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Holiday highlights

  • Crystal clear water
  • Lots to see (like fish, slugs, ancient jars)
  • High safety
  • Personal service
  • No underwater currents (very suitable for beginners)
  • Cozy atmosphere at the hotel and on the island in general
Diving holiday in Kalymnos, 1 week
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Diving holiday in Kalymnos, 1 week

Individual holiday

Kalymnos is a small Greek paradise island just northwest of Kos. It is a place, where time seems to go slower than on the mainland and where you just naturally wind down. On the island you will find small beaches, crystal clear water, beautiful panoramic views and warmth - both from the people and the lovely weather.

The island has a long history in terms of diving, and for years it was the islanders primary occupation to dive for natural washing sponges in the sea around the island. However, those days are over and now there are very few people still living on selling natural washing sponges.

In the sea around Kalymnos you will find colorful washing sponges, jars and pots from ancient Greece, bristle worms, naked snails, moraines, octupus and fish. The visibility in the water is really good and is often between 30 and 50 meters.

We have chosen Hotel Elies as a base for our diving holiday in Kalymnos. It is due to several things, but especially the lovely people and the family-like atmosphere.

Kalymnos is also a famous climbing destination, so if you'd like to to try some places out, just let us know - the staff at the hotel may be able to help you get there. 

 

Free PADI E-learning course

If you take an Open Water Course (diving certificate) or Advanced Open Water at Kalymnos, we offer a PADI E-Learning course for FREE. This means that you will be able to learn all the theory from home and spend your vacation diving. You will then only spend 3 days on your PADI Open Water course (diving certificate) and thus have time for even more dives. Normal price: 135 EUR. 

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Diving holiday in Greece

Hotel Elies***

Built in 1989 in the city of Panormos on Kalymnos, Hotel Elies offers beautiful gardens, stunning views and, not least, a 5-star diving center. The hotel also has a lovely swimming pool, in which part of the diving training takes place. There is also a cozy bar. The hotel rooms are comfortably furnished and all have a veranda with a garden view, fridge and air conditioning. Within walking distance you will find some of the best beaches in Kalymnos, restaurants, ouzo taverns and climbing areas. The hotel may look a bit worn out in some places, but the atmosphere and the breakfast are exceptionally good.

Day 1 Arrival

You land at the airport in Kos, from where you take a bus (2 euros per person) or a taxi (15 euros per taxi) to Mastichari, from where the ferry goes to Kalymnos. You buy the ticket for the ferry (about 8 euros per person) and enjoy a lovely boat trip in the southern Greek archipelago. When you arrive in Kalymnos, you again take a bus (2 euros per person) or a taxi (15 euros per taxi) to Hotel Elies in Panormos.

When you arrive at the hotel, you get the key to your room and settle in. Then you can have a rest, swim in the pool or do anything else your soul craves. 





Accommodation Hotel Elies
Days 2-7 Diving and much more

You spend your days diving, relaxing, eating well and otherwise enjoying the lovely relaxed atmosphere of Kalymnos. There are two possibilities for diving each day. The first one takes place in the morning and the second in the afternoon.

Our little tip is that you take a day trip (or more) to the neighboring island of Telendos and get a cup of coffee at one of the pubs over there. It is fantastic.

In the evening we suggest that you find a nice tavern (there are many of them) and enjoy the delicious food - where the vegetables, for some reason, just taste of much more.





Accommodation Hotel Elies
Day 8 Return

The vacation has come to its end and you embark on your jounrey home. 





Price Includes
  • 7 nights at Hotel Elies in a double room
  • Breakfast every day (buffet)
  • 2 days of diving / 4 guided boat dives with a PADI instructor (2 dives per day for 2 days) - You can opt out of the diving or select more dives on page 2 of the booking form
  • Transport to / from diving sites
  • All equipment
Not included
  • Flight to/from Kos 
  • Transfer to/from the airport in Kos (it costs about 40 eur for two people)
  • Travel- and cancellation insurance

General Information

It is possible to stay both in double rooms and in single rooms.

Transportation / Flights

Please note that transportation to and from the destination is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight that matches the holiday start- and end date. This is easily done online via a flight booking engines such as Momondo or Skyscanner, or by contacting us for an offer on mail@beringtravel.com.

Important: We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.

From the airport on Kos to the hotel on Kalymnos

The transfer from Kos Airport to the hotel at Kalymnos is not included in the price of the trip. This is because the journey is not complicated and this option is far cheaper than if we were to set up a private transfer. This is what you do:

1. You arrive at the airport on Kos, from where you take a bus (2 euros per person) or a taxi (15 euros per taxi) to Mastichari. You can just say "Kalymnos" to the bus- or taxi driver.

2. You buy a ticket for the ferry (about 8 euros per person) and board. You enjoy a nice boat trip in the South Greek archipelago.

3. When you arrive in Kalymnos you again take a bus (2 euros per person) or a taxi (15 euros per taxi) to Hotel Elies in Panormos.

If you are in doubt about anything at all along the way, you can contact the hotel or Bering Travel and get quick help. The numbers will be on your voucher.

Food & Beverage

On this trip breakfast is included in the price. Actually the breakfast is particularly good because some of our guests have taught the staff to bake world-renowned Danish buns. Since the hotel's other guests were very excited about the buns, these have now become a regular part of the menu.

Diving courses

PADI Open Water Course (Diving certificate)

It is possible to take the PADI Open Water Course on this trip. This means that the trip will be 36 euros more expensive and that the original 10 dives will be replaced by a "3-5 day PADI Open Water Course". All course materials are included in the price. If you choose E-learning (see below), you will not get a physical manual.

You can read more about the PADI Open Water Course on PADI's webpage

 

PADI Advanced Open Water Course

It is also possible to take the PADI Advanced Open Water course on this trip. In that case, the trip will be 75 euros cheaper. You have to be aware that by choosing this option, you deselect the 10 dives that are included in the original price, and instead get the PADI Advanced Open Water course.

You can read more about the PADI Advanced Open Water course on PADI's webpage

If you want extra dives in addition to the AOW course, then the price is 110 euros per person per day with 2 dives.

 

Free PADI E-learning course

If you take an Open Water Course (diving certificate) or Advanced Open Water at Kalymnos, we offer a PADI E-Learning course for FREE. This means that you will be able to learn all the theory from home and spend your vacation diving. You will then only spend 3 days on your PADI Open Water course (diving certificate) and thus have time for even more dives. Normal price: 135 EUR. 

Note:
When you choose this option you will not be given physical manuals, you will instead have an eManual - Physical manuals can be purchased for 52 euros.

Also, it is not possible to unsubscribe the E-Learning course once it has been selected. You have access to the course for one year and can complete it at any time. If you end up having to cancel your trip, you will not get the money back for the course regardless of when you cancel the trip.

Diving equipment

We have included full equipment rental in the trip's base price. If you want to bring your own equipment and just rent tanks and weights, you can choose this in the booking form. In that case the trip's price will decrease. 

Travel insurance

We recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Bering Travel, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.

Cancellation Insurance
Cancellation Insurance is the customer's own responsibility. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in your home country.

Climate

It can be difficult to plan your trip according to the weather, but here is the average statistics of the climate in the area, as shown on www.yr.no:

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