Lefkada Dayboat Itinerary: Sail around Meganisi

By Kanika from SamBoat - June 15, 2023

If you are in Lefkada this summer and are looking for the perfect way to pass your time, then Lefkada is the perfect place to jet off from on an incredible dayboat route. One popular destination is the nearby Meganisi, whose authentic atmosphere creates a great many reasons to visit. Here is our favourite route sailing from Lefkada around the island of Meganisi!

Lefkada -> Agios Ioannis

11.3NM – 2 hours

Lefkada is known for its connection between the mainland and the other Ionian Islands, so head off from Lefkada from one of the many well-maintained ports in the land. From there, head to one of the most southern points of the island, Agios Ioannis. Here you will find two of the most popular parts of the island, the Agios Ioannis Beach and the Chapel of Agios Ioannis. Meganisi is known for being a quiet, largely unspoiled area, and Agios Ioannis is no different. The beach is a long beach which rarely gets crowded, and is a great start to your day, with you being able to walk down the beach and explore the nearby chapel as well.

Agios Ioannis -> Spilia

3NM – 30 minutes

After a quick stop at Agios Ioannis, the next destination is to stop at one of the only two harbours on the island, Spilia Harbour. The quieter of the two, Spilia Harbour is located just below the Spartochori village which means that Porto Spilia is a great place to dock if you want a day at the beach, with Spilia Beach being one of the most popular and picturesque on the island, and just next to the port, or if you want a great restaurant and taverna experience. One of the more crowded parts of the island, Spilia is a great place to go to explore what an authentic day in the life looks like to a local.

Spilia -> Vathi

2NM – 17 minutes

The most popular area on Meganisi is the town of Vathi (sometimes spelt Vathy), which is located at the end of an inlet. With a charming harbour which gets filled with a large number of boats and a picturesque landscape of the village, Vathi is one of the most popular places on the island for a reason. You can also spot the local farming culture easily from the village, with olive groves and windmills being easy to spot from any area of the village. If you are looking for something to do other than visit one of the lovely restaurants, tavernas and bars, the most popular place to visit in the area is Papanikolis Sea Cave. The second largest cave in Greece, it is home to beautiful views and is an incredible sail in Meganisi, being able to sail right up to the secluded beach near the cave.

Vathi -> Katomeri

5.3NM – 55 minutes

Finally, finish your time on the island with a visit to Katomeri, Fenari Beach is very close by and famous for its lush greenery and beautiful sand. The village is the capital town and is decorated with traditional architecture, taverns and tourist facilities. While it is fun to stroll through the town exploring, the best part of Katomeri is definitely its proximity to the incredible beaches of the island, including Limonari Beach or Abelaki Bay. If you want to go on a small hike, walk up to the Lighthouse Fanari, a small tower, and marvel at the views of the island and the bay.

Katomeri -> Lefkada

13.5NM – 2 hours and 15 minutes

Finish your day where you started, at one of the beautiful marinas of Lefkada. Lefkada is also a great place to end your journey as the nights in Lefkada can be just as fun as the day, with Lefkada being one of the best party islands in Greece. If you like this dayboat route, why not check out our Lefkada weeklong charter itinerary to the nearby islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca!

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