Indulge into the shades of Ionian Blue.
Indulge into the shades of Ionian Blue, learn to dive at some of the world’s safest dive sites and become certified to dive anywhere in the world with widely recognized 4 day PADI® Open Water Diver course. Nourish your body with home-cooked food, nurture your body and mind with yoga, swim with turtles, connect to the owe-inspiring and beautiful nature of the Greek isle of Zakynthos, get a taste of the local cuisine and culture. This is what this holiday is all about.
To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.
Diving sites are chosen based on weather and current conditions together with skill level of divers participating.
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
Your experienced yoga teachers Thaleia & Andriana welcome everyone, regardless of age, health, fitness or yoga experience. Each yoga session is a different experience reflecting a variety of practices. Most classes are Hatha or Vinyasa though, Kundalini, Thai chi and core fusion can be offered upon request.
The menu is lovingly crafted to provide you with a unique local culinary experience. You will enjoy a variety of nutritionally-dense, cleansing and delicious vegetarian, meat and fish meals that are original, tasty, and energizing. Everything is cooked from scratch with the highest quality ingredients, many of which are homemade, like olive oil, salads, fruit, breads and wine.Book this holiday package »
Please note, the following itinerary is for guidance only and subject to change depending on the season and group’s needs and wishes, but all the following activities will take place some time during the week.
On arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation, Villa Spiros in Laganas. Famed as the home of the sea turtle Caretta Caretta, Laganas will be your base for this exciting diving and yoga holiday. You will have time to unpack, and settle in your new surroundings.
A little while later your hosts will invite you to join them and fellow guests for an informal welcome meeting and home cooked meal over which you can discuss the week’s proposed itinerary and familiarize yourself with the many things there are to do and see in this diverse, lively resort.
In the evening, you may like to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the unending Laganas beach. Let the sound of the sea and the gentle breeze melt away the stresses of your journey. There are plenty of seaside tavernas if you would like to enjoy dinner, with magnificent views over Laganas Bay.
After breakfast, walk a short distance of 500m towards Laganas beach to arrive at the diving school. There, you will meet your PADI certified diving instructors, who will welcome you and give you a short briefing of the course. Each diving course will last for four hours.
First, you start with some theory, during which you will watch videos and learn about the basics of scuba diving. Then, you continue with practicing in the pool and then off to the boat for your first open water diving experience to the heavenly uninhabited “Marathonisi Island", lying peacefully in the sweeping Laganas bay and remarkably shaped similar to our native sea turtle Caretta – Caretta.
Descend 5m to discover a magnificent limestone reef, covered with sponges, soft corals and rich sea life. Swim among octopus, moray eels, cuttlefish, flying fish, grouper, bream, wrasse and parrotfish. If you are lucky enough you might also be encountered with the loggerhead turtles Caretta-Caretta.
You must be hungry by now, back at Villa Spiros, enjoy a homemade lunch with “Gemista”, which is stuffed vegetables, a dish full of aromas and summer colours, feta cheese and Antonio’s chilled house wine.
Later, you may like to rest or explore the surrounding area and the 7 km long Laganas beach laying only 500m, from the villa. Laganas resort offers a great combination of everything a traveler could desire. In the famous sweeping bay, with its shallow, crystal clear water, you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and if you are lucky, find yourself swimming alongside the large, graceful loggerhead turtles. Sun beds are plentiful if you just want to relax, and if you are adventurous enough why not go skinny dipping at the nudist beach a little further away.
Spend the evening at leisure or join your hosts and fellow guests for drinks at the pretty little garden of Villa Spiros.
Wake up in the morning and get your day off to a great start. Walk a short distance to one of the most important nesting grounds of the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta, where turtle nests are scattered all along the golden sands protected by little cages and watched over by passionate volunteers from the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. Just a little way out to sea the secluded uninhabited Islands of Pelouzo, Cameo and the Turtle Island, provide a stunning backdrop to a spectacular setting. Time, now to truly unwind as yoga nurtures your body and soul and the Mediterranean sun & sea breeze softly caresses your skin.
Later, back at Villa Spiros, tuck into a healthy breakfast with fresh delicacies from local farms, before you continue with your diving course. Some more theory and practicing in the pool and then sail to Keri peninsula for your second open water diving experience. Today, it will be a little more challenging as you head down at 8m in Octopus reef in to explore the marine life and some beautiful shallow caves between 2m and 5m deep and swim through the impressive network of tunnels with stalagmites and stalactites lining some of the sea chambers.
In the evening, sample the traditional cuisine with a touch of luxury at a seaside restaurant by the mesmerizing Laganas bay.
After a hearty breakfast, continue your PADI course with a little more theory today and more open water diving.
Today, we sail again to Keri Peninsula to dive into “Marathia”, one of the most magnificent natural sites of Zakynthos island. Explore this underwater paradise at 12m.
Continue with some more magnificent sailing to the crystalline waters and blue caves around Keri and Laganas bay.
