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Glass Bottomed Boat Trip
|Daniel M 10/10|
During our holiday mid July 14, we had the chance to be hosted by Mario's glass bottom cruise. For us as family with teenagers, it was a great chance to spend an pleasure full day. Short time feeling as for the full day program Mario did show us several places, as many caves but also the public area at the turtle island. Very careful and under hugh respect on the turtles, Mario does know where to drive his boat as to participate but also to show those very curious looking turtles. Also we had the chance to go for swim and snorkel around as much as we wanted (..and where it was adapters to go..) and there for it became a very complete day of enjoy and pleasant. Although Mario was even so friendly and very helpful to the family on the same trip with small kids (...even one baby 10 month..) to give some space and time to keep all participants together. You really will go with Mario on his cruises and to discover the south part of Zakinthos, with his very personalized service. Cheers
|Lauren G |
I would not recommnend glass bottoms boats they all had oil leaking out of them and they bombarded a poor female turtle. They are endagered species during there important nesting period. I would recommend going with a environmentally friendly company for the turtle island cruise.
|Lauren G |
I recently went on a Turtle Island Cruise which was booked through Thomson's before we left. The boat was an Environmentally Friendly which meant the boat had no environmental impact and there was no way the turtles could be injured from the boat. It was a great day we got to go to turtle island to go for a swim. When we then travelled on to search for turtles there was three glass bottom boats (all with oil leaking out of the back of them) it made me very upset to see that they were all ramming very quickly up to the turtles. Of course you have paid to see turtles but they are endagered species during there nesting period this poor female turtle trying to get to land should not of been bombarded by huge boats like that. We did get to see a turtle once the other boats had left but we kept our distance I would not recommend glass bottom boats.
|Colette S |
where to find the bottom glass boat to go to keri caves and which company to book by phone please?
|Jo M 9/10|
Just back from a week in Zante with my son (10 years old). Booked the glass bottom boat trip in Tsilivi for 28 Euros for us both; good value I reckon for an afternoon (pick up at 1.30pm, back to Tsilivi at 6pmish). Great because there weren't too many people on the boat - we saw a turtle not long after leaving the harbour. Plenty of time for swimming too. My only groan is.... Please folks don't throw ciggy butts into the water!! Surely this lovely environment is worth protecting?
|Paula W 10/10|
Just got back from Zante (6th - 20th May 2010); Went to Laganas for the day and there were boat trips to see the turtles running from the beach. A bit sceptical but we went back a few days later to take one of the trips, they were only running the packaged trip of turtle finding, visit to the caves and a visit to the beach on one of the islands. we were told the visit would be about 2 and a half hours but were actually out for over three hours. We spent about an hour and a half looking for tutrles of which we saw qutie a few. We then went to look at the caves and spent about 45 minutes on the beach/swimming in the sea. On the way back we saw more turtles. I would recommend this trip to anyone - but strongly suggest you book with the people on the beach rather than the operators in the towns as we have heard stories that when people went on the visits with these operators they didn't see any turtles. The people selling the trips on the beach in Laganas guarantee your money back if you don't see turtles - thankfully we didn't have to try and get out money back.
|Mel S |
Presuming we're reviewing the same one lol, i HATE boats but to be honest, even i enjoyed this trip. Ok we only saw 1 turtle but surely as they're not remote controlled, you can never guarantee seeing them? But we saw one, then we had a cruise around turtle island, then a swim stop, and also up to Keri caves, and then back, whole trip lasted about 3 hours and was well worth the money. It has almost quashed my fear of boats too.
|Richard C 7/10|
we went on this boat a couple of years ago to see the turtles, it was ok its a case of hit and miss as the turtles only pop up when they wanna! my advice to anyone wanna to see the loggerheads is to rent a jetski on the beack at alykes/ alikanas my mate almost ran a turtle over they were that close to us. Well worth a go!
|Rachael W |
We loved it.... booked it at a little shop by the beach boys bar on the beach. paid about 16 euros each
we also only saw the turtles for a brief time but what do u expect its not gonna pose for a photo you know. also we went to the caves which was great, just outside the caves we stopped and we were all able to jump of and have a swim for half hour or so. After that we stopped off at a little cove and were able to do some snorkeling or exploring.
I dont know what u people want for 15-20 euros. we had a great few hours and have fantastic memories
we booked with pelagros tour to go and see keri caves and turtle island with a small glass bottomed boat ((22 people in the boat)) we payed 22 euros each. if your lucky you will see the turtles for about 2 secs or under the boat for 5 secs we went in the keri caves for about 2 mins arhhhhhhhhhhh... diddnt get much photos of it and we only got to stay on the island for about 30 mins overall rubbish , overpriced and would not recomend it . but the island was very nice but not worth the amount of money they charge
|Pat H |
PLEASE do NOT take one of these trips to view the Turtles.
