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Glass bottom boat trip

Frances Bennett          10/10

  Have returned to this trip year after year and it really is the high point of our holiday. My non swimming husband never fails to enjoy the day and is never phased by the water. He wades ashore in only waist deep water quite happily and even joins in the volleyball, so even if you can't swim you'll never be put off enjoying the best day out EVER. Don't miss out!  It will be my 13th visit to Kefalonia this year and I estimate that it will be at least my 26th sailing. I just wish July wasn't such a long while away, I counting weeks!!

Charlotte G          10/10

We are two 26 year old who were on a chill out break in Kefalonia for a few days. We did the boat tour on our last day and it was the perfect way to end our holiday. We were a bit skeptical at first and thought it might not be suitable for young people but it really was a fantastic day from start to finish and amazing value for money. The captain and crew are very welcoming and also a great laugh. We spotted dolphins very soon into our trip and had two beautiful swimming stops! Everything you need is provided- We swam, went snorkelling , kayaking, played beach volleyball, sang karaoke and it was topped off with and amazing fresh BBQ with watermelon and cherries for dessert. Would 100% recommend to absolutely anyone- it was the highlight of our holiday!

Frances B

Two weeks now and it'll be 25th trip out with our beloved Makis,Nikos & Sam. Daughter Ann and I can't wait. Any first time visitors MUST give this wonderful day out a try. It really is heaven on earth!

Ann S          10/10

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Neil and tracy Boat clinger          10/10

we had a fantastic day with Capt Makis and his extremely friendly crew. Started with a talk on fish farming looking for Dolphins ( none that day ) then watching Catalan and sea bed through bottom, snorkelling swimming and diving for bottles of wine.Capt Makis even got my wife to swim in the sea with the aid of a lifebelt (thanx) she still raving about it now lol. Then we stopped on a secluded beach for volleyball kayaking and a Barbie with wine followed by a mud bath. Then karaoke on return to shore. Booked ours direct with the crew via text but Thomson reps also on trip with us and will be running them so be quick to book as spaces will fill up. Thank you again Captain and Crew see you next time. Neil and Tracy xxx

Lynn Kinnish          10/10

Well, recently divorced, I decided I had to do something for myself at last.  I booked my lone holiday to Kefalonia.  I am 60+.  Having previously been with my sister to Lassi, which is lovely.  Now travelling alone, I booked a quiet complex in Svoronata.  Longer walk to beach, but peaceful, amd family run. They were so kind to me.  I felt safe alone. Lovely accommodation, self catering, but food available.  Good pool.  I was a bit worried about being a lone traveller. However I never felt threatened or uncomfortable.  Lovely beach, shelves sometimes, after high seas, me a bit delicate in the sea, but always a way into sea gently.  The thing I loved best, that actually Svoronata is on the landing path to the airport.  I love planes, they came over so low, airport 2000 yards away:  I got up from my sunbed and waved a welcome!  Amazing.  My sun umbrella waved back!  I have no issues with that.  Restaurants were quiet and accommodating, often only a few couples in the ones near our resort.  My best experience was the boat trip with captain Makis, Glass bottom boat trip from the port.  I saw dolphins for the first time ever!   Did some snorkelling, and landed on turtle beach for a bbq.  Best lone holiday ever!

Dave O          10/10

Just got back from Kefalonia, Went on the Sun Cruise on my last full day there. This is a must trip to do. Pick Up from the Hotel at approx 08.25 and arrive back at approx 17.30. Captain Maki (Neptune) and his crew were great. Went over reefs, great view from the glass bottom - no dolphins - great BBQ plenty of food and wine (Captian Maki own brand). Plenty of time to swim and relax. Great Karaoke on the way back.

Rebs L

Im going to Lassi at the start of July and have read all the comments and really want to go on this glass boat trip it sounds great :) only thing we are unsure of is how much spending money to take, so how much would this trip be for 2 people ? (obviously wouldnt book with rep, would book directly from captain) :D

Ste P          10/10

Don't know if this advice is too late or not, but you don't need to be able to swim.

Mandy S

My son is desperate to do do this trip , as am I. However, the information from Thomsons states this trip is not suitable for non-swimmers. Neither of us are strong swimmers but love boat trips, and my nature loving son particularly will enjoy the glass-bottom aspect of the boat, and looking for dolphins. Has anyone done this trip before and can maybe give me some feedback about it. I know there are other boat trips available and we intend to try them too but would really love to do this on too as it looks like it would be a brilliant day out. Thanks in advance.

Sally J          10/10



We did this trip 6 years and so pleased to hear still going strong, we also did it twice it was so good. Are Gary and Yvonne still there they were brilliant as well. Hope to return next summer.

Sally and Jim from Purley, Surrey

Emma A          10/10

We did this trip twice during our fortnights holiday in Lassi, Kefalonia. Dont book it with your rep, save yourself 12 Euros per person and wander down to Argostoli and book it with one of the guys or lady on the boat. This trip is fantastic, Captain Makis, Niko, Sam and Tim are brilliant people and go out of their way to make the whole trip enjoyable for everyone. The boat is well equipped with reasonably priced snacks and drinks on board. However you dont need much to eat because the BBQ that is cooked up for you on the remote beach is totally scrummy!!  Vegetarians do not fear - Sams Aubergine and Peppers are fab!! All the snorkelling equipment is on board and there are 2 kayaks that you can take out once you reach the beach. We were lucky enough to see 2 very playful dolphins as well! Just loved this trip and if we go back to Kefalonia we will definitely do it again! So much more to say but don't want to spoil any of the crews surprises!!  Thank you so much for a great time 

Jackie N          10/10

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This is the first time we have been to Kefalonia and we took our grandchildren with us, we did this trip on the day before we went home.  We had a fantastic time, we saw dolphins which was great for the kids (12 and 10)   there was snorkeling and someone found an octopus for us to look at, on the secluded beach there was volleyball in the sea, kayaking, a mud bath which the kids loved, the BBQ was delicious and plenty of it with wine and juice, on the way back there was karaoke which was great fun,  Captain Makis was a great character and Tim was very knowledgable about all the fish in the sea (when my grandson asked him about them) they all made the trip very interesting and enjoyable and well worth the money, would definately recommend this trip to anyone

Adrian T          8/10

I'm not normally a fan of boat trips, but i really enjoyed this one, as something always seemed to be going on. Makis is quite a character. and the rest of the crew are great as well. The boat had a well stocked bar and did snacks as well.

