Snorkeling the Ionian Islands
How can you make your holiday lettings look more interesting? Of course, by combining them with your favorite hobby. Greece is a blissful place that can provide both. And in case you are a snorkeling or a scuba diving fan, Greece is one of the most popular destinations with many exciting snorkeling spots in all Europe.
Snorkeling is a popular activity that attracts more and more tourists of all ages because they can admire the underwater world without diving. One of snorkeling’s main advantages is that it doesn’t require any previous experience. The basic equipment that is needed is a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel and usually fins. In cooler waters, a wetsuit may also be worn. If you have ever gone snorkeling, you will probably agree that it is a very relaxing activity, as the sea bottom can be surprisingly rich in underwater life and hidden natural treasures. Greece has a great sea life diversity, many caves and shipwrecks. There are so many things waiting for you to discover them. So why don’t you combine your favorite hobby by renting a luxury villa in these areas and enjoy the underwater experience with friends and family?
The Ionian Islands: Best Snorkeling Spots
As far as it concerns the Ionian Islands, they can offer you a great diversity of sea life and exciting spots with stunning reefs and warm waters. But, when visiting the islands, you should have done your research and just get out there and enjoy your time away. In this case, we have done all the necessary research that you might need. Here is a list of the best snorkeling spots in the Ionian Islands.
Corfu is one of the most popular islands in Greece featuring breathtaking underwater scenes. Head to the beach of Afionas situated in Port Timone which is one of the top snorkeling spots in Corfu. It is secluded and can only be reached by boat or by a 45-minute hike. Divided by two bays, one faces Ag. Georgios, and the other, the sea. The best spot to snorkel in Afionas is on the bay facing the sea. It has the clearest blue beach water in Corfu and the most active colorful coral environment. Another excellent snorkeling spot in Corfu is at the Paleokastritsa. This village has a large number of facilities available like luxury villas and restaurants. People come to Paleokastritsa for the snorkeling and scuba-diving but you can rent a private villa and enjoy both luxury vacations and your favorite hobby at the beautiful beaches. Agni is another popular destination for tourists and scuba-divers. Because of a pretty hectic boat activity, it is best to snorkel there late in the afternoon.
Paxos island is a truly paradise. Marmari beach is every snorkeler’s favorite. The blue clear waters which are full of life, filled with fantastic rock formations and sea plants will amaze you. It is a once in a lifetime experience as you can follow the coastline and see plenty of blue caves, the stunning Erimitis cliffs, the Ortholitos, an enormous pyramid emerging out of the water and the Tripitos, a natural stone arch.
Lefkada is one of the most interesting spots for underwater life. Amouso beach is a secluded area, situated on the southern point of Lefkada. It is easy to access and has many things to offer to snorkelers. Just a few miles away, you will find the beautiful Meganisi island and the amazing coast of the Balou bay, a perfect snorkeling spot for the lovers of sea life. Once you enter the water, you’ll be treated to a vibrant world of exotic fish and plant life.
Kefalonia is also considered to be one of the most beautiful destinations to enjoy luxury holidays in combination with activities. Another hidden paradise is Foki beach which is located on the northern area of Kefalonia, in the area of the picturesque and magical Fiscardo. It has an amazing underwater wildlife.
In the southern coast of the marvelous Zakynthos there is the amazing beach of Dafni. There you will find everything you need for relaxing or snorkeling. It also offers something none of the other beaches on this list can: turtles – beautiful loggerhead turtles! Between April and June, the rare turtles head to the beach to lay their eggs. They only do this at night. During the day they can be found floating about the calm waters off Dafni beach. If you’ve always dreamed of swimming with turtles, this is your chance.
One of the most beautiful Ionian Islands is the magical Kythira. Kythira is blessed with clear blue waters, sandy beaches and cliffs. On the south-east coast of the island you will find Melidoni beach where off the coast there are numerous reefs to be found.
Last but not least, Ithaca is one of the most promising islands in Greece. Kioni is a bay where there is a regularly used harbour, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth visiting. Beneath the surface and especially around the edges of the bay, there is a great variety of marine life.
Just being immersed within the underwater scenery is enough to escape the problems in every day life. If you want to visit all of these locations, rather than be limited to just one then, Riginos Yachts, a private chartering service can take you anywhere you want to go.