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Hellenic Hotspots: 5 Great Greek Island-Hopping Tours
Whether it’s your first visit or you’ve been there before, planning a vacation to Greece isn’t a casual task! There’s so much to see and do that you’ll likely need several vacations to visit all your dream destinations. But why not travel off the beaten path a little on your next Greek voyage?
Besides the famous historical landmarks in Athens , the Greek islands are popular tourist getaways for their soothing blue waters, golden beaches, and phenomenal cultural experiences. Since there are over 2,900 islands in Greece, a Greek island-hopping tour could have you exploring almost endlessly. Ready to see what we mean? Get started by checking out some of the must-see islands in Greece.
Santorini is a popular bucket-list Greek holiday destination. You’ve probably seen Instagram photographs of the area’s famed white-washed walls and blue-domed homes in the background. These homes, which are stacked against the craggy cliff-tops, are a sight to see. Some of the even house charmingly romantic places to stay.
Tourists freely stroll through the lovely, pedestrian-only streets, stopping by for refreshments at local tavernas. If you treasure your peace and your quiet siestas, find a room with a pool and terrace to avoid the cruise ships’ hustle and bustle throughout the day.
Corfu is a culturally rich area influenced by German, French, Italian, British, and Venetian traditions. Beachgoers from all over the world come to admire the island’s beauty. The green hills, noble houses, Venetian fortresses, and Greek temples make for the ideal backdrops for cultural exploration and romantic getaways.
Many travelers like to see the famous golden triangle of Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. Mykonos , in particular, feels more cosmopolitan than other islands. It has a vibrant party scene and ample opportunities for you to engage in a little retail therapy. The island has world-famous beach clubs and offers sunset cruises along the southern shores.
History lovers might want to consider a day trip to Delos Island, which is thought to be Apollo’s birthplace. Or, you can explore ancient monuments, like the famous Windmills, Paraportiani Church, and Ano Mera village.
Want to experience splendor on a budget? Paros could be the destination for you. It’s a wonderful mix of taverns, nightclubs, and classic Greek streets dotted with fantastic cafés and gelato shops. There are also several prominent tourist attractions here. These attractions include the Church of 100 Doors, the Archaic Temple of Athena, and the Venetian Port.
Naxos , the largest of the Cyclades Islands, has some of the nicest long, sandy beaches to visit. Its wide, shallow, and calm waters make it an appealing alternative to Mykonos if you’re aiming for a vacation that’s a bit more family friendly. Enjoy the picturesque white-painted villages and towns that make up its relatively small populated area.
The Best Island-Hopping Tour Packages
We’ve rounded up some of the best Greek island holiday packages and island-hopping tour packages to consider. Keep in mind that prices can change at any time, but these are great examples to help you start to budget for your trip. If you wish to create your own island-hopping plan to match your exact taste, feel free to skip to the next section.
11-Day Greek Island-Hopping Tour
- Islands: Athens, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Santorini
- Available From: Tourradar
What’s not to like about this tour? It takes you on an 11-day Greek island hopping excursion from Athens to Santorini and beyond! The price includes all accommodations, meals, transportation, and tour guide fees. You’ll only be responsible for covering flights and personal expenses like souvenirs.
5-Day Labyrinth of Crete Tour
- Islands: Heraklion, Spinalonga, Knossos, Crete
For a more in-depth cultural experience, the five-day Labyrinth of Crete Tour is a good choice. History buffs will enjoy this specially designed excursion to Zeus’ birthplace. Keep in mind that the journey will begin and end in Heraklion, the capital of Crete. All prior travel arrangements are up to you.
10-Day Greek Island-Hopping Tour
- Islands: Crete, Santorini, Mykonos
- Available From: Trailfinders
A more flexible, exploratory tour to consider is the 10-day Greek island-hopping tour from Trailfinders. While the tour only covers three islands, each stop allows you to freely stroll about and learn about the local cultures and cuisine. With at least a full day at each location, you’ll have plenty of time to check off the items on your must-do list at every island.
Ultimately, a vacation package spares you the trouble of planning every trip detail. An all-inclusive Greece holiday package usually manages everything from organizing travel arrangements to booking accommodations. The only catch is that these packages have fixed itineraries — your package might include passing through an island you’ve already been to or aren’t interested in visiting.
