Marathonisi (Turtle Island)
During your holiday in Zakynthos it is well worth taking a boat trip to the famous Marathonisi ‘Turtle’ Island.
This picturesque turtle shaped island lies in the middle of the Bay of Laganas, floating like a turtle in the sparkling seas.
The magical island is about five minutes by boat from the shore of Laganas, Agios Sostis and Porto Koukla. You can visit Turtle island by renting a private boat and sailing over on your own or by taking part in an organized boat trip. There are many trips running daily throughout the summer months and you can often combine a bit of turtle spotting with your trip.
There are two beautiful beaches on Marathonisi. On the front of the island there is a large, sandy beach with a distinctly tropical feel. The white sand is matched beautifully by turquoise, crystal waters. Most would agree that this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Zante. Around the side of the island there is also a smaller bay with intriguing sea caves to explore.
Marathonisi island has no inhabitants or buildings as it is one of the major nesting grounds of the Caretta Caretta Turtles and is heavily protected by the National Marine park of Zakynthos. As a result there are no sunbeds or umbrellas on the beaches here and the Marine park ensure that the beach is empty by sunset when the turtles approach to lay their eggs.
While you are relaxing on the beach of Turtle Island you will be able to grab a snack from the quaint little picnic boat that sails around the island keeping everyone refreshed. With everything from watermelon to doughnuts onboard it is an added treat to grab something from the picnic boat while chilling on your very own deserted island.