Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)

Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)

Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
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A shipwreck sits stoically on this stunning beach located on the northwest coast of Zakynthos. Surrounded by majestic bluffs, Navagio is accessible only by boat, and the journey there is an experience in itself. There is also a balcony atop the cliffs accessible by road from the village of Volimes that offers breathtaking views, particularly at sunset. There’s no way to reach the overlook from the beach, but there are boat tours that conveniently stop at both. The tiny white pebbles contrast beautifully with the clear azure waters, but they aren’t comfortable to walk on, so bring appropriate footwear. The cove is very popular—get in early to beat the crowds. – Tripadvisor
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  • alibatty🦇
    Dundee, United Kingdom18,541 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    All Colours of Blue In A View.
    Now this is a review for the viewing balcony only, as we’d opted to not take the boat trip having previously been told that due to safety reasons people weren’t allowed on the shipwreck /beach. It’s quite a winding and slightly hairy cliff road there, and the scrubby carpark leaves a lot to be desired - but it’s free. There are also a couple of vans selling snacks & drinks. When we arrived there was thick white mist 🌫️ swirling around the clifftops , and we worried we’d even be able to see anything at all. We had to queue for half an hour to get onto the little platform to look down from the viewpoint, as people were taking their time on it taking lots of “selfies” 🤳🏻🙄, but thankfully the mist cleared, & we were rewarded by the most exquisite colours of aquamarine & sapphire seas, in glorious technicolour. The shipwrecked boat was not the galleon of our imagination though - but simply a boat ( M V Panayiotis) that ran aground in 1980, and thus created an attraction.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 July 2023
  • TorontoFanula
    Toronto, Canada779 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great spot to see the shipwreck from above but can use some tweaks!
    It’s a stunning view. No doubt . But with so many people visiting, the infrastructure is horrid. One juice stand and some souvenirs. There are no restrooms ( yes with all those people ). Some go to the back of the shack and urinate their so lots of toilet paper in the pristine nature . The road leading there is small so beware of more than one car going in two directions, especially with tour buses . The local government also fenced off the area but most tourists just go where ever they want at their own risk . From below , you can only access with a boat and the beach itself is closed .
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Michela V
    Kifissia, Greece17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely
    They canceled our cruise for bad weather so we got there by quad from Laganas. Incredible view from above, probably even better than seeing it from the sea. Bring your food or stop on your way if you’re coming from far, the spots there have raised prices.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • DDre
    Radstock, United Kingdom152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Natural Beauty
    Nefis Travel picked us up at 7.30am from near our hotel. We drove to Agios Nikolas Harbour, picking people up on the way. On arrival we went to a cafe for coffee. We then boarded our high speed boats with Jason and Panagiotis, who gave interesting information and facts along the way. We headed to Shipwreck whilst being told the history, passing through a narrow cave along the way. When we reached the Shipwreck, a photo was taken of us against the backdrop of the wreck and the crystal turquoise waters. Beautiful. We had 2 swimstops and also sailed into one of the blue Caves, amazing. This is an amazing case of natural beauty. On returning to the harbour we stopped for lunch before stopping at a natural sulphuric beach with healing properties and also grabbing a frappe in the cafe. We were then all dropped off near our hotels. What a brilliant informative day, big shout out to the Nefis guide and coach driver, sorry I don't remember their names. How anyone can say just a Shipwreck, I really do not know, the tour is called Shooereck and Blue Caves and that is exactly what you got, and more. Appreciate the binaural beauty of this part of the island. Wowser.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • iaink2001
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom510 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Views & Blue Waters
    I travelled here last September, it's a lovely island and not too large so you can get around by car pretty well. I went to Shipwreck beach by boat, and also drove to the top another day to see the different perspective views. It's a stunning location with some breathtaking views from the cliffs, blue waters in all directions, definately one place to see if you visit Zante.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 February 2024
  • Lucy J
    Chester, United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shipwreck cove
    We booked a boat trip to see the shipwreck at Navigio. Our 2nd visit. The last being 2017. The wreck has significantly deteriorated since our last visit and visitors are no longer allowed onto the beach for safety reasons and to preserve what is left of the ship. Still an awesome site. Gorgeous little cove only accessible by boat due to 200ft cliffs encircling the beach and cove. It is a popular tourist attraction and there were a lot of boats also visiting the wreck.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2024
