Santorini is one of the Cycladic islands located in the Aegean Sea and is famously the largest and most populated Greek island on this volcanic archipelago.
Alive with colourful cliffs and breath-taking sunsets, Santorini has become known worldwide for the unique way the light refracts of the landscape, enchanting countless tourists who are lucky enough to pass through. Also known as Thera in Greek, the island of Santorini captures the hearts of visitors with its white dwellings and perching blue cupolas which are thrown into a sea of deep blue. This Greek island is one of the most beautiful landscapes on the globe and, perhaps surprisingly, an idyllic setting for outdoor sports. With its postcard look, the village of Oia, situated on a caldera, is simply one of the most beautiful places in the world and I dare you to find someone who would say otherwise. Whether you are in the mood to try some scuba diving, jet skiing or parasailing? You can do it all on this picture-perfect island.
Check out our selection of activities we recommend you try out once you get there:
Snorkelling and scuba diving
Explore the seabed of this great Greek island, with or without a tank, and get lost in the extraordinary underwater world of Santorini with your first ever dive lesson or a full training course. Venture down to 18 metres in depth to the volcanic sea floor, or, if you prefer the shallower waters, then guided snorkelling trips are available. Just grab a mask, snorkel and a pair of fins and enjoy the hidden beauties of the depths, with a surprise around every rock. Make the most of a chance to dive into these crystal-clear waters, swim through volcanic rock formations and observe the unique marine life, home to fish, octopus, eels, squid and flourishing vegetation.
Stand up paddle boarding
If you’re a seasoned surfer looking for big waves and barrels, then keep on rolling, but if you want to enjoy the calm and glassy surface of the Aegean Sea on a board then let yourself be tempted by an SUP session. Stylishly cruise on Santorini’s small waves standing on a board, using only pure man-power and a paddle to direct you, discover a truly unique way to enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the islands, while, at the same time, getting in an all-over body workout. Santorini is known for its small paradise beaches, but Saint George’s beach is one of the widest, making it the perfect place to relax and paddle around in the flat water, and if you feel like it, there’s also yoga classes on the paddle boards. SUP’ing is an unmissable activity to test your balance and paddle power, and is especially magical if you manage to catch one of the fabulous sunsets in the villages of Oia, Fira and Imerovigli.
Flyboard & Hoverboard
Defy gravity several metres above sea level and. step into Iron Man’s shoes for a few minutes with a Flyboard and hoverboard session, these new futuristic activities invented by Franky Zapata. Take to the air and hover over the water with the possibility of reaching a whopping 14 meters in height. With the help of your instructor, learn to fly over the warm waters of Santorini, powered by the powerful turbines of the Flyboard. It is obviously a lot of balance to stay upright but after a few minutes of training, you can master this crazy invention. And if you are very talented, you can perform freestyle tricks with this revolutionary machine and very trendy.
Sea kayaking is an unforgettable way to discover the shores of Santorini. With this guided tour along the south coast, you can enjoy an alternative point of view of the caldera and volcano while admiring the overlapping landscape of whitewashed houses and rock formations in the light of day or to wait for the evening and enjoy the sunset with its sublime red colour on the surface of the sea. Get the hang of it in a flash with a small introductory course teaching you how to paddle effortlessly, you can row around the south coast and enjoy swimming and diving in the crystal-clear waters of Santorini. A beautiful program in perspective.
If you’re looking for a bit of an extra buzz to get your adrenalin pumping then it’s time to take to the skies and check out Santorini from a different perspective. Safely fly over the blue waters of the Aegean Sea with a panoramic view of Santorini from 100 meters up, take photos from the skies and, if you’re lucky, have a front row seat to a famous sunset. The parachute can accommodate up to 3 people and is towed by a specially designed rigger, so buckle up and speedily soar around this picturesque island in style.
It’s time to find your sea legs – it’s difficult to imagine a better spot for watching a Santorini sunset than on a sailing coat cruising across the Agean Sea! Sail just below the caldera as the highlight of your trip around the volcano island, then sit back and relax with a drink while you soak in the view. By sail boat or catamaran, this experience is not the most extreme of our selection but by far the coolest and relaxing with an unforgettable memory. A first stop at the hot springs for a mud bath that is a unique and therapeutic way to relax. Then via Apronisi and the famous lighthouse of the village, you will make a second stop at the red beach to swim and dive in the crystalline waters of Santorini. You will continue sailing to White Beach to swim and have a barbecue and after dinner, you will sail quietly to the village of Oia to enjoy the sunset with its gradations of pink, purple, orange and red that you will not see nowhere else.
When it’s speed in the water you’re looking for all lovers of speed on the water, this sport is for you. Feel the buzz of the engine vibrate and sail along the shores of Santorini at full speed, admiring the beauty of this island from the sea. You can go around the islands or stop for a small excursion to the National Natural Geological Park of Nea Kameni with its famous volcano. The departure is generally from the beach of St George, the most beautiful of Santorini then direction Vlychada and the red beach for your jet-ski trip. Choosing between a solo voyage or a cruise with friends, it’s a good opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscapes with a few thrills in passing.
Freerun – Parkour
Each year the island of Santorini plays host to Red Bull Art of Motion, an international parkour competition with the best free-runners in the world who compete on top of these exceptional houses. Bringing together 18 athletes from every corner ready to compete in this unique contest dramatically set in the middle of a volcanic landscape overlooking the sea. An unexpected yet ideal place for this urban discipline, showcasing the best of the best gliding from rooftop to rooftop while performing flips and seemingly defying gravity with every step; truly a spectacle you don’t want to miss.