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From Kissamos Port: Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

From Kissamos Port: Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

Take a day trip from Kissamos port to the uninhabited island of Gramvousa and Balos on a round-trip cruise. Glide past cliffs, stop at pristine golden beaches, swim in crystal-clear waters, and visit Gramvousa Fortress—a castle that offers incredible panoramic views. Depart from Kissamos Port and sail for about an hour in the bay. Approach the island of Gramvousa and then Balos or vice versa, depending on the itinerary route. Cruise against a stunning backdrop of steep cliffs and rocks, incredible secluded beaches, and infinite blue. Have the chance to see a large cave, which is thought to be an ancient shipyard. At the end of the bay, sail between Gramvousa Island and Cape Vouxa. Soak in the scenic landscape against the backdrop of Valenti, Pontikonisi, Balos Lagoon, and Imeri Gramvousa. Depending on the itinerary, first destination is Gramvousa and then Balos or vice versa. Arrive in the small port of Gramvousa and enjoy the magical environment created by Cretan nature, the legends, and the area's turbulent history. See the beach is adorned by a lonely shipwreck. See the famous castle of Gramvousa, the highest point on the island that sits atop a steep rock. Enjoy a swim in the area next to the Church of Agioi Apostoloi. After a stop at Gramvousa, get back on the boat to head to the Balos Lagoon. Listed as one of the world's best beaches, this exotic beach lagoon is situated between the Gramvousa Peninsula and Cape Tigani. Due to the recent Legislation for the ecological protection of the area, it is prohibited to disembark passengers on the shore of Balos (either from ships or boats). Our ship will anchor for about 2.5 hours in the sea of Balos for swimming (about 250 meters from the shore). But if the weather conditions are favorable, the ship will anchor very close (about 10 meters) from the shore. Words cannot describe the impressiveness of this place. Nothing can describe what you are about to feel when you see this. When you get to swim in the crystal clear, emerald waters, relax on board and admire the view of the rare natural beauty of the landscape, the sea, the coast, the rocks and cliffs that rise before you!

Chania: Balos Gramvousa Cruise with Transfer and Boat Ticket

Chania: Balos Gramvousa Cruise with Transfer and Boat Ticket

Experience a full-day boat trip to the westernmost part of Crete and visit two of the most famous landmarks, Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa island. Be picked up by an air-conditioned bus at a pickup point close to your hotel and you be driven to Kissamos port. There you will board a large comfortable boat with an open deck and a bar-restaurant. Enjoy your cruise along the coast and see the dramatic rockface from the water. The boat after an 1 hour trip will approach Gramvousa island or Balos lagoon (depending on the itinerary). Gramvousa island used to be a pirate's cove. Choose to hike for 20 minutes to the Venetian castle which is built on a steep 137m high rock. Enjoy panoramic views over the Aegean sea and unique landscape from here. You may also swim in the area next to the chapel of Agioi Apostoloi. After the boat will depart for the lagoon of Balos, which will be reached after approximately 20 minutes. Balos is characterized as one of the best beaches in the world. Words cannot convey the wild beauty of your eyes. You will admire the white and in some places the pink sand, the turquoise waters, and the natural beauty of this unique place. You will have the opportunity to stay in this paradise and swim . **Due to the new rules for Natura 2000 areas, the ship will stop about 10 meters away from the beach of Balos (depending on the weather conditions) for 2.5 hours, where you will be able to swim.

Chania Areas/Kalyves:Gramvousa Island & Balos,Boat Tkt Extra

Chania Areas/Kalyves:Gramvousa Island & Balos,Boat Tkt Extra

Leave Chania behind and head on a day trip to Kissamos on a guided tour. Enjoy a boat trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos Lagoon Beach and admire the landscape and panoramic views. Your day starts with a pickup from your hotel or at a specific pickup point with the bus. Depending on the option you choose, enjoy pickup from Chania, Kalyves, or Almyrida. Drive towards the west side of Crete in order to reach the port of Kissamos Kasteli. After receiving all the necessary information about the cruise from your escort, arrive at the port where the Gramvousa ferry awaits you to start the cruise. Your escort will collect the money for the boat tickets from you so you can skip the lines at the ticket offices. If you've chosen the option leaving from Kalyves and Almyrida, your boat ticket and Fortress entrance are included. At about 10:40 AM, set off for the island of Gramvousa which takes approximately 45 minutes. Help yourself to the ferry kitchen with self-service dishes, meals, or snacks (at your own expense). You can sit back on a deck chair or in the lounge. During your cruise, see the elevation of the land along the cliff edges of Crete. This elevation has happened for over 2000 years. The history of the island is explained through microphones in different languages. Once you arrive at the island of Gramvousa, you can either swim or take a hike to the top of the island to the Venetian fortress. There you have 2.5 hours before you continue to the lagoon of Balos which is 20 minutes away. Enjoy 3 hours at the lagoon. You may go back to the boat to purchase food at any time or hire umbrellas if the heat is too intense. After a swim and relaxation at the lagoon, the boat will take you straight back to the port of Kissamos. This is a great photo opportunity as the sun will be behind you as you look out to the scenery of the island. At 6:00 PM the ferry arrives at the port and the journey comes to an end. Return time to your starting point in time for dinner. **we would like to inform you that the cruise company is changing the schedule of the cruise to Balos & Gramvousa. According to their recent announcement, for the next period there will be no boat landing at Balos starting from 22 May until 10 June. The ship will anchor 100m. from the coast of Balos and will remain there for about 1.5 hours for swimming. On the other hand, the stay in Gramvousa is extended by 1 hour, so the total time they will stay there is about 2.5-3 hours. Thank you for your understanding.