After your diving course, enjoy sometime at leisure, before you plunge yourself into the sea to discover the surprising benefits of Aqua Yoga. Get a better stretch in each pose as your body is more relaxed and flexible in the water. This water exercise is also beneficial for people with difficulty balancing, arthritis, during or after pregnancy and post-surgery.
In the evening, join your hosts for a fun making activity and learn how to make the original pita souvlaki with either pork or chicken skewer and homemade tzatziki and Greek salad. Simple, yet wonderful!
Following breakfast, at diving school complete your 1 hour written exam and then set off for your first certified dive at Barracunda reef in Keri peninsula. An underwater paradise reef dive to put in practice everything you have learnt during this exciting diving experience. Discover a kaleidoscope of reefs, shoals, coral cays teeming with local marine life.
In late afternoon, walk a short distance to Majestic hotel & spa. It’s time to fully relax and let all your stresses melt away, while you surrender to a rejuvenating 60 min four hand full body massage, where therapists adapt their techniques to suit your personal needs while increasing circulation, relieving muscle tension and promoting relaxation. After your massage, relax at the spa facilities for as much as you like.
Wake up to another fun and exciting day.
Today, from Agios Sostis fishing port begin a once in a lifetime boat trip experience towards the breathtaking west coast of Zakynthos with the secluded coves, crystal clear water, dramatic caves to arrive at mesmerizing Shipwreck bay. This is what we call a natural eye delight. If the weather is too windy for the boat, we will drive north and still be able to admire the shipwreck from the viewing platform set into the cliff top.
In the evening, explore the fascinating Zakynthos main town, where the majority of the local people live and work. First stop is at the Church of the island’s patron saint, St. Dionysius. The huge inside is richly decorated with gold and icons. The saint’s remains are here in a silver casket, which on some occasions is open for viewing. Later, enjoy a gentle walk and get familiarized with the Ionian architecture and local history before you enter the “The yard of taste”, the most organic & sensational dining experience on Zakynthos island.
After breakfast, together with Antonio, visit Aristeon Olive Press & Grampsas winery. At the olive oil museum, learn how the humble olive becomes liquid gold the precious oil that gives Zakynthians their lust for life. See the display of machinery from the old days before touring the modern factory with your guide. At the end is a chance to taste a variety of extra virgin oils on village bread and buy their products.
We continue our tour visiting Grampsas winery run by the third generation of the family, widely respected by Zakynthians and international clients alike. During the summer months the yachting fraternity visit regularly to restock their boats with wines for their Greek Island Odyssey.
The winery is beautifully presented, from the neat rows of vines to the display of winemaking equipment from bygone days. Son Tassos will talk you through the whole wine making process before inviting you to sit on the shady terrace to sample white and red wines with local cheese.
Enjoy a relaxing morning. You may like to explore the little shops alongside Laganas main road, or swim and sunbathe at the golden sands of Laganas bay.
In the evening dress up for the farewell party at “Dennis”, our favourite tavern in Lithakia village. There, we will enjoy a traditional Greek celebration, with great BBQ and plenty of local wine and of course Greek live music and dancing. Enjoy the sounds of bouzouki while learning how to dance syrtaki.
Phew! A grand finale to a great week!
This morning enjoy a lovely traditional breakfast, maybe a walk to Laganas Main Street for last minute shopping, or a stroll to Laganas beach to take a last dip.
Your driver will take you to the airport or port in good time for your departure.
By now you will truly be feeling at home here, Zakynthian through and through, and definitely like a member of our family.
“Kallo Taxidi! (safe journey)
Self-catering studios and apartments
Join your welcoming hosts for your holiday on this gorgeous Greek isle, away from the workload and rush of the rest of the world. Stay at Villa Spiros, located on the Ionian Island of Zakynthos, with access to lovely cafes, seaside tavernas, a great spa and beauty salon and just 300 metres from Laganas sandy beach.
Private villa with pool
Perfect for those who seek privacy, Villa Antonio, is tucked away in the peaceful and picturesque village of Romiri, set over 2000 sq meters of private fenced olive grove land, with its own outdoor swimming pool & breathtaking views to the countryside.
Please note that prices for the holidays do not include flights. We recommend using skyscanner.net to check flights.
Holiday start days:
March / April / October / November
May / June / September
July / August
7 nights/ 8 days
- It is possible to add extra nights accommodation to this holiday. Please contact us for more information »
- It is possible to stay min 3 nights.
Just pay a deposit now to secure your place
Our booking system allows you to keep your money with you for longer. This is how it works: there's no need to pay for the entire holiday course up front – all you do is pay a 20% deposit and then pay the remainder upon arrival.
We accept: Credit / Debit Card (Mastercard / Visa) or bank transfer to a GR bank account
Full details of how and when to pay the balance will be given during the booking process and will be printed on your confirmation voucher.
The following activities are priced seasonally, but your hosts will get you the best prices while you’re there:
Non activity participating guests are welcome to join. Prices will be discounted accordingly. Please contact us for more information »