Customizing Your Own Island-Hopping Plan
If you want more control of your island-hopping vacation, create your own itinerary. If you choose this route, you need first to identify which islands you want to visit. You should also look into all-inclusive Greek resorts to enjoy.
You’ll most likely use a ferry to island-hop throughout your trip. You can check into island-hopping ferry routes to take throughout your tour. Here are some examples of island-hopping routes that different ferry companies cover in each island group for your reference.
- The Argosaronic Islands – Aegina, Agistri, Poros, Hydra, Spetses
- The Sporades Islands – Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Skyros
- The Ionian Islands – Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Ithaca, Lefkada, Corfu, Paxos
- The Western Cyclades – Folegandros, Milos, Kimolos, Sifnos, Serifos, Kithnos, Kea
- The Dodecanese Islands – Rhodes, Symi, Tilos, Kos, Karpathos, Kalimnos, Nisiros, Leros
- The Eastern Cyclades Islands – Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Amorgos, Iraklia, Ios, Santorini
- The Northern Aegean Islands – Samos, Fournoi, Ikaria, Chios, Lesvos, Limnos- Samothraki, Thassos
Finally, it’s best to have a “home base” on one island and make day trips to others. Your “home base” should have an airport where you may fly in and out from your island-hopping trip. Consider selecting the capital of the island to serve as the starting and ending point of your island-hopping tour.
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Journey to the Underwater World with Atlantis!
- Atlantis Submarine Kona
- Explore the undersea world without getting wet!
- Air conditioned comfort inside submarine
- Minimum height 36" and all guests must negotiate a nearly vertical ladder
- Checkin is in downtown Kona
Check out Atlantis Submarine Kona … the most technologically advanced passenger submarines in the world and the only true submarines operating in Hawaiian waters. Treat yourself to Kona's most beautiful and captivating underwater scenery. You'll descend 100 feet into another version of paradise - a 25-acre natural coral reef and its marine inhabitants! Atlantis Kona offers a journey aboard a 48-passenger submarine with a spacious air-conditioned interior, large view-ports and comfortable seating. The knowledgeable and friendly crew will share their love of the ocean on this excursion and provide information ranging from fish identification to scientific data. To observe the magnificent aqua-blue ocean abundant with marine life of Hawaii from a submarine is a "must do" and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Submarine Dive Rate (HATL1)
$148.00 per Adult, $66.00 per Child (12 and under) (plus 7.712% Hawaii sales/harbor tax)
GPS Address: 75-5660 Palani Rd., Kailua-Kona, Hi 96740 Click to view map
Schedule: 7 days a week at 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, and 2:00pm.
Checkin: Atlantis Retail Store inside Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Parking is available at the hotel. It is $2.00 for up to 4 hours with validation. Free parking is available at Public Parking lot located between Kuakini Highway and Likana Lane, next to Bougainvillea Plaza Building.
Duration: About an hour and 15 minutes including shuttle boat ride. (45 minutes underwater)
Narration: All tours are in English. Headsets providing narrations in Japanese are available upon request.
What to Bring / Wear: Comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
Restrictions: Children must be 36 inches or taller to ride the submarine. Passengers must be physically capable of ascending and descending a near vertical ladder in order to ride the submarine.
Reservations: Advanced reservations required and we recommend booking this a month or more before your arrival. A credit card is required to secure your space and Atlantis Submarines will charge your credit card when your space is confirmed.
Minimum Notice for Cancellations / Changes: At least 48 hours before the start of the event.
Hawaii is the most isolated island chain in the world. Because of its isolation, our state has the highest percentage of species that exist nowhere else on Earth! Many of these unique species are fish and coral, so you absolutely must take in the marine life when you are here. You can go back home and brag to all your friends that you've seen fish that live nowhere else in the entire world! Some visitors choose to snorkel or dive, but the submarine makes it possible to see our amazing marine life even if you don't want to get wet.
The interior of the submarine feels much like the cabin of an airplane – comfortably air conditioned and pressurized as you go to depth. Your seat faces outward so you can look directly into the gorgeous ocean blue. The dives are narrated, so you can learn about what you are seeing as it swims by. You will enjoy an unforgettable 45-minute journey aboard a 48-passenger submarine as you visit a huge expanse of beautiful and natural coral reef.
