|Day 1:||Our holiday starts on the island of Syros, where we have our introductory chat and group meeting at 5pm. This leaves time for an evening stroll around the island’s coastal town Ermoupolis, packed with coastal heritage and superb tavernas, one of which we will sample for our first group dinner.|
|Day 2:||We take our first dive today, straight down into the depths to explore a shipwreck in Finikas bay. Such a clear dive, you can even see the amphorae that would have contained food supplies on board, and now supply wonderful hiding places for myriad marine life. In the afternoon we set sail for Despotiko Island, a deserted idyll and perfect anchor point for the night. We transfer into nearby Antiparos island for dinner at a superb fish restaurant.|
|Day 3:||Sailiing to the remote island treats of Pantieronisia, which may be deserted overground but has a wealth of marine residents underwater, particularly in our cavernous dive site that we head down to explore. After lunch on board, we sail to Iraklia, one of the Small Cycladic islands, at only 18km2 and with only eighty year round residents. Extremely beautiful, there is time to explore a little before a perfect dinner made for us at the local bakery, by the wife of the baker.|
|Day 4:||Today we will dive to the site of a German WW2 hydroplane that crashed close to Alimia Bay, just south of Iraklia. From here we sail to one of the Cyclades’ gems, Amorgos, the island which became famous after film director Luc Besson used it as a location for his iconic film, ''Big Blue’’. We get to explore our own bit of the island’s blissful blue in the Bay of Nikouria, where we swim and snorkel and enjoy some onboard lunch. Dinner tonight is at one of the island’s small coastal villages on Aegiali Bay.|
|Day 5:||A quick sail to Nikouria Island for a cavern dive starts the day off perfectly, followed by another whizz over to Dryma & Antikeri islands, uninhabited and perfect spots to drop anchor for the night. And because it’s impossible to choose between the two for a BBQ dinner, we opt for a tiny beach that creates an idyllic isthmus between the two.|
|Day 6:||Staying around Dryma Island, we dive into one of its most magnificent natural sites – a stunning cavern which is unknown to many, as it was a recent discovery by our very own Divemaster. From here, we take on some more magnificent sailing to the crystalline waters around the Koufonisia Islands.|
|Day 7:||The last day of sailing takes us to Paros Island, although for those who are still not wanting to find their land legs, we have time for a swim followed by lunch on board before we drop anchor for the last time. Sailing into Piso Livadi, a traditional fishing town on the island, we explore the nearby environs, heading to the village of Prodromos for our farewell dinner at one of the island’s finest tavernas.|
Our primary objective is the study and protection of the marine world and the raising of awareness on environmental issues. In order to support our goal, we have formed a series of ecotouristic projects involving sailing, diving and/or exploring unique species.
When our sailing boat, is not chartered, we sail around cleaning beaches, recycling or giving a helping hand to researchers and organisations in their efforts to collect data in order to study and protect the environment and wildlife.
Our base has become the island of Syros where most of the maintenance work is carried out. We employ locals for all the jobs concerning the boat. We buy materials for the maintenance of the boat from local shops. We encourage guests to visit and try the local cuisine and purchase local goods wherever we go in order to get a taste of the local culture and also support the local community.
We organise wildlife tours which combine sailing and discovering endemic species. Under the guidance of our experienced biologist, people are introduced to tens of endemic species, both from the animal and plant kingdoms which exist only in this small corner of the globe. Guests will leave with a different approach towards wildlife and aware of the dangers they face and how to minimise them.
We organise Marine ecology seminars for divers and present a brief version of this to every diver that joins us. This involves a briefing on how to monitor the level of anthropogenic impact on a marine site and warn our scientist of any deterioration they observe.
An annual underwater eco photography exhibition is also organised by us in our effort to raise awareness and protect marine sites and our seas. This project is headed by the environmentalist in our team.
We try to minimise the impact of our boat on the marine environment by using the motor as little as possible, mainly just to enter and leave the port. When mooring we avoid throwing the anchor on meadows of sea grass. We always use permanent moorings when provided.
We’ve allowed space in the sailing boat to store waste plastics especially bottles. As there is no drinking water available in the Greek islands, there is a huge consumption of bottled water. We store all the plastic in the capital of Syros, Ermoupolis and we take it back to Athens at the end of the season for recycling.
We organise visits at the two national marine parks in Greece, in Zakynthos and Alonisos, where the two most important organisations for the protection of the loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta and the Mediterranean monk seal Monachus monachus are based. Our guests are briefed on their work and how they can support them.
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