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Day 1 Naxos. Meeting at the island of Naxos, briefing on life on the yacht and the species we will encounter during the week, arrangement of provisions and welcome supper to get to know each other.
Day 2 We'll start the day with a visit to Aliki and Agios Prokopios, two coastal lagoons near the Chora of Naxos. In the lagoons, we can watch waterbirds such as the Black-winged Stilt, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover and Ferruginous Duck . Today we will follow the stream from north to south towards the small, fishing island of Iraklia. Plenty of time for watching seabirds like gulls (Audouin’s and Yellow-legged Gulls), Mediterranean Shags and Shearwaters (Cory’s and Yelkouans) that hang around in these waters. By late noon we will reach the islets of Mikros and Megalos Avelas where we are sure to spot Eleonora’s falcons. We will stop for a swim at the bay of Alimia. Short sail to the fishing port of Ag. Georgios and supper at the local tavern at the main village of the island where you'll have the chance to sample home made food by Maria!
Day 3 Walk in the morning at the one of the highest points of the island trying to spot Griffon vultures, Bonelli’s Eagle, Long-legged Buzzards, Lanner Falcon, Orphean Warblers and Cretzschmar’s Buntings. Sail towards the deserted islands of Dryma & Antikeri where we'll spend the night on the anchor. Here with luck we will observe the two shearwaters (Cory’s and Yelkouans) forming large congregations (commonly called rafts) on the sea surface in the late afternoon hours or at dusk prior to their entrance in their breeding colonies. Listening to their calls, with which they locate their pair, is an impressive experience. We'll have a barbecue on the beach whereas we always make sure not to disturb birds!
Day 4 Today we'll sail towards the pirate island of Amorgos and the bay of Aegiali. On the way, we can participate in the European Seabirds At Sea scheme, a standardized method used by thousands of recorders since 1979 all over Europe to record seabird activity and presence. Data collected by us will contribute to the Greek marine Important Bird Area designation. We'll stop at the deserted island of Nikouria to observe the feeding Eleonora’s falcons, which also use the cliffs of this large islet to breed. While doing so, we can also have a swim in the shallow waters of Kalotiri Bay. Short sail towards the fishing port of Aegiali. Short hike in the evening to the village of Langada, and further still along the trail which leads to the abandoned mines and magnificent coastal cliffs of the north-eastern point of Amorgos. In Langada village we'll enjoy traditional delicacies and live folk music.
Day 5 Another day on and around the island of Amorgos. Opportunity to do more conservation work that will contribute to the Greek marine Important Area designation.
Day 6 We'll sail towards the deserted island of Keros, an important port in the ancient times. Keros is surrounded by rocks and islets and it's an ideal area for watching Mediterranean Shags and Audouin’s Gulls which breed and feed in this area. Peregrine and Eleonora’s falcons also breed on the southern cliff of the island. We'll spend the night at an isolated bay at the south side of the island.
Day 7 Sail towards the island of Paros and the fishing port of Piso Livadi.
We're as flexible as the weather!
We don't follow the same route every week and every itinerary may change due to the weather and other factors beyond our control. Remember that we cannot go against the weather! The sailing area, starting and ending islands and the experiences mentioned above will be the same.
We're as flexible as the weather! 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 go against the weather! The sailing area, starting and ending islands and the experiences mentioned above will be the same.
You can take a flight to either Athens, Mykonos or Santorini. From there you go to the port and take a ferry boat to Naxos Island. Or you can take a flight from Athens to Naxos (for example with olympicair.com). Both Naxos and Paros have been selected because they are very well connected by to and from the main port of Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. You can check the ferry timetable at www.ferries.gr or even book online. Get all travel assistance you need by filling in the form below.
Hellenic Ornithological Society
The Hellenic Ornithological Society is a conservation non-governmental organization for the protection of wild birds and their habitats in Greece. It was founded in 1982 and its mission is to ensure a sustainable natural environment for birds and people. Its work includes a wide range of actions; from protection and research, through education, raising of public awareness and policy making. Since 1994, the Hellenic Ornithological Society has been a partner of Birdlife International, the largest global partnership of birds and biodiversity conservation organisations. The inventory of relevant marine Important Bird Areas is implemented by HOS since 2009. Recently, the new book for the Important Areas for Seabirds in Greece was published and it is available here.
Skipper: Sotiris Diamantis
Sotiris was born in Essen, Germany, on 9th January 1974. He's been working as a professional skipper for the last 14 years, having covered more than 45,000 miles. He has completed his RYA Boatmaster qualification. He's sailed around the Aegean, Ionian, Adriatic Seas, the central Med, the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. He has also extensive experience in traditional wooden and fiberglass boat maintenance.
Sotiris started scuba diving in the Red Sea 12 years ago and became a PADI Divemaster in 2002 in Thailand. He's also trained in Emergency First Response and Rescue Diving.He speaks fluently German, English, Spanish and basic French.
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