A must do during your holiday with lots of fun for the whole family. What really makes the difference with the boat trips in Zakynthos island, is the clearest, magnificent turquoise waters you will meet everywhere around, together with the astonishing beaches whether they are sandy (in the south) or rocky (north). You will have the chance to visit secluded beaches with notable underwater life, reachable only by boat. Not to mention the top 2 landmarks: The paradise islet 'Marathonisi' in the south (known as the turtle island) and the shipwreck beach in the north that cause a great world attention every summer season.

Many companies around offer a variety of excursions, always weather permitted. It is not a good idea indeed to pick up a windy day for your trip, not only because of the shaking but because you will miss the magnificent water colors too. Another tip is to choose the morning tours as it is really getting busy after 1 pm in July/August, and massive crowds could cause an uncomfortable feeling and spoil the trip.

There are 3 main boat trips to experience on the island are


The most famous boat-trip is the one to the shipwreck beach or 'Navagio' (called by the locals) and the Blue Caves nearby. The beach lies on the very North of the island and is only reachable by boat. It is surrounded by high white cliffs and it is one of the most stunning sights in Greece. The actual shipwreck lies in the middle of a beautiful white bay, dominated by stone arches and surrounded by deep, turquoise waters. The beach and sea floor are made of white pebbles. The geology of the area results into a unique blue color really worth to face.

Near the shipwreck beach, you will meet the famous Blue Caves. Nature has crafted there a unique impression in picturesque sea-side cliffs, offering the visitor a most extraordinary spectacle. Arches and domes which could never have been formed by the human hand, offer stunning views and colors. Sun rays reflect through blue sea water from white stones of cave bottoms and walls, creating visual lighting effects. Most of the boat companies will stop there to give you time for a quick swim inside the caves. Do not miss this chance, do not forget your snorkel.


Most of the companies combine the 2 spots with 1 trip, but you can do them separately too. Starting poits are

  • either the port of Alykes/Alykanas (4h boat trip, free pick up from Porta del mar)
  • or the port of St. Nikolas in the very North (2h boat trip)
  • or the lighthouse at the cove of 'Skinari' near St Nicolas (2h boat trip)
  • or the small port Porto Vromi in the West(1h boat trip).


'Marathonisi' Island, know as the turtle island, is a unique natural sight of Zakynthos. The small paradise beaches around it provide the turtles the perfect place to give birth to their little ones. Surprisingly, even the shape of the island resembles a turtle, and that' s why it's name. This uninhabited island is located off the south coast of the island, opposite 'Keri' community. It contains tropical vegetation, turquoise waters, beaches, and sea caves. Most of the boat trips to the turtle island pay a visit to the magnificent 'Keri' caves nearby. They resemble the blue caves on the North with amazing colors and a beautiful under-water life, ideal for snorkeling. The shore from Keri community to Keri caves contains numerous interesting rock formations, including arches.


If you have the power and will to see it all at once, then you need to go for a round day-trip. Trips begin from the harbor at Zante town in early morning (around 8am) and come back in the evening time. Boats are bigger and busier, but it' s a lot of fun especially for the youngsters(high dives from the upper deck, parties on board!).
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PRIVATE TRIPS - Porta del mar
If you prefer to be in private, then you got 2 options:

You could hire a yacht with a captain on board or you could rent a motor-boat and be the captain for the day.
If you are interested in the first option, please let us know to find a flexible solution for you, according to your wishes.

The second option is safe for all ages although it does not sound so! It is a unique experience for you and your family. We work with small companies certified by the Zakynthos Port Authorities , complying with all the safety rules. After a short instruction and safety briefing, you will be able to visit small secluded beaches, caves, natural beauties within a good range and with with the freedom your 'own' boat provides you. Stop anywhere you like, as much as you like, enjoy your privacy.