Snorkeling Path 1 (green)
Ideal for nervous swimmers ...
...and first time snorkellers this snorkel path, which leaves from Abaton Island’s sandy beach, takes you through waters with an average depth of around three meters.
Photo Stop #1
Look out for? Sea sponges and bryozoan colonies
If you’ve ever dreamt of seeing those crinkly natural sponges that are so good for your skin in their natural habitat, now’s your chance. You might also see some of those oddly named bryozoan colonies - more commonly called ‘moss animals’ – which can grow as big as footballs. Scientists say that their presence is a sure sign that the water is not polluted. Did you know? In the 19th century Europeans were big fans of the humble Greek sponge. After inventing a new type of diving suit so that they could fetch them from the deep, many Greek sea captains made a fortune in the sea sponge business.
Photo Stop #2
Look out for? Sarpa salpa
Also known as the dream fish, or cow bream this pretty little fish, which is a species of sea bream, is easily recognised by the golden stripes running along the length of its body. Did you know? Those golden stripes on the side of fish are said to have hallucinogenic properties that are similar to the effects of LSD when ingested.
Photo Stop #3
Look out for? Gobius fallax
Also known as Sarato’s goby, this small tiger-striped fish is native to the Mediterranean. Did you know? This fish, which generally grows to nine centimetres in length prefers shallow waters and can often be found sheltering in rocky crevices.