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BLUE CAVES OF ZAKINTHOS

From a distance the Blue Caves are just rock

From a distance it looks like another rocky point

There are places that we have visited that are too magical to capture with words.  The Blue Caves, as they are known, on the north end of the Ionian island of Zakinthos is such a place.  It ranks with the Blue Grotto on Capri and the rock formations of Ponza in the Tuscan Islands of Italy among our favorites.

One rock arch frames another

One rock arch frames another

We could go right through openings in the rock that the larger tour boats can’t possibly negotiate, which made our visit all the more spectacular. 

In the dinghy we can go through the limestone arches

In the dinghy we can go through the limestone arches

Iridescent water inside the arch

Iridescent water inside the arch

Although tour boats swarm around these caves like bees around flowers, we were lucky to be there when the only boat in sight was our little dinghy.

From the dinghy you can see the bottom in 30 ft. of water

From the dinghy you can see the bottom in 30 ft. of water

We had been told about the red sponges that grow inside the “caves”–which are really arches  not at all like the grotto in Capri.  But the water is spectacular nonetheless.

Red sponges in the Caves

Red sponges in the Caves

The shore is lined with small caves and limestore strations and huge boulders.

Limestone and crystal clear water

Limestone and crystal clear water

Shoreline is dotted with caves

Shoreline is dotted with caves

The Blue Caves are a gift.

Zakinthnos framed by limestone

Zakinthnos framed by limestone

More adventures to follow.

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