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Porto Limnionas is a picturesque, narrow inlet in Zakynthos western coast. It is a rocky snorkel site with small caves, walls, overhangs, and lots of boulders. There’s not much big fish to see, but the seabed is covered with sponges, colonial yellow polyps and colorful starfish.

Porto Limnionas Beach, Zakynthos
Porto Limnionas Beach, Zakynthos.

How to get to Porto Limnionas snorkeling spot?

Porto Limnionas is located in the midwest part of Zakynthos, an area characterized by high cliffs addressing the east side of the Ionian Sea. There is a large parking lot overlooking the creek. To reach the water, simply go down the stairs to the left of the viewpoint restaurant and bar (Porto Limnionas Tavern).

Porto Limnionas, Zakynthos snorkeling map
Porto Limnionas snorkeling map.

Water entrance for snorkeling Porto Limnionas

Water entrance is from the rocks at the foot of the stairs.

Porto Limnionas snorkeling exploration tips

Porto Limnionas is a narrow, almost enclosed rocky inlet. At the water entrance point at the bottom of the stairs, the depth is less than 6 feet/2 meters. Entering the water, you will be surrounded by several small caves (see map above).

Some of the caves have freshwater springs in them that meet the sea water and separate it into two bodies of water: the upper, colder, less saline water, and the lower warmer sea water, making snorkeling there an interesting experience.

Purple sea stars at Porto Limnionas
A pair of Purple sea stars at Porto Limnionas.

Approaching the entrance to the cove, the depth reaches up to 50 feet / 15 meters. There are also a few small caves and mesmerizing rock formations on both sides of the entrance. The small caves have lots of colorful stationary marine invertebrates like sponges, ascidians, and bryozoans.

The purple sea star, probably the most beautiful starfish species in the Mediterranean, is a common sight at Porto Limnionas. Many small fish find refuge in this small enclosed port, and it is likely to encounter them in large groups.

Yellow sponge at Porto Limnionas
A Yellow sponge.

The cove has almost no waves and currents due to its protected formation from the open sea. Snorkelers should be aware of swimmers and beachgoers who may jump from the surrounding cliffs into the port waters.

Also, yachts might use this location for anchoring so it is important to stay visible (take a dive flag if you exit the swimming area) and keep eye contact with any boats.

Snorkelers at Porto Limnionas
Snorkeling in Porto Limnionas.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

There is a tavern next to the parking lot overlooking the inlet.


  • Level required Intermediate
  • Maximum depth15 m on the outer drop-offs
  • Water entranceFrom rocky platforms
  • Potential DangersBoat traffic beyond the buoy line
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersHigh
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes, next to the parking lot

MAP Spot

These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

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.