The locals call the islands opposite Sitia "Dionisades" and "Ianisades" and often make use of the fishing grounds there. It is worth taking a boat over there to pay a visit. Many fishing boats spend the night there, lights dancing on the dark waters, their only company the dolphins that sport around them.
Exceptionally important site for Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) – one of the largest colonies of the entire population. The islands are also important for seabirds and passing migratory birds. There is also the Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus).