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Lefkada Forgotten Islands: Full-Day Cruise with Lunch

1. Lefkada Forgotten Islands: Full-Day Cruise with Lunch

The cruise departs from Nidri harbour on the east coast of Lefkada island. Relax on your own on board sunbed as you cruise down the Meganisi channel in the morning sun, visiting first the famous Cave of Papanikolis on Meganisi.  Next stop is the deserted island of Formikula, in the middle of crystal clear waters, the perfect place for a morning swim. You then move on to the island of Kastos, where the boat will anchor in the picturesque harbourside village. There is a beautiful old church to visit and alleyways of traditional stone built houses. Departing the village, the group moves a short way along the coast to the remote beach of Limni. There is time here for guests to have a swim - and the waters at Limni beach are perfect for snorkeling.  A freshly prepared buffet lunch is served on-board. There is rice salad, Greek salad with feta cheese, meatballs, chicken fillet, pasta salad, tzatziki…all served with local Lefkadan wine and soft drinks. After lunch, you move on to the island of Kalamos. Kalamos island is almost entirely covered with forest and has some of the most spectacular beaches in the region. After, head towards the third and fourth swimming stops, the beaches of Asproyiali and Skorpios.

Nydri: Boat Cruise to Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Agiofilli

2. Nydri: Boat Cruise to Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Agiofilli

Swim at 3 beaches that can only be accessed by boat on this tour to Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Agiofilli beach from Nydri. Snap pictures of the Greek coast and spot marine wildlife. Depart from the port of Nidri in the morning. Admire the small green islands that dot the deep blue bay. Stop at Egremni beach where the boat will stop for two hours of soaking up the sun on this pristine, remote beach. Sail to the western part of Lefkada to swim for an hour at Porto Katsiki. Head to Agiofilli for an afternoon dip. Marvel at the views on your return to Nydri.

Nydri: Island-hopping Boat Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

3. Nydri: Island-hopping Boat Cruise with Lunch and Drinks

Swim in beautiful bays and eat authentic Greek food with drinks on this cruise to the islands of Lefkada and Meganisi from Nidri. See Giovanni's cave and have some free time to explore the village of Spartochori. Depart from the port of Nidri and sail into the historic Papanikolis cave. Head to Giovanni's cave where you can jump in the crystal waters. Continue to Spartochori, a traditional Greek village on Meganisi island. Take some free time to walk around or enjoy a coffee before boarding the boat to Lakka beach. Savor a real Greek lunch served with cool drinks. Go to a swimming spot by the mysterious private island of Scorpio before heading back to Nydri port.

Lefkada: Sea Kayak Experience in the Rouda Bay Sea Caves

4. Lefkada: Sea Kayak Experience in the Rouda Bay Sea Caves

Meet your guide at the beach of Mikros Gialos on the South side of Lefkada island. After a short safety briefing, your guides will provide you with all the necessary equipment and you'll set off. Together with your group, you will start paddling along the coastline and in and out of magnificent sea caves in blue waters of the Ionian Sea. Enjoy swimming at picturesque secluded beaches and snorkel around, visiting the sea caves of Lefkada, which are adorned with stunning stalactites. The distance covered while paddling is approximately 4 nautical miles. A traditional Greek snack and picnic will also be provided.

From Nidri: Group or Private Snorkeling Cruise & Lunch

5. From Nidri: Group or Private Snorkeling Cruise & Lunch

The Marine Adventure cruise takes you to the best snorkel sites on the east coast of Lefkada and Meganisi island, from seagrass meadows to exciting underwater caves. Learn about the local marine wildlife - above and below the water - and use our on-board species guides and materials to record your sightings. There are fun activities for children too. A BBQ lunch with wine and soft drinks is included, plus high-quality snorkel masks and flippers in adults and childrens sizes.

Mikros Gialos: Hidden Blue Cave Half-Day Guided Kayak Trip

6. Mikros Gialos: Hidden Blue Cave Half-Day Guided Kayak Trip

Explore the turquoise waters of Lefkada island on this kayaking tour from Mikros Gialos. Visit a hidden cave and use the included high-quality snorkeling gear to explore the red star fish in an underwater world. Keep your things dry with the included dry bag.  Set off from the beautiful beach of Mikros Gialos, and paddle southeast along the coast. Keep your energy up with coffee, biscuits, and fruit. Observe unique geological formations and learn about then and local history from your guide.  Reach the Blue Cave thorugh a hidden entrance and enjoy its ethereal blue light. Stop at numerous stunning swimming spots along the way. Snorkel in a spot where there is a seabed blanketed in large red starfish. Return to Mikros Gialos beach at the end of your tour. 

