As some readers with whom I maintain personal contact know, I broke my foot in the end of November. So I couldn’t maintain practically any activities, let alone naturist ones. I hope this week I will get rid of the plaster on my foot and will not need crutches anymore! Let’s see what the doctor says.
naked water jump in Northern Greece
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We went from Ioannina, passing through picturesque mountainous landscapes, and camped at a small beach close to Syvota (Σύβοτα). Like at most of the Greek beaches, you won’t see any signs for nudists there and when we arrived there in the late afternoon none was clothes-free. At night, however, when others left and the temperature was still very warm, there was no reason to remain clad. When I went for a night swim, something truly special happened: as I always swim in goggles (the only thing I like to wear while swimming ;-)), I could see that my body left thousands of tiny sparkling traces in the water – it looked like golden ‘stardust’ that fairies leave when they fly around, so I called myself an underwater fay. In Sweden there is an annual competition for water fairies who play different music instruments standing in the river. Then I think in Greece there should be the next stage of the competition: for water fairies dancing in the sea at night! Then spectators will have to submerge as well, but it is not a problem, since in August the average night temperature in Greece is warmer than the average day temperature in Sweden and the sea stays warm… Biological explanation for this phenomenon is that bioluminescent plankton, which is abundant in the Mediterranean in the late summer, responds to mechanical disturbance with glowing.
When we woke up in the morning I already felt confident enough to stay naked but when I got out of the tent I saw that there was a straight couple and the man was also sans clothes. Then we swam to the rocks and jumped from them (see the video above). That man also came there and showed us a better dive. He was a friendly French guy and suggested us to show how to dive. Well, I tried just from less than half of the height of those rocks and wasn’t very successful 😦 Hope I’ll learn to dive from such height next year!
When we returned there was another couple, Greeks, who looked at us; probably they didn’t expect to see naked people there, and I thought it might be uncomfortable for them, but in fact soon they disrobed completely as well. So until a yacht with a big italian family arrived, the beach had become mostly naturist =)
And small pebbles of the beach were also perfect to try out a slingshot which I bought in Ioannina (it is sold there as a souvenir for some reason).
Don’t worry, I wouldn’t use it against this beautiful Scarce Swallowtail but rather to protect from the aggressive textile invaders 😀
- it promotes healthy and environment-friendly urban transportation – biking 🙂
- it prmotes body acceptance: you will be surprised that people are actually not shocked or offended by nudity at all.
- Tourists are happy to take pictures and sellers in local shops are happy to sell water and ice-cream without even raising their eyebrows 😎
- it is a great place to get to know other people who are interested in sports and environment 🙂
- if you are a tourist, it is the best way to have a free sightseeing bike tour!
And don’t worry, there will be breaks to catch your breath… or dance?
- For whatever reason everyone seemed happy, having pure fun just like children.
Usually there is also an after-party. We were lucky to have one in one of the central parks of Madrid, amazing! People shared their food and joy =)
That human pyramid was epic!
Presidente Figueiredo is a popular starting point for eco-tourism in the Manaus area. You can just go to a local tourism agency and choose what you want to see, and take a taxi with a guide. There are plenty of streams,
waterfalls, caves… and as it is all in the Amazon jungle, it is easy to find a place where you can just take off your clothes to get a relief from the sweat (otherwise you will be doomed to have the unpleasant feeling of wet clothes on you, as it is so humid that without free access to the air, sweat just stays on you). Water in the main rivers (Amazon, Rio Negro) is either murky or muddy, so if you want some clearer water you’d better stick to small streams.
In any case, this is the right place to feel the power and diversity of the wild nature: in this giant forest you can see yourself, human, as just one of many particles of nature.
Just don’t go too far without a guide! 😉
If you go by boat from Manaus in any direction, you will see that the Amazon river provides plenty of sandy beaches, many of which can be your private for a while!
I imagine that to most urban dwellers an idea of swimming in the Amazon sounds crazy, but actually you would probably spend many hours looking to see a crocodile or another beast, so my assumption it is safer than crossing a street in busy Rio de Janeiro (not to mention the crime rates). In fact, you can find another, much more pleasant company in those waters – river dolphins botos!
In Novo Airão, there is a restaurant on the river bank where you can buy fish cut in pieces and feed it to the dolphins while swimming together with them. This is one of the most incredible contacts you can experience with wild animals!
On the whole, the Amazon region is surely the right place where a naturist can feel unity with nature.
But on the other hand, some distant spots of the river (not in the vicinity of Manaus, if you go further, you should ask about that) might be the only place on Earth where it really makes sense to wear swimming suit, and the tighter, the better: a small parasite fish candiru is infamous for its alleged ability to swim into the vagina, anus, or even the penis — into the urethra. However, it’s worth mentioning, that there has been only one documented (but still questionable) case of such an incident decades ago… Otherwise, it is of course a fantastic place for any naturist and naturalist.
How about swimming in naturally hot springs – onsens – and then swap to the refreshing water in a waterfall all surrounded by dense subtropical forest? Not only onsens are naturally warm but also naturally rich in different minerals, which is often claimed to have healing and vitalizing forces. At least it is an incredibly pleasant experience to relax in warm water in natural conditions. But unfortunately the civilization is taking over and many onsens are sort of installed into hotels where you of course don’t really feel that it is all natural, and yet more rules are getting rather prude and by numerous requests many of such onsens now require swimming suits, though Japanese have a long tradition of nude bathing (often even in mixed gender groups) in onsens. But here, at Nanadaru Falls, you can experience onsens in relatively untouched state and in absolutely natural surroundings. Though still you should ask permission and pay to the local hotel where you may leave you clothes and other stuff, but probably you should better keep your swimming trunks until you are in the onsen. There are also cave-like onsens, but the highlight of them all is three open-air onsens with different temperature of water (from mild warm to hot) next to 30-meter high waterfalls! And this is only the first (and the highest) of seven (!) waterfalls on the river. It is a very romantic walkway along this forest river with statues illustrating a love-story of a Nobel Prize winning Japanese writer; you may go up to the last 22-meter high waterfall in the magnificent opening of the forest.
To get there from Tokyo and Yokohama use Odoriko Express (or Odoriko-Go) to Kawazu station; ask in tourist kiosk for bus schedule and other information. Bus to Nanadaru Falls goes through magnificent landscape, so you will enjoy absolutely whole trip!
Moreover, you can combine this also with more traditional naturist activity: going to a beach.It seems there are no official naturist beaches in Japan, but Izu peninsula has a lot of sandy and flat rock beaches with warm water and wet subtropical forest around. They are not too crowded, and in the beginning of September it was easy to find a secluded spot. I can recommend visiting flat rocks at Kawazu. They are indeed convenient to dive in the water, as the entrance to water is steep, and then, to lie on, because they are roundish and pleasantly warm. The ocean water is warm too, though the sea weeds rather resemble those of cold northern seas. The view is magnificent and there is also an impressive cave where you can swim
To find these secluded coves walk from Kawazu station towards the ocean, then to the left (in the direction of the tunnel) and you will pass through small forest and rocks; there from above you will see the rocks where you may stay nude, but first you will get down to huge sandy beach. And then just go a little backwards on the edge of the sea till you find the best spot for you.