We visited Santorini in March, which was perfect. There were no crowds and the weather was perfect: sunny and 75 degrees each day. Many boat tours and sea trip excursions were not yet running since tourist season had not yet begun. However, upon contacting Captain Stathis via email @ email@example.com, we were promptly greeted and happily booked a three hour excursion on the Anemos. We met Captain Stathis at the port in Fira, where he welcomed us aboard his ship with a warm and welcoming smile. He graciously escorted us around the beautiful Caldera, over to Oia, and back to Fira, tailoring the trip according to our wishes. He even allowed our four year old son to steer the ship, creating a memory that will last a lifetime! Our first stop was the Volcano, where we were free to spend as much time as we liked trekking around the wonderfully unique black lava rocks. Next, we visited the hot springs. Unfortunately, it was a bit too cool to experience this attraction. The boat anchors in a bay area, where you would swim over to the actual hot springs. We were not prepared for a chilly swim, so on we went around the volcano and did a little deep sea fishing en route to Oia. In warmer times, there would have been amazing swimming opportunities through this area. If I had a do-over, I would come a little later in the season and plan the excursion to sightsee, swim and drop off at Oia for lunch and shopping/exploring, then return to Fira via bus. Now, we know the bus service between Oia and Fira is simple to use, cheap, and frequent enough to accommodate daily travel plans. Since we chose to return to Fira, we were stuck waiting on a broken cable car to get back up to town. (Fira port has three options to ascend from the port to town: 1.) unending stairs up a cliff 2.) donkeys (not an option for us as our little one was terrified somehow.) 3.) cable cars that run less frequently in the off season. This excursion was a wonderful part of our vacation in Santorini. Our morning on the water with Captain Stathis made for an unforgettable set of memories while on this beautiful island filled with gracious, kind hearted and welcoming people.
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