Sailing & conservation vacation in Greece

“Our only week long sailing vacation around the Cyclades with a wildlife expert on board, guiding you through the waters and wild spots on remote islands too. ”

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Syros| Paros | Iraklia | Despotiko | Kimolos | Milos | Polyegos

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2017: 29 Apr, 6 May, 13 May, 20 May, 27 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct
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Responsible tourism: Sailing & conservation vacation in Greece

Our primary objective is the study and protection of the marine world and the raising of awareness on environmental issues. In order to support our goal, we have formed a series of ecotourism projects involving sailing, diving and/or exploring unique species. When our sailing boat, is not chartered, we sail around cleaning beaches, recycling or helping researchers and organisations to collect data in order to study and protect the environment and wildlife.

Our base has become the island of Syros where most of the maintenance work is carried out by local people using materials purchased locally.

We encourage guests to visit and try the local cuisine and purchase local goods wherever we go in order to get a taste of the local culture and also support the local community. Under the guidance of our experienced biologist, people are introduced to tens of endemic species, both from the animal and plant kingdoms which exist only in this small corner of the globe. Guests will leave with a different approach towards wildlife and aware of the dangers they face and how to minimise them. We organise visits at the two national marine parks in Greece, in Zakynthos and Alonisos, where the two most important organisations for the protection of the loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta and the Mediterranean monk seal Monachus monachus are based. Our guests are briefed on their work and how they can support them.

During our whale and dolphin spotting, the voices of mammals will be recorded with the aid of our hydrophone and notes will be made on their characteristics in order to help scientists with their collection of data. Our guests are welcome to participate.

We organise marine ecology seminars for divers and present a brief version of this to every diver that joins us. This involves a briefing on how to monitor the level of anthropogenic impact on a marine site and warn our scientist of any deterioration they observe.

We try to minimise the impact of our boat on the marine environment by using the motor as little as possible, mainly just to enter and leave the port. When mooring we avoid throwing the anchor on meadows of sea grass. We always use permanent moorings when provided. We’ve allowed space in the sailing boat to store waste plastics especially bottles. As there is no drinking water available in the Greek islands, there is a huge consumption of bottled water. We store all the plastic in the capital of Syros, Ermoupolis and we take it back to Athens at the end of the season for recycling.

Reviews of Sailing & conservation vacation in Greece

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The whole experience was wonderful. Sotiris, our skipper was fantastic , very professional, kind and fun. He made sure everyone felt comfortable and respected the sea conditions. In the evenings he would find the most perfect places to eat and really entertain us with the most interesting facts and stories. We were very lucky to have him as our skipper. The Jennings family on board that week were also lovely. When the boat was under sail it was perfect, just gliding over the sea. Stopping on a small island for a barbeque, looking up at the stars, swimming with florescent plankton, visiting
Iraklia, sleeping on board, at anchor in bays, each day better than the next. We could not have asked for a better experience.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go with a good positive attitude.You don't need to take much, just travel light, 2 swimming costumes, tops, shorts, sun cream, hat, sunglasses, cash.
Enjoy the experience more by being ready to help. You are part of a team and being part of a team is rewarding and great fun; cooking together, eating out with the skipper etc...
Remember you are on a sailing boat so should respect and look after the boat, skipper and crew. You are part of the crew.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. We did a beach clean up. Purchased locally produced provisions. Ate at familly run Tavernas. Supported the environmental work of 'Tahita'. We were under sail whenever possible so did not use a lot of petrol. We were economical with water respecting water supplies.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This vacation was wonderful...it could not have been better...we should have stayed longer. It really was a very unique experience, very special to me.

Reviewed on 26 May 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The passion, skills and knowledge of our skipper and guide really made this trip for us. We felt like we were being shown around the islands by friends, being shown the secret gems and true beauty of Greece. Our skipper was amazing, calm when the sea was rough and patient when teaching us how to help sail. Our guide was deeply passionate not just about conservation, but also about exploring and experiencing the amazing wildlife of the region. We had a wonderful evening having dinner and drinks in the home of a local, a friend of the skipper. Rather than being relegated to sterile restaurants and bars, we had a great time putting the world to rights over a glass of raki and some local cheese. We also visited some amazing locations, where we saw truly beautiful wildlife, ranging from plants, insects, and many, many wonderful and rare birds.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Travel light, but bring a camera. And learn the phrase 'yasass', the Greek toast when enjoying the local Raki! Be aware that the boat is not a large vessel and you will not have lots of space, but it is comfortable and quite civilised. I would recommend to those with a passion for exploring and not too scared not to have a detailed itinerary to stick to.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We felt that by going for this non 'all-inclusive' option, we were able to share the money we spent on food etc. in local communities. We also travelled just before season, which was great for us (quieter) and helps lessen the impact of the massive tourist surge in the summer, and spreads the income to these communities. As part of our trip we also
did a beach clean, and our skipper helped out with local community projects while we were out on our wildlife walks.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent! Every aspect was amazing. My partner and I are both deeply grateful to everyone who works for the operator for making such a special and memorable experience. We will almost certainly be booking up again!

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The most memorable and exciting part was the sailing through some of the roughest weather I had ever experienced - huge waves, torrential rain, and thunder and lightning. However Sotiri is a fantastic skipper and although helming a boat full of females, it was a fantastic experience. Not quite the hot, sunny and calm conditions I had been anticipating. The Ionian islands are stunningly beautiful and we visited some beautiful places.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do take warm clothes and full waterproofs as well as the recommended suncreams and hat. Be flexible about the itinerary and be prepared to live in close proximity to your fellow guests. Tahita is a well equipped sailing boat and a joy to be aboard.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The team are passionate about preserving the environment. We had wonderful presentations on whales, dolphins and other sealife, did a beach clean, watched birds, and did our best to recycle all our rubbish. We ate at small local tavernas, shopped in local markets and used local facilities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A fabulous vacation. Sotiri and Melita were delightful and knowledgeable hosts. Annie who did the reservations was efficient and friendly. The boat was well equipped, safe and comfortable and the fellow guests good company.

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We loved the villages, the unspoilt islands - we loved the private bay at Sifnos where we stopped in overnight and had a BBQ.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Pack as lightly as possible - this is a casual warm weather break. Bring books - you get lots of down time. Book your travel there well in advance to coordinate flights and ferries.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. The entire crew is completely committed to what they preach. We learned lots about the Cyclades environment had good discussions on global warming and discovered the strength and beauty of the Greek people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent - we had the right balance between culture, education, chill and active. The crew were lovely people who enhanced the experience.

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