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Zante Zakynthos turtle spotting boat trip

The Nefis Travel Zakynthos turtle spotting boat trip Eco friendly turtle spotting tour is a unique turtle spotting excursion and way to see the Caretta Caretta loggerhead turtles and to swim and snorkel in the most extraordinary turquoise waters around Turtle Island and the Keri Caves.

Zakynthos, also known as Zante, is the largest breeding ground for the Caretta Caretta turtle in the whole of the Mediterranean Sea. They have been here for millions of years and are often a Zante holiday highlight on the Zakynthos turtle tours. They are very beautiful creatures, but are highly endangered. We work alongside ARCHELON and sponsor the Sea Turtle Protection Society, to ensure that our Zakynthos turtle spotting boat trips and boat excursions are eco-friendly. On board our Nefis Travel Zakynthos boat, which is authorized by the National Marine Park, we will introduce you to the official staff guides of the Greek Archelon society. They will explain the important information about the turtles and their biology.

For our boat trip VIP Eco-friendly turtle spotting tour, you will be picked by the Nefis Travel Zakynthos luxury coach from nearly every resort in Zante. We will depart on this turtle spotting excursion around 8.30 AM and you’ll return around 1.45 PM (the times are depending on the resort you will be staying). In the high season the trip is also available in the afternoon. We board the turtles spotting boat trip at the picturesque harbour of Agios Sostis. From here we go for our first turtle spotting adventure. We nearly always have the chance to take a snapshot of these enchanting animals up close.

Next on the Zakynthos boat trip VIP Eco-friendly turtle spotting tour, we sail on to Marathonisi, also known as Zakynthos Turtle Island. With our unique timing on the this Zante boat excursion, we are the first ones of the day to arrive to Turtle Island. We stop to Turtle Island Caves and swim with the brightly colored fish – this is a fantastic place for snorkeling. We stay around the caves and beach for around 35 minutes so you really have a chance to relax and enjoy.

Sailing on from Zakynthos Turtle Island, on this boat excursion, we head to the Keri Caves, enjoying the beautiful coastal scenery of Zante along the way. At the Keri Caves we drop anchor for another swimstop. You have the opportunity to swim and snorkel around the Keri Caves, and to listen to the Archelon guides presentation about the biology of the turtles and their on-going research work. During our boat trip there is also a small shop on board selling turtle souvenirs – all purchases support the work of the Sea protection society Archelon. You can even adopt a turtle to support its journey!

On our way back to Agios Sostis, we try to have one final turtle spotting experience in case we didn’t see them in our first attempt.

To be able to swim in the most beautiful parts of Zakynthos and be part of a tour, with the possibility of supporting the protection of the highly endangered Caretta Caretta. It’s all the ingredients you need for the ultimate holiday experience. We care... We offer more ...

* On our Eco – friendly turtle spotting excursion, if required, the children on board can also participate in an educational pirate’s game where they learn a lot about Greek Mythology. At the end of the game, our small friends will even obtain a pirates diploma as a souvenir.

Please note that: The tour contains a guided bus tour to the south of the island. The tour contains 2 swim stops. There’s a little snack bar on board with coffees, crisps, ice creams, sandwiches and snacks at normal prices. Toilets are on board. The swim stops are always close to the beach, but not on the beach. There will be 2 volunteers on board from Archelon – The Sea turtle protection.

The excursion days:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday morning. In the high season the trip is also available in the afternoon.

The excursion prices:

Adult: 25 euro PP

Child: 17 euro PP

The lunch is not included in the price, but it’s allowed to bring your own packed lunch, which can be consumed on board.

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  • Shauna and Paul
    October 1, 2019 at 20:22

    We set off on the turtle tour which was fantastic, we spotted 3 turtles and the ladies o the boat gave us a great lesson in the loggerhead turtle. My children loved it and we had two swim stops! Other boats went by that were absolutely packed with people and I was so great full that I hadn’t booked with the girl reps!