If you are lucky you will see dolphins which they encourage by sounding the horn and getting everyone to make a noise.
We then stopped at Rabbit island for a swim and champagne diving, they also lent out goggles and snorkels.
Then made our way to Xi beach, for the BBQ and a game of volleyball. We had the beach to ourselves. Brollies were supplied by the boat. They also had 2 sea kayaks for us to use.
The BBQ was really nice and there was plenty of it, plus wine and juice as well, and watermelon for afters.
 
Got picked up from the hotel at 8.30am and was back by 6pm
 

Ann S

Just home from Kef' again, and as ever Makis and Co topped it all!

Thanks so much everyone, see you soon.

Paul D          10/10

just returned from week in keffalonia(3 this morn to be precise)

i have never done a trip while on a package hol before......so my other half..debbie suggested we go,begrudgingly i coughed up 100 euros for us and proceeded to moan about paying so much for a boat trip and a bit of manky food and some crappy local wine...........well i hate to admit this but she was right i did have a good time..even though my finger is in a splint after having six screws an two plates to hold it together...the food wasnt manky(i had 3rds) the wine was crappy but i didnt care it was hot and the company and surroundings were more than enough to make up for it...makis and all were great,so to sum up this usually misarable,dont wanna go on a stupid trip type person was very impresed.all in all
......................FANTASTIC!!!!....so if your like me and dont usually join in,have a go you might like it, even if you show yourself up you probably wont see the people again..just enjoy it

Price S          9/10

 A fantastic day out.  It was a little cloudy when we started out, - but that didn't last, so we pitched a spot on Rabbit Island and ate, drank and covered ourselves in mud!!  Plenty of food and wine and sunshine, it turned out to be a lovely day with time to swim in the sea and evenh snorkel if you wanted to.

On the way home there was karaoke on the boat too - and a fully stocked bar with plenty of choice.  Everyone in good spirits (literally) and a couple of surprise birthdays with some cake thrown in -ace.  All staff on the boat were lovely.  I'd recommend this as a fun day out for both adults and children. 
 
Take plenty of suncream. 10/10.
 
The Sarah's xx

Fran W          10/10

Got back from Kefalonia on Sun 30 Sept.  Went on Captain Makis's glass bottom boat twice while there - best day out ever!!  Not only did we see the dolphins on the first trip, but actually got to swim with them too, as the weather conditions were perfect, and the boat wasn't too full - absolutely the best experience of my life!!  No sign of the dolphins on the second trip, but the whole day is fantastic, dolphins or not!  I managed to get the champagne instead, so that was a bonus :)

Captain Makis, Tim, Yvonne and the rest of the crew... Thank you for two fantastic trips!!  I'll be back!

Lisa B

I am sure this is a good trip but just be warned of the following :
 
Booked this trip 6 days in advance, for 6 adults and 6 kids, booked through Etam Travel in Lassi.
 
The day before the trip Etam travel informed us that our booking had been cancelled .
They then explained that this was due to Captain Makis taking direct booking himself, and then if he fills the boat he then cancels bookings taken with 3rd partys, as he makes more money, as he then does not have to pay the 3rd party commission. Was also told that it is usually a  party with children gets cancelled, as an adult place costs more, and then adults spend more money on the boat at the bar, making Captain Makis even more money.
 
We were left very angry, annoyed and disapointed esp the kids, as they had been really looking forward to the trip and were counting the days, this was going to be the highlight of there holiday. We feel that this is not a nice honest thing that Captain Makis does, once booked you assume you booking is guaranteed.
 
The only way to guarantee a booking is to book directly with Captain Makis, at the harbour (though he may cancell another booking via a third party, to accept yours) or with your travel rep - though this does cost more.
 
 
 
 
 

James T          10/10

 
Don't believe a word the last person has put, its a load of rubbish, Captain Makis runs the best trip on Kefalonia and is one of the nicest people you can meet. Evonne who works behind the bar is brilliant and always at hand to help, in fact the whole crew will do everything they can to help you have a good time. 
The day is full of fun and the BBQ is incredible with loads of food and wine. There is a great atmosphere on all the trips and everyone i spoke to really enjoys the day out.
 
If you do go to Kefalonia make sure you go on this trip, it's the best!!!!
 

Ann S          10/10

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Here's The Boss with me (note the cigarette held considerately away) with his special shorts

Ann S          10/10

Last tuesday was my landmark 10th trip on Cptn Makis's boat, and it was fantastic.  The dolphins put in a rare performance, and thanks to Kristo, we got an extra round of the fish farms and another 20minutes with them :) 

The week before there were THREE turtles in the harbour.. We didnt know where to look they were so close together and so fast.  Thanks to tim for spotting them, my photo almost came out!  I recommend this day trip to anyone and everyone.  All for now, until next time

Eric G          10/10

My partner and myself for the third time did the BBQ cruise and as always Captain Makis and the team ,did themselves proud.However this year we took friends with us who had never been to the island before,and they were over the moon with whole day.As always we were well fed ,well watered and very well entertained.Our friends enjoyed themselves so much ,they want to do it twice in 2008!!!Wenever saw any dolphins this year but most people on the trip received a good spray of ink from a small octopus that was brought on board.Once again captain keep up the good work ,roll on 2008  This should have been done amonth ago ,sorry

Jean Q          10/10

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We were also on the glass bottom boat trip on 2 June, the best glass bottom trip we've ever been on. It was a very memorable day. Capt.Makris and his crew certainly know how to look after their passengers, even supplying sun shades for the beach barbecue, which itself was much more than we'd expected, with fun and games as well.  We were so pleased the dolphins decided to put in an appearance.

Emma M          10/10

We have just come back from Kefalonia and went on captain Makis' trip on Saturday. This is the third time we have done it, and it was jsut as good this time, if not better as I dont think the trip was full.
We saw the dolphins and they swum at the side of the boat which was just amazing.
The food was great and the mudpack brill. Everyone joined in karaoke on the way back and it was just fantastic.

For the unattached girls, Tim is a bonus as well!!!!

This trip is expensive, but it is one of the highlights of our holiday.

