|Location:||Kastellórizo Island, (Meyísti).|
|Fee:||for the boat|
|Classification:||Karst cave sea cave Blue Grotto|
|Dimension:||L=155 m, W=80 m, H=25 m.|
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This cave is on the southern coast and accessible by a 45 minute boat ride from the town of Kastellórizo. The grotto of Perastá, or Galazia Spiliá warrants a visit, not only for it's stalactites, but for the strange blue-light effects. The low entrance is only negotiable by an inflatable raft, and gives little hint of the enormous chamber within. There are monk seals who occasionally nest in an adjacent cave and when disturb leap noisily into the sea. A ninety minutes rubber raft trip to the cave costs Euro 6.00 minimum per person. For a minimum of Euro 15.00 a larger boat, will take you on a 5 hours trip.
Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.
This is the biggest sea cave of Greece. It was used as a refuge by many ships, including pirates and smugglers.
The cave entranc is very small, it is rather wide but only 1.20 m high. The first hall, lighted by the blueish light from the sea water, contains numerous speleothem, coloured stalactites hanging from the 25 m high cupola of the 155 m long chamber. At the end of the first chamber, a passage leads to a second chamber. This one is circular with about 40 m in diameter and 15 m high.
At the end of the second waterfilled chamber, the cave ends with a short dry passage. This place is used by seals as a resting place. The cave is locally known as Phokeale (Refuge of Seals).