Best Snorkeling Spots In Zakynthos
by: Dionisis Vitsos
Turtles And Snorkeling in Zakynthos
This year, I have had a lot of people asking me “what is the best spots for snorkeling?“. I usually answer, “where to begin!?” So, I decided to write a post about Zakynthos best snorkeling spots. You can ask whoever you want, but in the end, a Local Knows Best.
Are you looking for the best snorkeling action in Zakynthos (also known as the island of Zante)? Look no further, ’cause I got you covered.
Zakynthos Island in Greece is a prime location for snorkeling, with crystal clear waters, stunning marine caves and arches, and abundant marine life.
The island is also famous for its beautiful beaches, including sandy and rocky shores, and for being home to important nesting sites for the endangered Caretta caretta sea turtle.
The National Marine Park of Zakynthos, part of Natura 2000, was created in 1999 to protect the turtle’s habitat and ecosystem, and the people of Zakynthos work hard to preserve this fragile environment.
In addition, they have chosen to build modest developments in traditional colors rather than large resort complexes.
For those interested in snorkeling in Zakynthos, the southern side of the island offers the best opportunities, particularly between April and June when turtle nests are marked and protected by wooden frames.
Although Zakynthos is a great place to spend a week in the sun, it’s not recommended to visit during the winter.
Overall, Zakynthos is a popular destination for snorkeling enthusiasts and beach lovers, making it one of the most searched and sought-after destinations for this activity on Google.
No matter whether you’re a hardcore clubber, want to lounge on the beach or are eager to explore wild mountains and coves, Zakynthos (or Zante) have you covered. On top of that, there’s some pretty epic snorkeling in Zante to boot!
Zakynthos Snorkeling Spots
Snorkeling in Zakynthos is an unforgettable experience.
The island boasts numerous small beaches and caves that offer a perfect setting for exploring the rich marine life. With crystal clear waters and an abundance of colorful fish and jellyfish, Zakynthos is an ideal destination for snorkeling enthusiasts.
I recommend, taking a one-day boat tour that takes you to secluded caves, inaccessible by foot.
Our family hotel, Denny’s Inn, is also right next to the golden Kalamaki Beach, so will able to go snorkeling even on days when you feel too lazy.
However, if you have access to transportation, you can easily explore some of the best snorkeling beaches in Zakynthos, such as Navagio Beach, Turtle Island (Marathonisi), and the Blue Caves
Which are some of the most popular spots for snorkeling in Zakynthos, Greece
Turtle Island (Marathonisi)
Discover the best snorkeling experience in Zakynthos at Turtle Island, also known as Marathonisi. This enchanting islet is located off the southern coast of Zante and is a protected nesting site for the endangered Caretta caretta sea turtles.
Visitors have the chance to witness the birth of these magnificent creatures during their mating season from May to October.
The island is a heaven on earth, surrounded by trees and private coves, and featuring two main beaches – one with pebbles and the other with stunning white sand.
Snorkelers can explore the underwater caves and offshore reef groups, getting up close and personal with the marine life.
Opt for a smaller boat tour to get the full snorkeling experience at Turtle Island. This will allow you to get much closer to the rock formations, caves, and coves, and possibly swim alongside the turtles in the crystal-clear waters.
Please note, there are designated beaches where swimming is prohibited for the protection of the turtles, but there are still plenty of opportunities to get in the water and explore the sea cave.
Don’t forget to bring everything you need as there are no shops on the island. Snorkel with the turtles in Zakynthos at Turtle Island, the ultimate dream for any snorkeling enthusiast.
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Pro Tip: It is better to organize your vacation there as early as possible in order to beat the throng and view some loggerheads.
At the end of a lengthy drive from Agalas in Zakynthos, there is a parking area that appears to be the end of the road but is actually the beginning of a steep fall to the nicest snorkeling spot I’ve ever visited.
If you don’t know the path, ask a local. For experienced snorkelers, the thrilling descent to the underwater oasis is a must-visit.
With its clear 10m deep blue waters and abundant marine life, this snorkeling spot offers breathtaking views. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the underwater caves and rock formations that provide shelter for a diverse range of sea life.
Even at depths of 15m, every fish and the ocean floor are easily visible. This spot may not be suitable for children or elderly visitors due to the steep and rocky path, but for those up for the adventure, the experience is worth it. If unsure of the way, seek guidance from a local.
Soak up the stunning beauty of the deep blue sea, teeming with life, and make memories to last a lifetime.
But, for your “not so snorkeling enthusiasts” friends and family members that don’t want to spend their time waiting, I, your trusted Local Guide to Zante, have your solution right here, about What To Do In Zakynthos.
Pro Tip: bring suitable shoes for the trek and sharp rocks, and plenty of water!