Peter C          10/10

Hi my wife and I have been visiting Kefalonia for about ten years now we always stay at the same apartments and for nine of the ten years we have done the beach BBQ with captain Makis they are like family now. Each year for the past five we have said that the next year we would not do the glass bottom boat trip, but when push comes to shove we book up again. This is because it is without doubt a hell of a good day out, just go you'll be glad you did. If you are going in June we will see you there. We are staying with Katerina & Nikos at Lovidis apartments in Lourdas.

Rebecca J

Hi,

 
My boyfriend and I are palnning on visiting Kefalonia for a week at the beginning of July this year (2007) We are hoping to stay in Lourdas and are really interested in this excursion. Can we be picked up from Lourdas?
 
My boyfriend is a bit of an 'India Jones' type and likes adventure, he is not really looking forward to this holiday. Will this trip keep him entertained? What is the itinary for the day?
 
Any help appreciated. Thanks! x

Colin J           

One of the best excursions I've ever done on a holiday. The comment by the lady below describes it perfectly! It is well worth the money and the day flies by so quick. If it wasn't my last day when I did it, I'd probably try to book up again! Captain Makis and his crew were excellent and every part of the day was enjoyable. The best way to book up is at your welcome meeting with your rep (get in quick as the places go fast!), but even if you don't get in through your holiday rep, there are a couple of places along the main road of Lassi that do the same trip with Captain Makis (the only thing is that by doing this you may end up on the trip with foreign tourists and it will make it harder to achieve the group atmoshphere - but still great nonetheless!!)

If you go to Kefalonia, make sure you do this trip!

Debbie D           

This is the 4th time we have done this trip and once again, it was a fantastic day!  Some people might say that it is expensive but I can assure you it is worth every single penny.

You start the day boarding the boat in Argostoli (we saw some loggerhead turtles feeding on fish in the harbour), then go out toward the fish farms to see if there are any dolphins about.  Unfortunately, the day we went we didn't see any, although on our other trips we did.  All the kids on board make friends immediately and go down to the bottom of the boat to look out for fish in the glass panels.
 
We sail around for a bit then we go over toward Rabbit Island for snorkelling (kit provided) and then dive for champagne - which my 9 year old son managed to win this year!.  Then we went over to the red sands of Xi Beach where Captain Makis rigs up a volleyball net between the boat and the shore.  Two kayaks are also available.  After playing volleyball for about an hour, where everyone bonded brilliantly, some of us went and helped chopped the salad for the brilliant lunch - 3 pork souvlaki, Greek salad (with or without feta cheese) and bread.  Vegetarians also catered for with BBQ'ed aubergine slices which were yummy and very garlicky.  There were also seconds of more souvlaki, aubergines and Greek sausages followed by water melon and gallons of white wine, orange squash or water.  The lunch and drinks are included in the price however, if you want a drink/snack on board the boat you will have to pay extra.  After lunch it was time to cover ourselves in clay!  We all looked so funny!  You smear the clay on and then leave it to dry, then rub it off and then wash it off in the sea afterwards.  Our skin felt so smooth afterwards.  It is packed with minerals which is good for your skin.  About 4:00 pm we head back onto the boat and head back to Argostoli, with karyoke or entertainment - even Captian Makis joins in!
 
A fabulous day, great food, great entertainment, lovely people and staff - what more could you want.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to absolutely anyone, it's fantastic and well worth the money (hence this being our 4 time!).

Steven D           

The trip was £90 for two!!!  We were picked up from skala at 7.30am and taken to argostoli.  The boat left port at 9am ish. We cruised over coral where the glass bottom could be used to see the fish etc.  We then went to a remote rocky outcrop where we could snorkel for an hour or so...all eqpt supplied.  Then the capt beached the boat on a wonderful sandy beach where we played beach volleyball, canoed etc. The capt organised the barbecue where we all prepared the salad.  Free wine all day and fantastic food.  After approx 4 hours we boarded the boat again.  On the rturn journey we all joined in the karaoke!!!! Once back at argostoli port the capt circled so that we could watch the dolphins.  Back to skala around 9pm.  What an exceptional day!!!!!!!!  You must book...but save two places for me and my wife when we return to skala on 12th aug 2006!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steven D           

The best day out ever.  Cost about £90.  Just go!!!!!   Fantastic.

Ann S           

I've said it before, I'll say it again... This is the best excursion you can get!!  I went on it three times this year, and loved every second. 

Rob P           

We're going to Kef on Sunday and this is on our list of things to do.

 
From what I recall reading it leaves from Argostolli at about 9am and gets back about 5.30 with drinks and barbecue included.
 
Anyone know how long you're actually on the boat for?  We'd have our 7 year old (who'd be fine) and 20 month old (who might get bored).

Nina K           

This was a great day out and we throughly enjoyed it. The excursion is what you make it. Captain Maki and his crew were excellent, they made everyone feel welcome and encouraged everyone to get involved in the days activities. We spotted the dolphins, swan out in the sea, snorkelled, had the best bbq eve, there was a generous amounts of food, played volleyball, ate watermelon, loundeg and swam on a seluded beach/ sea, wraped each other in mud/ clay, and had a lovely cruise in the boat. Money well spent!!!

 
I think you can book the excursion through yopu tour operator when you get there, or there are local tour operaters who also run the trip!!!

Julia

I'll be travelling to Greece for the first time next week. The descriptions of the Glass Bottom Boat Tour and BBQ looking amazing, but I can't figure out how to go about booking tickets. Is there a website to which anyone can refer me? Is it best to just show up somewhere and make a same-day booking? From where exactly does the trip leave? Thanks so much for your help. -Julia

Matt S           

Good full day with a short trip to a shallow area for bit of snorkling, then onto a beach for a bar-b-q. Thought it exspencive all in all.

Karen C           

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Once again a fantastic day out with Captain Makis and his fantastic crew! Were thrilled, once again, to see the dolphins on our way out and on our way back to the harbour.  Made some great new friends as well (hello Tierni, Emma and Toni!).  In response to question about vegetarians; all catered for on this beach bar-b-q with some delicious food and plenty of wine! 

This trip was one of the reasons we rebooked our return trip to Kefalonia and it was worth going back for! book early though, this is one of the most popular excursions and gets booked up quickly.
 
