"Sail & discover the unique wildlife and nature of the Cyclades & participate in our efforts to protect them…"
A sailing holiday is an adventure for the whole family… Dive off the boat into the crystal clear waters, hold the helm, trim the sails, spot dolphins, row the dinghy to a secluded bay, lie on deck with your book, swim ashore for ice cream… sailing offers something for the whole family!
During our Cyclades Wildlife Sailing holiday you will not only experience the magic of sailing from island to island, you will also discover the unique wildlife and nature of the Cyclades and participate in our efforts to protect them.
Elusive threatened species, such as the Loggerhead sea turtle and the Mediterranean Monk seal, as well as beautiful endemic species, such as the Milos Wall lizard and the Milos viper, are waiting for you to discover them and contribute towards their survival.
Dolphin and bird spotting, hiking through untouched paths in search of unique species of animals and plants are only a few of the activities you could participate…
Under the guidance of our experienced naturalist guide, you will be introduced to the tens of endemic species, both from the animal and plant kingdoms, which exist only in this small corner of the globe.
Here is a sample of what you will experience during our Cyclades Wildlife Sailing holiday…
By late noon you’ll anchor at one of Schinoussa’s beautiful bays and enjoy the rest of the day diving off the boat, swimming and snorkelling at its crystal clear waters. In the evening, take the 10-min path to the picturesque main village and try traditional ‘meze’ at the local ‘kafenio’.
The typical vegetation of the ecosystems here is phrygana. You’ll be surprised to discover that even a tiny rocky islet may be home to tens of invertebrate species and even to many vertebrates including birds, such as chukars, shags, but also Eleonora’s and Peregrine falcons and even the majestic Griffon vultures. Reptiles include geckos, Balkan Rock lizards, Sand boas… And lets not forget the endemic flowers growing here, which include a variety of unique orchids, crocuses, knapweeds, mulleins, bellflowers and many more!
Sail towards the remote bay of Alimia where you can snorkel above a WW2 hydroplane. Continue to the small fishing port of Ag. Georgios. Early in the evening hike towards the largest cave in the Cyclades, St. John’s cave, to admire its stalactites. On your way back to the main village, enjoy the sunset from the top of the hill. End the walk at the local tavern, famous for its traditional home-made dishes!
At night you will be a witness to a unique spectacle: the glowing sea. A myriad of minuscule planktonic crustaceans produce light thanks to the phenomenon of bioluminescence. Fresh fish and other delicacies coming from the sea are on the menu today.
MOm, the Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal, aspires to see Kimolos amongst the protected marine areas of Greece, as the second largest European population of the Mediterranean Monk seal lives and breeds in the Kimolos-Polyegos island complex. Though the Mediterranean Monk seal is not exactly sociable, we have spotted it in several occasions and who knows… we may be lucky again!
Spend one night on the anchor at the remote bay of Polyegos and enjoy a barbecue on the beach under the starry sky! The 2nd night we’ll spend it at Kimolos island in order to explore in the evening one of the most beautiful ‘choras’ (main village) in the Cyclades!
Milos features a quite unique fauna, with the Milos viper one of its most interesting as well as rare animals in Europe. Its population is estimated to be less than 4,000 individuals and is strictly protected by a Presidential Degree. The Milos Wall lizard, the extremely rare Milos Grass snake and Milos Green lizard are three important endemic species of the Milos archipelago. Milos, as the rest of Cyclades, lies along the Aegean migratory route for European birds that fly southwards to spend the winter in Africa. Our observation point will be the small brackish lake of Achivadolimni (‘lake of shells’ in Greek), where wading birds can be observed (herons, waders, the occasional Glossy ibis e.t.c.). All the aforementioned animals, plus the Stripe-neck terrapin, can be found here, in this small oasis of water and vegetation in the midst of the general Cyclades aridness.
This marks the end of our wildlife exploration or “biodiversity project”. Please note that photographs of cetaceans and other interesting fauna and flora you’ve taken during your sailing adventure might be of great relevance to scientists in their researches. You can contribute by sharing with us your photos at the end of the holiday.
Walk to the top to the Castle to watch the sunset and farewell dinner at the beautiful village of Plaka.
We’re as flexible as the weather!
The above itinerary is an example of what you will experience during our Cyclades Wildlife Sailing holiday… We don’t follow the same route every week and every itinerary may slightly change due to the weather and other factors beyond our control. Remember that we cannot sail against the weather! We will do our best. Everything else is KISMET!
“I cannot thank you enough for our fantastic holiday; we thoroughly enjoyed our time on board. We were so fortunate to find such a knowledgeable professional skipper, who I have to be honest we both felt tremendously safe with throughout the week..! Andrea was superb, his knowledge and passion really brought the whole experience of the beautiful Cyclades to life. His patience with our questions and enthusiasm for the flora, fauna and local Greek way of life never wavering.
Very many people have asked how the trip went, we have enthused greatly about the sailing, walking and wildlife and how we would love someday to return or for some of our friends to enjoy the stunning scenery, so thank you all once again and we hope to see you sometime soon. Take care.”