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Adrian G
St Peter Port, UK22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We pre-booked on this site and had great comms from Abba travel on the early Morning of our trip (at 12pm) they advised where to meet with photos and where to park our hire car all on WhatsApp.
The small cruise was about 50 people on a medium sized boat with no shade and hard seats.
We went past caves en route to the shipwreck beach with lots of photo opportunities.
The docking at the beach is fraught with danger and not for the faint hearted.
The boats nose up to the beach and you climb down the boats ladder on the bow (front) while it’s bouncing around in the surf.
The beach is busy 100% of the time.
We saw larger booze cruise vessels and similar sizes boats to ours along with tiny vessels docking all the time.
There was a “lifeguard” on the beach but in all reality he was a Marshall moving people out of the docking area in to the bouyed off swimming area.
The shelf of the beach is steep which allows the boats to nose in, it also means you need to be a medium to strong swimmer to cope in the water, there is strong surf and the surface of the beach is small stones which offer little purchase when standing or moving.
There is no shade on the beach - our trip included 1hr free time on the beach which was twice as much as we needed.
The fumes from other vessels and constant whistles and boats horns calling for their passengers depreciated from the outstanding beauty of this beach.
The USP of this beach is the rusting hulk from 1980, if it was removed and returned the beach to nature it would benefit immensely.
Our trip returned back to the port via the Blue caves - another natural spectacle, we anchored for 20 minutes and swam off the boat, mask & snorkel was essential to benefit from the abundance of fish that come out to the many captains bread pieces thrown out.
A short trip back to port made an enjoyable 3 hours for €20 each.
Written 24 June 2022
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Zangeetha R
Gussago, Italy11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The tour was quite okay. The boat was filled with people but we were told to wear our masks at all times. The beach was lovely with electric blue waters but full of crowded people. Not sure of it's Covid friendly as my husband and I were the only ones wearin the masks on the beach. It's worth the visit but due to the pandemic, id be very careful. Btw it's just a beach with an old shipwreck filled with graffiti. Nothing great
Written 18 August 2020
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JackWho
Worcestershire, UK354 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
We arrived by private boat around 10.30am. It was quite busy on the beach and in the water with crowds of tourists. As we got out of our boat a huge tour boat pulled in and dozens more visitors filled the small beach. It completely spoiled the atmosphere.
The beach was crowded and loads of people were swimming. You couldn’t go near the cliff walls due to bits falling so a man with a (almost constant) whistle was ordering people away - including the idiots in the water who swam to the cliff face. We witnessed bits really were dropping and at some force.
There was no pretence at social distancing whatsoever and no opportunity given the crowds.
I can see this would be a wonderful place if you were lucky enough to get there on a quiet sunny day. The water is wonderfully clear, blue and the beach and shoreline are bright white.
We passed by a couple of hours later and there seemed to be a queue of boats waiting to offload and load. Utter madness and not enjoyable I’m sure.
My tip: Take beach/swimming shoes. The white ‘sand’ is actually limestone pebbles and shale. It’s very very sharp underfoot and lots of people were really struggling. It’s not suitable for those with mobility issues!
Hire a small boat for a few hours and share the cost. There are a few other wonderful inlets and coves with stunning beaches just a few minutes away. We found one almost identical - without the shipwreck - and had an hour swimming in crystal clear water only a few minutes up the coast.
We loved that all the small boat skippers took time to collect floating plastic bottles and wrappers they came across. Ours was particularly annoyed with the hooligans on the big boat who flagrantly threw their rubbish overboard.
Written 14 September 2020
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ZurichTraveller71
Winchester, UK75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Don’t expect to view Shipwreck Beach like the postcard. It was heaving even with Covid-19.
Theodosis Cruises was a small boat (normal capacity 45 but in Covid, 20). The highlight was definitely the blue caves and the big school of fish at the entrance of the caves. This boat could nudge into one of the caves.
We paid 20 Euros each for a 3 hour trip which included 1 hour on Shipwreck Beach and a good 15 minutes snorkelling at the caves.
Written 19 August 2020
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franceam22
Corfu, Greece4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Wonderful place to go with private boat. Great service despite coming late, Porto Vromi Maries Cruises & fun accepted to take us to the Shipwreck.
Don't buy tickets to the vendor at the beginning of the road but directly at the harbour.
Written 14 February 2020
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Dave
Amsterdam, The Netherlands364 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Friends
After having to go through a que of cars, you get to go in a que of people to get a (as we understood) a very poor angle to take a photograph.
We decided not to go for it because the line would take about 30 to 45min.