Alot of the owners run the risk of distressing the turtles in
their eagerness to show us tourists a Turtle. They have even been known
to lift the Turtles out of the water to show the people on the
boat!! The Turtles have to dive to get away from these boats and
after having swum thousands of miles to get back to lay their eggs they
have to keep out of the way of these boats. Sometimes they even
drop their eggs whilst still in the sea because they are so distressed
and therefore we have managed to wipeout a brood of Turtles without
Please help save the Caretta Caretta visit these sites: www.medasset.gr OR www.natureworldtravel.com
|Siobhan P |
Who shall I book a glass bottomed boat trip with in Kalamaki? Last year I went with Smiles Tours and it wasnt glass bottomed! Thanks
|Nicola D |
Wasn't glass bottomed but went onto a small boat from Laganas beach, goes out for an hour, 10 euros each and if u see no turtle money back....apparantly!
Enjoyed this trip, saw 2 turtles and managed to get some good photos, guides really know their stuff and is good to learn about them as well as spotting!
Catch boats from a small stand situated as you enter the beach from the main strip to the left.
Would recommend to everyone who visits Laganas, even those who get sea sick! I do but I was fine as the boats don't rock much!
|Diane W |
The picture shows Julie and myself on the boat going over to Turtle Island. We booked it from a chap on Laganas beach. During the stop on the island we got to see a baby turtle.
hated it! saw 1 turtle from the deck and it was really far away and the
glass bottom is pointless they don't take you anywhere worthy of the
clear bottom - just sand and rocks.
|Mike S |
We left Tsilivi at 9:50 and arrived Laganas 10:30, so outward everything was fine. The day was reasonable. We saw just one Turtle. The swimming was good - no jelly fish! We arrived back more or less on time.
However, when we transferred to the coach for Tsilivi it all went wrong. The coach went into the country to pick up another group, instead of an 3/4 hour journey it was approaching 2 hours return! WE WEREN'T TOLD SO BEWARE!
|Paul J |
Went on Marios boat trip back in 2001, then visited again in 2003 and going back this year.Out of all the things to do, i enjoyed the day out. The trip takes you alround the Island and the sea breeze with the heat is great if you want to sun bathe. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Mario is a friendly local chap who knows about the island, the trip is cheap and a great day. I have stayed in Gerakas twice and this time going to Argassi, but will go on this tirp again! Highly recommended.... The only thing i would do is take some sun cream and sea sick tablets if you dont like boat trips!
|Lesley S |
just returned from kalamaki where we took 2 turtle trips the first was with Smile tours just next door to mermaids we were told it was a glass bottomed boat and that you go on turtle island Wrong!!!!! it was a great big boat jam packed and we sailed straight past turtle island and never saw any turtles we went back to get our money back to be told that we never went in glass bottomed boat because there were too many people and that nobody is allowed on turtle island (completly untrue) .we were so dissapointed with this tour we went and booked another one with carretta carretta tours it is situated just past Sofias supermarket they offer to give you your money back if you dont see any turtles what a fantastic day! it was a glass bottomed boat and there were only 8 of us on it the captain took us straight to a massive turtle it was sitting directly under the boat we then went on to see a few more before going to keri caves and we went inside some of them something the big boat could not do then we stopped for swimming then went to turtle island i actually drove the boat back from keri caves to turtle island!Stayed on turtle island for an hour for swimming there is a couple of boats there to buy ice cream rolls drinks etc but be warned they are very very expensive so take plenty of drinks with you also take some bread or crisps to throw in the sea and you will see hundreds of fish come up to eat them.dont forget your cameras and suncream this trip cost 15 euros for adults and kids over 5 half price and kids under 5 freeThis really is a trip you must do .
|Gill S |
We have just returned from Tsilivi and we went on a glass bottom boat trip which was organised by a place which was situated on the main tsilivi road going towards the planos area it is on the left hand side of the road before you get to bars like two brothers , deanos and ark etc. It was 15 euros for adults and 7.50 for children and it was worth every cent!!It was called Carretta tours..it was a trip that lasted from 11 ish til 4.30ish and that included the transfer to laganas where the boat went from.They guarantee you see turtles and we did , they took us to the blue caves and inside them, here they stop for a while so you can swim but beware of the jelly fish that you cant see!!!!!also you get a guy who sails up on his boat selling Fruit, Doughuts, icecreams , beer , soft drinks and a few other things , then they take you to turtle island where you stay for about an hour.This trip is great its well worth doing .
|Michelle B |
Took a 1 hour trip from Laganas beach on small catamaran. 10 euros each and bartered them down to kids half price. We saw lots of turtles, including one huge one which the driver reckoned was 100 yrs old. It really was amazing to see them so close. Thouroughly enjoyed it.
|Dave G |
Message for Jayne King Marios boat leaves from Porto Roma you book the trip at Mais supermarket in Vassilikos.
