Marathonisi (Turtle Island)

Marathonisi (Turtle Island), Zakynthos: Address, Marathonisi (Turtle Island) Reviews: 4.5/5

Marathonisi (Turtle Island)

Marathonisi (Turtle Island)
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A small islet with tropical beaches and sea caves located just outside Keri Beach (Limni Keri) inside the bay of Laganas, in Zante (Zakynthos) Island, Greece
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Dave
Amsterdam, The Netherlands135 contributions
Very touristy!!! I would avoid
Sep 2021 • Couples
We were very hopeful going here on a group trip. A nice beautiful island, just of the cosy of the beautiful Zakynthos! But no…..

Yes it’s beautiful, but everything is beautiful on Zakynthos.

There is barely anything to do there. A big part was even closed from the public due to turtle eggs. (Maybe they could mark the turtle eggs instead of closing most of the accessible part of the island off..)

This left a very narrow strip of sand/beach for everyone to walk on, sunbath on and get a drink/snack. (And yes, because it is so touristy there are even ‘boat’ shops on the island.

There isn’t any shade either.

Despite the name we didn’t see any turtles swimming there. Don’t know if that’s normal or not.

Overall quite a disappointment, we were basically waiting for the boat to depart again.
Written October 7, 2021
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Jan V
Sofia, Bulgaria6,272 contributions
Tourist trap
Aug 2021 • Friends
Quite an inconvenient beach- windy, pebbly and rounded with a strap, so one can use only 2-3 m of the strip. No turtles noticed, just a fuss of the crowds landing here. Shade is not allowed. The sea is deep and wavy. So overall rather a tourist trap, than a place to be visited.
Written September 11, 2021
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CharlotteBrunsholm
Taastrup, Denmark82 contributions
Bring a parasol if staying long
Sep 2021 • Couples
Nice beach, although small because the middle is a protected turtle nesting ground. Rather stony, so good to bring swimming shoes. Also bring you own parasol as there are NO shady places and none for lease. Weirdly there were also no rubbish bins, so bring a bag and take the trash with you. Did a nice snorkeling trip in the shallow waters, saw no turtles here though. We took a water taxi there from the Port of Agios Sostis for 10 euro each. Very crowded beach.
Written September 4, 2021
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Sheryl A
Walsall, UK211 contributions
Spoilt
Jul 2021
Booked this tour out of interest but all in all naivety. I am done with these commercial boat trips. Packed on to an overcrowded, sticky, sweaty, covid boat which pursued a poor turtle in the harbour. This pursuit was aided by several small privately hired boats for a cheap shot of it breaking the surface briefly.
Written August 31, 2021
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The Marrs
United Kingdom613 contributions
Busy with tourists, but seen it now
Aug 2021 • Family
The tour guides sold it as a secluded area that is nice and quiet.

Far from it.
About a dozen larger boats with 30 plus tourists on each. The b3ach was packed before we even got there. It's so busy there is a boat converted into a drink and snack bar. Not much area left on the beach as most is nesting areas with protective cages over the eggs.

No shade, shape shingle.
Take drinks and make the best of it you can
Written August 29, 2021
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sevb
1 contribution
Won’t recommend it to everyone
Aug 2021 • Couples
The boat was overfilled. Then the boats drive in circles around one turtle which is obviously stressed. If you have luck, you can see the turtle between the crowds of people. Terrible experience on a terrible boat. Also the locations are not beautiful due to too many people.
Last but not least, you drive with the small boat (over 50 people are on them) to two locations which are overfilled as well.
Written August 23, 2021
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Catalin F
Bacau, Romania40 contributions
Very crowded and unfrendly
Aug 2021 • Family
To get here you have two options: to rent a boat to drive or on a tour of the island to stop.
We opted for the first option, but we had some unpleasant surprises
First of all, the island is very crowded. Many large boats with tourists dock here and the beach allowed is very small.
The worst thing is that you don't have any shade, and if you have a personal umbrella, you have to hold it in your hand, you won't even be allowed to leave it on the beach (this so as not to spoil any turtle)
All in all it was an unsuccessful visit to this island ...
Written August 5, 2021
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Paul L
Nijkerk, The Netherlands484 contributions
Nice Island
Jun 2021 • Couples
Final drop off point after tour. Nice beach with clear water and a chance to spot the turtle. You can get a drink at one of the drinkboats. It is a beach where turtles lay there eggs, but it's well protected
Written June 12, 2021
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desimgmG
Sofia, Bulgaria3,690 contributions
Lovely to see turtles!
Aug 2020
Marathonisi (Turtle Island) is a lovely place for visit! I was there on 29th of August 2014 and was incredible to see turtles!
Written March 22, 2021
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Julie J
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK2 contributions
Feeling blessed
Oct 2020 • Family
Fantastic day out with ABBA Travel. Manage to get to Zakynthos just before second Uk lockdown. Took 4 grandchildren on the trip and they loved everything about the day from seeing the Turtles to jumping off the boat and swimming in the sea.
I recommend this tour lovely people looking after us
Written November 5, 2020
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