Hello feature-self 👋. Alonissos is awesome! Go back there.
Tucked away on this little Greek island is slice of paradise. This being my first time to Greece I can’t speak for the entire country or all it’s islands, but this one is the best!
Masha originally heard about this island before we started diving. We’ve luck to thank, it has great diving. Located on a large marine park much of the water near this island is protected leading to great underwater nature.
I go into detail for each dive in my dive log:
As part of the week we also completed a PADI enriched air diver course. Ironically there gas mixing setup was not ready so we’ve not actually tried nitrox yet. But when we do I’m confident we’ll handle it fine. Looking forward to some added no-deco time in our upcoming dives.
I hope we comeback someday and dive the wrecks in the area. Particularly the Peristera Shipwreck, which dates back to 5th century BC.
Alonissos is pretty small. After a few days you recognize most of the faces. One such face we got to know belonged the captain of the Emanuel Bronner. A nice gentleman visiting the island, along with his crew, to protect the Monk seals.
A rare type of seal. Now endangered. The Monk seals are known to live and reproduce on the island Piperi near Alonissos. The waters surrounding the island comprise Zone A1 of the marine park. A no go zone only accessible by science/conservation boats. Beyond that are Zones A, B, and C each with less restrictions. Diving only being allowed in zone C.
The protected waters also mean the fish populations thrive. Attracting fisherman. Coast guard boats patrol the waters and deter them but it’s not 100% effective. To assist in the the nonprofit / pirate organization Seashepherds sent the Emanuel Bronner to assist. The speedy vessel equipped with night vision will be out there at night this summer insuring nobody disturbs the Monk seal habitat.
Growing up I remember watching Whale Wars with my mom. The reality TV show follows the founder of Seashephers through some crazy adventures fighting Japanese whaling ships. Glad to see first had the organization is still around and making a difference.
From the port it’s a short drive or hike up the hill to the old village where we stayed. We were the lucky first guests of the season at the beautiful Konstantina Studios. Highly recommended, the owner was very nice.
Waking up to this view everyday, 👌🖼, we ate greek yogurt on the balcony. Steps away from the apartment were serval restaurants, a mini market, and a few tourist shops.
My favorite dishes of the trip:
Of all the restaurants in the old town, yes I think we tried them all 😋, Demi’s was my favorite. The chef came out and sat with us sharing some cooking secrets and good stories.
The photos speak for themselves. The island is clean, beautiful, and pack with charm.
This year we have also got into fishing. Along with a friend of ours we purchased fishing rods. Now when either couple goes on a trip by the sea we share gear.
Unfortunately we are still beginners and didn’t catch anything this trip.
Still it was worth while to get out and explore places you might not other wise see except for fishing.
All and all a great trip. I highly recommend Greece and in particular the beautiful island of Alonissos.