Marathonisi (Turtle Island), Zakynthos

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An island uninhabited except for the sea turtles, Marathonisi (Turtle Island) is part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, which strives to protect sea turtles and their habitats. You'll discover two beaches on the island--one sandy and one rocky. Book a boat tour to visit the island, or rent a motorboat to reach the island on your own. Even if the turtles aren't there when you visit, look for their tracks in the sand. If you stop at the sea caves on the other side of the island, you can snorkel and search for more sea turtles. Bring your own snacks if you wish; the island has no facilities. Our Limni Keri route website makes visiting Marathonisi (Turtle Island) and other Limni Keri attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I went scuba diving around the island with Euro divers and the experience was fabulous, the water temperature was beautiful at about 26 degrees c.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    We went with friends after visiting the caves by boat is supposed to be a protected area which lists that need to be spotless place! The existence of British schools under unacceptable! The place was full of plastic bottles and cans of soft drinks If the turtles are in this environment that protected? After the part turns out so tourists should have been constantly people Also cleans floating boxes of soft drinks and the sea!! The Owners should set penalties and fines on those who pollute the region after of course care first for cleanliness
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  • August 15, 2017
    We went the day of August on this magnificent island. We evaluated taking a boat to arrive but eventually among the various costs we decided to take a taxi boat (€10 X 1 roundtrip) from agios ostis, approximately 15 minutes of arrival; the one who took us was selfi with phone all the way instead of driving the boat. Bah. We left early in the morning, around 8.30. Very few people on the island .8 including us. We could make a beautiful ride by snorkeling around a part of the islet on the lookout for some turtle. Unfortunately, as mentioned by many people, the turtles are found in deeper water than the shore and unfortunately we didn't get to see them. Water clear, crystal clear, white and sand bottom very clean. On the beach there were docked two boats that sell water, food, ice creams etc. The beach is divided by some barriers that protect sea turtles nests are hidden underground before being hatched. Between 9 and 10 are starting to get some boat excursions, descending 100 people doing a 15-minute bath to leave again and leave Earth billions of bottles and various dirty. Shortly after arriving i privati who rented the boat for a day, pull up the boat directly at the bank where you want to bathe and where there are children playing because the water is shallow near the shore and rises soon after. Then 15/30 distance minutes is filled with boats and there is the place for swimming (a mom asked even the boat ready to latch on because there was his son who was walking to get out on the water and they're screwed) and besides having the anchors of the boats in the middle of the foot and almost on the towel that you grounded , you can't even swim to cool off a little seen 40 * degrees which are there because wherever there is space. Lack of civility. The island is fantastic, really worth it. But disrespect, indifference and not worry about their own waste as always man do something shameful.
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