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Zakynthos: Shipwreck Beach Boat Tour from Porto Vromi

1. Zakynthos: Shipwreck Beach Boat Tour from Porto Vromi

Set sail from Porto Vromi Maries and sail to Navagio Beach, voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Famous for its shipwreck, Navagio Beach also boasts crystal clear waters and the staggering natural color combinations that make up a landscape to excite every visitor. Only accessible by sea, the beach (also known as "Shipwreck Beach") is legendary as the site of the wreck of the MV Panagiotis that ran aground and washed up on the sand in 1980. Get up close to the boat following a short 15-minute cruise from the port of Porto Vromi Maries. Then, enjoy at least 1 hour to soak up the Mediterranean sun at the beach. Ask the captain to stay longer without extra charge if you wish! Return towards Porto Vromi Maries and stop for a swim at the blue caves, the hidden beach of  Sfogio or the paradise beach of Porto Steniti. See the natural formations of the “Neptune Profile” cave before getting dropped off at the port of Porto Vromi Maries. The total trip duration is at least 2.5 to 3 hours but can be extended upon request, depending on how long you want to stay on "Shipwreck Beach."

From Porto Vromi: Shipwreck Beach Private Boat Cruise

2. From Porto Vromi: Shipwreck Beach Private Boat Cruise

Board your private boat for the day then set out on an adventure to discover some of Zakynthos’ most beautiful coastal locations. Depart from Porto Vromi and head to the first stop of the day, the fascinating Shipwreck Beach, also known as Navagio Beach. The beach is famous for being the resting place of a 1980 freight-liner shipwreck, which has been used as a filming location for many international TV series. Spend some time exploring the site and taking photos with the landmark as well as cooling off from the heat with a refreshing swim in the sea. Next, head to the magnificent Hidden Treasure Cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Zakynthos. Jump in the water and float around the cave, soaking up the magic of this glistening location and watching the suns' rays reflect against the turquoise water. Hop back on the boat and make your way to the next location where you can enjoy another swim stop and go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life. Other highlights of the cruise include Sfogio Beach, White Beach, Porto Steniti, the Secret Blue Cave, and Heart Cave. After an unforgettable day at sea, begin the return journey to Porto Vromi, stopping by the Profile of Poseidon rock formation along the way.

Navagio Shipwreck: Private Tour with Sunset Viewing Point

3. Navagio Shipwreck: Private Tour with Sunset Viewing Point

Your journey starts in the afternoon from your hotel or the cruise ship port. Your professional driver will welcome you and your friends and will explain the route. You will get transferred in a modern luxurious Mercedes Viano minibus and on-route you will see many sights and historical monuments. Experience the uniqueness of nature and walk on top of the mountain above the most beautiful wild landscape that is the Navagio Shipwreck Beach. See the famous shipwreck named Panagiotis, which makes the view extraordinary. As the sun is setting, you may stay for about an hour and take many pictures as you wish. You can also buy traditional products from the local shop nearby. After the sunset, the driver will take you back to the cruise ship port or to your hotel. This is the perfect ending to your vacation in Zakynthos.

Day Trip to Navagio Shipwreck, Blue Caves & Xingia Beach

4. Day Trip to Navagio Shipwreck, Blue Caves & Xingia Beach

Begin your journey early in the morning with a scenic guided bus tour to the North-East of Zakynthos. Enjoy a short 10 minute stop to take in the views and take beautiful pictures. At the picturesque harbor of Mikro Nisi, board a seated glass bottom speedboat and sail to the crystal blue bay of the famous Shipwreck. Enjoy the 3-hour speedboat tour with 2 swim stops at Shipwreck bay for 1 hour and at the blue caves for 20 min.  As the first visitors of the day you can take those amazing pictures that this bay is well known for. Enjoy the white sandy beach with the iconic wreck surrounded by the extraordinary turquoise sea and leave before the influx of other tourists on larger tour boats begins. After a full hour on the enchanting shipwreck bay you leave for your visit to the Blue caves. Explore the Blue Caves and Gaze at the blue hue over water in the caves. By the time you return to land everyone is ready for a lunch and you have the option to eat a traditional Greek tavern.With an enchanting view, overlooking the village of Mikro Nisi and Kefalonia floating in the distance you can enjoy a selection of Modern Greek food. For your final stop experiencing the natural Sea Spa of Xingia. A beautiful small sandy bay the sea here contains traces of sulphur and collagen. The sulphur and collagen pours down from the mountains into the sea and has been proven to offer significant health benefits.

Zakynthos: Back to the Roots Minibus Tour

5. Zakynthos: Back to the Roots Minibus Tour

Traveling with luxury Mercedes Benz minibus, you will have the opportunity to travel with an interactive and highly-flexible schedule at a very relaxed pace. This will allow you to visit authentic places where larger bus tours simply cannot reach. This inclusive island tour will invigorate your senses, providing a fantastic opportunity to dig into the roots of the island’s culture. You will meet with local residents, while enjoying off-the-beaten-track scenery and the hidden treasures of Zakynthos. In a very friendly and laid back style, your guide Jackie Boots will share music and beautiful stories from Greek mythology. This holiday tour is guaranteed to be an enjoyable an authentic experience, so good that it will be the crown of your stay in Zakynthos!

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What people are saying about Zakynthos

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 231 reviews

Great activity!!! We were lucky to have the boat just for the two of us with our captain Orestis!!! We were able to enjoy Navajio beach and explore the blues caves which are both impressive and magical. Our guide Orestis took the time for us and we thank him once again. Highly recommended. An experience that will mark you. Ps: we were lucky enough to come across a seal ☺️

The guide was very nice and responded to our requests / I would have liked a bottle of water on board, the TN was not good that older people with limited mobility could not leave the boat

Very nice trip. Human-sized boat. Very friendly captain. We toured the local curiosities. 1h00 on the paradise beach.

Amazing! We got to the wrong port but even though they come to pick us up. Very nice and friendly staff

Everything was super easy to arrange via the app. Nice captain. Time to arrange yourself