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Transportation Advice

Good day,

We are 3 adults who will visit Zakynthos from 12 to 14 June 2013 [due to valuable and helpful advice previously, we have decided to limit ourselves to Zakynthos and Kefalonia and leave out Corfu]. We will be based in Alykes, arriving late on 12 June 2013 with free transport from the airport to our accommodation in Alykes. On 14 June, we will leave for Kefalonia and be based there until 17 June [late afternoon].

(1) We basically have one full day in Zakynthos - we want to use it for traveling to the blue caves and shipwreck beach by boat. Our options appears to be a day long organized guided boat trip with others, or [small] boat hire for a more private experience [with or without a skipper]. Could anyone provide some advice regarding these two options? The option of boat hire with a skipper would be too expensive for us, as we do not want to spend more than € 60-70. Is it possible to go into the blue caves by boat - if so, may/should it only be done by an experienced skipper? Could someone provide recommendations or details/links of organized tours as well as boat hire options?

(2) It appears that public transport on Zakynthos is quite limited? If not, what buses are available & where could we get hold of the schedules? Should we rather arrange car-hire to get to the relevant port(s) for the boat trip(s) to the blue caves and shipwreck beach [from Alykes] or would a taxi be more cost effective [but leave us with less flexibility]?

(3) We would prefer to leave for Kefalonia with direct ferry [Skinari-Pessada]. Is there any public transport between Alykes and Skinari? The ferry details and schedules appears to be a bit sketchy. Could anyone advise us on that, maybe provide us with an e-mail address we can use for our queries in that regard [schedules/costs/booking procedures etc.]? We've learnt that strong winds might cause these ferries not to operate. Is this a likely event in mid-June? The best alternative appears to be to travel to Kefalonia with ferries via Killini and Patra [but this would be very time consuming].

Thanking you in advance for your kind assistance/advice.

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1. Re: Transportation Advice

Boats are available for self drive from Alykes and very nearby Alykanas for around your mentioned budget for a full day. The blue caves up in Skinari are easily within range to reach and explore. You are given a safety brief and full operational instructions before you set off. Commercial trips from both the above are available around to the shipwreck beach from several operators. If you choose the self drive option get down to the beach as soon as possible to book one if any are available on the day. Bus services are generally very poor and I'm afraid it will be a taxi up to the ferry across to Kefalonia which is'nt very far (maybe you can negociate to get dropped off up there from your hotel). Are you sure your ferry across to Kephalonia is from Skinari as nearby St Nicholas port is the usual route from that part of the island?

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Hi Mondeo1,

Thank you for your advice. I've heard somewhere that Skinari and St Nicholas is one in the same place - seems that it was not correct - so I'm not sure that it actually departs from Skinari, it might depart from St Nicholas as you have indicated. As our host offered free pick-up/drop-off at the airport, I will heed your advice and negotiate with him for drop-off at the port instead of the airport - is the distance less, or more or less the same?

Thank you.

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3. Re: Transportation Advice

No it's a shorter distance up to St Nicholas port (not to be confused with St Nicholas beach in the South of the island) than from the airport to Alykes. Find below a map which you'll have to scroll up and down and side to side to get your bearings. St Nicholas port is at the top left with a small island and anchor shown in it, Skinari is just above it.

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4. Re: Transportation Advice

Ferry port is a fair bit closer than the airport.

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5. Re: Transportation Advice

Sorry that should have read St Nicholas port is top right, Navagio or shipwreck beach as it's known is almost top left on the opposite side of the island, once again sorry for any confusion !

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Wow - nice map, thank you Mondeo1. Thank you Mike O as well.

Seems I will definately be able to twist our host's arm to rather drop us off at the port instead of the airport on 14/6 - it is much closer. And it seems that it would be best to arrange car hire for one day [13/6]; after doing the boat trip, we can explore some other parts of Zakynthos by car before dark - any suggestions, as I suppose there will not be enough time left to do a round trip of the whole island?

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Just make sure that you check out the ferry times and days to Kefalonia. I know that a couple of years ago they didn't run every day, and only started running well into the season. The ferry is also particularly prone to cancellations, as whilst it might seem calm in the port, the sea between Zakynthos and Kefalonia can get turbulent very quickly, which will lead to it being cancelled.

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