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Ionian Islands Travel Guide – Best Beaches & Snorkeling Spots

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Now that we’ve seen the main attractions and citiesย in Kefalonia, the mysteries of Ithaca and the gems of Zakynthos, it’s time to literally dive in the beauty of the underwater world. And, well, relax on a few of Greece’s most amazing beaches!

The Ionian islands are good for snorkeling as per European standards. Most beaches are shallow and remember – rocky beaches always mean crystal-clear waters <3


The north part of Kefalonia is generally great for snorkeling but not as good for a relaxing day at the beach. The beaches are gorgeous, but very rocky, so you definitely need some kind of footwear to walk around. There are several small beaches close to Fiscardo that I’m sure you’ll fall in love with!

Dafnoudi Beach

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Dafnoudi beach is almost at the north-most point of Kefalonia. To begin with, there is a 10-15 minute hike through the woods to get to the beach, though, so you should have that in mind. If you are using a GPS, it should take you to the road going by this path and you can park right on the street. The beach was very lovely for snorkeling, offering crystal-clear waters and not many tourists around. Bonus tip: get a dry bag, so you can snorkel with your car keys ๐Ÿ˜€

Very close to Dafnoudi beach is Kamilia beach, which is very similar to Dafnoudi, but lovely nonetheless.

Emblisi Beach

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Emblisi beach in Kefalonia is also a great place for snorkeling, mainly because of the interesting limestone formations around it. This beach can get a bit crowded, but it is definitely a larger place than Dafnoudi – there are plenty of parking spots and even a small shop where you can buy food and water. This makes Emblisi beach great not just for snorkeling, but also for spending a full day to relax! In addition, there are trees which you can use for natural shade, so you don’t even need to bring an umbrella with you.

Myrtos Beach

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Myrtos is the most beautiful beach in Greece! Great for relaxing on the beach (bring an umbrella, though!) but not good for snorkeling as the currents are pretty strong and the visibility is very limited. For a bit more on this beach, check out my Kefalonia blog post.

Xi Beach

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Xi Beach is located at the very southwest of Kefalonia. This beach has red sand! Xi Beach is also surrounded by white clay cliffs, and don’t be surprised if you see people dipping the clay in the sea and putting it on their faces. This like a free spa treatment! The clay is very good for many skin conditions, small bites and can help with dry skin. How cool is that??

Xi Beach is also quite large – the sand strip is over 4 km long, there are abundant umbrellas and sun beds, and, if you have a camera with you – take some night shots there. In addition, there are taverns and shops in that area, so spend a day to relax and enjoy the Ionian waters. There are also many activities and water sports available to entertain you if you’re feeling more energetic.

But why is it called Xi Beach, that’s quite an odd name, isn’t it? Well, the cove of the beach is shaped like the letter X, so that’s how it’s got its name!


Polis Beach

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Ithaca offers many small beaches and coves, but Polis was definitely my favorite snorkeling point in all of the Ionian islands! If you’re staying in Kefalonia, you can definitely get a day trip or a snorkeling trip just to see Polis. The crystal-clear waters and marine life will take your breath away!


The Blue Caves

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Shipwreck beach (or Navagio) is so amazing, but not good for snorkeling at all. But if you do want to snorkel in Zakynthos, go to the Blue Caves. There are a few places where the water is incredibly calm and clear, and you can even explore the inside of a cave or two! You do need to take a boat to reach the Blue Caves, though, but luckily there are many stands and sellers by the port that can help you with that.

Rosie Kerrigan

Exploring breathtaking new destinations and immersing into different cultures is what my heart aches for. Travel with me!

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  1. Pavel

    another great post. Makes me wanna go there:)

    December 28, 2017 Reply
    • Rosie Kerrigan

      Thank you, my curious friend! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ When you do decide to go to the Ionian seas, youโ€™re all set with an itinerary hehe ๐Ÿ˜

      December 28, 2017
    • Pavel

      Oh, so many places to visit, so little time ๐Ÿ˜“

      December 28, 2017

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