Thank you again, Captain Makis, keep up the good work and see you again one day soon, we hope. 

Karen C           

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We loved the Glass Bottom Boat trip so much last year with Captain Makis and his fantastic crew that it is the reason we are going back to Kefalonia again this year! Can`t wait!! Roll on June!!

Claire D

can you tell me where the boat sails from and roughly how much it costs and is it still running in october cheers

Ann S           

Is there not an icon for a quadruple thumbs up???!!  This is the second year I've been on this trip (twice each year), and it really is something special.  Captain Makis, Nick, Kristo, Melanie and new recruit Tim, are an inspirational team who deserve so much credit.  A day to remember.  On the return journey, everyone aboard knows each other, and the atmosphere is fantastic.  I've been lucky enough to see the dolphins everytime I've been, and there's nothing quite like the sensation of being that close to such amazing wild animals.  Goosebumps and a lump in the throat!  What with being provided with some of the most delicious food you'll eat on the island, plied with wine non stop, on an idyllic beach with great people, I'm suprised that there's still people out there who'll try their hardest to find something to complain about.  For me, and I know for many others, this trip really is the icing on the cake for my holidays to Kefalonia.  Enjoy!

Wendy            

We did this trip last year and had such an amazing day that we couldn't wait to book it again this year.

We were not disappointed.  This is such a great day and we would recommend it to everybody.  The boat leaves Argostoli at 09:00 in the morning and gets back at 17:30, but if you add on the coach journey time each way it is a long day but worth every minute.
 
Once again we saw the dolphins (they are such good show-offs!) and the beach BBQ on Xi beach make it all worth while.  With water volley ball, enough wine to sink the boat with, a mud bath lots of swimming, what more could you possible ask for?

Michelle            

We booked this excursion through Etam Excursions in Lassi, according to the advert the trip involves a day on a glass bottom boat dolphin watching, a stop at Rabbit Island, a BBQ on Xi beach where you can if you wish cover yourself in mud, snorkell and play volley ball.  Departs Thursday from Argostoli 10am and arrives back 2pm all for 25 Euros per person.  We had a great day, saw the dolphins and turtles, stopped on Rabbit Island for an hour to snorkell, swim, sunbath etc.  Then headed back to Argostoli.  Much to our disappointment we did not receive a BBQ or bath in mud/clay.   It does not say anywhere on any advertisements not just Etam some of the other agents were the same, that this is not included until you reach the boat and realise you have booked a half day trip rather than a full day one which includes the BBQ etc.  I would definately recommend this trip but rather than book through the agents go direct to Argostoli harbour, opposite Mr Grillos of an evening and book with them instead that way you can choose a full or half day.

Ron C           

we went fron Skala beach it was 15 euro each bit dear for just one hour and not much to see out there

PS you can go on better trip for the day for just a bit more

Julie C           

Can anybody tell me what time the boat sets off and arrives back, I assume it leaves from Argostoli, Thanks.

Rachael W           

The glass bottom boat trip is worth the money. Me and my sister loved seeing the dolphins. We would like to thank Captain Makis for such a memorable boat trip. The views were beautiful and the boat is very confortable. Overall one of the most fantastic days of my holiday! Hope to see you again in June/ July on our next visit to Kefalonia!

Amelia            

we went in july last year and loved it. the best bit was the clay body masking and then washing it off in the sea. unfortunately we didnt get to see any dolphins but the kayaking made up for it. Captain maki was so much fun!

Andrew B           

Great day out, my wife was scared of the water, but thanks to Captain Makis she now loves it. What a great way to spend a day.

Paula W           

Just spent two weeks in Kefalonia - fantastic. Highlight of the holiday was the glass bottom boat trip with Captain Makis and his crew. Biggest bonus was seeing the DOLPHINS who put on a spectacular display for us as we shouted and clapped for them. Took the ferry from our hotel in Lixouri today on our journey home via Argostoli and we spotted the dolphins in the water again!!! Almost like they had come to say "bon voyage". Brilliant. 10 out of 10 for the food served at the BBQ and all ages joined in the water volley. Really enjoyed snorkelling under the boat and waving at the kids taking photos of us from inside. Happy memories now we are back in dull, rainy Blighty.

Wendy F           

We went on this trip during our stay on Kefalonia and it was a top day! The glass bottom boat is only small and I did find that we were a bit cramped, but we did see the dolphins which was just amazing seeing them swimming along side the boat. Stopped at XI beach (which was beautiful ) for a spot of beach volley ball and a BBQ - the food was great!! And lots of local wine to wash it all down!! One word of warning - it was a blazing day when we went, but you don't realise it because of the breeze on the boat, so do take plenty of suntan cream and make sure you apply it regularly. We got sunburnt shoulders!!!

Jamie W           

This was the second time we went on this trip - our first being last year. I thought that this years was much better due to the weather being nicer and we had a really great group of people. The crew work so hard and will do anything to make your day enjoyable. The beach that we anchored at was different to last years and, in my opinion, much better even though it was right underneath the end of the runway!!!! Still haven't seen any bloody dolphins though!!!!

Jackie O           

just came back from Kefalonia 20/06/04 left this trip for the last day, was the best day of my holiday, is about £35.00 per person for a whole day and well worth the money! Saw the Dolphins! Then stopped on a beach played volley ball, had a great barbacue (lots of food) mud bath was great and every body joins in young and old. last but not least karaoke, I started it of with daydream believer then everybody joined in. Finished of with a few Queen numbers, Yes I won the Champagne! Can`t forget the crew all worked hard and very knowledgeable.

Robert C           

The best trip out my wife and I have ever had. Saw the dolphins on the way out which was great. Didn't take part in the snorkling as my wife and I can't swim. The fun started when we got to the beach I managed to walk to the beach but had to go back for the wife and after much pesuasion got her into the water and ashore. Captain Makis organised the water volleyball which was great fun this was followed by the BBQ which was excellent with plenty of wine flowing. The mud bath was great and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. My wifes skin is still soft two days later.On the way back more wine and beer was drunk which improved the karaoke.
Altogether a great day out. Anyone who doesn't enjoy this trip must be a right anorak.

Makis F           

IT IS VERY GOOD

Vik            

What a fantastic way to spend the last day of our holiday !! Great fun - highly recommend the mud bath !! We sadly didn't see any dolphins or win the wine - back next year to try again !!

