There are several large offshore islets on Lefkas, many visible from Nydri and most of them the target destination for dozens of boat trips. Among the islets, Madouri was the home of Greek poet Aristotle Valaoritis whose family still owns the island. Visitors are not welcome.
Sparti is just a large gull infested rock while Skorpios, recently sold to a Russian oligarch,, is heavily fortified and guarded to deter visitors, although excursion boats can been allowed to call.
Skorpios is a private islet that was much 'improved' in the 1960's when about 500 people worked for there for five years when building the Onassis estate for the former Greek shipping tycoon. It has its own electricity and water supplies.
There is a lavish villa on Skorpios, known as the Pink House, with tennis courts and extensive gardens, although most of the island remains undeveloped. There are two beaches where tourists who once stopped there told of the sands swarming with large ants.
Above one of the beaches is the chapel where Aristotle Onassis married Jacky Kennedy and where former Onassis family members are buried.
By far the best, biggest and most interesting among the islets off Lefkas is Meganissi, about six kilometres from Nidri, which attracts a large number of day visitors and those tourists looking for a sleepy island holiday. Fewer than 2,000 live on Meganissi island which has three villages at Katomeri, Vathi and Spartahori.
Many go to see the huge and impressive sea caves and particularly Papanikolas Cave, famous for once housing a submarine in World War Two. Tour boats will cruise inside if there is any room.
Meganissi's main port of Vathi is in the north-east and has some good waterfront tavernas, music bars and a few shops. The village of Katomeri is a kilometre inland and has a few tavernas and a bakery.
The alternative port is below the white, clifftop village of Spartahori, in Spilia Bay, with an attractive harbour and a pebble beach. There are a few tavernas, a couple of mini-markets, some shops and spectacular views over the rest of Meganissi and beyond.