The Submarine is great for kids – they LOVE diving to 100 feet in an actual submarine. Many younger kids really aren't comfortable snorkeling in the ocean, so this is the best way for them to experience our Hawaiian waters. Just be sure any children in your party are at least 36" tall and that they can handle going down and up the ladder on their own to board and exit the sub – they cannot be carried.
The location for check in for the submarine is in the heart of Kona town, right next to the Kona Pier. This makes it extremely convenient for those staying in Kona, or coming in on a cruise ship – You can walk down the dock for check in. It doesn't get easier than that!
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Kona Submarine Tour - Atlantis Undersea Expedition
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- The tour involves two vessels, a shuttle boat to take you to the submarine, and the submarine.
- The submarine portion will be approximately 45 minutes, and the total duration of the tour, including the shuttle boat ride, will be about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Your aquatic journey begins with a scenic boat ride that includes breathtaking views of the Kona coast as you cruise to the dive site. Once all passengers are boarded on the submarine you’ll begin the descent. Large portal windows provide plenty of viewing space for every passenger.
- Each guest is required to independently navigate a nearly vertical 10-step ladder into and out of the submarine
- Children must be a minimum of 36" in height to ride the submarine
- Food and beverages will not be provided on this tour
- The submarine is 65-feet (20 m) and can hold up to 48 passengers
Price per Adult :
Private Charter - Kona Submarine (up to 48 passengers)
Price per 1 Charter :
Check-in at Kona Shopper's Square (King Kamehameha Hotel)
Take a scenic ferry boat ride from the pier to the dive site. Once you arrive, the crew will help you board the submarine.
Enjoy a 60 minutes underwater in a spacious 48-passenger submarine! Peer out of the vessel's windows for spectacular views of natural coral reefs. Enjoy these and other marine life swimming on a 25-acre reef.
Cruise back from the submarine to the pier on a ferry boat.
Pick-up/check-in time & location.
Drop-off/Check-out Time & Location
Start time :
- Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel - Lobby Area
- This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
- Passengers must be physically capable of ascending and descending a near vertical ladder.
- Participants must be at least 16 years of age to participate without an adult.
- Children must be at least 36 inches (91 cm) tall to ride the submarine. Children who do not meet the height requirement will not be allowed to participate in this activity. No exceptions will be made.
- The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
- The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
- Audio headset narrations are available in Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and Spanish.
- A minimum of two passengers is required in order to make a booking with transportation.
Booking requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
- You can book a minimum of 1 and maximum of 1.
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I liked this tour, but I would say its a one and done!
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Very professional. Informative commentary and a great underwater experience.
Activity Provider Atlantis Adventures (Maui & Big Island)
Activity provider, payment / cancellation policy.
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- Shared group tour: Any cancellations made after 15:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. Private Charters: Any cancellations made after 15:00 local time, 14 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
- Shared group tour: Any changes made after 15:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. This includes, but not limited to, change of the activity date/ time, package, the number of participants, etc. Private Charters: Any changes made after 15:00 local time, 14 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount. This includes, but not limited to, change of the activity date/ time, package, the number of participants, etc.
Change policy, how does weather affect the submarine dive.
Usually, the weather above the water won't have a big impact under the water. However, if it has been raining a lot, the visibility will decrease and may lead to tour cancellation due to weather.
How far in advance should I book this activity?
We recommend booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance. If you have very specific schedule requirements and are not flexible, please book sooner. Last minute availability is often possible, but limited.
Why do children need to be 36-inches tall to participate on this tour?
All participants are required to climb up and down a vertical ladder into the submarine without assistance. Children under 36 inches are usually unable to do this.
What kind of submarine will be used?
The "Atlantis" submarine is a 65-foot, 48-passenger, air-conditioned passenger sub with 26 large 2-foot diameter side view ports and an extra large 53" front view port. The submarine, as featured in National Geographic television specials, will take you to depths up to 100 feet!
What kind of submarine is used?
The standard submarine is a 65-foot (20 m) M48 submarine with a 48 passenger capacity, comfortable seating with 26 side view windows. It is certified to go to 150 feet (46 m) in depth.
