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Introduction to Kefalonia

KefaloniaKefalonia is an island that grows on you the more time you spend on it. Those who come looking for the whitewashed villages of the Cyclades or the monumental 18th and 19th century buildings like Corfu will be disappointed. The earthquake of 1953 was so destructive that almost every man-made structure on Kefalonia was built after that year. But there are some things that earthquakes can't destroy and visitors to Kefalonia will find an island rich in natural beauty with some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, pine forests that go from the tops of mountains down to the sea, lush agricultural valleys, impressive caves including one with an underground lake, and a wide range of outdoor activities. Kefalonia also has great restaurants and some of the finest wine in Greece. Whether you explore the island by car or by sailboat or just come to swim at one of the magnificent beaches, chances are good that as time goes by Kefalonia will grow on you too and you may find that your first trip to the island was only the first of many.

Kefalonia Index

Argostoli, Kefalonia
Argostoli

Poros, Kefalonia
Poros

Fiscardo, Kefalonia
Fiscardo

Sami, Kefalonia
Sami

Skala Kefalonia
Skala

Lixouri, Kefalonia
Lixouri

Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia
Beaches

Melissani Lake, Kefalonia
Photo Album

Kefalonia ferry
Practical Info

Hotel in Kefalonia
Hotels

Travel Agency
Travel Agents

Greek statues
Kefalonians in Exile

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Volunteer for Sea Turtles with Wildlife Sense

Caretta-caretta logerhead turtle in KefaloniaBecome a part of an international team and help protect the endangered sea turtles of Kefalonia while getting hands-on field research experience, meeting new people, and having fun!

Every year, sea turtles migrate to Kefalonia to forage and reproduce. Female turtles lay their eggs on the sandy beaches of the island. Τhey make significant efforts to find the most suitable locations for their nests, but human and natural threats damage and destroy many eggs. The turtles themselves are regularly injured or killed by accidental boat strikes, entrapment in fishing gear, or after swallowing plastics. These threats push the sea turtles of Kefalonia closer to the brink of extinction.

The goal of Wildlife Sense is to study and protect the endangered sea turtles of Kefalonia and their ecosystems. To achieve this goal, they survey all nesting beaches to identify, study, and protect the turtlesí nests, they monitor the population's health and behaviour, and identify threats and take conservation as well as legal actions to eliminate them.

Volunteers will gain valuable research experience, increase their knowledge in the field of conservation and improve interpersonal skills while exploring new places, experiencing a new culture and making lifetime friends. Most importantly, volunteers will be helping an effort to study and protect the endangered sea turtles of Kefalonia. Visit their website for more information

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