The best way to reach the beach
Once on Zakynthos, there is no chance to miss the offers for boat trip to Navagio, they are everywhere around you. Some of them are full-day cruises which tour around the island and the Shipwreck beach is part of their program. They are good if you want to see the entire island cove and the Blue Caves but if Navagio is your purpose, these trips may disappoint you because: You will have just 15-20 minutes on the beach for taking photos and selfies, and probably there will be more cruise boats with more people, as they tend to come at the same time, plus the private boats, boat taxis and parachute jumpers.
The other option is to take part in a trip which tours only around the Blue Caves and Navagio – such are available from the northern villages. The boats are smaller, the trip takes less and allows you to spend more time on Navagio.
Hire a shared speedboat for 8-10 persons or to hire a boat entirely for yourself. They are really fast and take you to Navagio for 15-20 minutes, leave you there and come back to pick you up in 2 hours. If you choose this kind of transportation to Navagio, be aware that there is no pier at the beach. The cruise boats have planks on which you can walk and land on the beach without touching the water. The speedboat will leave you as closest as possible to the beach but in the final part you need to jump off in the knee-deep water and walk a few meters to the shore. It is neither difficult nor it requires swimming and yet it is good to know in case you are not prepared to get wet.
The platform is easily reachable by car, your own or rented. Bus trips are also organized but like the full-day boat trips there is one negative – you will spend very little time there because it will be part of a program intended to show you as many places as possible in a day. Moreover, the best view is not from the platform. The platform itself shows just part of Navagio, it is small and protected with fence, suitable for 2-3 persons to be on it at the same time. While you are taking photos from the platform, others are waiting nervously for their turn, especially if there is a bus with 30+ persons on the queue. You will also notice that the some people pass by the platform and head towards the end of the cliff – it is flat, covered with stones and grass and relatively easy walk on but it is dangerous because there is no protection. At the end of the cliff you will see the beach just like you have seen it on its best photos, and you will also notice another small beach next to Navagio which is not visible from the platform.
Once again – the platform is the only safe place from which to see Navagio. Walking on the cliff top is dangerous and entirely at your own risk.