Zakynthos Blue Caves

Location: Agios Nikolaos Shinari

The land of Zakynthos is quite mountainous, and just like the rest of the Ionian Islands, there are a number of fertile valleys and green plains that depict superb landscapes on the island. The island's coasts are vast as well as craggy and rocky on the north. On the other hand, the beaches are sandy in the southern area, hosting many gulfs such as the Laganas Gulf. The beauty of this area gives a great boost to the tour industry, to the point of becoming an extremely popular destination.

However, it is on the west coast where Zakynthos offers one of its most stunning views: the blue caves. They are also known as the blue caves of Volimes, the picturesque village where they are located. This area is wilder, more rural, and less transited than the others mentioned above. In fact, the blue caves are only accessible by the sea. Yet, this fact has not stopped them from being one of the main attractions of this Greek island, especially at certain times of the day.

The distinctive element of the blue caves is that they reflect the vibrating and striking blue color of the waters in them, which at the same time capture and reflect the shine of the limpid sky reflected on their surface. This succession of bright reflections creates an almost magical atmosphere that is better appreciated at sunrise or sunset.
The biggest is called Cyan Cave (Kianon Spileon).

There are many boats available for rent in the main port of Zakynthos for tourists to get to the blue caves.

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    Island tour by bus

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    Discover the non tourist side of Zakynthos in this lovely bus tour. See the traditional villages, the Shipwreck from above and the Blue Caves by boat.

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    Pirate cruise around the island

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    Explore the coastline of Zakynthos on this amazing pirate ship. See the Blue Caves and the Caves of Keri, swim at the famous Shipwreck Beach and see the seaside villages of Zakynthos from the sea!

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  • Cruise around the island by Delfini

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    A marvelous tour that goes around the wild coasts of Zakynthos. See the Blue Caves, swim in Navagio Beach, admire the caves of Keri and see the coastline of this lovely island.

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More info about the Blue Caves

The blue caves also have interesting arches created by erosion over thousands of years, which allow for going through these caves and getting surrounded by this surreal environment. However, there is one way of being part of that marvelous scenery apart from getting surrounded by the cave's arches: diving.

The place is the soft spot for those who visit Zante and enjoy diving. Getting into these waters in order to experience and investigate the greatness of the blue caves really makes this trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In addition, once under the water, the darkness in many of the caves seems to be interrupted by some rays of light that dye the waters with turquoise shades, creating an imposing effect.
These kinds of experiences usually remind the visitor of the many palaces, myths and fantastic literary characters and scenarios that characterize the Greek art manifestations, and it turns obvious where the inspiration of ancient artists came from. No matter who the trip is shared with, a good camera will be your best friend during your visit to the blue caves of Zakynthos.

For those who are not fond of diving, this trip is a good excuse to sail, as well as to get away from the town and enjoy this peaceful place with such stunning views.



1 Reviews
  • ursula37 30 Sep 2010
    Dive from the boat
    Lovely place that can be visited only by boat. Actually the boat that goes to Navagio Beach passes through the Blue Caves. It makes a short stop and people dive from the boat to the crystal water. Very wild and adorable landscape that should not be missed from your trip to Zakynthos. The caves and Navagio are the two most photographed places of the island.