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Hana
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To get down in the Old Port of Fira to get the boat to the volcano and hot springs there are a LOT of shallow steps with donkey poop which doesn't smell that pleasant. It will take about 20-25 mins coming down. But it was still a very nice walk with good views.

The steps on the way up are, well, a LOT. We are a relatively healthy young couple but we decided to get a cable car back up due to the heat and lack of shade (and sheer amount of steps). Please don't ride the donkeys up the stairs, they were tripping up the stairs and seemed very tired, it wasn't a pleasant sight to see. The cable car queue seems long but actually didn't take long at all to get into the car. Entry is 6 euros each for a single trip. 4 people to 1 car. It takes about 5 minutes, if that, to get to the top again and has lovely views.

The tour guide for the volcano was a wealth of knowledge and she was very friendly, charismatic and easy to understand.

It is very hot on the walk up to the top of the volcano and I would 100% recommend trainers and a bottle of water. Flip flops are not suitable at all and the sign says no entry with flip flops or open toed shoes but they will still let you in. The entry fee is 5 euros in cash only.

The water at the hot springs was not very hot and I still felt a bit of a chill, and be careful of orange staining, I wore a white bikini, whoops. The memory was worth it though. Bring goggles if you want to jump off the boat as you will go underwater and it is a bit of a swim in the sea which is quite deep.
Written August 9, 2022
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Katarina V
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Couples
It's was very good until i found out, that my hair are turning orange. I didnt swim to the hot springs, i just jump from the boat and wait in the water to my husband to come back from the hot springs..it was just few minutes...i was really dissapointed...so all the "fake blondies" do not wet your hair in this water.
Written July 14, 2021
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roamifiwant2
miami beach192 contributions
Friends
This was a stop during a half day catamaran tour. We were there late Oct. The water was very cold!!! I almost didn’t do it. Thank goodness I realized soon enough (the boat stopped for 30 mins only) that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim in a volcano.

The water gets gradually warmer as you swim closer to the spring. There’s brown yucky stuff floating around. It’s sulphur, and it gets worst as you get closer. Once there, there’s sulphur yuck floating all around and covering the rocks, making them very slippery. It’s a bit disgusting. One must have a true spirit of adventure! Once there, there is nothing to do, really.

The catamaran crew members did not warn us that the sulphur will tarnish white gold jewelry. My engagement ring turned a little yellow. A fellow passenger’s wedding band tarnished completely. So please remove your jewelry before jumping in the water.

Expect to get water hosed after climbing back on board. the crew did not informed this before we began our swim. I found it very rude and unprofessional, but I understand the need to remove the sulphur to maintain the boat clean and in good shape.

I do recommend this activity, but make sure you’re OK to swim in cold water.

Written November 22, 2017
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João B
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Friends
The “hot springs” weren’t hot, nor beautiful. The water was as hot as everywhere else. The boat trip we took was with sunset oia (95€), it was nice because we were with friends, the food was very good and there was free wine. However, there was nothing to see here. The staff said that once upon a time the water was warm there, but not anymore for years. Also, the red beach and the white beach weren’t anything special or beautiful
Written July 2, 2021
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SamWorld
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1,907 contributions
Couples
Visited this place during our island tours... first of all you should know swimming... they dont provide any life jacket... there is nothing much to do... just a small kind of beach with many rocks around near valcano mountain.... you can skip this without any regrets...
Written March 12, 2017
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dr_rp186534
Glasgow, UK21 contributions
Couples
When translated from Greek Tourist Board marketing speak into plain English the Hot Springs is an altogether different experience than you might imagine.

Hot = Luke Warm (26 degrees to be exact. Around the temperature of a bath you've been sitting in for too long).

Springs = Filthy Water (again, not dislike the colour of a bath you've been sitting in for too long... that is if you are prone to excreting in it and sitting there in your own filth, something I stopped doing after attending therapy for a childhood incident that i'd rather not go into).

As you swim from the clear blue ocean towards the 'Hot Springs' the first thing you notice is the stench. The smell is sulphur apparently but is more akin to that of my bathroom the morning after a meal at the local Indian Buffet (which I have to say offers fantastic value for money, but that's a story for another day). Then the water begins to turn murky brown and you notice what can only be described as floaters appearing with increasing frequency. These have to be dodged as you make your way towards the centre of the 'Springs'.

What I had imagined in my minds eye was a secluded spot with a collection of natural clear blue pools bubbling away in the summer sun. What I experienced was something more like an elephants watering hole, both in terms of the dark brown dirty water and the clientele, many of whom were overweight and had the battered-looking leathery skin of the aforementioned mammal.

Overall this is not an experience I'd recommend.
Written May 19, 2015
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FitzroyCathy
23 contributions
Couples
In Santorini during early winter we weren’t sure if this tour was operating - we read somewhere that a boat left the old port at 11am and thought we’d just rock up and wing it. We gunned it down the nearly 600 steps to find the boat about to take off - the guy leading the cruise had literally closed the boat door and we ran up and asked if we could join. We had no tickets - he very nicely and calmly said to the skipper to wait while he signed us up. Fortunately there was one other late person so in the end we didn’t feel too bad about holding everybody up for a few minutes. We arrived at the volcano about 20mins later and had an hour and 10 minutes which was just perfect. Enough time to get up to the highest point, take lots of pics, see the steam coming out of the ground, explore the trails etc. we then re-boarded and headed for the hot springs where a few punters jumped off the boat and paddled around before heading back into the old port. A great few hours but top marks to the guy running the cruise (3/12/19) - didn’t catch his name. Very calm, friendly and caring. He put an arm out for everyone boarding to make sure they had a steady hand. He asked all swimmers about their confidence levels and gave the unsure swimmer a noodle. He kept a very watchful eye over everyone. Very very nice person and well operated. Had a great time!
Written December 3, 2019
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jonathan s
somerset,uk200 contributions
Couples
A poor excuse for an attraction, don’t waste your time or money ,different coloured water and only slightly warmer ,it’s diffinantly not worth the effort . Save your money and put it towards a trip to the hot springs in Reykjavik
Written May 30, 2018
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Shyla M M
Cincinnati, OH264 contributions
Friends
We stopped here for 30 minutes as part of a full day sailing tour. We went in April so we knew the water was going to be cold. Luckily, around 20 people from our boat decided to brave the cold and jump in. The boats are not able to get super close to the hot springs, so you have to jump in the cold sea water and then swim over to the springs. The swim is not very far, and maybe only takes around 5 minutes since you want to swim fast to get out of the cold. Once you get to the hot springs, there was a very noticeable temperature difference in April and was warm enough to be totally comfortable. The water didn't really smell but was noticeably yellowish and murkier. It was shallow enough to stand and walk around. I would suggest water shoes if you have them. It was fine to go bare foot, but the rocks underwater were pretty uneven and they were covered in mush (maybe algae or seaweed?). You could see bubbles coming up through the water in some spots. When we got back on the boat and changed out of our swim suits, you could see some orange looking rust spots from the sulfur. I rinsed mine out in the sink and it didn't seem to be a big deal. Just don't take your best suit if you decide to swim here. Sure, people may complain on review sites, but this was an overall incredible experience despite some of the obvious inconveniences.
Written April 27, 2018
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antigravity
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK7 contributions
Couples
The water is not hot. Not sure if the slightly warm patches are the 'hot springs' or simply just the result of hundreds of tourists that are ferried in every 10 mins taking a wee in the water.
Written September 26, 2018
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