Excursion to the Volcanic Sunset
Trip Start May 21, 2011
20Trip End Jun 11, 2011
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After several courses of breakfast we made our way over to the excursion office, boarded the bus to the port and set sail on King Thiras. Santorini is a moon shaped island. At one point in it's history it was a completely round island with a mountain in the middle. In one of the largest recorded volcanic eruptions in history parts of the mountain were blown as far away as Iceland and other parts fell into the sea. Since that time (700 years ago) two new islands have formed in the middle of the Caldera. These islands are of course volcanic islands and are actively growing. Our first stop was Nea Kameni which is the bigger of the two island where our guide explained the history and geology of these events
Pala Kameni is much smaller and is home to a geothermal water source located just off one of its rocky shores where you can swim to and experience hot tub warm temperatures right in the sea. Owing to Renata's condition and our short amount of time there we did not manage to swim all the way to the hot tub, but we did feel the water warming along the way. As Renata got tired on the way back my swim became much more difficult as she "hitched" a ride for the way back.
The next stop for King Thira was the largest and only inhabited Island of Thirassia. We opted to have lunch down by the port and relax instead of braving the steep climb up to the town itself to see what the shops might hold. We finished off our stay on Thirasia with a short walk along the beach and a rock skipping competition with the guide from our boat.
The remainder of the time of the boat was spent cruising the cliff shores of the Caldera and viewing the picturesque towns on it's edge, although there was a bit of a storm blowing in so it was quite a bit chillier than expected