Does anyone know if there is any glass bottom boat rides from Alykanas? If so, which is the best to book with?
Does anyone know if there is any glass bottom boat rides from Alykanas? If so, which is the best to book with?
|Jayne K |
Where can I find Marios glass bottom boat trip to turtle island, we are going in June 2005 and are staying in Tsilivi. Would appreciate any information.
|Diane W |
My sister Julie and myself booked a turtle trip with someone on Laganas beach and cost 15 euros each because it was the end of the holiday season.
|Georgina D |
Out of all the trips we went on this was undoubtably the crappest. I usually refrain from moaning but this took the biscuit. Think it was with Pelargos tours. Saw no turtles. "Guaranteed to see turtles" ??? In hindsight, Im glad we didnt see any. The poor creatures must be terrified of the mass of chugging craft gawking at them day in day out. I was more than horrified at our stop at marathonisi beach. Is this not supposed to be exclusively for the turtles? People swarming everywhere! protected area? Marine Park? Id say goodbye to the loggerheads now if I were you. I feel guilty for just being there.
|Roy S |
|Sue S |
You must only book for Mario's glass bottom boat. It was one of the highlights of our holiday. He takes your safety really seriously. We went in September 2004. Mario dives for starfish and seat erchins. On our stop to Turtle Island, one guy on our trip noticed two turtle hatchlings having trouble getting to the seashore. A Mother turtle had laid her eggs too far away from the shoreline, and the two baby turtles were both exhausted and would have died in the heat if he hadn't put them into the water himself. Mario said they stand more chance of survivial if put into the sea than left on land. It was very humbling to see such tiny creatures swim in such a huge sea. We wished them luck and then later on Mario spotted 2 adults, that was a wonderful experience as well If anyone can find a turtle Mario can. It was a really good trip. We stopped for two swims, and a lunch stop at another resort, and at turtle beach for an hour. We also visited some of the caves en route. A brilliant, educational and interesting day out which we thoroughly enjoyed and glad we didn't miss.
|Dave G |
We were on Mario`s glass bottom boat trip last week and yes Simon is no longer with him but let me put your minds at rest that all safety regulations are still adhered to and it is still the BEST glass bottom boat trip to go on, we had an amazing day to remember.
|Bev W |
Hi just to let you all know that Simon the lifrguard who worked on Marios glassbottomed boat in Porto Roma Zakynthos(2003) is regrefully no longer able to offer the service and saftey of swimmers on this trip. Still a good trip.
|Darryl G |
oh dear, what a crass barrel load of s**te this trip is. after enduring over an hour on a coach to laganas we set about being hoarded on to an over crowded boat to harass the local turtle who periodically raises her head out of the water. i couldn't help but think our tour guide was the island's champion hypocrite since he told us that turtles had declined due to the capitalist disease that is tourism and the over zealous tourist looking to catch a glimpse of a turtle in it's 'natural' environment. we stopped at a small port which was crap and told to attend a taverna of the guide's choice for further 45 minute education on the decline of the turtle. needless to say we left the bearded hypocrite to rant to those lacking in good sense and morality. this excursion has nothing to recommend about it. avoid at all costs!
|Fiona S |
i went to laganas last may and took a boat trip with the people that sit under a yellow gazebo on lagana beach. it cost 10 euros each and i was quite looking forward to it until i noticed the person driving the boat was about 12 years old.
