Now that you’ve gotten familiar with the history and splendors of the beach let’s proceed to the ways to get to it and experience it firsthand. As you can see on the map, most towns and resorts are situated in the south while Navagio is in the northwestern part. There are a few ways to get there, each differing in prices, time and mode of transport.
An important thing to know is that the beach itself is accessible ONLY by boat. Land transport will take you only to towns, ports, and the viewing platform on the cliffs above the beach. The places where a boat to Navagio is available are Zakynthos Town port, Agios Nikolaos port/beach, Skinari, and Porto Vromi.
What you need to know about the boat cruises
Middle-sized to big boats sail only from Zakynthos Town port, and these vessels provide more shade and space for the passengers. Smaller boats leave from the other three ports.
If you are starting your cruise from Zakynthos Town, Agios Nikolaos or Skinari (east side of the island), know that the tour to Navagio beach will usually include a stop at the amazing Blue Caves. Larger boats, unfortunately, cannot go inside the caves, so those who want to experience these natural wonders from the inside should opt for a smaller boat.
The length of the cruises can vary, depending on the location and vessel. The cruises from Zakynthos Town can last from 4-8 hours in respect to the type of boat.
So, what are the options? Well, that depends on where you are staying, and in this guide, you will find the optimal ways to reach Navagio considering your location on the island.
1. Take a cruise tour organized by an agency
This is perhaps the simplest way since the agency will arrange a bus which takes you from your resort to the port in Zakynthos town, where you’ll catch a cruiser, and bring you back to your accommodation after the tour.
The bus and boat ride are included in the price, so make sure to bring food and drinks with you, or just some extra money since you can buy it on the cruiser too.
You can find representatives of tour agencies such as MyTours in every resort, and they are reliable. When you arrange a trip with them, you’ll get instructions when to come to a pickup point, and enjoy for the rest of the day.
Depending on the agency, tour prices can range from €20-45 plus another €20 per person for food and beverages.
2. Bus to Zakynthos Town and a boat to Navagio
If you happen to be staying in Laganas, Argassi, Alykes, Tsilivi or Kalamaki, there is a KTEL bus available which can take you to Zakynthos Town. Once you get there, you will need to take a 15-minute walk to the port where you can hop on a boat tour to Blue Caves and Navagio.
It’s not hard to reach the harbor, just keep going down to the sea, because the KTEL station in Zante town is located uphill.
Here’s the map of Zante town from KTEL:
A one-way bus ticket costs €1.80 and prices of cruises from Zakynthos Town go for around €30.
3. Take a car, quad or motorbike to one of the ports and catch a boat ride to Navagio
This is the priciest option, and it requires the most hassle, but it is perfect for those who enjoy going on adventures and exploring new places. This way you can see some amazing and not-so-famous spots, which you wouldn’t be able to experience otherwise, and create your unique tour of Zakynthos. In our opinion, this is the best option.
Those who haven’t arrived at Zakynthos by car don’t have to worry because there are car, quad and motorbike rentals in every resort.
The four ports where you can find boats to Navagio are located in different vicinities from the beach, which means that certain options will require more traveling by land and others more traveling by sea. The best choice for those who want to sail more is to take a boat from Zakynthos Town, and folks who want to drive more should go for the other three ports – Agios Nikolaos, Skinari and Porto Vromi. Both ways have their advantages and disadvantages:
To make it easier for you, I’ve made custom maps that can guide you from each resort to every port on the island. Some tips and advice for every map are included hoping that it could help you with your decision.
If you want to rent a car, quad or motorbike the prices and conditions will differ from company to company. Also, certain rental services require a minimum amount of days, usually three.Car rentals start from €20 per day. Quads and motorcycles can be rented for as cheap as €12 per day.Do your research and compare a couple of different services and you will find the optimal one.
- Boat trips from Agios Nikolaos, Skinari, and Porto Vromi cost around €15, and from Zakynthos Town about €30.
- Other expenses include gasoline which goes from €0,57 to €1,47 per liter. The cost depends on the type of fuel as well as the gas station.
- Don’t forget to bring food and LOTS of water!
I’ve made some custom maps for you to use to get to ports connected to Navagio. I’ve marked many places of interest that can be useful and improve your journey & experience.
*Click on every orange & blue point on each map or at the upper left corner to reveal the contents of the map*
Here are some tips to make this adventure safer and successful:
- The heat is strong during the summer season. If you don’t want sunburns, don’t go half-naked on a bike/quad, even in the car.
- If you’re traveling by quad or bike to a far destination, remember to pack some long sleeves and hoodies. Returning to your resort from the northern part of the island can be very cold.
- If you’re going on a longer route, prepare more supplies. You can expect some tavernas and stores alongside, but there will be many areas without them, so it will be better to stock up.
- Climbing up from Laganas up north can be fun during the day, but going down during the night might be very dangerous because of the sand on the road.
- The roads have many sharp and U-turns which will require very careful driving. Especially during the night.
- Youngsters drive like crazy in Laganas. It’s a well-proven fact (several accidents in that resort and surrounding areas ended with fatal consequences.
- When you’re driving through inland of Zakynthos, you’ll encounter many stunning views. It’s completely fine to stop by and admire but think about your safety, and the safety of other participants in the traffic. Roads are narrow in many areas.
- When you’re in areas near the sea, the gusts of wind can be pretty strong, especially in huge open areas. When you’re on a light bike, it’s super-important to slow down and be extra careful in these areas.