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  • Archie
    October 1, 2019 at 20:18

    We took the eco friendly turtle tour when we visited zante in june 2019. Our tour guide was amazing and the trip was so much fun. We learnt so much about these beautiful animals and there lives and how they come to the island to breed. The trip on the boat around the island was breathtaking the scenery is fabulous. Later in the afternoon we had two snorkeling stops which was great. Would def recommend this trip to anyone and always with nefis travel xx 🙂

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  • Gillian
    September 24, 2019 at 20:32

    We booked the half day turtle tour on line & collected the tickets & paid at the local office. This tour was chosen as it is the only one we found that had a link to Archelon Society for the protection of the turtles. We were picked up by minibus & taken to meet the larger coach & the tour guide told us all about the areas we passed through. The boat tour took us around the island & we managed to see 4 turtles. The talk from the Archelon volunteers was very interesting & not at all pushy when they sold there products. I would highly recommend this tour

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  • Tomasz
    September 24, 2019 at 20:31

    Had a boat trip with turtle spotting and swim stops. They actually care about obeying laws that protect the turtles, whereas we could see other companies not doing so. Awesome tour guide and ship crew. Totally worth it.

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  • Karen and Lynne
    September 24, 2019 at 20:31

    Well what can we say? We have had culture, knowledge, expertise, fun, laughter, tradition, warmth, good organisation and made many new friends. NEFIS travel will be seeing us and friends next year for sure…. would highly recommended.A big thank your to Jackie and her team .
    Yes we saw a big turtle xxxxx Karen and lynne

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  • Mary
    September 24, 2019 at 20:30

    Having seen and heard of the mad scramble to see turtles, and having previously enjoyed Nefis tours, we booked their turtle spotting tour, as it has members of Achelon, the turtle protection society on board. They gave loads of information, and explained about the protection of the turtles.
    Another great trip with Nefis.

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  • Steph and Craig
    June 14, 2017 at 11:44

    Hi Jackie and everyone at Nefis Travel, we just wanted to say a huge thank you for the two wonderful trips with you during our stay in Tsilivi. We thouroughly enjoyed both trips, it was lovely arriving at shipwreck bay to have the beach to ourselves for almost an hour, it was well worth the early start! We found the information given by Jackie on both tours interesting and enjoyable, we also have a lot of respect for the captain of our boat during the turtle spotting trip for obeying the rules of the marine park, unlike some of the other boats we seen! Nefis Travels trips are well worth the money, and we will highly recommend you to our families and friends. Many thanks again, if we return to Zante in the future we will be seeing you all again x x

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  • Viv Maurice
    August 23, 2016 at 22:28

    If you go anywhere while in Zante go on a trip with Jackie, we went on the turtle trip and it was brilliant,Jackie is one of the best tour guides I have ever been out with.The boat is small and the captain and crew are really helpful ,The talk about the turtles was so interesting,will see you next year.Viv ,Libby & Abmer

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  • Nena
    July 22, 2016 at 19:04

    Thank you for the great time that I spent with you Jackie, especially listening you singing in those beautiful tavernas and trying to see turtles in Laganas bay. I will have to come again to see baby turtles later on. Best regards from Nena

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Zakynthos Zante

Will you pick me up from my holiday resort?

Yes, we have pick up transfers from nearly all the Zakynthos resorts but please keep in mind that South Vassilkos and the Harbour of Keri are remote areas in Zakynthos. We will do our very best to give you the pickup service transfer with a small extra cost, but we do ask cooperation in being flexible with the days and cannot guarantee a pick up from these areas.

Can I participate in the VIP tours, with my rental car?

You can join our boat trips with your rental car. You can book tickets by email or through our booking form and meet us at the port where we will board our Shipwreck and Blue Caves tour and the Turtle Spotting tour. In this way you have the freedom of your own transport and you will enjoy arriving at the Shipwreck bay before the crowds, see the turtles in an eco-friendly way and help the turtles in their fight for survival.

How do I book a tour?

You can book your tours by email, Whats App or at our Nefis Travel Zakynthos facebook page by personal messages. You can also use our website’s booking form to send a booking request for your desired tour and date.

Please keep in mind that our office is open between 9 AM - 10:30 PM. We will answer your email within 24 hours. If you wish to make an urgent booking because you are already on the island, please contact us directly on +30 2695048004, +30 6987746506 or +30 6984534687 numbers to avoid a delay in your booking.

For our tours we have different pickup routings, to keep the transfers as short as possible. We kindly ask to be flexible with the preferable days of your tours.

