Located on the North side of Ikaria in the Gialiskari resort area, Messakti Beach is Ikaria's most popular beach and is blessed with pure and natural golden sand and crystal clear waters. Two small rivers intersect the beach with small freshwater lagoons, and the church of Gialiskaris is visable in the distance jutting out into the sea on a small island. On the beach there are umbrellas and sunbeds for hire and several waterfront cantinas serving refreshments and light snacks. Informal volleyball games are also played in the afternoons and an annual tournament occurs in August. Surfers flock to Messakti in August to ride the waves when conditions are right and the surf school gives lessons and rents surboards and stand up paddle boards in summer. Kayak rentals are also available. Hotels, rooms for rent, pensions, restaurants, cafes and a nightclub are located on the main road near the beach. Shallow water makes it ideal for families but there are strong currents further offshore and care is needed when the waves are big. A lifeguard is present during the summer season.