Karpathos is beautiful, but have you heard of the small, uninhabited island next to Karpathos? The small island to the north is called Saria. From Pigadia and Diafani you can take a boat to this uninhabited island then.
Yes, that’s right uninhabited! Only fishermen and shepherds sometimes stay here for a short time. Saria belongs, like Karpathos, to the island group of the Dodecanese. Karpathos and Saria are separated by a channel of only 100 metres. So it is very close to each other! The island is rocky and volcanic and you will find beautiful bays and ruins. Saria is also known for its breeding place of the Eleonora’s falcon.
Saria can only be reached by boat. From the capital of Karpathos, Pigadia, or from the village of Diafani (in the north of Karpathos), you can reach saria. During the season there are daily boats from both harbours. We have chosen to leave from Diafani. From Pigadia we thought the boat trip was a bit too long. Today we sail with Captain Manolis (facebook). Very nice that it is already the end of the season, because of that the boat is not so full.
Time to go sailing
We are on the boat with the family and 4 other people whom we drop halfway, because they continue walking. After about an hour of sailing, we arrive at a beautiful cave and it is immediately time to dive into the water, delicious! We stay here for about 15 minutes to swim and then we continue to the beautiful Palatia bay. Here we stay for about 4 hours.
You can choose to just swim or snorkel, or you can take a walk to the old village of Argos, the Syrian pirate ruins and the Byzantine St. Sofia chapel. By the way, on the left side of the bay you will find beautiful caves. You can swim through them and that is also worthwhile!
On the beach of Palatia, a simple but delicious lunch is served as well. After a few hours, it is time to move on again. Before we go back to Diafani, we stop at Alymounta where we can have another swim. From there we sail back to Diafani in one go and the captain has a nice glass of raki for everyone.