Level: Free shore access This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Nissaki is a small but beautiful rocky cove located on the northeastern coast of Corfu, with crystal-clear azure waters and views across to Albania. A taverna sits atop the rocks to one side where the staff and customers often throw bits of food into the water keeping the fish well fed and close to shore.
Nissaki (or Nisaki) beach is accessed by road off the main Corfu town (Kerkyra) to Kassiopi coast road about 21 km from Corfu town and 15 km from Kassiopi. Coming from Corfu Town go through Gouvia, then Dassia; then, at the end of the long Ipsos beach where the road is right next to the beach, take the sharp right hairpin bend towards Kassiopi. The coast road twists and winds for 5-6Ks. Nissaki is signed off to the right, but there are big signs advertising scuba-diving and a car-hire cum minisupermarket on the junction. The 500m road down is wide and tarmacked. There is a small car park near the bottom just before a hairpin bend to the right which takes to the beach and harbour, where, if you are VERY lucky, you may find a parking space. There is a coastal bus service from Corfu (Kerkyra) to Kassiopi. The nearest stop is on the junction with the road going to Vigglatouri which is just short of the Nissaki turn- off and about 600m from the beach. The tiny pebbly beach is to the left – ignore the little harbour.
Access is easy off a pebbly beach.
There are large shoals of good-sized fish under and around the corner of two platforms on the right side of the beach, but there are also sometimes vast shoals of fry and other fish just a few meters of shore. The rocky shore to the left is interesting to explore, but with fewer fish species. Large, black sponges cling to rocks and further out there are a few glades of sea grass.
Visibility is very clear. There are fish to be as soon as you enter the water, making ideal for beginner or nervous snorkelers. Water depth from a few inches up to fifteen feet plus, but the best snorkeling is in the shallows close to shore around the rocks where the fish are close to the surface or a few feet down.
There are several restaurants and tavernas at the beach and near the little harbor.
These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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