The coastline of Lefkada and her neighbouring islands - Meganisi, Thilia, Skorpios, Skorpidi and Sparti - is an enchanting mix of bays with crystal waters, remote beaches, sea caves and reefs.
Our Marine Adventure cruise takes you to the best swimming and snorkel sites, while you relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Departure: 9.30am Return: 5pm
Nidri harbour, Lefkada
Adults: 60 euros
Children (3-11 years): 35 euros
Infants (0-2 years): free
Tickets include snorkel equipment, lunch and drinks* throughout the cruise.
(*local wine, soft drinks and water)
One of the 7 Ionian Islands, or Eptanisa, Lefkada is a beautiful mix of forest-covered mountains, dramatic coastlines and quaint villages. Much smaller and less touristy than her neighbours Corfu and Kefalonia, Lefkada can be easily reached by car, as there is a bridge connecting the island to the mainland of Greece.
The east coast of Lefkada is much more sheltered and calm than the dramatic west coast. There are many small islands dotted across the sea just a short cruise from the main east coast port of Nidri, the largest of which is Meganisi.
Our Marine Adventure cruise is designed to take you to the best spots for swimming and snorkeling. We know the area pretty well ;) so we make our final decision for snorkel locations based on weather conditions and wind direction on the day of the cruise. You'll also have the chance to explore one of the traditional villages on Meganisi.
On your way to this first stop, your guide for the day will get you kitted out with snorkel masks, fins and anything else you need to start exploring. If you're a first time snorkeler, the team will gladly teach you the basics.
After the first swim, we take you to one of the sea caves on the east coast of Lefkada where you'll have a chance to snorkel inside the cave, using our underwater torches to light the way!
Time to relax - we cruise to a beach on Lefkada or Meganisi, you can enjoy a leisurely swim or snorkel, or just lay in the sun while we prepare you a delicious Greek lunch, served with local wine. After lunch, your guide will teach you about the marine wildlife of the area, using real, live samples, gathered right then from the sea!
Vathy, one of Meganisi's 3 villages, is a traditional fishing port with plenty of cafes, bars and picturesque alleyways to explore. You will have free time here for a coffee, ice cream or simply to walk around.
To finish the day, a final swim at one of the beaches on the island of Meganisi, or maybe even Skorpios, one of the most famous private islands on the planet.
The smallest of the dolphin species native to this area, common dolphins are unfortunately in decline in many parts of the Mediterranean. They are highly social and very energetic - you may well see them somersaulting and leaping several meters into the air.
One of the larger dolphin species (up to 2.6m long), striped dolphins are incredibly speedy! They travel in large groups, or pods, of up to several hundred, although we see them in smaller groups here in the Ionian (4 - 20 individuals).
And the biggest of them all - bottlenose dolphins can grow to up to 3.4m long! They are highly curious animals and very social within their groups, playing and making body contact to interact with one another. Females can live up to 60 years.
Probably the most fascinating of all the sea creatures in this area - the common octopus is highly intelligent and very advanced - it can change its appearance and squirt ink to thwart its prey. It also gathers shells and other objects to build a fortress around its lair for protection.
The only seal species native to the Ionian, monk seals can grow up to 2.4m long and tend to be found in areas where there are underwater caves - as they use these for breeding and giving birth to their pups. They are classed as endangered, so it's a real treat when we see them.
The most common turtle in the Mediterranean, Loggerheads can grow up to 1.2m long. They can carry colonies of small plants and animals on their shells which serve as important habitat themselves. As many as 100 species of animals and plants have been recorded living on one single loggerhead turtle!
...to Steve Clarke-Lens, who designed and ran the original Marine Adventure Cruise here in Lefkada years ago, and who has shared his wisdom, advice and brilliant ideas with us.