Chania/Kalyves: Balos Gramvousa Day Trip without Boat Ticket

Chania/Kalyves: Balos Gramvousa Day Trip without Boat Ticket

Admire views of the Tersanas Cave and Vouxa Cape on this sightseeing cruise to the Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island. Enjoy the convenience of the included air-conditioned bus transfer from centrally-located meeting points at locations in Chania and the areas surrounding it.  Be picked up and relax in climate-controlled comfort on the drive to the Kissamos port. Your tour leader will collect the boat fee from you and provide you your boat tickets which allow you skip-the-line. Take in views of the majestic Tersanas cave from the water which is said to be an ancient shipyard. Enjoy views of the geological formations that have formed on the stunning cliffs of the Vouxa Cape. Snap pictures of the unique landscapes of the Imeri and Agria Gramvousa islands. Sail for approximately 1 hour until you reach the Balos Beach where you can cool-off with a refreshing swim in turquoise waters.** Continue to Gramvousa island where you can explore the hilltop, 16th-century Venetian castle which was a pirate base in the 19th-century, and you can see an old ship-wreck. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.  **Due to new rules revolving Natura 2000 regions the ferry will stop 100m away from Balos beach for 1.5h where you will be able to swim in the sea. Although the time at Gramvousa Island will be prolonged.

Rethymno Area: Gramvousa Island & Balos, Boat Ticket Extra

Rethymno Area: Gramvousa Island & Balos, Boat Ticket Extra

Depart Rethymno at approximately 07:45 and travel by bus along the new national road towards the westernmost tip of Crete. Pass the bay of Souda and the former Cretan capital of Chania before your arrival in Kissamos. Upon arrival, climb aboard a boat and cross to Balos Bay at the northernmost tip of the peninsula. Relax on the 1-hour boat trip, and get 2.5 hours at Balos Bay to enjoy the soft white sands and unique blue and green waters of the lagoon. Next, take a 20-minute boat ride to Gramvousa Island for plenty of time to enjoy an unforgettable swim in the crystal clear waters. If you are feeling energetic, take an optional 137-meter climb up to the 16th-century Venetian Fortress for an incomparable view of the surrounding surroundings. Enjoy approximately 1.5 hours at peace on Gramvousa Island, and then take a 1-hour boat ride back to Kissamos. Upon arrival, continue to Rethymno by bus at the end of the laid-back tour. **we would like to inform you that the cruise company is changing the schedule of the cruise to Balos & Gramvousa. According to their recent announcement, for the next period there will be no boat landing at Balos starting from 22 May until 10 June. The ship will anchor 100m. from the coast of Balos and will remain there for about 1.5 hours for swimming. On the other hand, the stay in Gramvousa is extended by 1 hour, so the total time they will stay there is about 2.5-3 hours. Thank you for your understanding.

From Kissamos: Balos Gramvousa Sailing Cruise with Lunch

From Kissamos: Balos Gramvousa Sailing Cruise with Lunch

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Aegean sea and admire stunning views as you sail for Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island. Take time to swim and explore these incredible locations at your own pace. Start your morning at Kissamos port and board a private sailboat. After learning the safety procedures on board from your experienced skipper, set sail on a private cruise for Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island. Relax on board while taking in the spectacular views of the Cretan coast. Learn a bit about sailing on the trip with the help of your skipper. After 1.5 hours at sea, reach Balos Lagoon. Soak up the sun on the pristine shores of Balos Beach or even go for a swim in the clear water. Next stop: Gramvousa Island. Hike to the extraordinary castle built high up on the island and admire panoramic views of the horizon from above. Take your time exploring this rugged island or practice your snorkeling. At noon, relax on deck and enjoy a delicious lunch cooked on board. If it's too hot, take a break in the cabins. Admire the beautiful views of the sea once more as you head for the port.

