Fougaros Travel & Holidays, Paxos Island 490 82, Paxos Greece, +30 2662 032373
Some of the best beaches in the world can only be reached by boat. If you've flown all the way out to live life on an island for your vacation, do the trip justice and hire one for the day. In the Ionian's Paxos and Anti-Paxos islands, that's more affordable and beneficial than you might think, thanks to well established charter companies like Water Escapes.
Here, businesses are run by families rather than by conglomerates which means they go the extra mile to earn and keep your business.
While in Paxos, we caught up with Dimitris of Fougaros Travel Agency to give us the inside scoop on boat hire and the benefits of working with a locals.
As Dimitris put it, the businesses in Greece tend to start from the ground up. Many began decades ago when they found themselves faced with a need to fill. In the case of Water Escapes and Fougaros Travel, that meant hosting the barrage of guests visiting Paxos after commercial air travel caught on.
Armed with some extra plots of land and boats, these families decided to pool resourced and provide private villas and tours to visitors. Sooner than later, that led to the opening of a travel agency to manage it all along with their growing portfolio of excursions. To this day, the two family based operations collaborate to bring quests one convenient itinerary, that's completely customizable.
And, who better to show you the ins and outs of the caves, caverns, beaches, and buildings, than a local with a fervent appreciation for exploring them as well?
Dimitris, an accountant by trade, began giving private boat tours years ago out of passion. Moved by the charm of the sea since he was just a child, he fondly recalls stowing away on fisherman's boats for after-school outings. He'd take to the Ionian whenever he could.
Since those days, he's come to know her well and loves wielding his boats along her shoreline like the seasoned sailor he is. It's this fondness for sailing that inspired him to leave the life of an accountant behind and do what made him happiest.
Now, he and his team at Fougaros Travel & Holidays share their love of Paxos and nearby sister island Anti-Paxos with others. And they're happy to show guests the same special places and natural beauty that they've come to know and over the years. In fact, they're one of the few agencies who can take you to the hidden caves. Not to mention, they're happy to stop at prized beaches along the way.
No longer do you need to consider booking spots on hop-on-hop-off style boats. Gone are the days of rigid itineraries and fighting for a place in line. Dimitris and his team will work with you to develop a schedule all your own. Fancy a long soak in the pristine white-sand beaches? No problem, you don't have to worry about missing the last boat back any more to make that possible, either.
The best bit is, most tourists don't know how affordable a day's boat hire is. Which means you're still able to snag one privately, sharing it only among your family, friends, and the skipper, and it won't break your bank. Plus, it's your vacation - who's stopping you from having the time of your life by treating yourself to such a special experience.
To keep those purse strings spry, Dimitris offered us a few pointers for booking a boat while saving. First, July and August are peak season, so if you want a charter in the warm months outside that period, you'll get a great rate (like 40% off kind-of-great). Next, smaller horsepower translates to lower cost. While their boats range from 30 - 250 HP, a couple or family of four can certainly opt for something on the humble end of that range. If you want to know what size you need, message Dimitris and his team here.
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Get ready to have your breath taken away as your toes sink into the sand and you gaze upon a handful of moored sail boats. The turquoise waters stretching out as far as the eye can see are waiting for you.