About Us

«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. We have created a series of eco-friendly adventures involving sailing, diving, walking and exploring unique species around the Greek islands.

We are deeply committed to marine conservation and we support the study and protection of the marine world and the raising of public awareness on environmental issues. 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 have also organised marine ecology, wildlife photography and underwater photography seminars.

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Sotiris Diamantis

Sotiris was born in Essen, Germany, on 9th January 1974. He has been working as a professional skipper for the last 21 years, having covered more than 75,000 miles. He has completed his RYA Yachtmaster qualification. He’s sailed around the Mediterranean Sea, 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 20 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.

Diving Instructor & Hand-deck
Annie Antonatou

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 will be glad to share with you the secrets of the underwater world!

Annie is also a keen hiker and she has been guiding our guests around the traditional paths of the Greek islands.

Annie speaks fluently English and basic Italian and French.

Wildlife Photographer & Biologist
Andrea Bonnetti

Andrea is the scientist but also artist of the Mystic Blue crew who will introduce you to the unique fauna of the Ionian and Aegean Seas.

Andrea was born in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1968. Soon after finishing his studies in Biological Sciences at the University of Pavia, Italy, he moved to Greece to begin a research on the birds of the Gialova Lagoon of Pylos, Peloponnese. As the years went by, wildlife photography slowly became his first occupation. Throughout the years, he’s travelled around Greece taking part in researches and studies of the local wildlife and ecology of various NGOs, always carrying around his camera and taking photos that would be published on a number of national and international magazines, including the National Geographic and the BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Andrea published also several books about Greek nature, the last of which, “40 Natural Paradises”, was published in partnership with WWF and is a guide to the 40 most interesting protected areas of Greece. Andrea also had the honor to win two awards in the prestigious photo contest BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year, in 1999 and in 2004. His pictures can be found at the UK Photo Library and at his website.

Andrea is keen to share with you his passion and knowledge about Greek wildlife and wildlife photography. He speaks fluently English, Italian, French, German and modern Greek.

Melita Lazaratou

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 the Mediterranean SOS Network.

Melita speaks fluently English and a little bit of French.

Photographer & Hiking Guide
Daphne Kalafati

Daphne Kalafati was born in Greece in the eighties. She studied Photography and Education and then followed a Masters degree in Art Therapy. Combining both disciplines she travelled around the world conducting  workshops of participatory video to children. Today she lives and works in Athens, continues her teaching practices while directing her own documentary films.

Daphne’s love for the mountains has followed her everywhere she went. Since a young age she started climbing the Greek mountains and then continued her mountaineering career in the Alps. However the climax was reached 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.

Daphne looks forward to guiding you around the undiscovered paths of the islands of the Aegean Sea.

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