If you’re interested in finding about the Caretta Caretta Turtles on Zakynthos (Zante) in Greece and the work that’s going on to preserve them, then you should enjoy my video interview with Yannis Vardakastanis , founder of the Earth, Sea and Sky Wildlife centre at Gerakas Beach on Zakynthos.
You may have already read my written interview with Yannis in a previous article but here’s the video version, to give you the real flavour of the place.
Gerakas beach is one of my favourite beaches on Zakynthos, because, unlike many of the highly developed beach areas on the island, it has remained unspoilt due to the protection given to the turtles nesting sites. For this reason there is no building or easy access to the cliffs which over look the beach and the use of the beach is also controlled, to protect the turtle nesting sites.
Yannis’ family have lived in this area for generations, and as founder of the Earth Sea and Sky Wildlife Centre he has been a leading voice in the preservation of the Loggerhead or Caretta Caretta turtles on Zakynthos, a message which is not always popular with those who would like to develop the area further for tourism. Even though there are many tensions between the forces of conservation and commercial tourism, the Turtles are a major tourist attraction on Zakynthos, but is important to see them in a way that preserves them for future generations.
If you want to stay close to the beach in eco-friendly stone built villas, furnished in traditional Greek style, then visit the Ionian Eco-Villagers website to find out more and Yannis also runs regular turtle-friendly boat trips on a catamaran through his eco-tourism company Nature World Travel.
Earth Sea and Sky Wildlife Centre at Gerakas, Zakynthos
Ionian Eco-Villagers – for Eco friendly traditional stone build villas close to Gerakas turtle beach
Nature World Travel – for turtle-friendly boat trips around the bay
Read other articles about Zakynthos
Saving the Caretta Caretta Turtles on Zakynthos – interview
My top three beaches on Zakynthos
How to run a beach bar on Zakynthos – video
A wine tasting at Oenolipi winery on Zakynthos – video
Read all my articles about Zakynthos