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Kastellorizo ​​or Megisti is a Greek island and municipality of the Dodecanese, is the easternmost Greek island and is situated in the Levantine Sea. The only settlement of the island, the homonymous Kastellorizo, is built amphitheatrically around the natural port, where the filmmaker is waiting to board on a boat which will move passengers to the underwater cave called Blue Cave or Blue Grotto.

The boat with the visitors follows a smaller boat that is going to be used at the cave’s entrance. As we sail away from the port we have a general view of the settlement, which is dominated by the Cathedral of Saints Constantine and Helen, a temple of exceptional art, in the style of a three-aisled vaulted basilica, with a marble bell tower.

As we get out from the port sailing alongside the coastline we pass many old two-story or three-story neoclassical mansions, authentic examples of the traditional Dodecanese architecture, showing the strong signs of the naval and the commercial development that the place once experienced, as well as the Old Mosque with the red dome and the minaret which today houses the Museum of Folk Art of the island.

The boat heads to the southeast coast of the island, until we reach the low entrance of the Blue Cave, in which only one boat can fit. The next shot is from the interior of the cave, where on the surface of the water, as the sunlight is refracted through the sea and reflected in the water, a dazzling blue color is produced, which justifies the name of the Cave.

In the last shot, we see the departure from the most famous attraction of the island.


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Bonar, Andrew Graham

HD (1440x1080)



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Super 8mm

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And now … an excursion to the local Blue Grotto –the cave of Phokiali or Photsaliki. To undertake this trip you must choose a day when the sea is calm, otherwise it may not be possible to slip under the very low entrance to the cave.

Out in the open sea it’s not quite as calm as one would like it to be.

Anyway, having transferred three at a time to the little dinghy we head towards the cave entrance. Watch your head!

All too soon we’re out again. The grotto is not very large, but in all other respects it is in no way inferior to the famous Blue Grotto of Capri.
Bonar, Andrew Graham