Boat tours

Because Zante is an island, there are plenty of tourist attractions revolving around the open water, and what better way to see the stunning Zakynthian coastline near Kalamaki than on a boat tour of the island? Boat trips to Shipwreck Zante are one of the most popular tours around, taking you to Navagio Beach, better known as Shipwreck Cove or Smugglers Cove. Here you can explore the iconic rusty Zante shipwreck of an alleged smugglers ship, washed ashore in a storm in the 1980s.

For the best views (and photographs) of the wreck, climb to the top of the viewing platform. Don’t forget to pack your trunks on Zante Shipwreck Beach tours as there’s usually a stop off for swimming near the magnificent caves carved naturally into the steep cliff faces by the sea.

Another boat trip you can’t afford to miss is the Zante turtle boat trip. Zante turtle trips take you to Marathonisi Island, an uninhabited island that’s home to endangered loggerhead turtles (also called Caretta Caretta turtles). See these gentle giants nesting on the beach; the best time to spot them is in the early evening before heading back to the mainland.

Turtle trips to Zante can also take place on glass bottom boats around the coastline, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot impressive marine life as well as these rare creatures.

A Zante shipwreck tour can be combined with a visit to Marathonisi for a great family day out and some spectacular holiday photos. While you’re on Zante, don’t miss out on the opportunity to see the Blue Caves. One of Zante’s most popular attractions, they’re reached by guided boat tour and located on the island’s northernmost tip. Formed naturally over thousands of years by the sea from soft, white limestone, these magical caves were discovered in the late 19th century and have been a tourist attraction ever since.

The Blue Caves take their name from the sunlight reflecting off the white pebble sea floor. This causes any objects below the surface of the water to appear blue, including people! The caves are a great spot for snorkelling, swimming, and diving, but they can get busy during the summer months. For the best experience, hop on board one of the smaller boats which go all the way into the caves, and set off in the early morning to ensure you enjoy the caves when the light is at its most beautiful; it’s also quieter at this time of day, as it can get rather crowded in the afternoon.

If you’re a confident sailor then you could always rent your own boat and head off to explore the coastline surrounding Kalamaki for yourself. The waters here are generally calm and ideal for families or couples looking to escape dry land on sunny afternoons. Cruise around the coast and watch out for seals, eels, and turtles, stop off for a swim in stunning surroundings, go snorkelling or diving, or head for the nearest uninhabited island and enjoy a picnic on the beach; the choice is yours!

For those who prefer their boat journeys a little more thrilling, forget the Zakynthos shipwreck tour and Turtle Island and book yourself and your mates onto the Laganas Boat Party trip for a five-hour cruise with sun, sea and sand. These parties are the event of the summer and they’re guaranteed to be memorable, with plenty of free shots, residents DJs and special guests, and live entertainment like fireworks, dancers and stiltwalkers. The boat parties always sell out, so booking your tickets in advance is essential if you don’t want to miss out.