The blue caves are located at Cape Skinari, at the northernmost point of the island in the area of Aspro. It is one of the most famous and advertised natural attractions of the island. These are geological formations created naturally by erosion. Τhey start soon after Agios Nikolaos and stretch to Skinari Cape. The deep blue color of the water, the toys made by the sun's rays but also the innumerable purple and orange corals, compose a really impressive scene.
Their name is due to the particular reflections of the light onto the water inside the caves. As light reflects onto the water, it gives an eerie and ethereal blue colour to anything that touches it. The best time to visit the caves is in the morning because the reflections that are created at that time on the walls by the bright sunlight and the blue color make the bottom change different colors. Some of the caves are large enough for a small boat to enter. The largest of the caves is called Blue Cave where you can admire stalactites hanging like chandeliers from the top of the cave. Exploring the caves, swimming as well as snorkeling in the green, crystal clear waters is a unique experience.
The caves are accessible by boats, departing from the little harbour of Agios Nikolaos, only 10 minutes away. There are also daily organised boat tours that also include the Shipwreck Beach, which is a bit further away. Another way of approaching the caves is from the road that connects Agios Nikolaos with Akrotiri Schoinari. In the middle of the route there is a mill. From there coming down a hundred steps, you find yourself in the middle of the coast that hosts the caves. At the bottom, there are some rocks from where you can dive and swim and start exploring the caves.