How can I pay?

You can pay upon arrival at the ticket delivery service on your arrival day, one of our team members will come to your holiday address to take care of it all. You can pay by Credit Card in the offices in Tsilivi or by signing an Authorized Credit Card form. If you have an IBAN number then you can also easily pay into our bank account. If you pay by Credit Card or bank account, we will send the tickets to you by email with the explanation of where the pick-up point for the tours will be. The choice is yours.

Are the tours child friendly and what is considered child age?

Our child age is normally 12 years old, but we can be flexible on our "VIP Eco-friendly turtle spotting" tour and "Back to the roots" minibus island tour, if families are travelling with teenagers.

On our VIP "Once upon a time" tour the children and young at heart will step back in time and by interactive stories will enter the world of Aesop and his enchanting and inspiring stories. They will learn a little Greek poem and while we sit around the camp fire singing songs, you might drift away to your own childhood memories…
On our VIP Eco-friendly turtle spotting tour, we will have a presentation from the Sea Protection Society Archelon where the children will learn about the high endangered Caretta - Caretta Turtles and in a pirate game they will also learn a few facts about Odysseus while looking for the treasure.
At our VIP "Back to the roots" tour they will hear a few nice short Greek mythology stories and see and learn how Zakynthian olive oil and local sweet are made. They can sing along with the live music over lunch and the tour has many stops, what means that they will be out and about and entertaint the whole day. Many of our little Nefis friends have send us beautiful drawings, from this unique tour afterwards.
At our VIP Shipwreck and Blue Caves tour the children might see dolphins or our Monachus Monachus seals and get guided with nice stories about Zante. On certain days they will be able to enter a pirate game at the Smugglers Cove, please do ask about this opportunity! Our family tours are designed to spark a passion, inspire a sense of wonder, and enrich understanding.

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Do you have a Book Now - Pay Later policy?

With Nefis Travel you can indeed enjoy the freedom to choose a tour now and pay later! Our unique customer service is created for your convenience. We will organize a ticket delivery service on your arrival day at your holiday accommodation, where the payment can be done (as long as you arrive at least 24 hours before the departure of the tour). If you are staying in Planos – Tsilivi, we then kindly ask to pick up your tickets in one of the 2 Nefis Travel offices close to your accommodation. For guests staying on a far distance, a payment in advance will be requested.

Do you have group discounts?

We can indeed look into a tailor-made discount for groups.

Is lunch included on the tours? May I bring a lunch box?

Lunch is not included on any of the Nefis Travel tours, but our dear Nefis Travel guests are more than welcome to bring their lunch boxes on the tours.

How can i contact Nefis Travel?

You can contact us by phone (+30 2695048004, +30 6987746506, +30 6984534687) or email ( or through our website's contact form. You can also reach us by sending a message via Facebook or Whats App.

What happens if the sea conditions are not okay for a tour?

We at Nefis Travel provide the highest level of customer service given on the island. If the weather reports are bad, we will cancel the tours and give you a refund.
If the weather shows a 50-50 situation, we will phone you on your mobiles or at the hotels before the tour starts and tell you that we might have to use an alternative program. This only happens on the Shipwreck and Blue Caves tours. The east coast of the island as in Blue Caves and Xingia Sea Spa and the west coast as in Shipwreck beach is possible to have 2 totally different sea conditions.
Our captains will check the situation early in the morning and if we see that the Blue Caves and Xingia Spa, east coast are okay but around cape Skinari on our way to the west coast, the sea doesn’t allow us to go to the Shipwreck beach, we will create Plan B:
Plan B: We will go to the Shipwreck platform by bus so you'll see the Shipwreck from above and we will offer extra time at the Blue Caves for pictures and swimming, and go to the Xingia Sea Spa after our lunch stop. We will tell you honestly what the situation is and leave the choice to you. You can swap your trip around and go on another day, take a refund or decide to come.
From our experience those who came on these few rare days that this happens in the summer, still had a great day out. And as we said it is a 50-50 situation sometimes the wind drops, while we drive to the harbor and we can still sail to the Shipwreck beach. We at Nefis Travel just want to be as straight forward about as we can be and will always be honest about the weather conditions.

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