Arki (also written Arkoi, as in Greek) is a tiny piece of land next to Patmos
. With only 45 residents it even seems uninhabited and its only village has only a handful of houses, two tavernas and a bar. In the day boats from the neighboring islands tour around, carrying tourists for swimming and snorkeling in the beautiful blue lagoons of Arki which has ones of the bluest coves in the Aegean sea. The cluster of islets scattered close to Arki`s south shore are also very attractive to the boat cruises. One of the islets, Marathos, even has a taverna and rooms to rent.
For those who would like to stay on the island for more than a day, there are rooms to rent and a small mini market. The beaches and coves are predominantly rocky but compensate with the color of the sea. You don`t need a car because distances are very small and the whole road is less than 3 km long in total. In the southernmost of Arki, where the road ends, is Tiganakia beach, a sequence of three coves with mixed sand and pebbles and great views. In two words, people who love silence, walking and doing nothing at the beach will find the island amazing.
Except for the day trips from Leros and Patmos, Arki can be reached from Samos
a few times per week with a car and passenger ferry which travels to Kalymnos