Boat trips and excursions

Boat trips and excursions around Lefkada

Enjoy the best boat excursions and daily boat trips of Lefkada, and conquer the blue waves of the Ionian Sea in Greece! In Lefkada boat trips are very popular activies in summer months, which are available from Vasiliki and Nidri. The local boat cruises sail to amazing beaches of the west coast, such as to Egremni beach or to Porto Katsiki beach, and discover the beautiful islands nearby. The programs of local excursion boats belong to the top activities in Lefkada, and a boat trip is definitely recommended for everyone, who spend here the days of vacation.

Let’s see, what you should know about the local boat trips!

About Lefkada boat trips in 2024

For the boat excursions in Lefkada you have to visit Nidri port or Vasiliki port, because these villages are the primary stations of local boat cruises. In Nidri the excursion boats can be find directly next to the promenade, where the seaside restaurants and the palm trees are. In Vasiliki the boats for daily cruises are located also near the pedestrian road.

Most of the excursion boats of Lefkada leave the port in the morning hours, and return to in late afternoon, offering a one day trip. You can buy the tickets for Lefkada boat trips in local tourist offices, travel agencies, kiosks, by tour guides of travel companies, and directly from the boat’s staff at nights in the port. The schedules and timings change sometimes, because the actual weather conditions have a great influence.

If you are lucky, you can see dolphins while you sail on the Ionian Sea, they usually appear near Lefkada and follow the boats.

Lefkada boat trips and excursions

It’s an important information for travellers, that local boat cruises which sail the to west coast of Lefkada in 2024, visit only the beaches of the south!

On beach days the boats sail past Cape Doukato and the lighthouse, and arrive to Porto Katsiki beach and Egremni beach, where passengers can disembark from the ships. To other beaches of the north, such as Megali Petra beach, Kathisma beach, Mylos beach, etc. can’t be visited by a boat trip which depart from Nidri or from Vasiliki. To visit these amazing north beaches you have to rent a car, bike or quad, or take advantage of taxi service.

Lefkada Nidri daily cruises

Boat trips from Nidri, Lefkada

The most daily boat trips are offered in Nidri, which is also a port for the biggest excursion boats.

In Lefkada boat trips from Nidri:

  • Nidri Star 1 – round trips to Porto Katsiki beach – Egremni beach, Kefalonia island (Fiskardo), Ithaca, Papanikolis cave (Meganisi), Skorpios, party boat
  • Nidri Star 3 – trips to Porto Katsiki beach – Egremni beach, Kefalonia (Fiskardo), Ithaca, Papanikolis cave (Meganisi), Skorpios
  • Makedonia Palace – excursions to Porto Katsiki beach, Ionian Islands cruise to Kefalonia, Ithaca, Meganisi, Skorpios
  • Eptanisos – round trip to Porto Katsiki, Egremni, Kefalonia, Ithaca, Meganisi, Skorpios, party boat
  • Odysseia – round trip to Papanikolis sea cave, Meganisi, Skorpios, Madouri
  • Nikolaos boat – trip to Kastos & Kalamos, Egremni – Porto Katsiki – Agiofili, Lakka beach, Meganisi, Skorpios, etc
  • Argo Ionian Sail – round trip to Meganisi, Papanikolis cave, Kalamos, etc, private & daily cruises
  • Papanikolis daily cruises – round trips to Meganisi, Lakka beach, Skorpios, Sparti, Skorpidi, Madouri
  • Ionian Star – Meganisi, Skorpios
  • M/S Christina – Kastos & Kalamos, Meganisi

The programs of the local excursion boats are the following:

7 islands cruises – sail around the islands of Ionian Sea

Discover the most beautiful islands near Lefkada: you can sail around 7 interesting islands of the Ionian Sea, such as the charming Meganisi, Madouri, Skorpios, Skorpidi, Sparti, Kefalonia and Ithaca on a one day roundtrip. By visiting some larger islands the excursion boats dock for a few hours to eat a delicious meal or a short walk. The places where boats stop for a while you can see in the actual schedules, because these stops always depend on the boats. The villages where most of these island cruises spend a few hours, are usually the beautiful Fiskardo in Kefalonia (Cephalonia), and Frikes or Kioni in Ithaca.

Boat trip from Lefkada to Kefalonia

There are some excursion boats, which take first a short visit at the famous beaches (usually Porto Katsiki beach, Egremni beach or Agiofili beach) before sailing to the picturesque nearby islands. During these cruises the boats sail next to the famous sea cave of Meganisi, the amazing Papanikolis cave!

The largest ships of the island are in Nidri, where hundreds of people sail on 3 decks. There are also smaller, more familiar boats with less passengers.

Boat trips to Kastos and Kalamos

Kastos island and Kalamos island are interesting members of Ionian Islands, but these places are not so well known by tourists. These small islands are unique in the area, because they have preserved their romantic charm in the past decades.

Boat trip to Kastos and Kalamos islands

Daily beach days from Nidri to the west coast of Lefkada

In 2024 you can sail to the Lefkada best beaches by boat from the port of Nidri. If you would like to see the magical Porto Katsiki beach and Egremni beach from the direction of the sea, these boat trips will comply your wishes. The excursion boats spend some time at these beaches, and you can swim in the crystal waters of Ionian sea, relax and sunbathe. There is an important thing which you should know: when the waves become too big on the west coast, excursion boats don’t dock ashore! Some boats don’t leave the port due security reasons during this period.

Nidri boat trips and excursions to Lefkada Porto Katsiki beach and Egremni beach

Glass bottom boat excursions

Take a look to the underwater life of the Ionian Sea! With sailing glass bottom boats you may see several small fishes, crabs, starfishes, morays, and if you are lucky, maybe turtles or dolphins too.

Party boat from Nidri

If the bustling nightlife of Nidri is not enough for you, or you want something more exciting, let’s sail on a party boat. The party boat depart from the port of Nidri in the evenings once or twice in a week (usually on wednesdays and on saturdays), sail to the sea, while the greatest music hits are played by DJ’s. Sometimes the boat stops at one of the nearby beaches and the party continues on the shore: the boat returns to the port of Nidri at midnight. Find the staff of Nidri Star 1 or Eptanisos and ask them for prices and actual schedules.

Daily boat trips from Vasiliki port

Excursion boats in Vasiliki

  • Ionian Princess – beach days (Porto Katsiki beach, Egremni beach)
  • Nidri Star 2 – to Porto Katsiki, Egremni, Kefalonia, Ithaca, Papanikolis cave, Skorpios

Taxi boat to Agiofili beach

Agiofili beach is known as one of the best beaches in the area of Vasiliki village. You can sail to this magnificient beach by a taxi boat, which departs hourly from the port of the village. The taxi boat which sail to Agiofili beach can be find in front of the taverns, with actual schedules. Book in advance in not neccessary, you pay on the boat.

Boat trip to Agiofili beach Lefkada

Boat cruises and excursions from Vasiliki to the west coast

If you spend your holiday in Vasiliki, you can also sail to some west beaches. Ionian Princess and Nidri Star depart to Porto Katsiki and Egremni beaches during summer days.

Boat cruise from Vasiliki to Porto Katsiki and Egremni beaches

Taxi boat from Agios Nikitas to Mylos beach

There is another boat trip, which takes just a few minutes, but it is definitely a great one. In Agios Nikitas there are small taxi boats, which take passengers to the amazing Mylos beach. The boats depart hourly from the beach of Agios Nikitas, you have to pay on the boat after boarding. During high season months schedules are more frequent.

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Enjoy Lefkada boat trips on your amazing holiday!