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Royal Kona Resort Luau Combo With this tour, you won’t just get a spectacular 45-minute submarine tour, but you’ll also get to revel in a traditional luau at the Royal Kona Resort. Just imagine being inside a coconut grove, watching a wonderful Imu Ceremony, tucking in to an all-you-can-eat Polynesian buffer, and having access to an open bar. Oh, and get excited about the rare Samoan ‘fire knife’ dance! Cost $199 for adults +taxes $89 for children +taxes
Island Breeze Luau Combo You’ll receive a fantastic 45-minute journey underwater on a 48-seater submarine, and a traditional night-time luau at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Expect plenty of vibrant fish, wonderful dances, delicious food, an open bar, a Lei greeting and lots of Aloha spirit. Cost $199 for adults +taxes $89 for children +taxes
Whale Watch & Undersea Adventure Combo Who wouldn’t want to witness a multitude of giant whales gliding through the ocean? Well, now you can, between December 1 and March 31 of every year. First, you’ll enjoy a trip aboard an Atlantis submarine from 10:00am, and then hop on a 65-foot catamaran at 1:00pm to 3:30pm. The second portion of this tour includes snacks, all non-alcoholic beverages, and a cash bar. Cost $199 for adults +taxes $119 for children +taxes
Historical Sunset Dinner Cruise Combo Have you been searching for an activity that will provide you with fabulous memories of the Big Island? Then, you’ll love this tour! First, you’ll delve deep into the Kona coral reef on a submarine at 1:00pm, and then at 4:00pm, you’ll have a 3-hour cruise and buffet dinner. The cruise will include a 12-mile ride down the coast to Captain Cook’s monument, live entertainment, one complimentary cocktail and a cash bar. Cost $229 for adults +taxes $129 for children +taxes
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Are you wondering what to do in Kona Hawaii with kids?
I recently took my 5-year-old on the Kona Atlantis Submarine on the Big Island. This is a kid-friendly tour that takes you underwater to see tropical fish and sunken ships.
We have previously done the Waikiki Atlantis Submarine and the Maui Atlantis Submarine so we were curious how this one compared. Keep scrolling to read my honest Kona Atlantis Submarine tour review.
You will be able to see all of your favorite Hawaiian sea creatures up close, including a manta ray, parrotfish, triggerfish, and more! The crew was friendly and helpful throughout our entire trip as well which made it even better for us!
If you are looking for an exciting way to spend your day in Hawaii then look no further than this fun submarine adventure!
Keep scrolling to read my review of the Atlantis Kona Submarine Adventure.
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Kona Submarine Tour FAQs
YES! We’ve done the Atlantis Submarine on Maui, Oahu and the Big Island and the Kona submarine was by far our favorite. It’s an easy way to see tropical fish without snorkeling.
One of our favorite Kona Hawaii excursions for kids is the Aloha Adventure Farms ATV tour . They offer UTV rides for kids ages 5-15 and people ages 16+ can ride ATVs through the jungle, stopping villages to learn about Polynesian cultures through hands-on activities. There’s also swimming with dolphins at the Hilton Waikoloa Village . These are all awesome things to do on Big Island with kids.
Kids need to be at least 36″ tall to ride.
Brief History of the Atlantis Submarine
Atlantis Submarine Adventures has been operating in Hawaii since 1988. They have some of the largest and most technically advanced passenger submarines in the world.
They are pretty passionate about sustainable tourism and their Hawaii submarines are battery powered and don’t pollute the water. And in an effort to not disturb the sea life, they are also really quiet.
Atlantis Submarines currently have dive sites in Waikiki, Oahu; Lahaina, Maui; and Kona, Big Island. These are popular activities for a Hawaii vacation with kids.
What to Know about the Kona Atlantis Submarine Before You Go:
The Kona Atlantis Submarine is located in the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel on Ali’i Drive. This is walking distance from many Kona hotels.
You can either walk or park in their paid lot. We parked there for about 3 hours and it ended up being $25. However we forgot to get our parking validated.
When you enter the hotel, you’ll take a left and then a right until you see the Kona Atlantis Submarine check in area. It’s all indoors and air conditioned.
After you’re checked in, you’ll have the option of walking around the hotel for a bit or hanging out by the large outrigger canoe. When we were there, they had an amazing display of artwork by the famous Hawaiian artist Herb Kane.