Discover the hidden gem of Zante’s untamed west coast and experience the best snorkeling in Zakynthos at this incredible location near the old farming community of Agios Leon.
The crystal clear waters, rich with marine life and a variety of underwater caverns and rock formations, make this a must-visit destination for snorkelers.
Explore the vibrant underwater world and witness the stunning beauty of urchins, reef fish, and even sea turtles in their natural habitat. With its unique rock-ringed cove that keeps sand out of the water and high visibility, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable snorkeling experience.
Just keep in mind that the descent to the cove is steep, making it unsuitable for families with young children.
Additionally, during the winter months, the bay can be affected by powerful westerly swells, so be sure to check conditions before diving in.
This breathtaking snorkeling spot in Zakynthos is a treasure waiting to be explored, so don’t miss your chance to experience the beauty of this natural landmark. Get your snorkeling adventure started today!
The Blue Caves in Zante are a top destination for snorkeling and exploring the stunning underwater world. These caves, known for their beautiful coastal arches and grottoes, are a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the best snorkeling in Zante.
The name “Blue Caves” comes from the reflection of the crystal-clear blue water on the surface of the rock, creating a truly stunning visual experience.
Upon arrival, at the Blue Caves, visitors are treated to a variety of caverns to explore, each offering a unique and breathtaking view. The most impressive of these is Kianoun, where you can gaze in awe at the chandelier-like stalactites hanging from the cave’s ceiling.
Snorkeling in the Blue Caves is a truly unforgettable experience, with an abundance of marine life and crystal-clear waters that allow for unparalleled visibility.
You can expect to see a variety of urchins, reef fish, and even the occasional sea turtle, all surrounded by the stunning blue waters that Zante is known for.
Blue Caves, is a must-visit destination for any snorkeling enthusiast looking to experience the best of Zakynthos.
Pro Tip: I believe that the best is the smaller little cut-outs in the coastline because they are brighter and allow us to see the small fish darting in and out of the crevices of the rock.
Discover the beauty of the northwest corner of Zakynthos island with a visit to Porto Roxa bay – one of the top snorkeling destinations in Zante. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear blue waters, surrounded by a raw and stunning rocky landscape that will leave you in awe.
Enjoy an unforgettable sunset on the beach and dine at the Ionion Taverna, a local restaurant just steps away that serves authentic dishes made with only natural ingredients.
For the adventurous snorkelers, a four-meter springboard awaits, offering the perfect opportunity to jump in and start exploring the sea caves and diverse marine life that can be found in the waters of Porto Roxa bay.
Relax on the complimentary sun loungers with a coffee or drink in hand, and soak in the beauty of this breathtaking bay. Don’t miss the chance to experience the best of snorkeling in Zakynthos.
Pro Tip: It is advised to wear bathing shoes.
Korakonisi (Crow Island)
Discover the hidden gem of Korakonissi on the less-traveled west coast of Zakynthos and understand why it is one of the most sought-after snorkeling destinations in Zante.
This secluded cove is characterized by its jagged-backed stones that fracture into the Ionian Sea, creating small water passages that offer some of the best visibility in Zante.
With no sand in sight, the crystal-clear waters provide unobstructed views of marine life, with visibility ranging from 20-30 meters in the calmer summer months.
Accessing Korakonissi requires a scenic drive down winding coast roads and a step across sharp rocks before making the leap into the water.
But the effort is worth it as snorkelers can experience the best visibility in Zakynthos while exploring its vibrant marine life, making it a must-visit destination for those who are passionate about snorkeling.
Don’t miss the opportunity to snorkel at one of the most popular snorkeling spots in Zakynthos / Zante.
Pro Tip: A sturdy pair of reef shoes is advised. Oh, and it’s probably not the ideal area to take the kids snorkeling.
As A Local, we call this beach
“S E L I N A S” but on all the maps and directions you’ll find your location if you search by – Filipoi Beach
Filippoi Beach is a secluded and stunning snorkeling destination in Zakynthos. Despite its remote location and the steep descent down an asphalted road, the beauty of the turquoise waters surrounded by towering cliffs is worth the effort.
Snorkelers seeking a more adventurous experience will appreciate the challenge of getting into the water, but please note that this location may not be suitable for families.
With breathtaking hues and an unforgettable scenery, make sure to include Filippoi Beach in your itinerary for the ultimate snorkeling adventure in Zakynthos.
Just keep in mind, there is limited space to turn around at the end of the road, so be prepared to reverse for a short distance.
Pro Tip: In summary, it’s for the bold and absolutely not for families.
Discover the healing properties of Xigia Beach in Zakynthos, known for its rich minerals and elements from nearby caves that provide therapeutic benefits, including relief from arthritis.