We found a small ledge left from the ‘official’ spot, and decided to go there to see if that would work better.

!! It’s not safe !! But man…. you get good photo’s from there!

If you think it is worth the effort it takes to stand in line for a while to get a decent photo at best, I would recommend coming early, around 9 a 10 o’clock.
Written 8 September 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia34,280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Photos of Navagio beach are replicated so much that to come to Zakynthos and not get on it meant to acquire an unclosed gestalt for the rest of your life. The only problem is that the beach is in the northwest of the island, and the capital of the island, where we arrived by ferry, is in the southwest. And there are 80 kilometers between them. And in the evening of the next day we had to leave. It seemed, what is easier? Public transport? It is not very developed in Greece, and even less so in Zakynthos. From the city of Zakynthos to the village of Anafonitria nearest to the beach, a bus runs several times a week, where you can arrive in the middle of the day, but not return, because the beach is located at a distance of 5 km from the village. I didn't have a driver's license at that time, and I didn't want to pay 150 euros for a taxi. It remained to repeat the feat of Phidippides, who ran 42 kilometers between Marathon and Athens to announce the joyful news of the victory of Miltiades' troops over the Persians. Repeat twice. Of course, I am a relatively prepared person, I have skied the 50-kilometer marathon of the Festival of the North 11 times in Murmansk. But 42 kilometers on the highway in summer is much more difficult than 50 kilometers on skis in spring. I was hoping for a hitchhiking, of course. Leaving at half past three in the morning from the suburbs of Zakynthos I reached Navagio beach at half past nine . Partly by car (for free and for money), partly by walking.This is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the bay. there are no buses with tourists at the top and no water excursions at the bottom yet. You can get a photo like on a postcard. The way back was more difficult, because it was necessary to go through the heat. Hitchhiking almost didn't work. Only locals can let you down. Tourists in rented cars flew by. Probably because they don't see themselves in the pedestrian's place. Although anything can happen... On the north-south highway, I caught a taxi, which I was incredibly happy about. At the end of the day, I looked at my Huawei pedometer: 42 kilometers (66 thousand steps) and about 38 kilometers (according to the map) by car. I repeated the feat of Phidippides. However, unlike the ancient Greek hero, I did not run and did not fight and remained alive..
Written 13 May 2022
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Nikijanes
Brescia, Italy293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We took a private boat and got there at 9 am. There were a few people already there but no where near the amount of people who subsequently turned up between 9 and 10! Every two minutes a boat dropped off 100 or so people who were fighting to find a place to sit down. It was crazy!
If you go early you get to see the beach in all its beauty but don’t expect the sun to shine until the afternoon when there are far too many people there to enjoy it!
Written 16 August 2021
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IlianaPY
Athens, Greece203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
Amazing location. Breathtaking view. One of the most beautiful sea accidents in the Mediterranean sea. The shipwreck creates a fairytale scenery, resulting into encountering one of the most -well deserved- famous beaches of Greece.
Written 30 July 2021
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Lauren D
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Sunset trip- Would recommend 100%. This tour was so wholesome. The bus drops you at the top of the hill and you walk down to a cafe and toilet area. This hill is very steep but not walkable. Suitable for everyone and shaded areas on the boat. We boarded the boat and went to shipwreck bay. After taking pictures at shipwreck bay, we visited a few caves and other beaches with 3 swim stops. Before heading further out into the sea to view the sunset. This was absolutely beautiful and the scenery was gorgeous. The crew were playing music ect throughout and on the way back we were playing upbeat music everyone was clapping and singing along.
Written 13 July 2023
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