Blue Caves is set amidst Zakynthos' landscape of steep coastal cliffs, green valleys, and crystalline beach coves. Reach the caves on a private or small-group day cruise or boat tour that skirts the coast. Combine a visit to Blue Caves with one to Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach). Or, explore the island’s coastline by land on a driving tour with a stop at Blue Caves to board a glass-bottomed boat for a quick grotto trip.
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Things to Know Before You Go
The Blue Caves can only be accessed by sea, either on a day cruise or via one of the tourist boats that depart from a nearby beach.
Bring your camera to capture the colorful caves.
Passengers must be agile enough to board and disembark on boat tours, so travelers with limited mobility should confirm accessibility in advance.
Be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the Mediterranean sun.
Most boat tours that include a stop for swimming provide snorkeling gear, but bring your own swimsuit and towel.
How to Get to There
The Blue Caves are located on the northern coastline of Zakynthos, east of Cape Skinari. They can only be reached via boat. You can see them as part of a boat tour or day cruise along the coastline or by taking a driving tour to a nearby beach and boarding a tourist boat that takes small groups into the caves.
When to Get There
The caves glow brightest in the morning, though they are deeply colored on any sunny day. Avoid visiting on overcast days when sunlight is too dim to create the dramatic reflections for which the caves are famous.
Zakynthos’ Most Famous Shipwreck
On many lists of the world's most beautiful beaches, Navagio Beach on Zakynthos is distinguished by a ship that ran aground in 1980 and was abandoned here to rust. You can visit this picturesque spot, sometimes called Shipwreck Beach or Smuggler’s Cove, by boat to see the shipwreck up close. To view it from above, drive or take a tour to a marked viewpoint set high in the cliffs.
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