Vicki H           

Fantastic day - really good group of people. Perfect weather, beach, crew. No dolphins for us, and we didnt win the champagne either (even though Vik was first off the boat !!) so will just have to come back next year to try again !!
If you do one excursion - DO THIS ONE !!
Vik, Sue and Kate
(we went on Weds 9th June - fantastic last day of our holiday !!)

Ian R           

Went on trip on the 30th Sept - it p*ssed down! However, had a really great day (yes, saw the dolphins - great!. All the crew worked really hard and what in theory, ought to have been naff karaoke was actualy a very funny, drunken, happy few hours.
Worth doing.

Kay G           

Excellent trip - I was less enthusiastic about booking than my partner, after hearing about the karaoke, but this turned out to be the best trip we went on (and we went on most!) All the crew friendly and cheerful, especially the Captain.
Because the weather had been stormy the day before we were unable to have the barbecue on the beach, but anyone who wanted to was ferried to the beach in the motor launch to wallow in the mud.

PS - we saw the dolphins too!

Dawn S           

Just Got back from Kefalonia, after reading all the comments on this trip we had to go and check it out ourselves. We saw the dolphins! Visited Rabbit Island, then got to the beach started to play beach volleyball and the sky went a dark shade of grey and down came the rain in bucket loads, we had to eat on board the boat, we tried to have a mud pack but unfortunatly the rain washed it off quicker than we put it on, so decided to have a mud fight instead! Dispite the weather the boat trip was a fantastic way to end our holiday, The captain and all his crew worked very hard, they wanted people to have a good time, there was nothing they could do about the weather it was a case of just making the most of the day , me and my eldest daughter was at the front of the boat on the way back arm in arm kicking our legs up to NEW YORK, NEW YORK, in the poring rain with ten foot waves, I went out holding a full glass of wine and finished up with half a glass of sea water!! What a fantastic day! Thankyou Captain Makis and the crew.

Peter B           

An excellent day out! Nigel - I would suggest you lighten up a bit. We didn't see any dolphins either, saw a baby turtle though, loads to do on the beach and excellent food and wine (couldn't expect better when catering for that many). Four of us went and it made a fantastic end to our holiday. Say hi to Cpn Mackis for me!

Nigel L           

This was the biggest rip-off ever. Poor locations, wine which was undrinkable, young girls being sick all over the place on the way home (which was quite funny as long as you held your nose).

The adventure! involves 30 minutes of snorkling, a beach B-B-Q (food was good)where you remain on the beach for around 4 hours and then the trip back to Argostoli. The Captain did his best by informing you about locations etc. but not really that interesting. All in all we were never further than 2 miles from Argostoli.

I'm sure that if I'd seen some dolphins my view of the trip would be different.





Andy            

we were a bit dubious about this one at first but it turned out into one of the best days of our holiday. you are all very well looked after, plenty of room, good food and if you're very lucky some dolphins along the way, what more could you want?! oh and say hi to captain birdseye

Steve J           

A fantastic day out!
This has been one of the best holiday excursions I have ever been on!
Very friendly and knowledgeable crew.
Lazy cruise in the sun, snorkel in the sea, beach BBQ, fun and games for all, full body mud pack to top it all off!
Wonderful.

Dave F           

Went on the glass bottom boat trip on the last Saturday of my 2 week stay. Decided to book the trip through an agent, so can be picked up on a coach for the short trip to Argostoli to meet up with Captain Makis at the harbour. Could have booked direct (which may have been cheaper), but wanted to enjoy all the entertainment (including drink etc) without the worry of driving. From start to finish Captain Makis kept everyone entertained with useful information and funny comments etc. From leaving the Argostoli, the boat travelled around the coast line arriving at our first stop at a secluded cove on Rabbit island. Here we snorkled, dived for champagne bottles, kindly thrown by our happy captain. The waters were beautifully clear and only around 2 metres deep to view the bottom - Fantastic. Then all back on the boat for more commentary from our Captain before arriving at our final stop on a nearly secluded beach for games and our barbecue. I say nearly secluded, I wonder what the couple thought after they found there perfect beach spot, only to be confronted by 50 or so excited happy people with kids, wading from the boat to take claim to their spot lol. The Captain persuaded all the adults to play volley ball in the sea, from a rope and net errected from the boat to the shore. It did not take mush persuading as on this trip most of the other people were up for loads of fun and games. After a long extensive game of volley ball (which the team I was on won by the way lol). The food was ready to eat on the beach which consisted of meat kebabs & greek salad, unlimited amounts of wine for the adults, juice for the kids. Excellant food. Then the Captain supplied us with a massive bucket of bluey green mud to liberally apply all over our bodies to dry in the sun before washing off in the sea. This mud is meant to soften and condition your skin, which it certainly did, but beware your skin afterwards could give you pins & needles for a while. After what appeared to be over 3 hours on the beach, we finally waded back to the boat for our journey back to Argostoli. During this return trip, the Captain insisted on all of us joining in on the Karokee session, which was great fun for all the people who joined in (especially the Harlow posse) I have to admit to having more than my fair share of the microphone - so apologies now for any damaged ear drums, especially on my solo effort (or was that killing) of the Frank Sinatra classic "New York New York" - Soory Frank - after hearing my version, he must be turning in his grave lol. I would recommend this trip for anyone who is up for a laugh and wants to have a full day of fun with other like minded people. My only complaint (which is directed at myself) is that I was unable to have a photo taken with Captain Makis and my partner with our kids to show to our friends. Hopefully will return next year to remedy this problem.

Sarah P           

HI Fay
Thanks for the advise. we will probably book it through the rep as its only a little bit cheaper and will save us the cost of a days car hire to drive to the harbour and the agro of finding it and parking.

thanks for replying

Sarah xxx

Ann G           

Expensive and long if you go from Aghia Efemia. Two hours in a coach via hotels beyond the airport (the journey should take just 45 minutes) was ridiculous and spoilt what was otherwise a well organised and fun day. On the way back we insisted on being able to meet the coach at the causeway in Argostoli on its way back from Lassi and beyond so we had a drink and a walk rather than being stuck on a coach for another extra hour.

