Skala is a fantastic base to explore the surrounding beauty that is found on the isolated beaches. To experience these for yourself, take a cruise to Ithaca and learn about the mythologies that shaped the island. There are a lot of great stories that are engraved in this small island's rich history. It's said that the mountainous landscape was once ruled over by King Odysseus, who travelled to the shores straight after the Trojan War. The captain of the cruise has extensive knowledge and passion for the area, so you'll be able to find out more about these extraordinary legends onboard. Step on land to discover the mystical charm of the capital, Vathi. View the pretty harbour and decorated floral buildings before enjoying lunch in one of the traditional, waterside tavernas. Another great trip is with Captain Vangeli's Special Cruises, which takes visitors for action-packed adventures along the turquoise waters. The excursion includes a trip to Zante's famous Shipwreck Beach, where you can relax on the soft, white sand and explore the underwater world with the snorkels that are provided. The best views of the island are from sea and you'll even get a chance to see the wondrous nature of the notorious Blue Caves.