While in Chania we went on a day excursion to a couple of small islands just off the coast of Crete. Captain Nick runs a boat tour that is fun and informative. His boat has a glass bottom so you can see the reefs and things, as well as the remnants of a WW2 bomber submerged not far from one of the islands.
As usual it was hot and sunny, just perfect conditions for a day on the water.
The first island we came to is a sanctuary for the native kri-kri – and endemic species of goat, sop we were not allowed onto the island. It is a large and rocky island and with the colour of the rocks being the same colour as the goats, it was really difficult to see them.
Captain Nick put out the challenge that if anyone spotted a goat before he did, he’d buy them a beer. On this trip however a sharp eyed tourist beat him to the punch and spotted two of the goats on the hillside.
Even with my super long telephoto lens it was hard to pick them out from the surrounding rocks. We had another opportunity later on, and I got a much better long range shot.
Then we headed to the smaller island and disembarked to go snorkelling around the reefs teaming with colourful fish. I’d never been snorkelling like this before so it was quite fun.
On the way back we were treated to magnificent views of Chania and Crete from the sea, with the White Mountains soaring in the background.
It was a very lovely, if tiring, day out.
If you’re ever in Chania make sure you book for a day trip with Captain Nick. It’s well worth it.
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