquoise water.
The Blue Caves
The numerous caves on the island draw thousands of visitors each year and has become a popular diving spot.
The Blue Caves are found in the northern parts of the island and are parts of caves that have succumbed to the sea as time has passed. Formations from limestone make up most of the caves.
Explore the area by boat or dive in for an in-depth experience. The captains often pause at the white arches of the caves for visitors to take in the full beauty of the scenery.
The emerald blue colors have a Midas touch and turn everything blue from morning until early afternoon. Dive into the blue waters for a mermaid-like experience.
The vast cave walls are filled with colorful marine life and the fish around you will seem as if even they are entranced by the beauty of the Blue Caves.
Book a stay of at least one week on Zakynthos to visit as many caves as possible.
The sea-life filled caves boast colorful fish and endangered species. Monk seal in the Mediterranean sea and giant shrimp are just some of the species that will greet you in the caves. Take a high-quality camera to capture every moment of your dive.
The Blue Caves of Zakynthos Map
Zakynthos island is found along the west coast of Greece and about 20km from mainland. It is just over 405 square kilometers in size but you may still require a car to travel between sites. The only way to access the island is by plane or boat. The seclusion adds to the charm and unspoiled beauty of Zakynthos.
The Blue Caves are found in the North, along the coastline between Cape Skinari and Agios Nikolaos. The best way to access the caves is via boat. You can sail in on small or medium sized boats that you captain yourself. Alternatively, a paid cruise is worth the expense. The captain will ensure you see the caves in all their splendor.
The Zakynthos Marine Park bordering Keri is home to many Loggerhead turtles. You can see them laying eggs on the beach and swimming in the ocean. Scuba diving along the coasts of Zakynthos will most certainly result in seeing at least one of these majestic animals.
Many tourists also visit Keri, a quaint town in the southwest of the island, which can be reached within 40 minutes after arriving at the main harbor.
The cost of boat trips to Zakynthos varies widely but €15 seems to be the going rate.
Diving in Zakynthos
Twelve diving sites are accessible from the harbor at Keri, each having a different appeal to divers. Stunning marine life can be found along plunging cave walls providing the opportunity to capture every moment with an underwater camera. Head to the darker, deeper caves if the technicality of moving through small spaces excites you; just remember to always take a strong flashlight.
Diving can be quite costly, especially if you have to hire equipment too. Set aside €40 for each dive on Zakynthos and take your own gear to save on costs.
Weights and air tanks can be rented from local diving shops in Zakynthos.
When to visit Zakynthos?
Visit Zakynthos in the summer months for the best experience and great diving weather. June heralds the start of the tourist season and choosing a suitable diving time will add to the value of your trip. The sea is unpredictable and can be cold at times; be prepared for chilly ocean conditions.
Remember to include a gas-free period of 24 hours before and after making the trip by plane. Safety is important and you do not want to spoil your holiday. Travel to the island by boat if you want to start diving straight away.
The caves on Zakynthos island provide a truly magical experience. Enjoy an exploratory scuba dive and experience the Ionian sea. Book a visit and be inspired by the picturesque setting and great turquoise waters.
Keri features a lighthouse and breathtaking cliffs. You can get up close to the cliff edges and take in the views of the ocean. This spot is specifically popular to watch the sunset against the ocean.
Navagio Beach is a highlight of Zakynthos and a place to visit. Many of the boat trips to the Blue Caves will include a trip to Navagio beach. A derelict ship sits on the beach and many people flock to see the shipwreck every year.
Xigia beach is located on the north eastern side of the island. It features stunning caves and a hot spring. The coves are a great place to go diving. Another beach to visit in this area is Alykes. The beach welcomes visitors with deep waters perfect for swimming.
Porto Limnionas on the east of the island offers picturesque views across the ocean. It has several coves for diving and exploring. You may want to rent an inexpensive car to travel across the island and see all the sights.
Nearby Cameo Island is worth a visit.
Lakka is reachable by boat and is a tourist favourite as it is filled with beautiful sea creatures and stunning caves for diving.
After a day of diving – check out Zakynthos nightlife (bars & clubs)