All ages and abilities can go scuba diving in the mesmerising waters that surround Zakynthos. Popular sites include the Octopus and Barracuda Reefs in the Keri Peninsula, Arch of Triumph, and Keri Caves, as well as the island of Marathoniss. On most dives, you'll see the endangered caretta-caretta sea turtle, an icon of the island.
Zakynthos is bursting at the seams with historical highlights. According to the locals, the Church of Agios Dionysios survived the 1953 earthquake thanks to this patron saint's miraculous powers. Elsewhere, the Byzantine Museum boasts a collection of Orthodox icons and wall-paintings, while the Monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa still features murals from 1624.
In the northern part of Zakynthos, the Blue Caves await intrepid adventurers. A series of geological formations created this stunning seascape, which features naturally eroded arches and secluded coves. In the morning, when the sun is at its brightest, the ocean water glows a deep azure colour - the reason behind this attraction's name.
For rest and relaxation, head to Laganas Beach, where 5.5. miles of golden sand will tempt you to stay the entire day. Laganas actually lies within Zakynthos National Marine Park, and many rare species of animal are native here, including the loggerhead turtle, and because the area is protected, it's perfect for uninterrupted sunbathing and occasional swims in the sea.
In 1980, the freightliner MV Panagiotis ran aground in the waters surrounding Nagario Beach during stormy weather and bad visibility. Today, it remains buried in the limestone gravel of 'Shipwreck Beach', which is only accessible via boat. Swim in the cove’s crystal-clear waters or hike up the surrounding cliffs for an even more impressive view.