If you’re thinking about setting up your vacation plans for next year, you might want to check out sailing and freediving off the Greek islands.
The most recent Freediving and Sailing Adventure in Greece’s Ionian islands took place July 21-28, 2018 and it looks like the guests had an amazing experience, according to organizer Panos Koniavitis.
The guests were from Greece, Hungary and the USA. They were all able to increase their diving performances and feel much more confident and comfortable in deep water diving, after spending seven days onboard the sailing yacht Lito, Koniavitis told DeeperBlue.com
On the first day of the trip, there was an introductory briefing about the route by the Lito’s skipper Elias and about the diving set-up by instructor Vassilis Garoutsos. The first diving session took place in Meganisi as this island is very close to the starting point of the trip, in Lefkas. All the divers enjoyed some warm-up dives on the first day without rushing to reach maximum depths, having still days in front of them while some gave it a try for a first introductory spearfishing session, according to Koniavitis.
The program was then to visit the two little islands of Kalamos and Kastos. The second diving day featured rope diving at the beginning followed by exploration in the late afternoon. The night was spent in Kastos with local fresh fish on the menu and discussion under the clear sky.
After that was a small sailing trip a bit further south to Ithaca to explore and dive the diving spots on the east coast of the islands for three days: Pera-Pigadi, Schinos, Vathi, Kritami, Kioni and Frikes. The diving conditions were quite good, with water temperature around 27C/81F on the surface, visibility up to 20m/66ft, no waves and no current, Koniavitis said.
The guests practiced different diving techniques at rope-diving, underwater exploration of sea-caves and swim-throughs. People onboard had already familiarized themselves with “life-on-a-yacht” and were able to enjoy in full the diving spots and sea.
The last stop before the return was a diving spot on the east coast of Lefkas, close to the little island of Skorpios. The last night was spent in Lefkas marina to see the lunar full eclipse of 28th of July through the onboard telescope, according to Koniavitis.
The next sailing/freediving trip with Freedive Greece is scheduled for July 27 – August 3rd, 2019.
For more info about next year’s trip, check out the EY Sailing website.