Palea Kameni
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,638 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Palea Kameni (or ‘Old Burnt Island’) is a unique and fascinating sight. It lies in the centre of the Santorini caldera and was formed almost 2000 years ago when a violent volcanic eruption threw the island up from the bottom of caldera.
It is the smaller of the two Kameni islands. The larger one alongside it is Nea Kameni (or ‘New Burnt Island’).
We were able to get a close-up view of the island as part of a 5 hour cruise which took us around the caldera, past both Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni.
Intriguingly, Palea Kameni is not entirely uninhabited. Sostis, is the solitary hermit-like inhabitant. We were told the story on our cruise of how unrequited love drove him to retreat to the isolated and lonely island. Now around 70, he has lived here for decades.
The best part was the ‘hot springs’, the sulphuric waters which you can swim in. Whilst they are really only luke-warm at best, it was fun to jump off the boat and swim over to them.
Written 25 September 2023
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Luxury Journey
Brussels, Belgium158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Location/what is it about: Palia Kameni is a Caldera Island near Aspronisi and Nea Kameni formed by volcanic eruptions in the centre of the Santorini Volcano. The (in)famous hot springs of Santorini are at Palia Kameni.

We approached Palia Kameni with a sailing boat for a quick stop. In our opinion, a dip in the hot springs is not necessary, you can also admire Palia Kameni from the boat. Notwithstanding the sulfuric water can have a therapeutic effect, it messes up your swimsuit (don’t wear white or pale colours). The water temperature of the ‘hot springs’ is not particularly high (it doesn't feel like a warm bath).

Admission fee (budget range): Free to visit.

We consider Palia Kameni a must-visit, especially if you are in Santorini for the first time. You get a good look at the landscape, the volcanic rocks, history of Santorini. The easiest way to reach Palia Kameni is by boat. We would visit the Caldera Islands again.
Written 15 May 2023
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Geoff H
Sissinghurst, UK12,708 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A visit to Palea Kameni was included as part of our boat tour round the Santorini Volcano crater. You don't actually land on Palea Kameni and the only reason a visit is included is so that you can swim in the hot volcanic springs. I didn't go for a swim but I had a friend who did. He said that it was invigorating; easy to swim to the springs but a bit of a thrash to get back to our boat. He is a good swimmer but was quite happy to use the float provided... It was enjoyable, though, to just sit on the boat and watch the swimmers enjoying (or otherwise) themselves.
Written 29 August 2022
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Heckster67
Edmonton, Canada109 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This was part of our boat tour that went to Nea Kameni volcano which was highlight of the tour. This unless your a great swimmer they don’t recommend as you have to get off boat and swim about 100-150m to get to hot springs. People that did go which was about 1/3 of boat said getting there was easy however coming back against tide was brutal. The water is full of sulphur from the volcano dumping into it and why there is the hot springs to begin with. If you going to go in water don’t wear anything white or light color as it will wreck your swim suit. Neat to see however would not go ever if it was not part of boat excursion.
Written 17 June 2019
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HannaP79
Turku, Finland42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We participated on a cruise which included the visit to Palea Kameni and possibility to swim in the hot springs. We had to swim through the cold sea water to get to the hot springs. But it was worth it!
Written 12 May 2019
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XenaPoppins
Tres Cantos, España255 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
Nice experience. A million tourists at the same time swimming into the big excursion boats. Remember to bring a dark colored bikini as the red colour from the water won't come off. Temperature is not that different from normal Mediterranean summer sea water. To jump from the boat is what I enjoyed the most, rather than the volcanic red warm water which I only enjoyed for the one thing I was supposed to enjoy
Written 2 September 2018
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Sebastian
Skane County, Sweden123 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
You might think that you are going to experience bubbling water in a hot spring but it’s actually only some seeps of a bit warmer water than the sea and a crap ton of minerals in the water that destroys your swimsuit.
But still worth it.
Written 25 July 2018
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matthow
Newport, UK411 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
As per my title, this is done as part of the nea kameni boat trip, it's a much smaller island and unless you are swimming you cannot actually set foot on the island. You'll probably end up going as the island is always part of other trips. Be aware if you want to swim make sure you are a strong swimmer as the swim from the boat to the hot (well 25 degrees in October) is 60 m and the water is 12m deep.
Written 17 October 2017
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Jacque D
Fulshear, TX151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
My friend and I didn't have a clue as to where we were going to eat while we were at Santorini. We just decided to stop here. What luck! The waiter was grouchy but the food was so worth it. The view is magnificent. We had their pork dish. Absolutely wonderful!
Written 9 October 2017
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Rick O
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
Posted by my 9 year old daughter:

Hot.....not!

In Santorini, Greece you think you hit the spot and got the best deal. You get to see and hike on an active volcano and swim in hot springs! The volcano was awesome and you're looking forward to the hot springs. Then you jump in.

The water is freezing! In my experience, I was so surprised that I stopped swimming (my daddy helped me a little) I swam on to the hot part. It was warmer, but after a few seconds the hot spot would be washed away by a current. After 5 minutes in the warm part, the boat honked. People started moving back to the cold side.

I dreaded the way back, but it was not as bad as the way there because I knew what to expect.

Overall, I do not recommend the "Hot" Springs. But, I thought it was worth it, just to be able to say that I did it! Now whenever I am with a friend and we go into cold water I can say that I've been through worse.
Written 20 April 2017
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