Into the Blue – Exploring Underwater Wonders From Greek Ferries

Into the Blue Exploring Underwater Wonders from Greek Ferries

If you’re island-hopping and need to get around the islands quickly, a ferry is your best bet. Just be prepared for a choppy ride.

Also, if you’re prone to seasickness, it may be a good idea to take medication ahead of time. Otherwise, a ferry can be a very uncomfortable experience.

1. Paros

Paros, Greece is a bright gem in the center of the Cyclades with its whitewashed homes, blue domed chapels, mountainous villages and turquoise beaches. It’s a great choice for those seeking a relaxing family vacation or a lively nightlife scene. It also makes a perfect base to explore the other islands in the region – ferries depart frequently for Santorini, Naxos, and Ios.

A day on the island of Paros offers something for everyone, from a leisurely stroll through the streets of Parikia to exploring its historic archaeological museum. The island’s rocky landscape provides a challenge to hikers as well as an opportunity for snorkelers to see the underwater wonders of the surrounding waters.

Water sports enthusiasts flock to the northern part of the island, particularly Golden Beach and Santa Maria, where the Meltemi wind creates ideal conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Small water taxis can be found in the coastal towns of Parikia and Naoussa to help you access outlying beaches that are not accessible by car.

The best time to visit Paros is during the peak summer months of June to August when temperatures are warm and sunny but not too hot or busy. However, if you’re willing to endure slightly cooler temperatures and a higher chance of rain or strong winds, then the off-season of November to March is an equally beautiful time to visit.

2. Naxos

With a sprawling, sandy shore and crystal-blue waters, Naxos has an abundance of gorgeous beaches to discover. Whether you’re searching for an epic watersport adventure or just want to soak up the sun, there’s something for everyone here. Try your hand at jet skiing, and feel the power of the open sea pulsate through your body as you race across the waves, or relax on one of the island’s serene bays, such as Agios Georgios and Santa Maria.

With an abundance of culinary delights, Naxos is also a foodie’s dream come true. Its famous cheeses and potatoes are a must-try, and don’t leave without trying a shot of the citron liqueur, which is made with the island’s zesty citrus fruit.

Getting to Naxos is easy, as it’s on the same ferry route as Santorini and Paros. Ferries to Naxos depart from Piraeus and Rafina in Athens and take between 4 and 6 hours. In peak season (July and August), there are up to 40 departures weekly.

3. Santorini

One of the most famous and beautiful natural wonders on earth, Santorini’s awe-inspiring sunsets have enchanted travelers from around the world. But a little-known fact is that this Greek island has special beauty under the sea, too.

A freak of nature, this geologic marvel was created by a massive volcanic eruption that ripped the heart out of the island three millennia ago. A crescent of black and red cliffs plunge into the flooded caldera, with two smoldering craters marooned in the deep blue sea below. Atop the cliffs are whitewashed villages and beaches, honeycombed into the rim of the caldera. This spectacular vista has made Santorini the most recognizable destination in Greece, and one of the world’s most sought-after destinations.

But Santorini has a softer side as well. Behind the tourist throngs of the capital, Fira, and Oia are vineyards and quaint wineries that produce world-class vino. And there are restaurants that specialize in food from the islands, with ingredients indissolubly linked to the Mediterranean diet.

Santorini’s giddying hikes, which afford mind-blowing vistas at every turn, are another way to experience the island’s special beauty. And the ethereal frescoes and mystical icons decorating its many blue-domed churches make for amazing talismans. In addition, the island’s Maritime Museum holds all manner of fascinating maritime art and memorabilia. And the Atlantis Books cave-house, stuffed with foreign language literature and first editions, is a hidden treasure.

4. Mykonos

Mykonos is a cosmopolitan Mediterranean hub that’s well-known for its pulsing party scene and awe-inspiring beaches. But there’s more to this island than meets the eye, particularly when it comes to its marine world. The dazzling cosmos that lies beneath the surface reveals a hypnotising submarine landscape adorned with beautiful sea plants and schools of fish.

Discover the secluded beauty of Mykonos’ pristine shoreline on this unforgettable snorkeling adventure! During this thrilling excursion, you’ll explore a gorgeous shipwreck and visit secluded beaches that are otherwise difficult to access. This private motorboat tour is perfect for nature lovers and includes a stocked picnic lunch with local delights.

While most people associate Mykonos with a lavish lifestyle, this heavenly destination wasn’t always a party capital. Until the 1950s, Mykonos was a humble little island with few visitors other than archeologists and artists. But with the discovery of Delos, things started to change. Soon, Mykonos became a playground for the rich and famous, including icons like Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Jackie O, and Marlon Brando.

Today, the island’s famed beaches draw in crowds from across the globe. But even during peak season, you can still find secluded spots for swimming and relaxing. And don’t miss the opportunity to see Mykonos’ iconic windmills, which stand on the rocky hills that overlook the sea.