Boating to the Blue Caves in Zakynthos
The Blue Caves in Zakynthos are part of the island’s picturesque rocky coastline, a natural wonder only accessible by boat.
Boating to the Blue Caves in Zakynthos
One of the natural wonders of Zakynthos are the Blue Caves, and they can only be accessed via boat. So, during a tour of the island with Travel Bloggers Greece, our great local hosts arranged for us to see them up close in the best way possible.
Setting Off from Agios Nikolaos
We set off from the tiny dock called Agios Nikolaos. We journeyed in a glass-bottom boat that had room for about 10 people. Within 15 minutes we were in the vicinity of the caves. They were just big enough for our driver to expertly steer us in and out of the openings that were aged and arched by erosion.
The Blue of the Blue Caves
As the little boat slipped into each sea cave, we let out a collective chorus of “oohs” and “aahs” at the colors before us. One boat driver from a neighboring boat showed us just how blue the water was by dipping a white stick in the water. His test revealed how the water captured and reflected the shine of sky.
The Natural Caves of Zakynthos
The Blue Caves are just one of the natural attractions you can see via boat tour in Zakynthos. I also wrote about the Keri Caves on Marathonissi Island on the southern part of the island. This video from my YouTube channel is a little taste of what it was like taking these great boat tours.
Getting to the Blue Caves
Small cruise ships depart from Laganas and Zakynthos Town. I recommend traveling to Agios Nikolaos Volimon port. The boat ride will be much shorter, and you will end up riding a smaller boat that can actually fit in the caves.
Any of these trips can be arranged through the local travel experts at ZanteHotels4U.
Blue Caves in Zakynthos Travel Tips
- You can combine your visit to the Blue Caves with a trip to Navagio otherwise known as the Shipwreck Beach. This famous and absolutely stunning white rock beach is just minutes away and, like the Blue Caves, is only accessible via boat.
- One of the best times to visit Blue Caves is in the morning or noon. That’s when the light of the sun diffracts into the water best.
- There is a tavern/cafe perfect for a refreshment right near Agios Nikolaos (you’ll see a windmill). There, you’ll find stunning views of the western coast of the island.
How to Get to Zakynthos
There is a daily bus with services to the cities of Athens, Patras and Thessaloniki via a short journey on the Zakynthos-Kyllini ferry.
Bus travel via the Athens – Kyllini line is about 4 hours and 30 minutes. From Kyllini there is direct ferry to Zakynthos.
Athens KTEL Bus ( Kifisou 100) Telephone: +30 210 5129432, 5129432
Zakynthos KTEL Bus (Filita Street 42) – Telephone: +30 26950 22255, 42656
There is an airport on Zakynthos. Flights are 45 minutes.
Between April and October there are direct charter connections with many European cities.
The Zakynthos airport is in the town of Ampelokipi, which is three kilometers from Zakynthos Town. Check out the best flight deals on Vayama.
Getting Around Zakynthos
To get around the island, you’ll save time if you rent a car. I can recommend booking through Avis Europe.
Where to Stay in Zakynthos
Zakynthos is filled with all types of hotel options. I enjoyed my stay at the three-star Plessa Palace hotel in the quiet resort town of Alykanas. A very hospitable Greek family-run hotel with a good little Greek restaurant.
What Else to Do in Zakynthos
For more on taking a day trip to one the most photographed beaches in the world check out my post the Navagio Shipwreck Beach Experience.
Go by private boat to visit the Keri Caves, Marathonisi Island and see the endangered sea turtles. Details in my post Zakynthos Sea Caves, Sea Turtles and Dreamy Beaches.
Also be sure to explore off-the-beaten-path Zakynthos. Find out some great local tips from my post.
Have you ever been boating to the Blue Caves in Zakynthos?