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Coordinates: 37°51′34″N 20°37′28″E / 37.85944°N 20.62444°E / 37.85944; 20.62444

Navagio (shipwreck) Bay
Navagio Beach and Shipwreck of the Panagiotis at 'Smugglers Cove' Zakynthos
Navagio bay, crystal clear waters.

Navagio Beach (Greek: Ναυάγιο), or Shipwreck Beach, is an exposed cove, sometimes referred to as "Smugglers Cove", on the coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece. Navagio Beach was originally known as Agios Georgios. Then sometime in 1981, the Greek authorities were tipped that a freightliner in the waters around Zakynthos Island was smuggling contraband which included cigarettes, wine and women, and a chase began. Stormy weather and bad visibility resulted in the ship running aground right on Navagio Beach. The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in white sandy dunes of the beach that now bears the nickname Shipwreck.[1][2]

Location & Tourism[edit]

A map showing the location of Navagio.

Navagio is located on the north-west shore of Zakynthos (Zante), in the Municipality of Elation. The area is defined by its sheer limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and clear blue water, which attract thousands of tourists yearly. The strip of beach is accessed only by boat. Regular tours to the beach depart from Porto Vromi to the south, and from Agios Nikolaos and Cape Skinari to the north-east. Boats also arrive from the harbour of Zakynthos city.

BASE Jumping and Death in 2012[edit]

Navagio is a famous BASE jumping location. A British BASE jumper was killed at the site on 8 June 2012.[3]


  1. ^ Epp, Linda. "Navagio Beach History, Shipwreck and BASE Jumping". Xplorables. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Navagio "Shipwreck" Beach". Navagio "Shipwreck" Beach. I Love Traveling. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Telegraph article from 11 June 2012.

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