Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)

Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)

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Norfolkgal71
Norfolk, UK17 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We went on the last TUI tour of the season during the last week of October. We travelled from Tsilivi which was a trip by coach to Porto Vromi. Then about a 25 min boat trip to the Shipwreck beach.
As we came around the corner of the cliffs and saw the cove for the first time, it took our breath away. It was absolutely stunning. The crystal clear blue water is just the colour you see on the postcards. The tall cliffs surrounding the cove make a very dramatic backdrop. We arrived mid morning and it was not too busy. Getting off the boat was interesting as you sink into the white teeny tiny pebbly ‘sand’. Beach shoes are recommended as it is not particularly comfortable under foot and flip flops really don’t cope well! You will get wet feet/legs leaving your boat.
The sea gets deep quickly from the beach but to swim in it was just incredible. It was so clear and felt really special. I wish I could have stayed swimming there for a lot longer.
Yes it is just a rusty metal shipwreck but we found it really fascinating to look at and walk around. For your own safety, stay to the centre of the beach away from the cliffs. It worried me to see people sitting right under them after seeing the 2018 cliff collapse online.
As we were leaving the beach around 11.30am, it was getting busier so I would definitely recommend visiting here early.
For us (early morning/end of season) the experience was well worth it and we are so glad we did this trip. Something to note at this particular time though is that the sun had not made it fully into the cove so take a jumper as it can be a little chilly. And don’t forget your drinking water and swim wear!
Written October 30, 2022
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia24,614 contributions
Jun 2021
Photos of Navagio beach are replicated so much that to come to Zakynthos and not get on it meant to acquire an unclosed gestalt for the rest of your life. The only problem is that the beach is in the northwest of the island, and the capital of the island, where we arrived by ferry, is in the southwest. And there are 80 kilometers between them. And in the evening of the next day we had to leave. It seemed, what is easier? Public transport? It is not very developed in Greece, and even less so in Zakynthos. From the city of Zakynthos to the village of Anafonitria nearest to the beach, a bus runs several times a week, where you can arrive in the middle of the day, but not return, because the beach is located at a distance of 5 km from the village. I didn't have a driver's license at that time, and I didn't want to pay 150 euros for a taxi. It remained to repeat the feat of Phidippides, who ran 42 kilometers between Marathon and Athens to announce the joyful news of the victory of Miltiades' troops over the Persians. Repeat twice. Of course, I am a relatively prepared person, I have skied the 50-kilometer marathon of the Festival of the North 11 times in Murmansk. But 42 kilometers on the highway in summer is much more difficult than 50 kilometers on skis in spring. I was hoping for a hitchhiking, of course. Leaving at half past three in the morning from the suburbs of Zakynthos I reached Navagio beach at half past nine . Partly by car (for free and for money), partly by walking.This is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the bay. there are no buses with tourists at the top and no water excursions at the bottom yet. You can get a photo like on a postcard. The way back was more difficult, because it was necessary to go through the heat. Hitchhiking almost didn't work. Only locals can let you down. Tourists in rented cars flew by. Probably because they don't see themselves in the pedestrian's place. Although anything can happen... On the north-south highway, I caught a taxi, which I was incredibly happy about. At the end of the day, I looked at my Huawei pedometer: 42 kilometers (66 thousand steps) and about 38 kilometers (according to the map) by car. I repeated the feat of Phidippides. However, unlike the ancient Greek hero, I did not run and did not fight and remained alive..
Written May 13, 2022
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Janet B
Gloucester, England, United Kingdom30 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We hired a car whilst on the island for a short break and this wonderful view was on my bucket list . I didn't mind viewing from the cliffs or from a boat , but we had limited time so opted to view from cliff.
We had to queue to reach the viewing platform for around 30 mins, however after we left , there were coaches and cars tempting to turn in and it was chaos . The pot hole car park was shocking and for a while we were blocked in by inconsiderate drivers . The toilets were portaloos and in the words of a man who was exiting " toilet not very nice " was the understatement of the day !
It's an amazing place , but its popularity means it doesn't seem able to cope with the traffic . We were almost thinking it would be worth charging a few euros to spend on the boarded up toilet block already there and investing in the car park .
Word of advice .....go early !
Written September 23, 2022
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Adrian G
St Peter Port, UK9 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We pre-booked on this site and had great comms from Abba travel on the early Morning of our trip (at 12pm) they advised where to meet with photos and where to park our hire car all on WhatsApp.
The small cruise was about 50 people on a medium sized boat with no shade and hard seats.
We went past caves en route to the shipwreck beach with lots of photo opportunities.
The docking at the beach is fraught with danger and not for the faint hearted.
The boats nose up to the beach and you climb down the boats ladder on the bow (front) while it’s bouncing around in the surf.
The beach is busy 100% of the time.
We saw larger booze cruise vessels and similar sizes boats to ours along with tiny vessels docking all the time.
There was a “lifeguard” on the beach but in all reality he was a Marshall moving people out of the docking area in to the bouyed off swimming area.
The shelf of the beach is steep which allows the boats to nose in, it also means you need to be a medium to strong swimmer to cope in the water, there is strong surf and the surface of the beach is small stones which offer little purchase when standing or moving.
There is no shade on the beach - our trip included 1hr free time on the beach which was twice as much as we needed.
The fumes from other vessels and constant whistles and boats horns calling for their passengers depreciated from the outstanding beauty of this beach.
The USP of this beach is the rusting hulk from 1980, if it was removed and returned the beach to nature it would benefit immensely.
Our trip returned back to the port via the Blue caves - another natural spectacle, we anchored for 20 minutes and swam off the boat, mask & snorkel was essential to benefit from the abundance of fish that come out to the many captains bread pieces thrown out.
A short trip back to port made an enjoyable 3 hours for €20 each.
Written June 24, 2022
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The Marrs
United Kingdom627 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Part of a day trip for the family.
The kids loved the speed boat out to the beach.

It was packed, the boats had to queue to dump us off and then move out the way.

The beach area itself, it's not kept well. Full of fag butts, beer bottles, wrappers. The local council needs to get cleaners out there to clean it and enforce fines. It's such a shame. It's a stunning area and more people should visit.

The water is amazing to swimming in but so much engine petrol from the boats. You can smell it on your skin

The locals care more about the money now than the local environment

Written August 29, 2021
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1 contribution
Aug 2022
The expensive boat trip will take you to an overcrowded beach where you can't swim. The biggest part at the centre of the beach is reserved for the boats that constantly unload unsuspecting tourists for their hour of misery. In the narrow strips of sea left on the edges for the swimmers, you will have to shoulder your way through the other swimmers to swim in a mix of water and oil left from the boats. In the end, you will find just enough space to lay down your towel and patiently wait for the time to go away, inhaling the diesel fumes that cover the beach while listening to the boats honking at each other to hurry up so they can approach the shore.
The scenery is truly majestic but it is completely ruined by greed.
Written August 26, 2022
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Brumtravellers
Birmingham, UK50 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Arrived by boat as did, hundreds possibly thousands of others, flies around a jam pot springs to mind. Also dangerous with ships and boats landing at the beach with swimmers in the water and having to dodge out of the way. The shipwreck is covered in graffiti, we were stuck there for an hour where 15 mins would have been ample. Sadly this excursion is not worth the money or long journey from Zakynthos Port which by the way resembled Pearl Harbour with half sunk rusting boats everywhere. Not a great day out I’m afraid.
Written July 27, 2022
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Kaia
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia20 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Such a beautiful place, must visit in Zakinthos. We took a group boat trip to the beach with a stop to swim in caves. The beach itself was very crowded so this is not about visiting a place to chill, but it worth seeing it because the water color is incredible and the whole journey is amazing. It isn’t sandy and I’d recommend to bring water shoes.
Written August 12, 2022
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Dave
Amsterdam, The Netherlands135 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
After having to go through a que of cars, you get to go in a que of people to get a (as we understood) a very poor angle to take a photograph.
We decided not to go for it because the line would take about 30 to 45min.

We found a small ledge left from the ‘official’ spot, and decided to go there to see if that would work better.

!! It’s not safe !! But man…. you get good photo’s from there!

If you think it is worth the effort it takes to stand in line for a while to get a decent photo at best, I would recommend coming early, around 9 a 10 o’clock.
Written September 8, 2021
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Twinklygirl
Welwyn garden city70 contributions
Sep 2022
Not impressed with this trip at all. A complete waste of time and money. When we arrived at the beach we were told that we would be left on the beach for 40 mins as the boat couldn’t stop there. A quarter of the beach was roped off as there had been a previous rock fall. So crowds of people were standing on the shingle beach shoulder to shoulder waiting 40mins for their boat to come and collect them. Awful!
Written September 28, 2022
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