Things to see in Zakynthos: Blue Caves & Shipwreck Beach

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Things to see on Zakynthos island - Greece: Blue Caves and Shipwreck Beach
Things to see on Zakynthos island - Greece: Blue Caves and Shipwreck Beach

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After having seen the amazing Keri Caves, Oasis Beach and Marathonisi Island, I wondered what other natural wonders Zante Hotels 4 U had in store for us. I was unprepared for what lay ahead.

Things to see in Zakynthos – Blue Caves

After all the “Ohhhh”s” and Ahhhhh’s of the previous day, I thought we’d be all caved out.  But no.  Zante Hotels 4 U drove us to Skinari Lighthouse, the closest point to the Blue Caves and Shipwreck beach.

Walking down the small steps to the water’s edge, we waited as a small glass-bottomed boat came and took us plus a few other passengers (it can comfortably accommodate up to twenty people, but luckily there were only a few of us on this trip, making it easier to spread out).

Taking a right (sorry – Starboard) turn from the lighthouse, we puttered along until we reached the Blue Caves, and yes, collective gasps and ‘Noooo’s! escaped our lips.  See for yourselves:

Heading towards the Blue Caves in Zakynthos island, Greece. Crystal clear waters.
Heading towards the Blue Caves in Zakynthos island, Greece. Crystal clear waters.
The amazing Blue Caves in Zakynthos, Greece - no need to guess why they're called this
The amazing Blue Caves in Zakynthos, Greece – no need to guess why they’re called this

 Things to see in Zakynthos – Shipwreck Beach

After spending some time going into the caves and getting our pictures, we headed back to the lighthouse, swapped boats and then headed out to Navagio, Smugglers Cove or Shipwreck Beach – so called because in 1983 the ship Panagiotis was stranded there whilst trying to transport smuggled cigarettes.

The beautiful seas of Zakynthos island, Greece
The beautiful seas of Zakynthos island, Greece

Every corner we rounded, we came across yet more beauty…

…until finally we reached our destination:

Approaching Navagio - or Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos, Greece
Approaching Navagio – or Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos, Greece

Look at the clear, clear waters!

I spent some time swimming, and posing with my newly released novel Girl Gone Greek, (available on Amazon). After about 45 mins (that’s all you need, trust me – especially with the hordes of tourists coming regularly), our boat came to collect us and we were whisked back to Skinari Lighthouse, stopping briefly en-route for another swim in the impossibly blue waters.

The Travel Bloggers Greece team enjoying a swim
The Travel Bloggers Greece team enjoying a swim near Shipwreck Beach

Stavros Taverna in the village of Kampi was our next visit of the day where we didn’t eat, but enjoyed a coffee overlooking the amazing headland.  The area has a huge cross erected there to commemorate those who lost their lives during World War II and the Civil War that followed. The views here were amazing too:

View from Stavros Taverna - Kampi - Zakynthos
View from Stavros Taverna – Kampi – Zakynthos
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Read more about The real Zakynthos from the island’s very own blog.

Note:

***A special thanks to Zante Hotels 4 U for hosting us during our stay in Zakynthos. They can organise all tours and accommodation.  Contact them via email: [email protected] or call: 0030 26950 29700 or via their website.  As always, all thoughts and opinions remain my own, despite any complimentary services received.***

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Things to see in Zakynthos, Greece. Blue Caves & Shipwreck Beach
Things to see in Zakynthos, Greece. Blue Caves & Shipwreck Beach
Things to see in Zakynthos - Blue Caves & Shipwreck Beach
Things to see in Zakynthos – Blue Caves & Shipwreck Beach

This post was originally published in JUN 2015.  It has been revised and updated in JAN 2018.

4 COMMENTS

  1. It’s so enjoyable to read your posts! Funny how you remembered the name of the Lighthouse and I didn’t. I’m not very good with details. I usually have a vague idea about what happened 😛 And of course I put more emphasis in the food part 😉 Caves were pretty acceptable too 😛 (just kidding!)
    Eleanna | foodaki.com recently posted…Ζάκυνθος, Ημέρα 2η: οι μαγικές σπηλιές, το φοβερό κοκκινιστό κι οι καντάδεςMy Profile

    • The food was gorgeous – and Eleanna’s blog “Foodaki” is well worth a read to see what traditional Zakynthian products we sampled and enjoyed.
      Thanks for commenting Eleanna, the trip was, indeed out of this world.

    • Hi Steph,

      Life – tbh, is pretty much the same everywhere in Greece. There is appalling media propaganda threatening major medical supplies running out, etc – but the Greek hospitals have been in that situation for a long time anyway!
      What’s more apparent is the kindness of the Greek people – they are really sticking together now.

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