Sunday, April 17, 2011

The caves of Diros

Here is what the bay in front of the cave looks like:

Take a good look of the view before you enter the cave (the entrance of which is on the left and behind us, looking toward the sea — not shown in the above pictures; the exit of the cave can be seen in the picture on the left). This is where you’ll swim later. The beach is covered with large pebbles (see picture on the right), which however end 2 or 3 meters into the sea, the rest of which is covered with sand. But leave the swimming for later. First, go and visit the cave.
The Cave

The Diros Cave is an unusual one, in that it’s half-filled with water, so you go through most of it by boat. What you do is that first you walk in through a corridor carved into the rock, by which you come to a platform facing the water. You wear a life jacket that you’re given at that place (though there is practically zero probability for an accident), and get in a boat that carries 8-10 people. That includes your guide, who will use a paddle to propel the boat, and at the same time explain the various features of the cave.

 Now, if you understand English and not Greek, you’ll be lucky if your guide can speak in English, and you are among a group of English-understanding people in the boat, so you can ask your guide to use English. Otherwise, forget about learning details such as how deep the water is (it’s more than the height of a person, at most places), how deep under the surface of the land the cave lies (it goes under a hillside, so that depth varies), or how long it is (the path that you will traverse by boat is around 100 m, but because you move slowly it appears longer; but there are other pathways in the cave that the boat cannot reach). Anyway, if you exclude the potential language barrier, the inside of the cave is spectacular.

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