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Two “modern” wooden shipwrecks found on Skopelos
written by Kimon Papadimitriou (Dr Ing Rural & Surveying Engineering – PADI IDC Staff Instructor).

Skopelos, the bigger one of Sporades islands, is becoming a new destination for the scuba community. The limitations for the protection of underwater archaeological sites at most of the popular bays of the island (Agnontas, Panormos and Stafylos), in combination with the lack of services for recreational diving till 2014, have kept the field rather unexplored. After the establishment of Skopelos Dive Center, the coast line has been investigated in order to find potential dive sites. Since then, eighteen locations have being used for the performance of scuba activities. Additionally, new locations are surveyed every year (during scout diving) for broadening the thematic spectrum of services to divers.

Diving sites at Skopelos (map composition by K. Papadimitriou)

In this context, last year (autumn 2017), two modern shipwrecks have been found , still waiting to uncover their history. Even after a few decades, those “time capsules” are hiding particular features of our civilization. It is characteristic that up to the 80’s, wooden ships ruled everyday activities at the islands. Many of those activities (e.g. fishing, commerce, transportation) have been unchanged through the ages. After the introduction and domination of other materials in ship construction, wooden ships are becoming a “memorial” of our maritime heritage.

Overview of wooden shipwreck (photos and orthomosaic by A. Ktistis)

The two located wrecks are not mentioned on marine charts, are submerged at depths around 30m and they have not been identified yet. The first one is found at the bay of Agnontas. It is located on a sandy bottom with gentle slope and its shape, dimensions and part of the cargo are evident. The second vessel is scattered over a rocky steep bottom, close to the bay of Kanapitsa.

According to the above initial data, some interesting perspectives ask for awareness or specialized training activities related to the Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH). According to UNESCO, in-situ preservation and promotion are the priorities for the protection of UCH, targeting mainly the diving public. Moreover, the contribution of divers with specialized training in combination with the capabilities for 3D digital recording and representations, allow the contribution of a wider – non diving – public. The two specific wrecks, although they have not been characterized yet as modern monuments, are evidence of a past era that is exposed to the diving visitors of Skopelos.

During the access of wrecks underwater, particular procedures have to be followed in order to assure the safety of divers and to preserve any findings in-situ. Data recording for representation purposes and possible identification of unknown wrecked vessels requires additional knowledge and skills. Divers that are visiting the area can attend specialized training courses on such matters. PADI Underwater Survey Diver and Wreck Detective are typical examples of that kind of training that Skopelos Dive Center can provide.

The diving team that discovered the two wrecks consists of Kostas Danis (Electrical Engineer – PADI OW Scuba Instructor), Anastasios Ktistis (Mechanical Engineer – PADI OW Scuba Instructor), Vasilis Voukalis (Economist – PADI OW Scuba Instructor), Angelos Maglis (Civil Engineer – PADI OW Scuba Instructor) and Kimon Papadimitriou (Dr Ing Rural & Surveying Engineering – PADI IDC Staff Instructor).

The Skopelos Dive center is located at the beginning of the road to the monasteries between two car rental places. There is a beautiful outside area where you can talk with the instructors and have a drink. Telephone: (0030) 6940448000 info@sporadesdiving.gr and http://www.sporadesdiving.gr


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Kastani today

Photo by Frode. Skopelosnews has asked the former owners of the beach bar in Kastani if they are going to set up shop on another beach and their answer is no. They are currently interested in other areas of tourism of which I will speak another time.

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Renting out via Airbnb ?

We found this article on the Skopelos newspaper Vories Sporades and thought it might be useful for those who rent out their properties via Airbnb. The Athens News Agency/Macedonian Press Agency has an english page too and we copied it.

