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National Marine Park of Alonissos

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National Marine Park of Alonissos

What is the best way to see the Marine park? The sea life? Boat trip? We will be visiting the island from Skiathos maybe overnight .

Are you allowed to snorkel with the seals?

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Rach

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1. Re: National Marine Park of Alonissos

Back in 2009 and while visiting Skopelos, we took a boat trip to the National Marine Park of Alonissos especially because we thought we would see seals and dolphins. We chose the glass bottom boat, but it proved to be a tourist trap. We saw no seals and no dolphins, especially the seals are afraid of humans and tend to hide away when they hear noises.

The highlight of the trip was the visit to the Marine life protection center in Alonissos where we could see and learn how bad is human intervention to the environment of marine life. How many birds, sea-turtles and other animals loose their lives because they eat garbage people throw in the sea. And then we saw the captain of the glass-bottom boat who drove us there noticing how tourists were throwing cigarettes and other rubbish in the water and doing nothing about it.

If you want to visit the National Marine Park I would suggest a way that is the least intevening to it, like a sailing boat. This is not an amusement park but a protected area for marine life to be the least disturbed by humans. And keep in mind that it is very unlikely to meet seals, the further away from humans they can get, the better for them!

Have a great trip to the Sporades and don't miss a visit to Marine Life protection center, it is a great and educating experience to all of us who might have thought that wildlife is there for us to see and get amused with.

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Edited: 9:31 am, January 07, 2013
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Hey again Rach:-) Good to see you've researched up and know of the Marine Park;-) Fabulous site and info sbgath! Thanks for that;-) EnJOY all!

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Would def be interested in visiting the protection area, we are very aware of how humans help to destroy marine life. We have been priv to visit Mexico a couple of times and stay in a turtle protected area where we have helped release new borns into the sea and also an adult laying, marking nests etc.

So from what you have said, there are boat trips but maybe not controlled ones where the wildlife is not the first priority.

The sail boat, are their trips available? IE a skippered one as we do not sail.

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4. Re: National Marine Park of Alonissos

.. there are excursions from both Skiathos and Skopelos to the Marine Park.. I now the glass-bottom boat referred to here our of Skopelos Town.. never took it.. but most that have taken in rarely catch a sighting! I think the best way may be to just head to the protection center (or email/call them) and ask there for options?;-)

FWIW, I always see dolphins out in the Sea when there.. usually from the beach at Panormos.. once caught site of a seal sitting out by the rocks at Loutraki.. but that was only once;-) Again, it's not unusual to spot dolphins in these waters.. but you never know when;-) Keep enJOYin'!

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5. Re: National Marine Park of Alonissos

We often have dolphins and seals in the harbour, here in Skiathos too.

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6. Re: National Marine Park of Alonissos

thanks very much both, getting the gyst now, I thought it maybe like some protected areas which take limited controlled 'viewings' but looks like not, which in many ways is a good thing, leave them all alone! Not to fussed about seeing the dolphins, but do love to watch seals in their natural habitat, playing in shallow waters and 'sun bathing'! Have a fab spot in North Wales where we used to be able to walk to and sit and satch around 20 seals playing etc.

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