Fay W           

NO.... we found it was 12 euro cheaper (per couple) booking
direct with Captain Makis at the boat itself!!

Kicky L           

Att : Ms Sarah Powell
As far as the Glass Bottom Boat BBQ is concerned, the price is the same whether you book it directly or with your rep. I'd say it's better to book it with your rep because it's always fully booked and it's not easy to find seats available especially if you just go to Argostoli Port as an individual client.

Fay W           

50 euro each, 56 with Rep. Only one boat trip a day with only one
coach load a day. Plenty of room and food for everyone. 9.00am
-5.00pm. you won't want to eat in the evening!!! LOVED IT!!

Fay W

To Sarah Powell
The Glass bottom boat can be booked on the
harbour front in Argostolli (you can't miss it!)
but it will be a bit of a trek in a hire car if you
want to book it yourself. I would book with the
Rep if you are staying in Lourdas, the extra six
euro with the rep will probably cover the
hassle of DIY. The dolphins would all depend
on sea temperature, I didn't see them on the
glass bottom boat trip but did a week later on
the Zante trip in mid July

Sarah P           

HELP

HI everyone.

We are going to Lourdas on the 9th sept 2003, and are interested in the glass bottom boat trip. can anyone tell us weather it is better to book it ourselves rather than with the rep. if so where abouts in Argostolli do you have to go to book it. what days does the boat sail, what time is it best to get there to beat the tour buses and how much we can expect to pay? also are the dolphins still likely to be about in Sept?

Louise M           

WAHOO! a pile of tiles

A H           

We are getting on a bit (40+) and went without our kids for the first time in a few years. We asked the rep as we weren't sure about the games and the kareoke. But she assured us it was OK and you didn't have to join in and she was right. Found it a good trip. Didn't join in with the games but listened to the kareoke (no pressure to take part. The "champagne" turned out to be Asti spumante so don't get too excited. Dissapointed we didn't see dolphins but the captian did seem genuinely dissapointed as well. Food was good, beach was good too. Wouldn't rate as highly as some others but I would go again if out that way.

Lisa E           

the glass bottom boat trip was the most entertaining thing in the whole world!!! im sooo glad we did it. captain Makis is such a knowledgeable person and he built the boat him self! he has the bluest eyes i has ever seen! when we boarded the boat there was a lady serving behind the bar and to my utter astonishment expecting her to be greek she said "eeyarr luv d' y want a drink"! she was from yorkshire a lovely lady who also made the trip really special. we also met a marine biologist on board he was the biggest hairyest most unlikley looking marine biologist in the world but my god does he know his stuff! he was based at the university of cork in ireland! but decided to spend the summer with captain makis with all his equiptment monitoring the ionian seas. when we went it was really rough seas we got soaked going there it was great fun! we saw dolphins and captain makis caught a octopus while snorkling i held it for ages and when it left it squirted me with ink!! we all helped making lunch which was a great laugh because the lazy gits which just ligged on the beach had to wait for there wine as we got ours on tap for helping need less to say i was quite merry very quickley! every one on the boat was loveley we all had a wicked time. we also had a champagne dive which was really good except i didn't win! we all covered ourselves with "anti aging mud!" which really did leave your skin all smooth loveley! all in all it was brilliand and would pay double to do it again! if you guys on the boat ever read this i would love a job!!!!!

Olwyn M           

Just got back from Kefalonia(Lassi)Had a great time,and the Glass Bottom Boat trip was excellent.Captain Makis was very entertaining,and the crew were helpful.We did see Dolphins on the way out and the BBQ was amazing,plenty of variety and more than enough for everyone and seconds.The free wine was cold,and plentiful.The Mud Bath was very unexpected but hilarious.One of the good things about this trip was the amount of people on the boat,not over crowded,plenty of space to walk around,enough snorkel kit for everyone and also enough FREE umbrellas for the beach.Helping out with the BBQ was voluntary,as was taking part in the beach games and the kareoke.We would definitely recommend this trip to Kefalonia's visitors,although slightly expensive(because of the Euro?)It is worth the money.Go on spoil your self,YOUR ON HOLIDAY!

Fay W           

First bit of advice if you are staying in Lassiódon't book through
the Rep! Book at the boat in Argostolli harbour. You save
valuable beer/taxi money of 12 euros per couple and you can
walk to Argostolli harbour and get a cab for 5 euros back (and if
you get there earlier than the reps coach you get the best seat!!!).
One of the guys who worked on the boat had visited my local
pub, The Malter Inn on the Medway at Maidstone (Sorry didn't get
your name, you looked Greek but had a Wiltshire accent!!)
The boat trip itself was excellent, the water volley ball a complete
hoot and the food was enough for an army. All in all an excellent
day out (p.s. I ate so much I couldn't eat that evening!!!)

Sally J           

Thanks to the crew Makis, Cristos,Nikos,Nikos, Yvonne and Gary this trip was the best ever, so much so we had to it again the following week! We saw a turtle and we saw dolphins both on the outward journey and back. The whole day is simply fabulous, the BBQ is excellent with lots of extra greek tit bits such as roasted peppers with oil and garlic drenched all over them. Don't miss this trip otherwise you will regret it!

Katherine S           

We had a fun day from start to finish. The captain was a laugh and the food was delicious. All topped off by seeing dolphins. I would really recommend this trip to anyone who wants a day away from the pool and wants to get a great all round suntan!!

Marie K           

i have no idea where dan c*mberland keeps his sense of humour but he obviously does not take it on holidays with him. this was a fun fun fun day out. it is not cheap but great value. makis is one of the nicest, funniest and most tolerant of men. the guide, gary, and his partner yvonne who looked after the bar and the lunch, were great company - we had gary as a transfer rep the day we arrived, again on the onassis dream cruise, the bus trip around the island and we met up again at the airport on departure. the man is tireless in attempting to ensure that people enjoy their holiday.

anyway back to the boat trip - no dolphins - makis was as disappointed as any of us. on xi beach helping with the lunch was optional - i didn't bother but my friend did and from the laughter coming for the assistants none of them regretted their offer of help. beach games were available but i just lay on the beach and drank the copious quantities of lovely wine, enjoyed the delicious lunch and relaxed. wading in to shore with the water chest high is funny enough but wading back out when the tide has come in and the water is chin high and the wine has been flowing is another matter altogether. the karoke on the way home is funny if you want to take part but it is possible to ignore if you are up on the sun deck. tipping is optional but is the norm even in the uk and ireland in service/entertainment industries. what more can i say - a great day out for all the family - but take your sense of humour with you, after all you are on holidays.

