Located in the mesmerizing Laganas Bay, Zakynthos National Marine Park is home to some rare species of flora and fauna. Established back in 1999, the scope of the park is none other than embrace nature and preserve its beauty. This is a huge heritage and it is our duty to pass it on intact to new generations. Through modern facilities, voluntary work and European funds, the park operates in a pristine manner and provides a shelter to some of the most exceptional “natural inhabitants”. Loggerhead sea turtles Caretta Caretta and monk seals Monachus Monachus breed here, with their population worldwide descending dramatically. So they need a controlled area, where they can continue on their strive to survive.
The area covers Lagana Bay and the tiny islands on site. Keri Lake and its wetlands, along with Strofades islands, complete the region of Zakynthos National Marine Park. This is where you will find the nesting beaches of Caretta Caretta, surrounded by tall trees, dunes and soft silky sand. From early May till mid August, turtles create their nests and new turtles are born, beginning their journey to the sea. It is a sight for sore eyes, but it requires special permission to get involved in the process and experience this masterpiece of nature from up close. Imagine that night flights are not allowed in the area, as they may be harmful to the special guests. But you can always observe sea turtles, as part of ecological awareness.
A special ecosystem has been created in Zakynthos. An ecosystem so lovely, but at the same time so vulnerable. It is up to man to protect and cherish nature. Besides loggerhead sea turtles and seals, the park is home to various other species. Wild swans and seagulls, swallows and iguanas, wild rabbits and porcupines, these are just an example of what travelers get to see in the area. The reefs, the exquisite sea daffodil, Posidonia Oceanica beds, natural habitats of sublime beauty and unique importance. An experience not to be missed, while visiting Zakynthos!