Join this Mediterranean Monk Seal Trip to get aboard on daily boat tours and observe the rarest seal species in the world, in its natural habitat!
In just a 2 hour drive from Athens, you arrive at Kamena Vourla, a picturesque location where the mountains meet the sea. Across the mainland in this region there are located, some very little known Greek islands off the beaten track, Leichadonissia.
There, it’s guaranteed Monk Seal territory where adult seals and pups are often seen foraging around the reefs.
You will travel to this stunning location and stay in your hotel right in front of the sea. From here, you will set sail on daily boat tours with an experienced captain and a biologist in search of this elusive species!
In which way are you helping?
Join this unique opportunity to observe this magnificent creature, while at the same time you offer your contribution to the work of the charity that deals with the protection of the species in Greek waters. NGO MOm, employs biologists that study the behavior and the ecology of this species. This way, more accurate measures are taken for its conservation and protection. With your participation, we offer a 100 Euro donation to MOm. Furthermore, your photos can be taken into the organization’s record and be compared with past data for population monitoring.
Scheduled Dates 2021: 29 May, 24 July
You can also book this tour privately from May to the end of October – custom itinerary — just send us your wish list and we’ll put the itinerary together. Add other activities like:
- mountain biking on scenic forested slopes with a licensed instructor
- hiking the path of Heracles at Mt. Oiti (where the mythical hero died) -visiting his 3rd-century BC Doric temple dedicated to Heracles and his funeral pyre
- nearby Thermopyles, famous for the battle between Greeks and Persians (480 B.C.)
- Delphi archeological site is < than 2 hours away
- Meteora UNESCO world heritage, a day excursion
Day 1 - Arrival in Athens, transfer to Kamena Vourla
Welcome to Athens! Your guide will meet you at the Airport, from where you will hop on a comfortable vehicle and travel to Kamena Vourla, a stunning location trapped between the mountain and the sea.
There you will spend the rest of your trip, in your hotel that overlooks the blue waters of the Euboean Gulf. After you get settled at your room you will have a brief presentation by a biologist about the ecology and biology of the Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus). Later, you can have the rest of the day, to relax from your long trip. Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel Violetta
Day 2 - Boat trip to Leichadonissia
Breakfast at your hotel under the friendly sun. Today, depending on weather and sea conditions you will hop on your boat and travel to Leichadonissia. There, you will get the chance to see Monk seals foraging and swimming, undisturbed by mass tourist activity.
All practices regarding wildlife watching from Natural Greece obey to responsible travelling, meaning there is minimal to any disturbance to the animal, or its natural habitat. Allowing thus, the natural behaviours of the animal to be manifested. Seal- watching happens from a distance aboard the boat and no effort is taken to follow any animals that flee or express resentment to our presence in the area. No garbage and no pollution to the natural environment, as well as no unnecessary noise or disturbance is allowed by our collaborators or clients.
Dinner at your hotel.
The program is susceptible to change according to weather conditions.
Day 3 - In search of Monk Seals
After your breakfast at your hotel, you will have yet another day to explore the area around these mesmerizing islands! Snorkel in crystal clear Greek waters under the summer sun. You sail with your guide and visit more of the secluded and hidden beaches in search of this amazing creature, only rarely seen. Dinner at your hotel.
Day 4 - Free day to relax
Today it’s your chance to relax by the beach and have cocktails while getting your tan, or set off to explore this lush area. Many options for you to take part in, such as mountain biking, trekking, canyoning, bird watching or simply having some yoga classes at the beach. There is also the option of visiting some natural thermal spa nearby or snorkel around the beach in front of your hotel. And if you are interested, why not all of them!
Dinner at your hotel
Day 5 - Back to Athens
Having marveled at this amazing species, it’s time to go back home! After your breakfast, you set off for Athens to catch your flight, or extend your stay further!
Contact us for extension offers!