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Levante Speedboat Trip
(Excursions in Tsilivi)
10/10 Di Trotter
Visited Tsilivi in August 14. We did both boat trips Levante have on offer and wouldn't hesitate to recommend either one! There are 30 odd seats on the boat and thats the number of people that get booked on, none of the ridiculous overcrowding that we have experienced on previous trips.Captain Spiros is extremely knowledgeable about the coastline and is very experienced in the way he handles his boat. We sat up at the front and it was a fabulous experience!! On the turtle trip he and his crew had no problem finding a turtle and manipulating the boat for the 20 odd minutes it took for the turtle to surface. We saw some fabulous scenery and experienced some wonderful beaches on both trips. For the shipwreck trip he promises to get you there before anyone else and he does, before the crowds descend and its impossible to get photos without a bunch of strangers in them! He will also stop the boat at various points just to point something out or for a good photo opportunity. We booked with the wonderful Sue and Adelies on the main strip (next to Obelisk Restaurant) but i believe there are a couple of other places as well. Just beware of other trip organisers trying to fob you off saying their trip is with Captain Spiros, its not! The only way to book is via the offiical Levante guys, you will know them either from the signage outside the shop or the beige t shirts with the Levante logo.Levante do cost more than the other trips but we all save hard for our holidays and its worth putting our money to the best use possible rather than wasting it on a trip thats not enjoyable, been there, done that and have learnt over the years!
1 post by Di Trotter ip - GB
10/10 Geoff Kennett
Another 2 Fabulous trips on the Levante speedboat with Captain Spiros If you do nothing else while you are on Zakynthos at least one of these trips should be at the top of your agenda They are fun,exhilarating and informative an Spiros is the perfect host Guaranteed to see turtles ,swimming in the caves these are really great excursions
1 post by Geoff Kennett ip - GB
10/10 Simon H

Aug 2014

Second time out with Captain Spiros we done the ship wreck last year which was fantastic and this year we did the turtles and caves in the afternoon.


Once again not disappointed thorough enjoyable afternoon for myself, wife and 7 year old son Joel who once again drove the speed boat.


Captain Spiros ensured everyone got to spot the turtles and when we went the turtle island he was telling others (not from our boat) to keep off the protected area as they were trampling all over the nesting area and then he went round collecting everyones rubbish (not just from our boat). He is truly a passionate man about is profession and the conservation of the turtles and the for the island.

We will be doing it all again next year.

1 post by Simon H ip - GB
10/10 Allan R
We did the afternoon trip Turtle spotting/Keri caves, and it was absolutely brilliant, we saw the turtles as they came up for air, Captain Spiros lets all the ladies and children drive the boat, landing on the beach at turtle island(marathonissi) is absolutley spectacular, then its off to see the caves and the boat is just the right size to actually sail into all of the caves, after a stop off at banana beach we made our way back to Tsilivi harbour, its on this leg of the trip that Spiros likes to show how fast the boat can go and you are likely to get a soaking and it all adds to the fun, it really is a fantastic day out and if you are going to book a trip make sure you book with Captain Spiros (Levante)
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10/10 Tasha P
Absolutely incredible! Met at Tsilivi harbour at 1.15, where we were greeted by Captain Spiros and his team who were very welcoming and helpful in getting everybody on board and settled, explaining clearly the basic plan for the afternoon before we set off. On the way around the island towards the area where turtles are found Spiros started to invite people up to drive the speedboat (ladies first, of course), and then when we got near the turtles he explained what to expect, and when we very quickly found them he was excellent at telling when to expect them to come to the surface. We spotted 5 turtles in a short space of time, with Spiros carefully manoeuvring around so people on both sides of the boat could see, and we didn't leave this area until everybody was satisfied with what they had seen and the pictures they'd taken. From there it was on to Turtle Island, again letting passengers drive, and we pulled right up on to the beach where we spent an hour. When we arrived, Spiros was very clear about us respecting the island and not being allowed very far from the shoreline onto the beach as this is where turtles lay their eggs, which shows that although these trips are how he makes his living, he respects the island and its environment and is very keen to ensure his passengers do also. After Turtle Island, we headed toward the caves and entered in to them, with Spiros even turning the boat around inside one of them which takes some doing! Here he was very clear about the best places to dive down in to the water and see what lies beneath (no spoilers!), providing flotation devices if required, before then heading to St Nicholas Beach and spending some time here on the way back to Tsilivi. The final leg in the speedboat is very exciting with Spiros keen to show just how fast it goes! All in all, I would thoroughly recommend this trip, regardless of the price, as it is totally worth it for a whole afternoon out with the friendliest captain in Zante! The fairly small size boat, 35 persons, gives a really personal feel to the trip also.
1 post by Tasha P ip - GB
10/10 Gaynor L

