«This road is different from the ones of the land in 3 ways. The ones of the land are stable. This one is flexible. The ones of the land don't move. This one moves. The ones of the land have been stepped on. This one is unknown.»
«Short description of the marine globe», Martin Cortez
We are a small team of sailors, divers, biologists and environmentalists who were brought together due to our love of the sea and nature.
Our primary objective is the study and protection of the marine world and the raising of public awareness on environmental issues. In order to support our goal, we have formed a series of eco activities involving sailing, diving, walking and exploring unique species.
When our boat is not chartered we sail around cleaning beaches, helping researchers and organisations in their efforts to study and protect the environment and wildlife. We also organise marine ecology, wildlife photography and underwater photography seminars.Our responsible travel policy...
Sotiris was born in Essen, Germany, on 9th January 1974. He's been working as a professional skipper for the last 14 years, having covered more than 45,000 miles. He has completed his RYA Yachtmaster qualification. He's sailed around the Aegean, Ionian, Adriatic Seas, the central Med, the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. He has also extensive experience in traditional wooden and fiberglass boat maintenance.
Sotiris started scuba diving in the Red Sea 12 years ago and became a PADI Divemaster in 2002 in Thailand. He's also trained in Emergency First Response and Rescue Diving.
He speaks fluently German, English, Spanish and basic French.
Annie was born in Athens on 31st August 1973. Her love for the sea and marine world brought her together with the rest of the Mystic Blue crew. Annie started her career in the world of marketing and publishing but soon sailing and diving stole her heart.
Annie is a certified Day Skipper (RYA) and has sailed around 15,000 miles in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. She's also a PADI certified Diving Instructor (Open Water Diver Instructor & EFR First Aid Instructor). She's dived in Belize, Thailand, Red Sea, the Society islands in the Pacific Ocean but the Mediterranean Sea is her big love. She'll be glad to share with you the secrets of the underwater world!
Annie speaks fluently English and basic Italian and French.
Panayiotis is the scientist of the Mystic Blue crew who will introduce you to the unique fauna of the Ionian and
Panayiotis was born on 5th December 1973. After acquiring his degree in Biology in 1997, he continued with a PhD Thesis in Animal Physiology (2003). His great interest and expertise lies on environmental physiology and insular ecology in Mediterranean ecosystems.
Throughout the year, he travels in the Aegean and
He's a member of the Hellenic Zoological Society, the British Herpetological Society, the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, the American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology, the Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and National Heritage, Asociacion Herpetologica Espanola, Societas Hellenica Herpetologica, Medecins Sans Frontieres, WWF and the Society for the Study and Protection of the Mediterranean Seal.
Panayiotis has also participated in the translation and in the writing of scientific books and he has been writing articles for the Greek magazines (Rom, Geotropio, Discovery & Science, In.gr) since 1998. He has also published original papers in scientific journals and he has participated in several international congresses concerning Biology.
He speaks fluently English, French and Spanish.
Melita was born in March 1979 in Athens. Her interest in the causes of human and animal behaviour and their interaction with the environment determined the selection of her studies and professional orientation. After completing her studies in Psychology she studied Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare in the University of Edinburgh. Her love for cetaceans motivated her to specialize in them and through her postgraduate thesis she studied the effect of whale watching on minke whales in cooperation with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
Motivated by her interest and respect towards wildlife she has participated in the work of environmental NGOs for the protection and conservation of the natural environment. She has participated in programs of the Hellenic Cetacean Research and Conservation Society, the Hellenic Ornithological Society and has cooperated with ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, and Mediterranean SOS Network.
Melita speaks fluently English and a little bit of French.
Patricia is an English photographer working out of the Greek Islands of Crete and Rhodes where she has lived for many years. Her work covers travel and the wildlife of the Mediterranean as well as traditional lifestyle images of the indigenious people. Greek Weddings are a specialty!
Patricia's credits include such prestigious titles as National Geographic (Griffon Vultures in Crete and Karpathos Island), Frommer's Travel Guide, Intelligent life, The Independent, Freelance Photography Made Easy, and many more. She has permanent exhibitions in several 4-star hotels throughout the islands and she has also won numerous awards for her innovative and inspiring images. Patricia contributes to Photographers Direct. You can check her portfolio here...
Patricia is fanatical about wildlife, sailing, Greece and everything that has to do with the sea. Until recently she has always owned a boat and sailed single handed. She also crewed for one of the 5-star hotels here in Elounda on trips to the Cyclades and Dodecanese with clients for several years. She can also dive but prefers to snorkel.
Patricia loves interacting with people who share her enjoyment and she's very keen to share with you her knowledge on wildlife photography.
George was born in Athens in 1972. He studied Physics in the university of Athens but the sea very quickly stole his heart.
He started his professional career in 1998 as a Diving Instructor and a Commercial Diver. He's been instructing and guiding divers all over the world; Mexico, Maldives, Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt and of course Greece.
George holds the 3rd most senior diploma in the PADI hierarchy. He's an IDC Staff Instructor, Underwater Photography, Nitrox, Deep Diver and Night Diver Specialty Instructor, One Star CMAS Instructor and EFR First Aid Instructor. He's trained more than 1,500 divers at all levels.
George often writes articles about travelling and diving in diving magazines. His great passion is underwater video and digital processing. You can see samples of his work here...
George speaks fluently English.
George was born in
His passion for the sea and especially free diving led him to a change in his career path. He got involved in the diving industry before even seeing a diving kit! He is now a PADI qualified Open Water Diver and EFR First Aid Instructor and is very keen to share his passion and knowledge with new divers.
Apart from teaching he has also completed the widely known Commercial Diving School of
George speaks very good English and tries to learn French.
Dafni Kalafati was born in Greece in the decade of the eighties. She studied photography and education and then followed a Masters degree in Art Therapy. Combining both disciplines she travelled around the world giving workshops of participatory video to children. Today she lives and works in Athens, continues her teaching practices while directing her own documentary films.
Dafni's love for the mountains has followed her everywhere she went. Since a young age she started climbing on the Greek mountains and then continued with her mountaineering career in the Alps. However the climax came when she visited the Andes where she spent almost a year walking in several national parks. Today, back in Greece, she re-discovered the greek islands through their traditional paths that she started exploring in 2008.
Dafni looks forward to guiding you around the undiscovered paths of the islands of the Aegean Sea.