Although we still intended to see more of Turkey, we decided to make a small detour to Kos Island in Greece, as it was only a one hour ferry ride away, costing just 16 euro! Interestingly i got pulled up at the passport control as they noticed I had a north Cyprus stamp in my passport. They obviously did not want to acknowledge someone whom had been traveling there, so stamped a loose piece of paper for me instead and told me to keep it.
Everything went smoothly otherwise, and we landed in Kos city! Our accommodation was in a party town called Kardamena. This had a bit of a Ayia Napa feel about it as there were plenty of Brits around, plus it came alive at night with dozens of clubs, pubs and restaurants. Although we did go out one evening for drinks, we had one of our best meals this trip at a traditional Greek restaurant called Avli. This was recommended to us by one of Luke’s good friends that knew the owners. After a bit of name dropping, they looked after us like kings which resulted in a fantastic evening!
On our second day Mark, Luke and I hired some quad bikes as we wanted to check out the island a bit more. This turned out to be the best idea ever, as we brummed off towards the beautiful town of Kefalos. We drove to the top of the mountain and saw some amazing views – making sure to stop off at about three different beaches along the way!
We did a bit of snorkeling, had a coffee, and of course some beers whenever we saw the opportunity. I would mark it down as one of our best days to date, and would highly recommend Kefalos for a relaxing beachside holiday. Here are some videos i took of our little adventure.
After much deliberation, we took tripadviser’s advice and booked ourselves onto the three island day cruise on the “Katarina”. This promised to be a fun filled day hopping from one island to the next, including lunch, swim stops, snorkeling, and cliff jumping for the adventurous. The boat took only about 40 passengers, and really was a fantastic day!
The captain was a really fun and entertaining guy. He gave the girls a captain’s hat each and we got this cool photo!
Then he brought out his treasure chest of pirate dress up gear, and we posed for some pictures. It was hilarious watching everyone pose!
The music was really great throughout the cruise, and of course one of the songs was Celine Dion’s “My heart will go on”. The captain ushered all the couples (or anyone willing) to the front of the boat for a classic titanic pose. Here’s Mark and Rikki!
Then as we were coming into the marina, he started blazing “Gangnam Style”. He is in the middle, the girl to his left did a solo performance for everyone – it was hilarious considering the song lasted what seemed like 10 minutes. Dan got up there too! 🙂
All in all it was an awesome day! For 30 euros each including a delicious lunch we couldn’t have done something like that on our own. I would highly recommend it!