What an amazing afternoon visiting the turtles and Keri caves May/June 2014. Really enjoyed our trip it was worth every euro! The walk along the plastic pontoon to visit Banana Beach was quite an experience!! Would highly recommend this excursion

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10/10 Bristol boy W
Worth every penny. Captain Spiros is real Zakynthian character who cares about the turtles and the marine environment....even if he does have an extremely fast boat! Not for the faint hearted but great fun. We did half day trip to see the turtles in Laganas Bay and Keri caves, which was a full 5 - 6 hours. Couple of swim stops, one turtle island werent rushed but also not to long. Easy to booked in the town (Tsilivi) and you catch the boat from Tsilivi harbour which cuts a road trip.
1 post by Bristol boy W ip - GB
 Claire W
best boat trip ever thanks to Captain Spiros and crew and all his cheeky banter. fab with the kids and included everyone in driving the boat. did the blue caves and shipwreck will do the turtles on next visit. thank you we all had a great day
1 post by Claire W ip - GB
10/10 Louise and dave M
Wow absolutely brilliant trip. We did the afternoon trip and was lucky enough to see a turtle and also about 8 dolphins. If you are thinking about it get on and do it a trip not to be missed
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10/10 Louise and dave M
We went on the afternoon trip absolutely fab we saw dolphins and a turtle would recommend this trip 100%
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10/10 Petra Schoeman
WOW, what an fantastic trip to shipwrecked beach and the caves.
Great thanks to captain Spiros and team! We had a great time on your speedboat, and much fun!
1 post by Petra Schoeman ip - Netherlands
10/10 Heather V
click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlargeSIMPLY THE BEST!!
2 x Amazing Trips,  if you can afford to do both then do it! You will not de disappointed.  Bookings taken at New Office on Tsilivi High Street (Next to Ark Bar),  on way to Tsilvi Waterpark. Look out for the yellow parasol,  fab new signs and two lovely ladies wearing Levante T Shirts (Addelies and Sue).  I cannot recommend this trip highly enough,  this was our 2nd year at Zante and the first thing we did before unpacking was seek out Sue and book our turtle and shipwreck trips again.  Granted the price is slightly higher than some trips on offer,  but this is THE REAL DEAL,  except no imitations trust me.  Levante saisl direct from Tsilivi Harbour so there are no buses involoved which is a bonus I do not have enough space on here to tell you all about the two trips but I have put a detailed account on Trip Advisor should you like to know more.
View 2 posts by Heather V ip - GB
10/10 Heather Viggars
SIMPLY THE BEST
 
Both trips are amazing and if you can afford to do both then go for it. 40 Euros each and it is money well spent.  The new booking office is situated on Tsilvi High Street (Next to Ark Bar) on way to Tsilvi Waterpark,  look out for the yellow parasol and new signs!!
The boat leaves at 8.30 from Tsilvi Harbour (another bonus as no long bus trips to reach the boat) for the morning trip to the shipwreck.  You arrive before the crowds and larger boats arrive so you get to spend a half hour or so on the beach taking pictures (swimming optional,  but it is cold and very deep) and listening to the tale of the shipwreck.  Onwards to the blue caves to see beautiful corals and amazing rock formations.  After  a swim and some snorkelling,  it is time to head to St Nicholas Bay for lunch or a drink,  you can have a walk round, sunbathe or swim,  it is lovely.  Time to head back to the harbour for approx. 1pm.  Great morning
 
The afternoon trip leaves the harbour at 1.30 and heads straight round to Laganas Bay to spot the gorgeous turtles,  don't ask me how they do it,  but Captain Spiros and Socrates ALWAYS spot them!! We spotted 6 in 20 minutes (July 2013) it was fantastic.  Then off to Turtle Island for a swim in the crystal clear waters,  have an Ice Cream 
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10/10 Andy P
Great trip from the Captain Spiros team - got soaked on the way back which was part of the fun !...Would highly recommend .
1 post by Andy P ip - GB
10/10 Roy S
What a great trip by Captain Spiros & his crew to the turtle island will defo book another trip with him. I would also say well worth the 40euros as he made the trip very enjoyable both for the children on board as well as all the adults. The swim stops also very good onto turtle island & the Keri caves.
View 2 posts by Roy S ip - GB
10/10 Roy S
What a great trip on the speed boat by Captain Spiros to the turtles
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10/10 Ian W
Was on the afternoon  trip Tues 9.7.13 with my wife two 16 year olds and a 12 year old.  We greatly enjoyed this trip, fun all the way combined with interesting facts and information especially about the turtles. 
It was exciting spotting the turtles and the swim stops in the caves and on the beaches were so refreshing and enjoyable.  The scenery from the boat was amazing. 
 
The children voted this the best trip they had ever been on  and voted Captain Spiros the best host as he was very friendly and sociable towards all on board. They said it was not a 'boring' boat trip as they enjoyed the speed too.
 