From Kissamos: Balos and Gramvousa Luxury Catamaran Cruise

From Kissamos: Balos and Gramvousa Luxury Catamaran Cruise

Embark on an unforgettable voyage through the crystalline waters of Crete aboard a luxurious catamaran. Departing from the enchanting Kissamos Port, prepare to indulge in a day of unparalleled adventure and relaxation as we set sail towards the mesmerizing wonders of Balos Bay and Gramvousa Island. Step aboard the state-of-the-art catamaran, where opulence meets comfort, and allow our experienced crew to pamper you with impeccable service throughout your journey. As you glide gracefully across the azure Aegean Sea, soak in the panoramic views of the rugged coastline and vibrant landscapes that adorn the horizon. Your first destination, the breathtaking Balos Bay, beckons with its idyllic white sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Dive into the refreshing sea or bask in the Mediterranean sun on deck as you immerse yourself in this natural paradise. Continuing your voyage, navigate towards the legendary Gramvousa Island, crowned by its majestic Venetian fortress perched atop rugged cliffs. During your stop at Gramvousa Island, indulge in a sumptuous lunch featuring the freshest seafood delicacies, meticulously prepared by the talented onboard chefs. Savor the flavors of the sea while taking in the unparalleled beauty of your surroundings. Throughout the day, savor delectable gourmet cuisine and refreshing beverages served onboard, ensuring that every moment of your experience is nothing short of extraordinary. For those seeking further adventure, take advantage of the complimentary snorkeling equipment, stand-up paddleboards (SUP), and fishing equipment. Dive beneath the surface to discover the vibrant marine life, glide atop the waves on a paddleboard, or try your hand at fishing in the azure depths.

Heraklion: Gramvousa Island Day Trip & Balos Beach

Heraklion: Gramvousa Island Day Trip & Balos Beach

Start your day with pick-up from the nearest point to your hotel. Drive towards the west side of Crete in a bus to reach the port of Kissamos Kasteli. After your escort gives you all the necessary information about the cruise, arrive at the port to board the ferry boat to Gramvousa. Your escort will collect the money for the boat tickets from you so you can skip the lines at the ticket offices. At about 10:30 AM, set off for the island of Gramvousa on the ferry, which has a restaurant with self-service meals and snacks. Sit back on a deck chair or in the lounge for the journey of approximately 45 minutes. During the cruise, marvel at the cliff edges of the wildest part of Crete and learn about the history of the island with the onboard commentary played through the speakers in various languages. Upon arrival in Gramvousa, either have a swim or take a hike to the top of the island to the Venetian fortress. Enjoy 2.5 hours on Gramvousa before you continue to the lagoon of Balos, which is 20 minutes away. As soon as you arrive at the lagoon, you'll have a little less than 3 hours to enjoy the area. You may go back to the boat at any time for food or also hire umbrellas if the heat is too intense. In the early evening, board the boat to head back to the port of Kissamos, where a bus will be waiting to return you to your hotel area.

Limeniskos: Gramvousa and Balos Speedboat Tour with Drinks

Limeniskos: Gramvousa and Balos Speedboat Tour with Drinks

Hop onboard a speedboat that is built for a swift and steady navigation and set off from Limeniskos over sparkling waters to the island of Gramvousa. Feel the wind in your hair get closer to the island's distinctive cliffs which rise dramatically from the water. Admire views a Venetian fortress perched atop the island's highest point. From a distance, appreciate the strategic position of the fortress and imagine its historical significance. Once on land, you can explore Gramvousa Island during an hour-long stop. Go for a 20-minute hike to the fortress, take a stroll on the beach, or look for the local flora and fauna that form the unique ecosystem of the island. Get back on the boat for the transfer to the mesmerizing waters of the Balos Lagoon. Plunge into shallow, calm waters that have a striking turquoise hue. Be greeted by the refreshing coolness of the sea. Have the option to relax on the beach or wade in the surreal-looking waters. Bring along your snorkeling gear to spot damselfish, wrasse, and maybe even a curious octopus hiding in the crevices. If you're lucky, you might spot loggerhead turtles gliding gracefully through the water. Return to your meeting point in Limeniskos with unforgettable memories of your adventure to Gramvousa Island and the Balos Lagoon.

Crete: Balos and Gramvousa Cruise

Crete: Balos and Gramvousa Cruise

Travel by air-conditioned bus to the west of Crete the direction to Balos. E njoy a cup of coffee or breakfast at the small village of Skaleta and then continue to Kissamos to board a boat and start your cruise. Admire a vast cave that was most likely an ancient shipyard. See sea turtles and dolphins playing in the water. Disembark on the island of Gramvousa, also known as "Pirates' Island". Enjoy about 2 hours to explore and encounter over 100 bird and 400 plant species. Enjoy plenty of free time to swim at a gorgeous beach. Alternatively, feast from an (optional) lunch on board.  Continue your cruise to the lagoon of Balos and discover one of the loveliest sites in Greece. Get a breathtaking view of the lagoon and enjoy a 2-hour swimming break before the return journey to the meeting point. 

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What people are saying about Balos Beach

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They had waters/lemon soda on board which was nice, it was a fast (but enjoyable) ride to 2 of some of the most popular beaches, and I’d say 1 hour at each stop is plenty. I did this tour in April when no one was there and it was perfect! Water is cold but I’d rather have cold vs overcrowded

This company has been a great option to take tours. George the guide is very friendly and helpful, the weather we had that day was not that good and he gave us some recommendations, Balos is a beautiful place, and we had a great time

Worth visiting. Consider please that the this is a trip also for other people, so there are more stops than only yours... Take this into account before booking, be patient and enjoy the trip!

Boat took us to different locations and had great recommendations on timing given the weather for the day. Very kind boat driver too, offered drinks and made sure everyone was comfortable.

The tour guide did not engage the audience and talk about the history of Chania