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Swimming in the Blue Grotto after 6pm???

I read in Rick Steves book that anyone can swim into the Blue Grotto for free after 6pm.. Has anyone done this or seen others doing this?? Is it safe? Thanks

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Hi Greg,
Yes, you can swim in the Blue Gotto once the boats are finished for the day. I have done it on numerous occasions while staying in Anacapri.... it was definitely one of the hightlights of my trip. When you watch the tourists being hauled from a boat to a small row boat.... and they are in and out in a matter of minutes... it is not how I wanted to do it. I waited until the end of the day and could stay as long as I wanted. Please pay attention to how rough the water is before going in the grotto... one time I went in the grotto, the water was quite rough and the waves were filling the opening of the grotto... had a bit of difficulty getting out.... just hang on to the chain and it will help you get both in and out of the grotto.
Have a wonderful time and please write back to tell us about your experience.