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“An awesome day out”

Mario's Cave and Turtle Boat Trips
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Vasilikos
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 26, 2013

We had a a great day out with Mario on the boat last week. It really was a full day and great value for money. The boat is small enough to be driven inside the caves and Mario does an expert job of navigating smoothly around the rocks. His knowledge of every aspect of the trip allows you to see some incredible sights, and definitely worth bringing your snorkelling gear, for the small caves. You really get up close to the geology. The stop off at Turtle Beach is amazing as is spotting Turtles from the boat. None of the other boats seem to be in the right place at the right time to see the turtles, unlike us! A nice fishing port to stop for lunch, then more swimming and snorkelling stops to visit before heading home. A great day out, had by all.

Thank AndyWright
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

we were lucky to find this, we picked up a leaflet at the beach and rang to book it, the best thing we could of done. Absolutely great trip Mario was brilliant and very knowledgeable, made us all feel welcome and told us all about the area and animals, it's meant to be guaranteed turtle spotting and prove right in are case we saw about 6 different adult turtles swimming in the sea, and we were very lucky and got to see some turtle hatch-lings make there way to the sea. an unforgettable sight.
he showed us the crystal clear sea's and the blue caves, Mario points out the caves you can swim into, one cave is delightful you swim in and the light from the entrance illuminates the cave it's very magical.
there's a shipwreck Mario points out it's not the shipwreck on the beach but one under the sea, Mario tells you all about it,
overall it a brilliant trip, one i would defiantly recommend

1  Thank jackbox85
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

This was our second visit to Vasilikos in Zante because we enjoyed our previous holiday so much,
the reason we came back was for Marios boat trip. We went out twice on the trip and we were not disappointed they are better than ever. Mario is a man bubbling with knowledge and personality he lets all the passengers know the history of the nesting beaches along with the caves and an interesting shipwreck. We were away from the hotel for about 9.5 hours and the cost of the trip was 42 euros each, this represents top class value for money. Passengers swim and snorkel at
different sites and on our second visit to the nesting beach we were lucky enough to watch a baby turtle make its way from the beach to the water we will never forget this experience. After
the beach Mario took us to another island where we had an excellent and good value lunch.
This is our eighth visit to the Greek islands and without doubt this is by far the best trip we have
ever been on.
ONE WORD OF WARNING if you do go to Vasilikos and you are British do not stay at any of
the following.
THE IMPERIAL HOTEL, THE ROYAL PALACE. THE PALAZZO These hotels are linked and are taboo for British holidaymakers.

Pete & Maureen

Thank eppypeppyjeppy
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Mario's boat trips have been recommended to us by the lady from a local shop and some other tourists - it's been a blast, a very relaxing day with plenty of opportunities to swim, snorkel, and see some wildlife, including turtles. Im not too keen on deep water swimming but there were plenty of chances to swim and snorkel of the shore too. It was a pleasure to meet Mario and get 'infected' by his enthusiasm.

Thank Karolina S
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Don't miss this tour; it was our best day out on Zante! Mario is a pro and a nice person too; he made us all feel at home and his local knowledge about the Maine Park was most interesting. His boat is both modern and practical, seats 25 in comfort and is perfect for shallow water turtle spotting. It is not a gimmick as some others are and he made no cheap boasts either; he simply steered to the best spots and found what we all wanted to see, the turtles. We noticed his many bigger competitors hovering nearby wherever we went, vainly trying to see what Mario had found. Of course they were not quick enough, nor had captains who cared so much. They knew what we had all quickly understood, that Mario is the local champion turtle and dolphin spotter ! While the bigger boats crisscrossed aimlesssly around Laganas Bay, Mario ventured quietly into a small harbour at Agia Sostis and lo and behold he found some big male turtles feeding on scraps thrown away by local fishermen. A wonderful scene to behold! His choice of taverna for lunch typified the man; genuine Greek fare and none of the horrid "tourist meals". Recomended trip.

Thank ed p
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