Navigating Navagio: Choosing the Best View for Zakynthos’ Shipwreck Beach

Shipwreck Beach Zakynthos

Shipwreck Beach Zakynthos

When it comes to the iconic Navagio Shipwreck Beach on the mesmerizing Zakynthos Island, deciding how to take in its beauty can be a thrilling yet daunting task. Two popular options stand out: the breathtaking view from the cliff-top observation points and the more exclusive experience of visiting by private boat. Let’s explore the positives and negatives of each, and why setting sail on your own private adventure might just be the key to unlocking the full allure of this renowned destination.

After recent bad weather the Shipwreck has suffered serious damages and not much of the wreckage remains. Read on to find out the best way for you to visit this iconic location before it is gone for good!

Cliff-Top Viewpoint:


  1. Panoramic Views: The cliff-top provides unparalleled panoramic views of the shipwreck, its turquoise surroundings, and the dramatic cliffs.
  2. Accessibility: Most visitors can reach the viewpoint by car or tour bus, making it a seemingly convenient option.


  1. Crowds: Especially in the peak summer season, the observation points can get crowded, leading to long queues and limited space for capturing that perfect Instagram-worthy shot.
  2. Facility Limitations: The facilities are minimal, with few shaded areas and no restrooms, leaving visitors exposed to the elements.
  3. Location: The viewpoint is located in the north of Zakynthos making it a long journey from most major tourist resorts, not only this but the road leading to the viewpoint is narrow and has no ecaspe routes. This means it is often closed during fire season due to the risk of people becoming trapped in the event of wildfires in the surrounding forest area.
  4. Safety: A large area of the clifftop has been cordoned off and is not accessible due to safety reasons. There have been various land slides and earthquakes meaning the structure of the land is unstable and at risk of collapse. The long queues can tempt people to enter these dangers areas to avoid waiting times for the official viewpoint. This leads to people risking a legal case if they are caught breaking these regulations or even worse putting their lives at risk in a spilt second decision.

Private Boat Tour:


  1. Exclusivity: The most significant advantage of opting for a private boat is the exclusivity it affords. You won’t have to share your view with hordes of tourists.
  2. Flexible Itinerary: Private boat tours often allow for a more flexible itinerary, letting you choose when to visit and how long to stay.
  3. Comfort and Amenities: Most private boats come equipped with comfortable seating, shade, and sometimes even restroom facilities, ensuring a more enjoyable experience.
  4. Safety: Regulations are now in place restricting the distance boats are allowed to enter the Shipwreck cove, this means you will be at a safe distance to take pictures and admire the view without the dangers


  1. Cost: Private boat tours may be pricier compared to the cliff-top option. However, the added benefits often outweigh the expense for those seeking a more intimate and comfortable experience. At Luxury Travel Zakynthos we have a range of afforable options starting from 60€ p/p (group of 5 or more), see our private tours here. We also offer a self drive option where you can hire a boat for a full day from 150€ per group, find out more here.
  2. Weather Conditions: While rare, adverse weather conditions can affect private boat tours. It’s essential to check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.

Why Choose a Private Boat Tour:

1. Escape the Chaos: Say goodbye to long queues, scorching heat, and the chaos of crowded observation points. A private boat ensures a serene and undisturbed experience.

2. Safety and Comfort: Unlike the potentially risky one-way road leading to the cliffs, private boats prioritize safety and provide a comfortable setting. No need to worry about the lack of facilities – everything you need is onboard.

3. Personalized Experience: Tailor your trip to your preferences. Stay longer at the beach, explore nearby caves, and soak in the beauty of Navagio at your own pace.

4. Uninterrupted Views: Enjoy unobstructed views of the shipwreck and surrounding beauty without the hassle of finding the perfect spot amidst the crowd.

In conclusion, while the cliff-top view of Navagio Shipwreck Beach offers its own allure, a private boat tour promises an unmatched experience. Escape the limitations of the land and embark on a journey that combines exclusivity, comfort, and the freedom to appreciate Zakynthos’ crown jewel at your own pace. Your adventure awaits – set sail for a memory that will last a lifetime!

What does a Private Boat Tour in Zakynthos look like?

Take a look at the video below for a sneak preview

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What did you choose Cliff-Top View or Private Boat?

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