Greece’s Independent Authority for Public Revenue will soon launch a platform regarding the rental of properties through Airbnb.
Property owners renting out their homes as tourist accommodation will have to register their properties and provide information about the people they rent them to as well as the rental period.
Those who do not register their properties will be faced with fines of up to 5,000 euros.
Source: http://www.amna.gr/en/article/201928/Independent-Authority-for-Public-Revenue-to-launch-platform-for-Airbnb-rentals

We will try and find out where people should register their properties. It is probably good to contact your accountant here if you rent out on Skopelos.

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This beautiful video “could” be used by the municipality for promotion purposes. Maybe they could buy it ?
Note: a few shots were filmed on Skiathos but the rest is Skopelos.

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This is an article that the Greek News Agenda has published about hiking on Greek islands; it is called hiking Greek islands: explore off-the-beaten track treasures!

The Greek islands, well known for their sunny beaches and clear blue waters, attract outdoor enthusiasts not only for activities such as diving, scuba diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, sailing or just sun bathing, but also for hiking and walking tours! Walking tourism has been gaining ground in the past few years, thanks to public and private initiatives sign-posting routes, publishing maps, organizing walking tours and operating special sites to inform people about available paths and walking tours. This form of tourism is particularly well suited to the Greek islands due to their mountainous morphology and stunning vistas to the endless blue. But there is more to explore; walking tours often include stops at archeological sites, spots of geological, natural, or architectural interest, deserted villages, wineries, artist’s galleries and more!

The rest of the article is here; hiking on Greek islands

Here is a video of the footpaths on Kefalonia.
Footpaths on Kefalonia

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I firmly believe that Skopelos needs to expand its summer in order to get a more even flow of tourists coming to the island. It would benefit so many people and maybe even help more people to get a job.

I believe in order to get this result, the people in charge (municipality etc.) should make a bigger effort to promote and help the people who have eco-friendly businesses, ideas and interests (diving, canoeing, hiking, cycling etc.) When these businesses start earlier in the summer and get tourists over here, these people need to stay in hotels/ apartments which can open earlier too. They would want to eat and drink and the businesses involved can profit from that too. Coordinate together and reach out together to groups of tourists who want to walk, dive, cycle and canoe here.

The natural resources of Skopelos are here, all we need to do is keep the island clean, the forest, the sea, the beaches, the streets. I am still amazed that for so many years this plan has not been executed but maybe it is not so surprising. Maybe those two months in summer are enough to earn money for the rest of the year and live?

A very nice surprise came by email yesterday from the Skopelos diving center. They will be open during Easter. Good luck guys! The information is below.

The Skopelos Dive Center will be open during the Greek Easter holiday week. Enjoy an early holiday visit to Skopelos island and follow one of our PADI courses. Enjoy 20% discount on regular prices and get an Open Water Diver diploma, Rescue Diver or even a Deep Diver diploma too.

Call Dive Center + 30 6940 448 000 for accommodation and diving packages or e-mail them at info@sporadesdiving.gr .

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When a friend told skopelosnews that Skopelos, the Sporades will be without a ferryboat after the 14th of February I told him that this cannot be true because various goods need to be transported to the islands to fill the shops and businesses. Passengers can travel with a flying dolphin but they cannot leave the islands without a ferryboat to transport these vital items.

Looking though on various websites there is no trace of any ferryboat replacing Proteus after the 14th to do the Volos-Sporades line. People are getting worried and Mayor Vafinis of Alonissos has send a letter to the minister of Marine and island policy, mr Santorinio, expressing his deep concern for this situation and reminding him that after the recent very heavy snowfall Alonissos and Skopelos are still islands that are marked “in a state of emergency” It is terrific that more air-lines want to reach out to the Sporades and have their guests visit them but what about the months before and after the “real” season. Do you ignore the people that live on those islands? Do you prohibit people that want to visit the islands in other months than the hot summer months to get here? It is getting pretty frustrating when these things are settled at the last moment, but will they be settled?

This comment on Facebook started skopelosnews thinking about the whole issue:“We hope to visit Skopelos while there in April, but limited ferry service might make that impossible” Quite sad not?

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