Are you planning to make a snorkeling adventure part of your next vacation? Here’s the perfect snorkeling checklist:
• Swim fins
The only thing missing from that checklist is the destination. For some of the best snorkeling on the planet, you’ll have to go to the land of “Mama Mia.” That would mean a snorkeling in Greece vacation. There are some fantastic beaches for snorkeling, for relaxing in the sun and enjoying all that the coastal life has to offer. Here are 10 amazing Greek beaches to consider:
The first thing you might notice about Avlaki Beach are the pebbly sands. You might also notice there aren’t a lot of sunbathers around. Avlaki Beach is one of the many “hidden gems” that make up the Grecian coastline. This is a small bay that is popular with the locals where you can rent a boat for your snorkeling session. If you are traveling with family who want to stay above the water, then they can take a sailing lesson. The two taverns that overlook the beach are perfect for a lunch or dinner break.
Avlaki Beach is situated between Kassiopi and Agio Stefanos. You can park just outside the boardwalk that leads directly to the beach. The other option would be to walk down from Kassiopi through the olive groves. Sounds like an amazing outing.
Located just 37 km from Corfu Town, you’ll find the small Bataria Beach. This is a beach with crystal blue waters and panoramic views of the Albanian Mountains. Anywhere you point your camera you’ll be taking a great picture! The beach is dotted with rocks and vegetation situated around a pebbled shore of sun beds. Even though the beach is just a short walk from the village, it is relatively unpopulated. This makes it an ideal spot for a bout of snorkeling and sunbathing. It is a terrific beach for families, too!
Agios Georgios Beach
Set in the Ionian Sea is the island of Naxos, which is home to the Agios Georgios Beach. This is a sprawling sandy beach that is ideal for all kinds of water activities like windsurfing, paddle boarding or catamaran sailing. If you didn’t pack your snorkeling gear, then you’ll find a well-equipped diving school right on the beach. Those dive instructors will be able to steer you to the best spots for snorkeling. They’ll even take you on a guided tour if you prefer.
If you’re looking for a beach where you can take a long hike along the coast, then you might want to skip Rodovani Beach. It is by no means “sprawling.” It is situated on Antipaxos, which only around 4 kilometers long. This is where you go to get off the grid and truly be away from it all. Just how remote is Rodovani Beach? You can only get to it by boat. That will requiring either renting a skiff or arranging for a drop off or pick up. It just might be that you’ll have the beach and tranquil turquoise waters all to yourself.
Near the village of Vassiliki, just 38 km south of Lefkada Town is where you’ll discover the white soft sands of Agiofili Beach. It is nestled by white stone cliffs that add to a sense of seclusion and relaxation. You can make the trek down from Vassiliki or get dropped off by boat. Once on the beach, you can rent a sun bed and umbrella but that is all you’ll find in the form of amenities. That only means you should pack a picnic lunch for your snorkeling break. Imagine the kind of picnic basket a local tavern could provide!
The cove of Ammoussa Beach is sheltered by long sea walls that keep the winds from churning up too briskly. The marble pebble beach leads to the crystalline blue-green Ionian Sea that is an idea area for snorkeling. A single beach bar will help quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger throughout the day. You can also rent sun beds and umbrellas for your beach day. As with many of the beaches of Greece, Ammoussa is considered remote. It’s a ten-minute drive to the nearest village. Yes, you could literally have the beach and cove all to yourself.
Erimitis Bay Beach
Erimitis is situated on the western shore of Paxos. You won’t find a lot of history about Erimitis because it has only been in existence since 2007. It literally just “appeared” because of crumbling cliffs. Those high white cliffs that surround the beach provide a great sense of isolation. The water just off the beach is deep and that creates a spectacular snorkeling arena.
Getting to the beach will have you driving down a remote stretch of road and following signs for about 3 km. That road ends above the cliffs where you find a narrow trail leading down to the beach. You want to time this trip to see the sunset. It is nothing short of spectacular.
Seasoned snorkelers will tell you that Foki Beach is one of the best dive spots in all of the Greek Islands. It is surrounded by idyllic natural woodlands and cliffs that form a secluding shelter for the beach. Foki is not near the open sea. That translates into an atmosphere of abundant sea life. You won’t be far from all kinds of fish at Foki. Because of its popularity, the waters can become a bit crowded with other snorkelers especially is you are traveling in season. Still, it is worth the trip just to see what is under the sea.
At Santorini and Mykonos, you’ll find plenty of tourists day tripping off of their cruise line vacations. Paros is part of the same island group, but without all the tourists. Here is where you’ll find Kolymbithres Beach. It is really a series of secluded coves all sitting in the shadows of granite rock formations. If you don’t like the cove that you “land on,” then take a trek to find another one. You won’t be disappointed. You also won’t be disappointed stopping at one of the beachside restaurants where the catch of the day should really be called, “catch of just a few hours ago.”
Just 3 kilometers sounds of the village of Lefkogia, you’ll find Skinaria Beach. Sometimes called Shinyria, this is a small section of soft sand and pebbles where crystal blue waters await. With a little exploring, you’ll find that wildlife thrives in and out of the waters around Skinaria. Along with the great snorkeling areas in the water, there are all kinds of tidal pools that spring up along the shores. That’s great for kids to play and explore.
Out on the seabed, you’ll probably be swimming alongside morays, octopus and all kinds of other aquatic life. You’re sure to see a lot of scuba divers out there, too. There is a tavern for snacks, drinks, sun beds and umbrellas. They’ll have everything you need to make your beach outing a comfortable one.
The issue won’t be whether you’ll experience an amazing snorkeling in Greece. You will. You just have to pick the beach!