Eco-sailing and wildlife cruise

Discover the unique flora and fauna of the Greek islands on our wildlife cruise whilst enjoying a relaxing sailing holiday through the Greek Cyclades islands, and at the same time, participate in efforts to support and protect the local environment.

Wildlife cruise in the Greek Cyclades islands

You will start your wildlife cruise sailing trip from the island of Paros or Syros in the heart of the Cyclades islands. Our itineraries tend to visit the less well-known, less touristy, more culturally preserved and ecologically diverse islands which are off the beaten track. On our wildlife cruises you can book the whole boat for a private charter or just a cabin to share the trip with other guests. As well as your skipper, there will be a biologist or conservationist guide on board who will introduce you to Mediterranean wildlife and species that don’t exist anywhere else in the globe. If you are lucky during the week, there is the chance of seeing dolphins, plenty of sea birds, reptiles, small mammals, marine species, insects and many types of wild plants. You may also see loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) or rare seals (Monachus monachus).

Wildlife Cruise highlights

  • Sail to off-the-beaten track islands in the Greek Cyclades islands.
  • Disover stunning and unique flora and fauna, including dolphins, seals, turtles, lizards, birds, sealife, corals, plants, insects.
  • Experience traditional Greek culture and cuisine.
  • Help in our efforts to support the local environment.

Protecting the natural environment

You may also participate in our efforts to protect and support the local environment. We will advise you how to have an ecologically consciencous sailing holiday, recyling and conserving resources. We will also have a beach clean-up (probably at the same time that we`ll arrange a beach barbecue). We`ll have presentations on the local flora and fauna and take about the Greek ecology and how to protect it.

Possible wildlife cruise itineraries:

Our itineraries are flexible and usually begin in Syros or Paros in the heart of the Cyclades islands. Sometimes we do round trips and sometimes one-way trips. The final itinerary will depend on the weather.

  • Small Cyclades: Syros / Paros, Irakleia, deserted islands of Rhinia, Amorgos, Koufonisia, Donousa and Naxos.
  • West Cyclades: Syros / Paros, deserted island of Despotiko (off Antiparos), Folegandros, Sifnos, Kimolos, deserted island of Polyegos and Milos.


Below you will find a more detailed proposed itinerary.



  • s/y Tahita, Sun Kiss 45 Classic (click to view photos)

    The yacht Tahita is a Sun Kiss 45 with 4 cabins. The Sun Kiss 45 is one of the most exceptional and elegant classical models created by Jeanneau, known and recognised for its strength and sailing capabilities, for sailing as well as cruising the world over. The crew will occupy one of them, so there are 3 double cabins available for up to 6 guests. You can charter the whole yacht or by the cabin. There are two WC/showers on board, so it`s necessary to share. The boat is fully equipped with everything you need for comfortable sailing, including a fully equipped galley, a bimini suntent and sprayhood, GPS navigation and autopilot and full safety equipment.

    The yacht is equipped with field books, binoculars, and a hydrophone for listening underwater to dolphin chatter. If you’re really lucky you may even see a whale! The wildlife cruise can be combined with scuba diving equipment for qualified divers or a hiking cruise with a hiking guide on board. You can explore the underwater life or go exploring around isolated bays and islets of the Cyclades islands.



“Lorcan and I had the holiday of a lifetime! All the best.” Janet and Lorcan, UK

“Anchoring in a small bay, snorkelling in a cave and beach barbecuing were the most memorable moments. The crew go out of their way to make everything work for you… It was my third time and it was great to be back.” Anne-Marie, UK

“Thanks a lot for this beautiful week, full of sail, dives, colourful fishes and discoveries! We will remember these holidays for a long time, especially the dancing nights! We definitely want to come back. Thank you to the best skipper Sotiris and to the best guide Annie!” Elivre and Nicolas, France

“Our experience with our yacht and Ionian sailing was absolutely fantastic and we all agreed one of our best holidays ever. Thank you so much for helping us coordinate it. The yacht was great, very well stocked and maintained. It was comfortable and was great for the six of us plus our skipper.
Our skipper Vasillis was the best! He was fun, knowledgeable, pleasant and capable. On my flight over I had read a book on places to go, but when we got there I decided to just let him advise us. At the end of the trip I looked back into my guidebook and he had actually taken us to several of the placed I had marked as good ones. He said he wants us to come back and take us north next time!
The weather was perfect, hot but not too hot. The water was the most beautiful, crystal clear and the perfect temperature to be comfortable and refreshing… The best parts were the skipper, the water and the beautiful scenery.

We had a wonderful time and we highly recommend this trip. We do hope to be able to go back and do it, or something similar again one day. Thank you for all your help and patience, this trip certainly took a long time to plan because of the pandemic but was so worth waiting for!” Carol, William, Frederic, Constance, UK 

2023 wildlife cruises prices.

Prices start at €900 per person in a shared cabin. Please contact us for specific rates for you.

Price includes:

  • skipper and biologist / nature guide
  • accommodation on sailing boat (up to 6 guests)
  • sailing around the Greek islands
  • introduction to Mediterranean marine life, including visual presentation and seminar
  • local VAT & taxes
  • breakfast provisions (self-service)
  • water supplies
  • port fees
  • outboard and tender
  • final cleaning
  • bed linen, duvet & towels

The fee doesn`t include:*

  • fuel
  • private marina fees (if any)
  • crew meals
  • lunch or supper
  • optional crew gratuity


*Expenses are shared among the group. You should allow around €100 per week per person, payable on embarkation in cash, (for 6 guests) for fuel, crew meals and cruise expenses. How much fuel is used will depend on how much wind there is and how often the engine is used. Marina fees are only charged in a few locations. You will usually moor at small fishing ports and remote bays but once or twice per week it is necessary to go to marinas to refill the water tanks and so on.

Regarding lunches, guests usually buy provisions for a light lunch i.e. salads, snacks on board, and in the evening you would go out together to the main villages for supper at local tavernas. Supper at a local taverna with local wine costs around 10-15 Euro per adult. Tasting local food, products and wine is an important aspect of your holiday and you`ll find that most taverna owners grow their own vegetables, raise their own animals & make their own wine.

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