Liveaboard diving and sailing holiday in Greece
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Description of Liveaboard diving and sailing holiday in Greece
This week long diving and sailing holiday in Greece takes you on an odyssey around the Cyclades islands, beneath their crystalline waters to the depths below, and onto the shores of some of Greece’s most exquisite deserted islands. Liveaboard diving and sailing holidays are the way to truly immerse yourself in the Cyclades Islands. The skipper and crew are not just sailing experts, they are also licensed PADI Divemasters, who will lead you to dive sites where visibility can easily reach up to 35 meters or more into the deep blue.
Dive sites on this wonderful Greece adventure holiday take you down to the mysterious marine-scapes of shipwrecks, artefacts from ancient cities, secret caverns and, of course, reefs. With a wide array marine life, from barracuda to octopus, parrot fish to scorpion fish darting in and out of the sponges, sea anemones and tube worms that adorn these waters.
Also a sailing holiday, Greece‘s waters are home to dolphins, sea turtles and sometimes even sperm whales, so keep your eyes open when chilling on board and heading from one remote island to another. Our onboard guides and dive leaders are passionate about marine ecology and conservation, and because you ‘liveaboard’ there is plenty of time for talks and presentations to keep you well informed as to all the biodiverse beauties you will encounter on this sailing and diving holiday.
Sailing in a small group, maximum six people plus crew, our sleeping accommodation is in four double cabins. The cost of this sailing and diving holiday includes five dives, one of which is to a shipwreck, and the other is at night (for those who have some diving experience already or otherwise to a cavern).
Although our itinerary is flexible, here is an example of how we usually spend our days, diving and sailing Greece’s finest spots.
|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.|
26 Reviews of Liveaboard diving and sailing holiday in Greece
Reviewed on 19 Jun 2022 by Pon SagnanertThe entire experience has been like a dream—traveling to remote Greek villages and islands on a sail boat... The experience feels very much like traveling with close friends rather than a commercial experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Jun 2022 by Pon SagnanertWhat a fantastic and unique experience. I’ll be back. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Nov 2021 by Yipsum WuIf you are looking for the perfect island hopping trip around Greece, then look no further! Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Oct 2021 by Linda OlsonI would give the holiday 4 stars. Although it was out of the control of the operator the weather did not cooperate so we were not able to do some of the planned dives nor sail as much as would have been desired. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Jun 2019 by Jen McdaidHard to pick whether the best part of the vacation was sailing with dolphins and turtles, diving with octopus, or eating all the delicious local foods. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Oct 2019 by Nicholas FreilichThis was an authentic, Greek isle sailing expedition Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Oct 2018 by Tomasz GliniewiczThe most memorable part of the holiday was the Tavernas...Safe and easy going sailing and diving...Very good. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Sep 2018 by Arabella BosscherThe most memorable are the beautiful quiet islands we visited during the sailing trip, the 2 dolphins who swam with us the second day, the dive to a German war plane and the sailing itself. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jul 2018 by Heidi WilliVery nice holiday! Meeting nice people and places, everything was perfect...We saw many different Islands and everyday was different. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jul 2018 by Lisa SandersFantastic!! We (our family of 5) would definitely recommend. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jul 2018 by Helen BurkeGreat holiday for those who want personalised experience with local knowledge Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Oct 2018 by Brian DaviesWe enjoyed our trip, the dive sites were interesting, the sailing was wonderful. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Oct 2017 by Dale NeedlesDiving aboard the Tabita with skipper Sotiris and dive instructor Annie was the most memorable. Five stars!!!! It was incredible!!! Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Sep 2017 by Lindsay BoxExploring all of the small local towns in the Greek islands. So unique and charming! Fantastic! Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Aug 2017 by Lecia SalernoA million stars!! It was awesome!! We do it again in a heartbeat! We recommend to those with adventure in their hearts! Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jul 2017 by Malin JacobssonCool badass diving! Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Oct 2016 by Astrid Feierlif you are looking for ADVENTURE and EXCITEMENT - perfect!! Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Oct 2016 by Lauren AndersonA highlight of the holiday was visiting Amorgos and Koufonisia...they are very beautiful islands. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Jun 2015 by Danielle RommeWe could not rate our holiday any higher. All six of us are eager to return. We miss the stories and history learned from Sotiris and Annie, the deliciousness of the local authentic food, the curiosity of learning about a new place and its culuture and the genuineness of the hospitality everywhere. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Sep 2014 by Melandee BrownI had a really lovely time. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Aug 2013 by Mathias BredveiExcellent...For me it was the opportunity to see some amazing places, both on land and underwater. The night dive on Polygaios with the bioluminescent plankton was mind-blowing, Avatar style! Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Sep 2013 by andrea jacksonIt was wonderful to visit islands that we would not normally visit, we particularly enjoyed that some of them were off the beaten track. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Sep 2012 by Franco CivelloFantastic experience. Sailing and diving every day amidst gorgeous islands and in great company, what more can one want? Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Sep 2012 by C ApplebyThe most memorable parts were night swimming with luminescent plankton; diving some great sites including a wreck; eating at local restaurants I never would have gotten to on my own...I had a fantastic time Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Sep 2012 by Shane DiffilyThe best bit was the last night campfire and picnic near AntiParos. So clear and still...A wonderful trip. The capt showed the ropes literally and everyday we did a dive with Annie. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Jun 2012 by Ray WismanI cannot imagine a better way to visit and dive the Greek islands than traveling with this operator, they run a great operation, exceeded my expectations...In my top 5 after 46 years of travelling. Read full review
Planet and peopleOur 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.