PLANNING YOUR TRIP
WHEN TO GO Off-peak in May or September when the weather is pleasant and there are fewer tourists.
GETTING THERE The quickest way is on the ferry from Turkey, but you can get to this island on ferries from other Greek islands – although this makes it a much longer trip.
GETTING AROUND Walking is the best way to see the island. Hire a boat or canoe to explore some of the other beaches.
VISAS South African passportholders require a Schengen visa. Apply at Greek Consulates or Greek Visa Application Centres.
CURRENCY The currency is the euro. Although the ATMs are quite reliable, it’s best to arrive with sufficient cash for a few days. At the time of going to print €1:ZAR16,15. A beer costs €3,50 (about R56,50), a light lunch about €5 (R81) and a seafood meal €15–€22 (R242–R355).