Neil - Its a bit late in the season for turtle spotting, but there should still be some around. Before you book any turtle spotting tour, go to Cameo Island across the bridge from Laganas harbour. From the cafe / bar there you get a great view across Laganas bay and should see some turtles in the shallows next the island. Best of all...its free!
|Neil B |
Hi peeps, whats the chances of seeing a turtle if I was to go on 13th Sept for a week??
|Jon M |
never took the glass bottomed boat, but still saw loads of turtles about 5... swimstops were good too... cost 15euros with peter in argasi.. hes the man...!
|Stephen V |
Besides not being on a glass bottomed boat for the trip, it was still and enjoyable experience. Saw a couple of turtles at sea, and got some good pictures too.
|Roy S |
We have taken this trip 4 times, it veries slightly but each time it gets better.
|Karen T |
I am going with my 3 year old son to Argassi on June 24th and would love to go on a trip of this nature...am I near to Marios? Also...how far am I by taxi (distance and cost) to St Nicholas beach/laganas/kalamaki? I have no idea what to expect when I get there...lol
|Calvin F |
Is this trip available from Laganas, if not can how do I get there!
|Dave G |
Hi Emma, you get Marios boat at Porto Roma beach its the best boat trip by far and great value you book direct with Mario or with joanna at Mai`s supermarket in Vasillikos if you need any help in locating them please e-mail me, have a great time.
|Emma L |
Hi, My boyfriend and I are going to Tsilivi 21 June this year. I was wondering where Marios Boat Trip is located.
|Kippax C |
just got back from kalamaki .dont book this trip with your rep,loads of places 15 euros and 7.50 for the kids nice trip but i didnt spot a turtle maybe too early in season
|Elly H |
|Adelle C |
any thing to help make my holiday to laganas better. i cant find a thing. me n my boyfriend are going in june 2004. will we see any turtles then. is there any thing else for us to do?
|Dave G |
What you need to remember there are glass bottmed boat trips and theres MARIOS GLASS BOTTOMED BOAT TRIP this is simply the best, only 25 passengers,Simon a fully qualified lifeguard is on board he`s the first one in the water to check for jellyfish and the last one out,so even if your not a good swimmer you dont have to worry, Mario takes you to the Keri caves,Keri lake,Turtle Island for turtle spotting plenty of stops for swimming and snorkelling, Mario & Simon dive for starfish and octopus so even the kids get in on the act, if your taking kids with you then have peace of mind, because all safety regulations are adhered to, if you are staying in Vassilikos then for more information contact Joanne at Mai`s Supermarket.
|Pat H |
Saw no turtles (I went in May and saw three on the same trip) they had come early this year anyway! However, in September no turtles but was just as good and definitely worth the money 15 euros. Plucked up courage to jump off the boat this time .. wonderful its gotta be done! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GRAHAM
|Lulu L |
GO ON THE TRIP WITH GRAHAM. Bokk through dionysis tours. It was an excelent trip, swimming in the deep crystal waters was particularly fantastic. We didn't see a turtle but we were there in September and it was still interesting, especially as Graham is so enthuisiastic. Whatever you do, do not go on a trip that lets you get on Turtle island, it is helping to make the turtles extinct, and they are very close already.
This trip was fantastic and well worth 10 euros for 4 hours of cruising in the sea! Unfortunately we didn't see a turtle because it was off-season but swimming near Keri Caves and visiting the secluded beach on Turtle Island was definately worth a visit. I was actually surprised at how big the boat was, as i thought with the cheap price that it'd be just a small one, but it is a big ship with 3 decks and i guarantee that you'll enjoy it!
|Tim O |
Both our and the neighbouring villa's family went on Mario's day cruise. Be prepared to book in advance - popular it seems. Bought our tickets from the supermarket just before the Puerto Roma turn-off on the Zante-Vasilikos road (36 euros adults, 26 for kids)
|Dawn I |
This was our favourite trip - beautiful scenery and the turtles are absolutely fantastic to see, & we saw loads - we booked with the boat company just to the left on Laganas beach but to be honest wouldn't recommend them cos we felt the baot owner harrassed some of the turtles by circling them, also we were pretty upset when we realised he'd dropped us off on a part of turtle island were the turtles were actively nesting -seems to defeat the object of the consevation order! Best to ask before going booking what the itinery is for the day
|Carol D |
Went on Glass Bottomed Boat Trip to Keri Caves and Turtle Island. We booked this through Peralagos Tours in Tsilivi. Total cost for 2 adults and 1 child was 32 euros. Boat trip was not all day and we were collected from Tsilivi and travelled to Laganas for the boat which was only about 30 mins drive. Boat sailed at about 11am and returned to the shore at about 2.30. Trip was fantastic. Boat stopped at Keri Caves to allow people to get off and swim. Captain mentioned that there are jellyfish in the caves but be careful if you do go out and swim around the boat as my son saw a jellyfish swimming at the boat. Stopped at Turtle Island for a swim aswell. You can get a boat to the beach area or swim around the boat. It was a great trip but best not to book through your rep as costs are much higher.
