Dive into Patmos blue waters, and you won’t regret it! As the locals say; visiting Patmos Island is a blessing. There’s an unusual atmosphere here that you don’t find on other Greek Islands. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but probably comes from the wonderful people, beautiful scenery and fantastic water sports. Known as an historical wonder thanks to the famous Monastery of St John, the island is on the fast track as a water sports fan favourite too.
Living by the sea
One of the highlights on our visit to Patmos was meeting people that actually live on the beach all year long. They shared their passion for the sea, their love of nature and thirst for action. They live for the sea and the sports they can take part in on the water. In the beginning I was a little scared to give it a go, but my new friends convinced me! I tried out water skiing on Kampos Beach. It’s the ideal place because the beach is huge and the waves weren’t too bumpy.
Windsurfing is also available or you can hop on a boat to go exploring some of the nearby coves. Looking out from the beach you can take your pick of all sorts of sports like kitesurfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, barefoot skiing, tubing and of course as on every Greek beach, volleyball. It doesn’t matter what you think your level is, most sports are suitable for all ages and start with beginner lessons.
Not only is Patmos surprisingly great fun for sports, but there is plenty going on besides. We visited a couple of very nice cocktail bars right on the beach. It’s very picturesque and a sunset sipping a strawberry daiquiri is very difficult to improve on! For water sport enthusiasts Patmos is the perfect choice because it’s got everything; sun, sea and sand and wonderful accommodation right on the beach like the luxury hotel Patmos Aktis.
A extreme adrenaline rush
After trying out my waterskiing skills, (improving every day!) we decided to go one step further and explore the magical beaches from under the sea. Scuba diving is something I never even considered before, but it’s a sport like no other. We visited underwater caves, dived from the rocks and all in all fell in love with the island both above and below the water level.
Enjoying the true Patmos
When you get tired of shriveled fingers and toes, head inland for a walk around the small island. The island’s Chora (the center) as well as the Monastery of St John the Theologian and Cave of the Apocalypse are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a reward for all that energetic swimming. Visit in the evening when the sites are lit up like beacons. It’s the calm before another day of water sport fun on Patmos Island.
The next morning, wake up full of energy and enjoy life!