Despina I & II
Two of the most immaculately maintained sea taxis for Hydra Island transport.
Father and son, Kostas & Nikos Georgeakopoulos are men of the sea. It's in their blood. Both are graduates of the internationally renown Merchant Marine Academy of Hydra. During the summer they operate two of the most up-to-date and comfortable sea taxis, Despina I & II. Both are maintained in tiptop condition.
STRIKE ACTION: 16th & 17th May 2017 - Please note that Despina I & II will be providing a sea taxi service between Varkiza and Hydra to overcome travel interruption due to the Pan-Hellenic Shipping Strike.
Kostas Georgakopoulos will provide Despina I & II to cover the same time table that would normally be with Hellenic Seaways. BUT the departures/arrivals will be from VARKIZA Marina as private bookings to avoid conflict with strike action.
It will cost €500 for up to 8 people sharing the cost.
Average Time: 1 hour 15 mins approximately.
You will also need to take a Taxi from the main rank outside the airport arrivals hall to Varkiza Marina. The standard tariff is €20 for a 30 minute drive. Once you reach the Marina, there are a number of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy lunch and refreshments watching the yachts in the Marina while you wait for Kostas.
Varkiza, also Alianthos is a suburb of greater Athens forming part of the municipality of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni in southern Attica of the Megalo Daktylo.
Please tell your taxi driver to take you to the Latino Cafe at the beginning of the main jetty wall. If in doubt give the taxi driver Kostas' telephone number so they can speak to each other.
Kostas Georgakopoulos Mobile: +(30) 6955 190 110
TO BOOK A SEAT on one of the NINE scheduled trips please click this link:
I have a personal history with the Georgakopoulos family. When I first moved to Hydra in 2000 with my daughter, I lived in Kamini and they were my neighbours. Despina, Kostas' wife and for whom the boats are named, was one of my first Hydriot friends and Nikos was in the same class at school as my daughter. As we arrived in the depths of winter, Kostas was 'away at sea' so I didn't get to meet him until our first Pascha on the island. And I quickly realised that being away at sea was an annual 'happening'. During the winter, Kostas, and now Nikos, both work on the huge ships that sail the international high seas. They return to Hydra like migrating birds to work the summers with their sea taxis, which must seem like a holiday after the pressures of sailing tankers worldwide!
So when you come to Hydra, you can be assured that you will be in very capable hands when you book Despina I or II for a quick trip along the coast or a longer trip to the mainland or another island.
Slightly larger than most Hydra sea taxis, they have higher ceilings so are more comfortable for taller people especially for longer journeys. And there is plenty of room for luggage if passengers are being collected or returned to the mainland.
All sea taxis work on a fixed tariff, which is the same for all boats. The tariff is displayed inside Despina I & II. The price quoted is per journey for the maximum number of passengers which in the main is 8 people and their luggage. If you share the ride with another person or group, then the price will be divided by the number of people making the journey. And of course, this is more environmentally responsible too.
From Hydra Port to:
Vlychos €17 (beach) €18 (Harbour)
Vlychos Plakes €20
Zourva (lighthouse) €40
Porto Hydra €80
Dokos Harbour €75
St. Nikoloas €80
Round the Island Trip: €220
(Please note that after dark rates are up to 50% extra, supplements for excess luggage.)
If you need transport for other than the standard destinations, please don't hesitate to enquire.
Enquiries & Reservations
If you need transport for somewhere other than the standard destinations, please don't hesitate to enquire.
Mobile: +(30) 6955 190 110
Mobile: +(30) 6944 738 100
You can find us with the other water taxis in the East corner of the harbour or please use the email form below to pre-book.
Published 2nd May 2018