|Peter N |
Wonderful day out for Granny + 2 Grandaughters. 5 year old spotted 7, 8 year old spotted 10...nanny spotted 1 very obliging one! Plenty of fish to see and a shuttle boat to Turtle Island beach. Had we known that this was a nesting site we would not have booked...so thanks to previous commentor for the tip. We booked this and other excursions through Mamfredas in Tsilivi...and recommend them highly.
|David M |
We went on the trip with Graham. It was excellent. He is part of the Turtle protection society and takes the future of these turtles very seriously. Saw four, absolutely brilliant. DO NOT GO ON A TOUR THAT VISITS TURTLE ISLAND! This is the best wayof harming and destroying thier eggs and killing them off. This tour cost €15 and was great value for money. Highly recomended.
|Michelle G |
We paid 25 euros for this trip from the beach for 2 adults 1 child. We saw 6 turtles and were out for a good hour. My six year old loved it. The guide was really informative - even telling us when the turtle was going to pop his head up to take a breath so that we could have our cameras ready. Can't remember what the boat was called, but the base is just outside the Fishery Inn on the beach in Laganas. They run on the hour every hour till about 6pm.
|Mary M |
We went on the trip organised by Peter in Argassi. It was a fabulous trip! The boat was fab and the views most excellent. We stopped at Turtle Island, and were transported to the beach from the boat by an inflatable with motor....great fun! The water is beautiful and clear, though the beach is very shingly, so wear something on your feet! We only saw one turtle, but it was a wonderful experience...one of those special memories!!!
|Kelly R |
me and a group of friends are going to Laganas in May 04. Just wondered is the glass bottomed boast trip is expensive??
|Pat H |
WE DID THE HALF DAY TURTLE TREK RUN BY DIONISOS TOURS - EXCELLENT ... the Guide Graham was fantastic and tried his best to get the idiots in pedalos to stop crashing into Turtles. THIS IS THE ONLY TURTLE TRIP I WOULD RECOMMEND it cost 15 euros and was totally worth every cent. He is passionate about the little critters and you do get an education! Also the chance to swim off the boat round the back of Turtle Island (Marathonisi Island) then a quick stop in Limni harbour whilst you have some chips in the Taverna and he gives a chat about how the turtles came to be and why they are now extremely endangered ... he has had his life threatend by locals who think he is trying to stop their business of taking innocent tourists down to the beaches to watch the turtles hatch. Not advisable .. anyone who gets offered the chance to go and view this PLEASE PLEASE say no and give the little ladies some peace to lay their eggs and the little fellas a chance to get to safety of the sea so they can grow up and come back and be looked at by people on Graham's tour, from the safety of a great boat, knowledgable captain, We saw three and he always at least spotting one. The wardens on the Island do it for free and if you do stop on the Island please watch were you walk and keep only to within 5 to 10 feet of the waters edge ... Little Mrs Turtle may have come up the night before to lay her eggs and you could be tramping all over them!? I only got this knowledge from Graham and would like to thank him for an excellent afternoon and KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ... this trip can only be booked through DIONISOS TOURS. Happy Turtle Spotting!!
|Nick A |
We enjoyed this trip. First visted Keri Caves where we swam for about ten minutes. Next turtle island where we stayed for about an hour. Then turtle spotting. Only saw one turtle and then the captain returned us to port.
|Joanne R |
Four of us booked this trip and we had the boat to ourselves.we first went to the keri caves where the boat went right inside the water was very clear and you could see lots of fish,then we went to turtle island,which does look like a turtle hence the name,and had 2 hours sunbathing it was like being marooned on a island.Then we went in search for the logger head turtles which we saw 3 of and they were amazing especially when they come up for air. We were amazed how big they were some are as big as 70 kilo's.The trip cost 22 euro's each but we were out for 6 hours.
|Paul B |
Is this trip expensive - 2 Adults 2 Children ???
|Sarah A |
i enjoyed this trip very much, but was very dissappointed when we didn't find one turtle, so don't be fooled. this stop off at turtle island was amazing the beach is so beautiful. i definately reccomend this trip
|Dave G |
Marios glass bottom boat trip is great, more so if its turtle season he gives you a chance to swim with them, he also dives in and gets star fish, octopus for the kids to look at, dont miss it. Dave Griffiths (September 22, 2002) ps forgot to tick the box it was excellent
|Shirley C |
We went with Marios based in Porta Roma, look out for boards and leaflets all around Vassilikos. A fabulous day out for the family - snorkelling, turtle spotting, visiting caves and coves. The difference between this trip and others is Mario. He is a wealth of information, loves what he does and is fabulous with kids. Highly recommended.
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