With so much to see and do in just three nights in Mykonos, there’s no way we could’ve fit all the fun and games in just one blog post. Head to Part 1 of our Travel Diaries to hear all about the beauty of just soaking in the unique atmosphere, admiration of the architecture and pedalling our way through the countryside to a family run winery.
Our time with Yummy Pedals was one of two days we managed to get away from Mykonos town and go further afield, the other being our quad biking adventure from one side of the island to other for our very first scuba dive. It’s impossible to go to Mykonos and not notice the quad bikes that zip around, mostly driven by complete amateurs who like us, rent these out for around just €25 per day. Buses are infrequent and taxis are expensive so it’s no wonder that so many opt for this cheaper and cooler mode of transport. We simply rocked up at one of the many companies offering these out at Fabrika bus station, and two minutes later after showing my driving license and signing a few disclaimers, we were away.
Our first stop was the nearby Ornos Beach where we fuelled ourselves up ahead of our trip to Lia Beach for the diving. However, disaster struck as the quad wasn’t fuelled up at all… or so we assumed. After calling numerous people out to help, we still couldn’t get it to to start again and we still don’t know what was wrong with it. Luckily, the guy from the company swapped us for his and with quite significant trepidation, we continued on.
Lia Beach is around 15km from Mykonos town, largely on main roads which twist and turn, go up hill and down hill which are like a sunny version of the Snake Pass to Sheffield. With just a 50cc engine carrying us both, it was on only just one occasion where we had to get out and push it up a very steep hill, but thankfully by this point we were in the secluded countryside with no one else around. So it turns out these quad bikes aren’t without their risks, which I suppose is expected at just €25 for the day but we’d definitely recommend paying for a more powerful version if you’re planning to get out in the sticks.
GoDive Mykonos is single handedly our number one memory from this holiday. It’s the first we’ve ever done anything like it but it definitely won’t be the last. From the long list of dives and activities that you can do with GoDive, we did the Discover Scuba Diving Experience which all in all lasted for around two hours but we were under water for almost 45 minutes of that. We weren’t sure if we were in a group session or not but we’re very glad that it was just the two of us with our incredible instructor Johnny who was there every for flap of the flippers along the way.
Underwater photos, comprehensive insurance and equipment hire is all included in the price which on the face of it looks quite expensive, but it’s a memory that will stay with you and that’s exactly what we’re always looking to do every day, especially whilst travelling. It was perfect for anyone like us who’s always wondered what it would be like to breathe under water, plus love the thrill, excitement and exhilaration of doing something for the first time.
We would love to do it again, perhaps going further out in a boat to have the chance of seeing more fish and vegetation but we were more than happy with what he had for our first effort!
Thank you so much to you all for checking out our Mykonos content! It was a truly wonderful trip. We won’t be travelling much over the summer as we’re saving up for another big trip in September.
However, we’re planning on creating a new series about how we manage to travel as regularly as we do. Both with full time jobs and by no means a shed load of money, we get the same questions from friends and family all the time. We’ll be talking budgeting, prioritisation and our tips and tricks to travelling affordably and sensibly. Let us know in the comments if there’s anything particular you’d like to see covered or answered, and we’ll do our best to fit it all in!