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.