Dan C           

Erm, yeah, where do I begin? We paid for a boat trip, (and it isn't exactly cheap to start with!) so why did we have to do most of the work? I mean work? we're on holiday! Carry this, bring that, fetch one of those, did the crew do any work at all? Lunch was a farce, the guests have to cook their own! Lets play beach games, er no I don't think so! Lets get told off by captain 'rip off' makis for not eating cheese, I don't like cheese. Lets all sing on the way home, erm is this a joke? and best of all seeing as the crew worked so 'hard' all day lets tip em, sha right, apart from that it was a good day out! Once in a life time is enough for me though.

Jamie W           

This was a fantastic day out. The boat leaves Argostoli at 9 o'clock and you return at 5.30 The crew work really hard to make sure you have a great day. We dropped anchor at Rabbit Island for a bit of snorkelling and then went to Xi beach for a bar-b-queue lunch. After lunch (and lots of wine which is included in the price) we had a mud bath and sailed back to Argostoli. The only disappointment was that we didn't see any dolphins. One thing that I *hated* was the karaoke on the way back. It put a bit of a downer on the whole day.

Yve B           

We would not visit Kefalonia without doing this trip - done it three times now! Great value - a full day, a decent boat ride and if you see dolphins it is wonderful. The food is great, the wine is good (Capt Makis won't give you a refill unless your cup is empty!) and playing volleyball in the water is silly fun! They looked after my mum by taking her to and from Xi beach in the little boat while the rest of us waded, so her & dad loved the day too (they're in their late 70s...) And Michael, a marine biologist, is full of info about dolphins, the weather, the turtles - do get to chat with him if you can! Not to be missed...

Rebecca N           

We went on the trip that left from scala beach. Not many interesting things to see apart from a sunken boat reck that had been carrying tiles in the 50's. But the captain was very entertaining which made the day :) V

Gary W           

A really good day out leaving Argostoli at 9.00am and returning at 5.30pm. A chance to snorkel/swim, and a great beach BBQ and mud bath. We went from Skala with Etam travel at a cost of 54Euro including the coach to and from Argostoli.

Serena L           

I would like to know where these boat trips leave from. I'm going to CEfalonia next August.

Nicola D           

Like everything else about Kefalonia, this was great! After sailing around for a little bit and spotting the dolphins by the side of the boat we moored on a small, secluded beach and had a beach BBQ!

I remember Captain Makis trying to get my other half drunk on local white wine and fat on cheese pies! A great day out. When we go to Kefalonia again this summer we will definitely do the boat trip.

Jodi K

HJ-
Thank you so very much for your help...I've been searching for months for that exact information!! Thanks a million again!

Cheers!!

Hj B

You can book the trip on the boat itself in the harbour of Argostoli. You have to book one day in advance. Also tour operators on the island can book the trip for you. It cost 54 Euro but it is worth the money. Specially when you get to see dolphins!

Jodi K

GLASS BOTTOM BOAT RIDE IN ARGOSTILI

My husband and I are taking holiday to Kefalonia on Sunday and I am really interested in this boat ride...do I need to make any sort of reservations or any prior contacts before we go? Whate time does the boat dock???

ANY immediate help would be some much appreciated!!

Thanks!!
Jodi

Lorna E

where does the glass bottomed boat trip leave from? we're staying at svoronata in august and it sounds wonderful. just what our children would enjoy. someone please help.

Gill W

Can anyone tell me where this trip goes from and how to book. Thanks!

Carole S           

Our primary goal of going on this excursion was to see the dolphins. We didn't get to see them in the morning but still had a great day chilling on the beach. The captain and crew were great fun and pointed out turtles and flying fish. Great fun wading ashore, but looked a bit D-Day landing with all our bags on our heads ! Snorkels, Kayaks, wet suits, life jackets all included in the price along with the BBQ and wine. The drinks from the bar were cheap, a welcome relief from the rest of the island ! The best part was seeing the dolphins on the journey home. The captain went round and round in circles in the bay hooting his horn, the crew whistling, the passengers all clapping and cheering, encouraging the dolphins to play. Absolutley fantastic !!!!!!!!!

Agnes K           

this was amazing! a pod of dolphins came right up by the side of the boat!!!
hilarious crew and be sure to get the champagne when they throw the bottles
in! great for kids-very clear water and the crew only pick the best days for trips
out. a clear landmark in my life!

Kate H           

This day was great. Although initially we thought it was a little expensive, it was definately worth it. It lasts the whole day and you see some amazing places, so dont forget your camera and plenty of film! The snorkelling is fun and the water is very clear and calm. We saw a dolphin and a Turtle. Lovely red sand secluded beach and delicious salad and barbecued kebabs and plenty of wine!
The captain and crew are a lot of fun, and its definately well worth going on.
Be careful not to get burnt though, coz its quite windy out on the sea and you dont feel yourself burning atall. The glass bottom is interesting though, but not a huge amount to see down there, so you're probably best off up on deck.

Really worth while!!!

Kaz            

we havent been on this yet but we put it all as excellent as we think it will be. we really want to go on this trip and as we are booked 2 go 2 kefalonia, lassi in august 2003 im sure it will be arranged. we came 2 kefalonai in july 202 and october 2002 but didnt get a chance to go on it as we have loads of greek friends out there and spent time with them.

James H           

Easily the most fun trip to have. The Captain & crew are really friendly and they all make sure you have a great time.

Pat G           

didn't do the boat but it sounds like snorkelling gets you better views of the many fish. Lassi, Assos and Anti-Sammos bays were the best for calm water viewiung in October - Xi beach, the one with the red sand and clay for mudpack making is not so clear and no good for snorkelling so glass bottom boat seems irrelevant to this locale. What it was good for was privacy at this time of year and driving form Lixouri takes you through a wierd and wonderful different planet type landscape. I think a glass bottomed boat should do better creeping round the bays that cannot be reached by road between Anti-Sammos and Poros - just a feeling. Is there any other? any one want to buy one and run it as a summer job out there? Pat, October 17 - 25th.

