Arokaria Notebook

Day cruise to Koufonisia

Around the Island

Heading to Koufonisia
Heading to Koufonisia
Dolphins keeping us company

We met up with Captain Yannis around 9:00 in the port of Piso Livadi in eastern Paros. He and the crew were getting everything ready in the boat and soon we were on our way. It’s a quite a big boat and we were about 40 of us on board.

The first part of the the trip was the crossing form Paros to southern Naxos. Half way through some friends from the sea made their appearance with a playful mood. The engine was turned off to let them come closer and soon dolphins were jumping out of the water greeting us.

Seagulls over our heads
Heading to Koufonisia

As they left we carried on our way as well. After a sort stop for a refreshing dip in the waters of south Naxos, we carried on our route eastwards to Koufonisia. Koufonisia is a couple of small islands south-east of Naxos. Lower Koufonisi is uninhabited while in Upper Koufonisi there is a small village. Above all they are well known for the crystal clear waters that surround them. The flirt between the yellowy rocks of the islands and the clear waters of the Aegean sea results to various turquoise hidden paradises.

Inbetween blue and turquoise
the colours of the sea

And that’s exactly what we were after! After crossing the deep blue waters of the Aegean, we finally approached the coast of Lower Koufonisi and we anchored between blue and turquoise. Soon one after the other we jumped in the water, climbed the beautiful rocks and jumped in the crystal clear waters once more! In the meantime on board lunch was getting ready!

keep exploring

Once we had lunch we moved on to explore more of the islands’ beauties. Overall we stopped to three or four spots before calling it a day.

On the way back
back to where it all started

As the sun was moving closer to the horizon and its light started getting a bit more mellow we approached once more our dear Paros! It was a long day but we certainly enjoyed the sea, the sun, the breeze and the hidden treasures the Aegean has to offer!


Captain Yannis organises day cruises to Koufonisia, Delos and Antiparos, if you are interested in getting onboard let our Arokaria staff know and we will arrange it for you.

Paros on a motorbike

Getting around Paros by bike is easy, since its morphology and roads make it one of the most accesible and bike friendly islands.

Autumn Sailing

The wind is perfect and the last bit of sunlight for the day makes the bay and Naoussa at the background look even more magical!

A Relaxing Day at Glyfa

After a couple of hours under the sun and a bit of swimming, we moved to the restaurant of the area, only meters away from the beach.

Walking around Ampelas

… a little fishermen village, on the eastern coast of Paros.

Hiking & Herbs

The mountains of Paros are full of nature’s pharmacy’s pure products.

Greek Design on the Island – Clothing

Today we are going shopping in Naoussa. We are after some contemporary greek creations.

Hiking around the lighthouse

The monumental rock formations together with the low vegetation of wildflowers, herbs and bushes form a magical setting for an afternoon walk.

Swimming from Paros to Antiparos

After about half an hour the swimmers started arriving at Antiparos, where they were cheered by the crowd

Sea kayaking around Antiparos

The sea was calm, so paddling was easy and relaxing, while the proximity to the surface of the sea gave us a unique perspective of the wonderfully blue waters of the Aegean.

Coffee & Snack in Naoussa

After finishing off what has to be done, it ‘s time for a coffee and a quick snack, before leaving the village.