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Check out the helpful website operated by Simi's delightful and informative independent monthly, The Symi Visitor (tel. 22460/71-785; www.symivisitor.com). Through the site's e-mail option, you can request information on accommodations, buses, weather, and more. Don't ask them to recommend one hotel over another; explain exactly what you're looking for and they'll provide suggestions. Once you're on Simi, you'll find free copies of the latest Symi Visitor at tourist spots.

The long-established Kalodoukas Holidays (tel. 22410/71-077; www.kalodoukas.gr) can help with everything from booking accommodations (often at reduced rates) to chartering a boat. Once you've arrived on Simi, drop by the office at the base of the stairway to Horio (where there is another office; Mon-Sat 9am-1pm and 5-9pm). In summer, this agency plans a special outing for every day of the week, from cruises to explorations of the island. Most involve a swim and a healthy meal.

A tourist information kiosk on the harbor keeps hours that remain a mystery. Information and a free pamphlet may also be obtained at the town hall, located on the town square behind the bridge.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.