We would never consider taking a trip on another boat as they seem to carry too many passengers and therefore could not give the  'personal touch'  shown to everyone on this trip.  We also felt the health and safety aspect of the trip was good because of the experience of the Captain.
 
I  would highly recommend this trip and think it was value for money, thank you for the experience.
Next time we visit we will also try the morning trip.
 
 
1 post by Ian W ip - GB
10/10 Caroline T

Just got back from an amazing holiday in Zante!! This was made extra special by going on both the Turtle and Shipwreck beach trips with the lovely Spiros and team!

We saw about 7 turtles, swam in the the blue caves (the highlight!!), sat on turtle island beach which is the most beautiful place I have ever been, sat with Spiros to help drive the very fast speedboat, were first to step on the shipwreck beach to get great photos before everyone else arrived, given very informative information on both trips and got to see some amazing picturesque views which wouldn't have been possible on the larger boats! Fab fab fab!!
1 post by Caroline T ip - GB
10/10 Nicole C
Not normally one for trips, but my friend Nicki Wanted to see the turtles. We booked with Ian on the beach It was an excellent afternoon out Captain Spiros was a fantastic And enthusiastic host . We all took turns at steering The boat. We did see a turtle. The swim in the caves Was lovely . You can do that on any boat trip I know But the journey by the speedboat was worth the Money by itself. Our only complaint would be , of we Had gone on first trip earlier in our holiday , we would Definitely have booked another one . Well there is always next time Don't bother booking with anyone else this is the one you want
1 post by Nicole C ip - GB
10/10 Melanie H
I went on both the Smugglers Cove and Turtles excursion with Captain Spyros and have to say that the trips really made my holiday. Having been a Travel agent for over 20 years and have been lucky to travel to many destinations and having been on many excursions, both days were the best that I have ever experienced. Spyros is a man of his word and he is the first boat to get to Smugglers Cove, which does make a difference. And you do really see Turtles which is not always as easy as people may think. It is amazing how he can manoeuvre the boat into the tightest of spaces, a man with many years experience at sea. People may think that the cost is pricey and may be tempted to go with another operator, but believe me in that the trips are worth every penny and worth the slight bit extra. For any people that are not keen on boat trips or are unsure of being on the water, I can honestly say you would not be in safer hands. Enjoy everyone : ).
1 post by Melanie H ip - Greece
10/10 Carol R
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Absolutely brilliant trip not only did we see Turtles but on the return trip Dolphins swam by the boat about 10 had to get video clips they were so fast. Captain Spiros was great letting people steer the boat, the ice cold water was refreshing in the heat. Our daughter steered the boat (shes 17 and loved it) a few suprises instore for anyone not been before! Prices remained the same for this trip for years, which is great best boat trip we have been on! Caves are beautiful and the stop at the Island you can have food, icecream,or drinks. If you want can swim in the sea when Spiros stops the boat. My husband, daughter and her boyfriend all enjoyed this me too and Im not keen on boats!!! Thankyou from The Rock family and Josh, made our holiday very special.

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10/10 Louise C
What a fab time we had. Catain Spiros makes the trip more personal than the big boats a lot of the places were advertising. A bit more expensive than some but definately worth every penny. We saw a turtle (which was more than the last turtle spotting trip we went on in Zante years ago) and the kids loved swimming in the caves and driving the boat. Keep it up Captain Spiros, you offer a truely original experience. Bore da!
1 post by Louise C ip - GB
10/10 Margaret B
Whilst in Zante we booked with the lovely Ian who walked up and down the beach day after day always had time to talk to you even after he had taken your money !! Went on both trips with Captain Spiros and his crew . Had so much fun Captain Spiros certainly knows how to entertain people. Will Certainly go again !!!!
1 post by Margaret B ip - GB
10/10 Joe &
On our two week stay in Tsilivi we went on both trips with Captain Spiros. The trip to the shipwreck and the Blue Caves was very enjoyable, especially getting into the caves to swim. Even more enjoyable was the trip to the Keri Caves and Turtle spotting. This trip was very relaxed, we stopped along the way to watch some fishermen haul their nets in, which was very nice to see.We saw three turtles surface, one for more than a few seconds. Again the swimming was really good. The Captain "Aye Aye Sir" Spiros was an enjoyable host, ready to take photos and interact with passengers. Both trips would come recommended from us suiting all age groups.
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10/10 Helen J
If you have only one excursion during your holiday make it the afternoon with Captain Spiros, you won't regret it. The return time is flexible so Captain Spiros will make sure you do see turtles. He is great with children (of all ages) and really does make you feel like your trip is special. It is obvious that he loves this beautiful island and knows it well. The bigger boats don't have the flexibilty to search for the turtles and can't get into the caves. Swimming in the caves was a special treat we will never forget!
1 post by Helen J ip - GB
   
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