Cheryl K           

A very fun day out! The wine was nice and the fact that it was unlimited was a huge bonus! The food was absolutely delicious (but limited choice) - cheese pies, kebabs, and the best salad I've ever had (which you all make together in a huge bucket). Didn't actually see anything through the boat but the snorkelling deep in the ocean (optional) was brilliant! The karaoke is great. Be prepared to have to walk with your posetions from the boat to the shore chest deep in water. Captain Makis is the funniest, most lovely man - make sure you gat a photo!

Marianne G           

Really enjoyed this day out. The captain is amusing. The food they serve is yummy, greek salad and bbq (you have to help make), and lots of wine. They set up beach volley or you could just lie and soak up the sun. The mud mask was brill as well , i sware my skin has never felt so smooth! Only small complaint would be, that they offer no free drinks when your aboard (there is a bar to pay for ones though), which i felt was a shame as you pay 54 euros, and you'd kind of expect a welcoming drink or just a glass of water. There is not a great deal to see from the glass bottomed bit either. We saw dolphins though, and that was amazing.

Ruth S           

Despite travel sickness on the bus over, this was an excellent day. The activities and the BBQ were great, and there were a few characters amongst the staff, in particular, the Captain.

Marilyn S           

A brilliant day out, didn't see any dolphins but the volleyball in the water, the bbq and wading in the water with our bags on our heads was great fun

Michelle L           

Brilliant day out and so much fun. Played volleyball, had a go at kayaking and did loads of swimming. Lots of good food and wine, and the crew were really friendly. Highly reccomended this excursion!

Malcolm A           

super day out with oliver reid double the food and drink were first class the whole crew were very entertaing and the sights opn the boat were good like the old olive containers at the bottom of the sea very clear

Russell P           

Although when our tour operator booked this for us we thought 50 euros was a bit expensive but what a great day just to see the dolphins for me was worth the money the crew were great and infomative the food was excellant best greek salad of the holiday as much wine as you wanted the face packs turned in to a mud fight with everyone having a great day as a bonus i even got the bottle of champange ok asti only downside was the wife (a bad sailor at the best or times) felt very ill after going down to view through the glass bottom of the boat

Viv P           

Oh what a lovely day! Great value for money, great entertainment and one of the highlights of our holiday. I have never seen so many people eager to chop vegetables! I was assured by a gentleman on the boat that the facepack had worked and I was looking ten years younger!! If you do no other trip,do this one.

Anthony B           

A great day out. Captain and crew were fantastic and really helped you enjoy the day. Even though we missed the dolphins the rest of the day was so much fun everyone just thought it couldn't have made the day that much better if we had seen them. We were all glad that there was a passenger on board who was confident enough to make a collection to show our appreciation-everyone dug deep.

Ronald L           

We thought the day was fantastic. Great fun, great food, great company. Great value for money. Captain Makis is the undoubted star, what a character. The crew were great as was our tour guide Fida. Don`t forget that you can have a photo e-mailed to your own e-mail address for free. Everything we needed was provided free ie. goggles,flippers,snorkels and even life jackets if wanted. We will be doing it again next year with the kids. Highly recommended.

Martin M           

Would love to have done it but the tour companies book all the places and then charge 60euros rather than 35 euros (the price on the dock). Children over 12 cost? Yes - 60euros! off - I refuse to be ripped off (miserly old git!)- we bought some flippers, snorkels and masks (available at any of the supermarkets), hired a car and went snorkeling all week long at any beach we wanted to.

Louise C           

Even though we didnt see dolphins due to a storm a few days before this trip was excellent!! The captain is so funny!! The beach bbq was lovely - olives, feta cheese, bread and loads of salad with kebabs and so much wine its unbelievable!!! You could really make the most of your money!! Volleyball in the water is great fun and anyone can play-whatever their ability - worth a try!! Also try the mud pack - my skin was extremely soft after use-and apartantly its called clarins back here!!! The red sand beach is also lovely but id recommend taking two towels-one to sit on and one to dry with after your walk through the sea to the beach!! Also if your a bit shorter you might need someone to carry your stuff to shore-coz the water isnt waist deep for all of us!! And if that wasnt enough there is snorkelling for champagne in crystal waters where you can get an underwater picture through the glass bottom boat-so take your cameras!! Karoke finishes the day - definitely do it!!

Bridget C           

A Brilliant day out, so much to do in one day, best was seeing the dolphins, & Karokie on the way home

Laura S           

Great day. The crew are all fantastic and all ages are catered for. Volleyball was fun and a good way of getting out of cutting up the salad!! Wine was lovely and vegetarians are looked after, BBQ aubergiens, cheese pie, huge salad and bread. Watermelon for afters. Kareoke on the way home!

Thomas M           

Best day of our holiday.

Pat C           

All the family had a great day. The captain and crew were so friendly and fun was the order of the day!! Bar-b-q on the beach, wine flowing like water, volleyball (for the energetic) in the sea, diving off the boat into crystal clear water for a bottle of champagne, and snorkelling. Even helping with the salad making (with plenty of wine to pass the time!!) was fun. The dolphins were great swimming along side the boat, plenty of 'photos. The captain even encouraged a Karaoke on the way back. Looking forward to a second trip.

Charles D           

It was a great day, well worth the money. there were four in our party and we all enjoyed it.and we saw the dolphins in the morning and on the way back in the afternoon. the crew were great and so was the beach bar b q.

Angela M           

a great day, although the view through the glass bottemed boat a little dissapointing/not much to see. a great b-b-q lots of wine and the crew are all good fun. well worth a try- p.s the face packs good too..

Garry E           

Great day out, BBQ and wine was V Good. saw no dolphins but had a really enjoyable day.

Alexandra B           

We really enjoyed this trip. The beach barbeque was lovely although the Captain does ask you to join in and help chop the salad!

Karen S           

Didn't see any dolphins but It was an excellent trip

More Excursions on Kefalonia

Day trip to Ithaca -  Day trip to Zante -  Onassis Dream Cruise -  Island Tour by coach -  Horse Riding -  Scuba Diving -  Greek Night -  Glass Bottomed Boat Trip -  Weekend trip to Athens by coach -  Day trip to Olympia -  Three Islands Boat Trip - 
JustGreece Guide to Zante Excursions