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Nea Kameni
Nea Kameni

Nea Kameni

Nea Kameni, Greece

The Basics

Set off the coast of Santorini, Nea Kameni and neighboring Palea Kameni lie at the heart of the mostly submerged Santorini caldera and are Greece’s newest volcanic islands. Reach Nea Kameni on a small-group or private boat tour or catamaran cruise departing from Santorini’s main island. On the island, hike to the rim of the crater to look across the volcanic landscape or soak in the hot springs, known for waters tinted orange by the mineral-rich seabed.

Volcano boat tours may also stop on Thirasia, the second-largest island in the archipelago, and Palea Kameni, where passengers can swim to the famous hot springs beneath the Agios Nikolaos church. Choose between a daytime or sunset tour; both often offer an on-board barbecue and drinks. For a view of the island and caldera from above, opt for a helicopter sightseeing tour that flies over Santorini and the outlying volcanic islands.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Santorini

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Sunset
DaleMancuso, May 2022
Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit
We had a great time Crew was friendly and helpful. Drinks were moderately priced and dinner was very good.
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Just do it..seriously :)
Sebastian_W, Sep 2021
Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit
Ok now: Extremely good experience with the whole package (sailing, light hiking, infos, swimming fun! :), great food and a first row sunset!), very very nice, polite and experienced crew, great ship. Just nevermind the weird reviews here. Forget them :) oh and if you think it’s pricey. Don’t. It’s more than justified and you should just do it :) Little tipp: if you can board earlier than Fira. Will get you the best places on the ship 😁 Oh, don’t be like me, pack sunscreen 😄
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Great day trip!
Stephanie_H, Jul 2021
Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit
Fantastic experience! Really handy being picked up and taken to the Port. Really friendly staff and a great tour. Our tips would be to make sure you wear or pack proper walking shoes for the hike as the track is loose gravel and to bring cash as it is 5 euro to go up Nea Kameni which goes to the national park. Food is a tasty and simple Greek buffet. The swimming spots are both lovely and the sunset beautiful. Would highly recommend.
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Incredible!
Rebecca_G, Oct 2019
Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit
What an amazing time we had on this cruise. Our host, Dada, and his crew were so hospitable and so much fun! We got to hike the Nea Kameni volcano and hear all about its history, swim in the thermal waters of the volcano from the boat, had a fabulous dinner and watched the most gorgeous sunset ( and moon rising) from the center of the sea. It was remarkable. We even ended the night with some Greek dancing! A fantastic time we highly recommend.
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Fabulous time in Santorini!
Robert_M, Jul 2021
Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit
This cruise is a must. My Santorini trip would not have been the same without this Caldera experience. The crew were friendly and knowledgeable. The hiking and swimming experiences were fabulous. And the bar abd food were very good. Beyond my expectations.
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A must do for your trip in Santorini
Lance_B, Oct 2019
Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit
A great sunset cruise! Great Dinner on board the beautiful Aphrodite tall ship. Just bring hiking boots for the volcano climb and swimsuits for the thermal springs. A great time!!!
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So worth it!!
Miguel_M, Sep 2019
Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit
We were expecting a catamaran, but got the Aphrodite Sunset Sail and it's crew....to which we got the best time of this day. This tour is worth the money, hiked Nea Kameni and our guide Dada shared the detailed history of the volcanic eruptions. Two swim stops, delicious dinner and upclose sunset complimented with great soft music. After sunset, we got a greek dance lesson from Dada, which was really fun. Recommend this tour, especially with the Aphrodite beautiful sail ship!
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Unexpected surprise
Calvin H, Oct 2019
Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit
From the time we boarded the sailboat Aphrodite until the time we docked, the Captain and Crew were very professional, courteous and pleasant. The dinner was good, a typical Greek dinner. Bring your walking shoes as you trek the active volcano. Bring your swim trunks and bikini and a towel for a swim. Then set back and enjoy the well timed sunset. This really was the highlight of our week at Oia, Santorini.
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The most AMAZING experience!
Trail27880120916, Sep 2019
Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit
This experience was amazing! From the trip to the top of the volcano to the remarkable Santorini sunset, every part was an excellent experience! It was more than worth it and I'd recommend it to anyone going to Santorini!
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Not as exclusive but good fun...
Eduardo_G, Sep 2019
Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit
Sailing was great and the overall experience could have being done without the Volcano walk that is very demanding. Needed to stay longer in the thermal waters but the Oia sunset experience makes up for the short time in the water. Staff is very friendly but overbooking makes it difficult to enjoy
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Santorini is so beautiful
Debbie_C, Sep 2019
Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit
Had a wonderful.time volcano very steep and hard going in the Sun...be prepared 30mins up and 30mins down
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Wonderful cruise, Sunset and Dinner
Rania_S, Sep 2019
Santorini Sunset Dinner Cruise Including Nea Kameni Visit
wonderful cruise in the sea with great Music and very sweet guide. I would recommend finding a way for those who don't swim to be able to swim in the thermal water through smaller boats or anything
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring your camera to capture the dramatic volcanic landscape on Nea Kameni.

  • Exploring the island requires a fair amount of walking along rough terrain, so it may not be suitable for young children or those who are not strong walkers.

  • If you plan to hike to the crater’s rim, wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes and bring a hat and sunblock.

  • Boat tour passengers must be agile enough to board and disembark boats, so travelers with limited mobility should confirm accessibility before booking.

  • The orange-tinged water in the hot springs can discolor white or light-colored swimwear.

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How to Get There

Nea Kameni is located off the west coast of Santorini in the Greek Cyclades islands and is only reachable by boat. Join a private tour or a larger group cruise departing from one of the ports on the west coast of Santorini. Helicopter tours fly over the island but do not land.

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When to Get There

Boat tours to Nea Kameni are most crowded in summer, so opt for a private catamaran or other boat cruise for a more personalized experience. To avoid uncomfortable midday heat, set sail in early morning or late afternoon, or plan your visit for spring or fall.

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The Volcanic Island of Old Kameni

Palea Kameni, or “Old” Kameni, is located just off the coast of Nea Kameni and is most famous for its sulfuric hot springs kept at a constant temperature of 86–95º F (30–35° C) by underground geothermal activity. Most boat tours to Nea Kameni also make a stop at its smaller sister island so passengers can soak in the orange-tinged spring waters that bubble up beneath the church of Agios Nikolaos in a cove off the islet’s coast.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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