Note: there are no restrooms on the submarine, so you’re best bet is to use the one by the luau check-in desk near the hotel’s main entrance.
Short Boat Ride to Submarine
Since the reef right in front of the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is pretty shallow, you’ll take a 5 minute boat ride out to the submarine.
During this short boat ride, you’ll see safety presentations about all the different equipment you may have to use in an emergency (however they haven’t needed any since they started tours 30 years ago).
You’ll also get sweeping views of the entire Ali’i Drive strip, which is pretty cool!
There’s only one open-air section with built in benches. And the boat is pretty small. You also must stay seated the whole time. There’s no need to stand up to take photos of the submarine as you’ll have a much better opportunity on the way back to shore.
Once you reach the submarine, the crew will direct you to a line so you can climb down into the submarine with the rest of your group. You can leave your bags on the boat if you like. No one but the crew is on the boat while you are in your submarine.
You will need to turn around and climb down a steep 10-step ladder. My 5-year-old was nervous at first, but he managed to do it all by himself.
Submarine Tour in Kona Hawaii
Once you enter the submarine, you’ll see there are giant circular windows right in front of you. Two people share one large window.
You’ll start off going 60 feet under water and then you’ll gradually get to about 100 feet under the sea.
Underwater, you’ll get to see an 18,000-year-old coral reef that spans 25 acres! You’ll see TONS of tropical fish and other undersea creatures. We saw a manta ray and it was majestic!
The major Kona attractions are the sunken shipwrecks. And there are fascinating (and humorous) stories that go along with them.
The captain is really good about turning around so that the other side of the submarine can also get views of the items under water. That’s one of the reasons I think it’s one of the best Kona adventures for families.
Along the way, you’ll see fish and other sea creatures pop up sporadically. Because this is an ocean, they cannot guarantee you’ll see any fish, sea turtles, sea horses, sharks, or whales. It varies so much from tour to tour.
We ended up seeing a lot of schools of fish, which was awesome!
Kona Boat Ride to Shore
After the submarine ride, we climbed back out and onto the boat.
They did a full circle around the submarine so that everyone on the boat could stand up and take their own photo of the submarine in the water. The crew even waved!
It’s a quick 5 minute ride back to shore, but the views are pretty amazing!
How does the Kona Submarine Tour Compare with the Waikiki and Maui Submarine Tours?
Now that we’ve done all three Atlantis Submarine tours in Hawaii, I can confidently say the Kona submarine tour is our favorite.
We appreciated being able to wait for our tour to start in an air-conditioned hotel. The boat ride was short yet really fun and scenic. And the tour itself was informative, funny, and we saw TONS of coral and sea life in addition to the cool wreckage.
It’s definitely one of the top Big Island adventures worth checking out.
The Highlight of this Kona Tour and What You Should Look Out For
For my son and me, the highlight was simply going on a REAL submarine ride. It’s something unique that many people never have the opportunity to do. In fact, our guide said only 1% of people across the globe ever go 100 feet under water.
And fun fact: our submarine was built in Everett, Washington!
There are a couple of things families should know:
- There are NO restrooms on the submarine. So, I encourage you to have your family use the facilities inside the hotel instead.
- If anyone in your family gets motion sickness, they do have sick bags that are easily accessible on the submarine.
- The ladder to get in/out of the submarine is super steep and they want kids to do it on their own instead of being carried.
How Much Does it Cost and Where is it Located?
You’ll find the Kona Atlantis Submarine tour at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel on Ali’i Drive.
There’s a ticket booth inside the hotel if you want to get same day tickets. From there, you’ll walk along the beach and onto the dock to get on the shuttle boat.
If you are sure you want to do this Kona activity, you’ll definitely want to reserve tic k ets before you arrive. Adult tickets start at $133 and children start at $51. Prices vary depending on restrictions/availability.
So, is the Kona Atlantis Submarine Worth It?
Absolutely! My 5-year-old son said this was his favorite Kona activity! We both loved seeing all the tropical fish, the manta ray, and the cool wreckage sites. Plus, our Kona tour guide was hilarious!
We’ve done the Atlantis Submarine on Oahu and Maui , but the Kona Atlantis Submarine ride is by far our favorite!
It’s definitely one of the best Kona Hawaii activities and top Big Island excursions for families!
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