The calm crystal clear waters around Fiscardo are perfect for spending the day on a boat. There are many options and we have picked 5 of our favourites that suit a variety of tastes and budgets.
1. Odysseas day trip to Ithaca
From Fiscardo you can take a lovely boat trip to Ithaca aboard Odysseas, a traditional wooden caique. The boat takes a maximum of 40 people. Ithaca is the second smallest of the 7 Ionian islands and only 4km from Kefalonia.
Captain Christos and his crew will take you first to the beach at Afales bay on the northernmost tip of Ithaca. It is the only white sandy beach on Ithaca and can only be reached by boat. There is an opportunity to swim from the boat.
The next stop is the beautiful fishing village of Frikes, on the east coast of Ithaca. Here you can enjoy a coffee and delicious homemade cakes in the harbour.
You will then travel to the picturesque Kioni, with 3 traditional windmills at the entrance to the harbour. There is a good choice of tavernas for lunch on the waterfront and some lovely shops for browsing.
There is another swim stop in a beautiful secluded beach on the way back to Fiscardo. The trip starts and 10am and you return to Fiscardo by 5pm. The cost is about 37 euros per person.
2. Ionian Discoveries marine adventure
Many of our guests have enjoyed a wonderful day trip with Ionian Discoveries, aboard one of the last few traditional kaiki’s in the area. This is a marine adventure where the focus is on learning a bit about the area’s natural history and marine environment. The kaiki takes just 17 people which makes for a friendly atmosphere.
Under Fabio the experienced skipper’s direction you will learn the basics of snorkelling. Perfect in these crystal clear waters. For the more experienced there is a chance to explore dismantled World War 2 sea mines along the coast of Ithaca.
You will then head to the island of Asteria in the middle of the channel between Kefalonia and Ithaca. Surrounded by unique rock formations and underwater reefs this area is perfect for viewing marine life. You may even spot an octopus.
From here you will head to a sheltered cove where you will enjoy a swim and typical Greek lunch with wine and soft drinks. Examples of the sea life seen are put in the onboard aquarium for all to view.
The last stop is shipwreck bay where you can snorkel over shipwrecks in different stages of decay. The trip including lunch and use of snorkelling gear is about 66 Euros per person.
3. Romantica 2
If you would like to see a bit more of the Ionian Islands a day trip on Romantica 2 could be the answer. It is very comfortable with space inside with seating and a bar as well as big outdoor decks and fresh water showers. Perfect after the swim stops.
Set off from Fiscardo at 10.30 on a day trip taking in 3 Ionian islands, Meganisi, Skorpios and Lefkadas.
Meganisi is a small island of unspoilt beauty. Here you will see the Papanikolis sea cave, 30 metres in depth, with stunning stalactites. It is the second largest cave in Greece and was used as a submarine hideout by the Greek navy in World War 2.
You will next see Skorpios, legendary island of Aristotle Onassis. This remains a private island and there is just one beach accessible to the public by sea. It is here that you’ll have a swim stop.
Sivota is your next stop, one of the most beautiful bays on Lefkada. It is a pretty port, known for its vivid flowers and picturesque friendly tavernas. The colourful houses were built around a naturally formed bay, surrounded by lush vegetation.
You return to Fiscardo at 5.30 and the cost is about 35 Euros per person.
4. Sailing Trip
If you prefer boating under sail, then Makis of Prime Sailing Kefalonia will take you on an unforgettable sailing experience. He offers a private cruise aboard his 42 ft. Bavara sailing boat which accommodates up to 8 people.
From Fiscardo you can choose to set sail to Lefkada or Ithaca for the day. Drinks and snacks are provided and you choose the itinerary. Take a picnic or stop at a harbour for lunch at a waterfront Set taverna. There will be plenty of opportunities for snorkelling and swim stops in the crystal clear water.
Learn to sail
Skipper Makis is happy to let those interested actively participate in sailing the boat, and will share his knowledge of sailing and the local area.
In the afternoon the wind usually picks up and so you should be able to experience an exhilarating sail back to Fiscardo.
The cost ranges from 450 to 650 Euros depending on the number of people.
5. Private Yachting
For the blow the budget option and the ultimate in luxury, a trip with Konstantinos of Private Yachting has to be the answer. MY Yacht is a premium Italian motor yacht built by Mochi. It is 45 feet long with two 575 HP engines. The yacht accommodates 10 people plus crew very comfortably.
There are many cruises to choose from, which include visiting 2-3 Ionian Islands of your choice. Your skipper knows the best secluded bays to anchor at.
Refreshments, local organic meze appetisers and local fresh fruit are included. Enjoy the privacy and exhilarating ride aboard this wonderful and beautiful motor yacht.