This stunning beach is comprised of two bays connected by lush greenery, both referred to as Xigia Sulfur Beach. The first bay features a rocky shoreline and a canteen, while the second boasts white pebbled sand and a tavern overlooking the sea.
Immerse yourself in the emerald green waters and rejuvenate both mind and body. Whether you prefer a rocky or pebbled shore, Xigia Beach is a must-visit for snorkelers seeking the ultimate in rest and relaxation.
Pro Tip: Try going early in the morning to have the whole beach to yourself
Dafni Beach, located on the Vasilikos Peninsula on the far southeastern border of Zante, is a must-visit for snorkelers looking for a secluded dive site. Although it may not be the easiest to access, this only adds to its appeal.
To reach the beach, it’s recommended to rent a tough car or a 4X4, as the dirt track can be bumpy and difficult to traverse.
Famed for having the warmest waters on the island, Dafni Beach is a sandy paradise and a popular nesting ground for the Caretta caretta turtle.
Snorkelers will love the numerous rockpools and interesting rock formations along the beach, which are home to a diverse array of marine species. Additionally, the coasts are well shielded from strong westerly winds, making it easy to get in the water.
Dafni Beach is also considered one of Zakynthos’s hidden gems, with its yearly turtle visitations and importance as a nesting ground for the loggerhead turtle, monitored by ecologists.
Despite the tricky dirt road, the effort to get to the beach is well worth it for the snorkeling opportunities and beautiful scenery. Keen snorkelers will find plenty of opportunities to explore underwater rock formations and rock pools.
Discover the picturesque seaside village of Limni Keri and its stunning surroundings, including the must-visit Keri Caves for snorkelers.
Immerse yourself in the incredible beauty of the Keri Caves with their mesmerizing blue-green waters and the possibility of sailing through tunnels in the rocks.
The hidden beach of Myzithres, with its dramatic rocky outcrop, is another incredible sight that you won’t want to miss. Only accessible by boat, take a tour from Limni Keri or even hire your own boat to explore the best snorkeling in Zakynthos.
Cruise through Laganas Bay and venture to the iconic Keri Caves, passing through the awe-inspiring Kamares arches, where you can witness the deep waters and the bats hanging overhead.
Look out for the endangered monk seal, and don’t miss the famous Myzithres rocks shaped like a local Greek cheese.
Top off your snorkeling adventure with a visit to the iconic Keri Lighthouse, where you can see the country’s largest Greek flag.
Snorkel in the turquoise waters among the limestone rock formations and see the sun’s reflection create enchanting shapes and patterns on the sand and stone.
With several jump-in spots, there’s no shortage of opportunities to cool off and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Zakynthos.
You can go kayaking inside the caves or rent a boat by yourself (no need for a license), or continue your trip to discover the Best Beaches in Zakynthos!
- The Keri Caves are accessible only via sea!
Is Zante Good for Snorkeling?
Zante is one of the greatest Greek islands for snorkeling, with two quite diverse beaches and marine sanctuaries teeming with sea turtles.
Although it has stiff competition from Crete, which is often regarded as having the greatest snorkeling in Greece, it certainly puts up a fair fight, offering sandy beaches, rocky coves, and snorkeling options for all abilities.
Can You Swim with Turtles in Zante?
In fact, Zante is one of the greatest sites in Greece to swim with sea turtles. Cameo Island and Marathonisi are the finest places to do so (which is also known as Turtle Island). Respect, like with most animals, is essential.
Never disrupt turtle nesting grounds, never touch the turtles, and be aware of their aversion to strong lights, especially between May and October.
Protecting The Turtles
When snorkeling in Zakynthos, it’s important to also take care to protect the local sea turtle population, which faces threats from development, tourism, and predation. Visitors can help by following guidelines for minimal disturbance, such as:
- not littering on the beach.
- Staying away from designated nest sites.
- Avoiding observing nests at night.
- It’s also important to be mindful of sun umbrellas and to stay at least 10 meters away from swimming or beached turtles.
- While in a boat, travel at a low speed, remain calm, and respect requests from volunteers.
- If you encounter a turtle in need of help, notify a nearby volunteer instead of trying to assist on your own.
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Denny is a member of the Dennys Inn Hotel family located in Kalamaki, Zante. After completing his studies in Tourism and Business Management at the University of West Attica, he created this website, along with its blog and numerous other activities. His aim is to foster a connection between his guests and the Greek family spirit that his family takes great pride in. The hotel has been in operation since 1991, and Denny is one of the newest members of the team. At the hotel, you will experience a traditional Greek family business, with multiple Vitsos family members on board, who give their utmost dedication to ensure the satisfaction of their returning guests.
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