COME SEE Captain Ben’s Island Tour, Paros Greece
CAPTAIN BEN’S ISLAND TOUR: THE GUIDE
REGION: South Aegean
ACCESSIBILITY: Hired vehicle or bus to Pounta Port
BEST TIME TO VISIT: August – September
LOCATION: Pick up Pounta Port
WALKING DISTANCE: N/A
TIME REQUIRED: 10am to 5pm
TOURIST RATING: N/A
COST: €50 per person
OUR TIPS: Bring your cameras and a towel – everything else is provided incl all snorkeling gear!
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CAPTAIN BEN’S ISLAND TOUR: THE EXPERIENCE
As told by Zade Grilloni
What an experience! This day was definitely one to remember. We knew we wanted to do some kind of boat tour around Paros and Antiparos, and found Captain Ben’s tour through Trip Advisor. All the reviews were excellent and highly recommended. From the photos, it looked like a bit of a packed party boat with all young ones so we were a little apprehensive (now that we’re grandmas) but we thought we would give it a go anyway. We were pleasantly surprised!
The boat initially leaves from Antiparos at 9:45 and heads to Pounta Port to pick up people from Paros – which is about a 10 minute drive from Parikia Port. We were the last ones to get on the boat because we needed to stop for freddo cappuccino’s of course. Getting on we were greeted by Captain Ben and his family telling us to find our allocated sun bed on the top deck with a group of about 28 other guests. A piece of paper stuck to the cushion written “Jacky”. Perfect!
There was a bottom deck which also had about 12 people on it. The first swim spot was Agios Spiridon which is an islet with a group of rock formations and a small church nestled atop the biggest rock. It was crazy seeing the water approaching the islet, it kept getting clearer and clearer. It was so unbelievably clear that you could see right down at least 9 meters to the sea floor. Even though it was morning and a little fresh – this place was too beautiful not to jump in!
Captain Ben and his crew were throwing noodles out to anyone who jumped so we could all float. People were jumping from the top and bottom levels. Jackie was too cold to swim so she took photos while I was floating, enjoying the invigorating water.
Heading to the next spot, the sky decided to go completely grey and looked like it would start raining any second. I said a little prayer to my Nonna in heaven asking her to clear the sky and let the sun shine through.
The next stop was Micro Monastiri Bay, we decided not to get off on this one because it was a little too cold with the cloud coverage. Instead we went to the bar and got ourselves two wines to watch people freeze below us muahahah
On the way to the next stop, the sky began clearing and everyone became chattier, we got to know Dayna and Ali; newly weds from New York and Sinthia and Christos, a couple from Melbourne Australia. Great people and even better vibes.
Next stop was Livadi Beach on Despotiko Island, a small island near Antiparos. There were two options – swim to shore or take a little boat over. Me and Dayna decided to swim over with our noodles while Jackie and Ali came over in the boat.
Once we were all on shore, Captain Ben and his crew started bringing out plates of octopus and different salads, it was sooo fresh and delicious. More wines and a shot of ouzo later, we decided to find a spot to take photos… we took some semi decent photos and left our timer remote on the beach. Excellent! (Day drinking is a trap!!!)
The last ones as always, we turned around and everyone had packed up so we put some of our camera gear with the small boat and swam back to the big boat. It was time for lunch! Dayna and Ali kindly saved us a seat opposite them and we enjoyed delicious souvlaki, potato salad, pasta salad, Greek salad and some fresh bread and tzatziki.
Next stop was a secret sea cave on Antiparos island, it was amazing! The clearest, bluest water. Before a few drinks she wouldn’t get it at all, a few drinks later and she’s jumping off the top deck hahaha. In you get babes! The sun was shining and the sky was clear. (Thanks again nons) It was starting to feel like the perfect day out at sea.
On the way to the boat in the morning I had said to Jackie I hope they play 80’s classics and we both cracked up thinking like yeah right! they’ll probs be playing all the latest club tracks… guess what… My dream came true! There was no one under the age of about 25, the music was exactly what I hoped for 80’s and 90’s. Hotel California, Bohemian Rhapsody… classicssss! Everyone was singing along enjoying themselves, there was an old couple from England in their 60’s getting the party started with their dance moves. Amazing!
Last stop was the blue lagoon in between Paros and Antiparos. This was definitely the bluest water we had seen thus far. And what better way to enjoy it that a giant inflatable water slide from the top deck! This was the cherry on top! We had a BLAST. Everyone half pissed sliding down a big ass slide into the best water. Incredible.
On the way back to the port they played the Macarena and of course the Zorba. This was hilarrrious. Dancing the zorba in a circle around everyone’s stuff, best believe we kicked peoples bags and drinks over 😂😂😂
We had the best day ever. If you go to Paros, you HAVE to take this tour. 20/10 for realssss.
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