Nydri: Full-Day Sailing Cruise with Swim Stops & Meal

7. Nydri: Full-Day Sailing Cruise with Swim Stops & Meal

Discover the small paradise islands of Lefkada on a luxurious sailboat cruise. Enjoy a carefree day as the captain pulls the anchor and takes you out to sea. Take a dip in the water, try local food, and admire stunning views as you sail along. Meet your captain and board the sailboat to have a cup of coffee with a view of the bay. Leaving Nydri behind, reach your first stop, a secluded beach. After spending time swimming in the warm waters come back on board for an optional breakfast. Continue on to another nearby island to enjoy more swimming in turquoise waters. Admire the natural beauty of the islands and try to spot dolphins and seals following the boat. Have the opportunity to snorkel and take underwater photos with a camera lent to you by the captain or just relax under the sun on the beach. When you are ready for lunch come on board and enjoy a complimentary drink and delicious local cuisine served by the friendly crew. After the meal, sail to the last stop of the cruise. If weather permits, raise the sails so that you feel the freedom of sailing with the wind. As you soak in the beautiful scenery enjoy your afternoon coffee and some fresh fruit before you return to the port of Nidri in the early evening.

Lefkada: Full Day Sea Kayaking Tour

8. Lefkada: Full Day Sea Kayaking Tour

Hop in a kayak for a full day of exploring in the crystalline waters around the Lefkada Archipelago, known to be one of the most protected and calm seas in the world. Go on a cave tour, snorkel around a coral reef, and make pit stops for snacks and lunch on remote beaches.   Meet your guide at the Nydri Port and start by familiarizing yourself with the kayaking equipment. Paddle three miles up the coast to Red Rock Beach where you will stop for a swim and have snacks to keep you energized. Check out the mythic caves of Messini before paddling towards the island of Meganisi. Make a 45-minute stop on the uninhabited island of Thilia for snorkeling and lunch. Explore Meganisi, a relatively undiscovered island off the west coast of the Greek mainland. From there, head to Skorpios, a private island owned by the family of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Finally, kayak the perimeter of the island of Madouri before returning back to Nydri Port.

Mikros Gialos: Lefkada Guided Kayak Tour with Refreshments

9. Mikros Gialos: Lefkada Guided Kayak Tour with Refreshments

Paddle through the turquoise waters of Lefkada island on this kayaking tour from Mikros Gialos. Visit the hidden Blue Cave and Fteri beach. Use the included high-quality snorkeling gear to explore the underwater world. Keep your things dry with the included dry bag.  Set off from the beautiful beach of Mikros Gialos, and paddle southeast along the coast. Hear about different geological phenomena that you encounter. Find out about local history along the way Fteri beach. Keep your energy up with coffee, biscuits, and fruit. Have time to enjoy the white sand and bright blue water in this remote swimming cove. Relax on the sand, snorkel thorugh the water, or bring your own lunch to enjoy a picnic on this stunning beach.  Make your way back to your starting point, but make numerous swimming stops on the way. Snorkel in a spot where there is a seabed blanketed in large red starfish. Venture into a blue cave to bask in its otherworldly light. 

Lefkada: Olive Museum Fabbrica Ticket and Guided Tour

10. Lefkada: Olive Museum Fabbrica Ticket and Guided Tour

Visiting the Olive Museum "Fabbrica" in Syvros, gives you the opportunity to uncover the secrets of both the traditional and modern olive oil making in Greece. You will be greeted by a guide, who will guide you through your entire visit. Your first stop will the video area, where a short video will show you how olive oil is produced nowadays. Next, your guide will take you through the old process of olive oil making in the actual 19th century olive mill. Here you will discover the old machinery and slowly find out the most important information regarding olive oil production (modern and old) along with the nutritional value of olive oil. Your visit will end with a tasting session in the old warehouse room of the mill. Here, you will taste and enjoy varieties of high quality extra virgin olive oil and a carefully selected, handcrafted local products.

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What people are saying about Lefkada

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 125 reviews

Wonderful day on the boat for families, couples or singletons too. We have truly enjoyed exploring the islands this way but what really made it great was the experienced and friendly crew who made sure everyone on board had the best time! Seating was comfortable and we felt everyone had plenty of space on board. There were many opportunities to cool down in the sea and swim in beautiful cave and beaches. Lunch was excellent - freshly prepared and delicious traditional Greek food. All in all great value for money. I am glad we chose Papanikolis Boat!

Good experience! first of all the boat was not too big, we were 15/18 people on board, which I appreciated! Gaia and Filippo are kind and nice, always ready to help you or answer any questions. We took baths in different places, one more beautiful than the other, among the fish, with some starfish and a moray! They provided them with masks and fins, of excellent quality. Lunch is also excellent and abundant. I recommend it

Hreat day trip with friendly family hosts. Not overcrowded and felt relaxed throughout the trip. Lovely stops at some nice beaches with plenty of time to swim and take in the atmosphere. Very nice lunch (remember to tell them if you’re veggie in advance, they’ll be happy to cater for you. Water and drinks offered throughout. Highly recommended :)

Had a really nice day with Mark. He pays attention and also gives tips while kayaking. We had gone on a Monday so it was "quiet" with the boats which was nice because you do sail a number of pieces over open water to get to the other islands. Note of the 6 hours is +- 5 hours kayaking so arm muscles are slightly required.

Extremely enjoyable experience, everything about this cruise both me and my partner loved!! Would 100% recommend especially if you love swimming and snorkelling with fishes!!