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From Kissamos Port: Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

Activity provider: CRETAN DAILY CRUISES

From Kissamos Port: Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

Activity provider: CRETAN DAILY CRUISES
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From US$ 27.46 per person

Likely to sell out Booked 83 times yesterday

Take a full day boat cruise from the Kissamos Port to see one of the most amazing places in Greece. Visit Venetian Castle on Gramvousa Island and then swim in the clear waters of the fabulous Balos Lagoon.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Walk in the world-famous Balos Lagoon and swim in the clear waters of Crete
  • Explore the island of Gramvousa and see the Greek Orthodox church on the seaside
  • Take a 20-minute hike up to the Venetian Castle and enjoy views of Balos
  • Cruise in the bay and see a huge cave thought to have been an ancient shipyard
  • Try Cretan specialties and drinks at the on-board self-service restaurant bar
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Go on a day trip from Kissamos port to the uninhabited island of Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon by a round-trip cruise. Glide past cliffs, stop at pristine golden beaches, swim in the 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 the lagoon of Balos or vice versa, depending on the itinerary route.

Cruise against a stunning backdrop of steep cliffs and rocks, incredible secluded beaches, and the 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. Arrive in the small port of Gramvousa and spend the next 1.5 hours here. Enjoy the magical environment created by the 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. You can swim in the area next to the Church of Agioi Apostoloi, stay on the ship to relax, or have some fun on the water slide. 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.

Choose to swim in the turquoise blue waters, relax on the pink sandy beach, or admire the natural beauty, the rocks, and the cliffs rising above you during your 2.5 hours at the beach.

Includes
  • Access to Gramvousa
  • Access to Balos Beach
  • Access to Kissamos Port
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  • Transport for activity duration: Sightseeing cruise
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You must fill out a travel information form
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    The boat departs from the Port of Kissamos (Kastelli), which is accessible by car or bus from the Chania area. There is a free parking area at the Port of Kissamos. The day before your cruise you will receive by e-mail your Boarding Pass from Cretan Daily Cruises. Please arrive at the boat at least 40 minutes before the departure time. At the entrance of the boat you have to present your Boarding Pass.

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    What to bring

    • Hat
    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen
    • Water

    Know before you go

    • In order to hike up to the castle you must wear walking shoes
    • The Municipality of Kissamos, before boarding, collects €1 from every ticket as an administrative fee for passengers over 13 years old visiting Balos Lagoon
    • The bar on the boat offers traditional Cretan delicacies and other food dishes and accepts both credit card and cash
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.2 /5

    based on 1879 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      3.6/5
    • Transportation
      3.9/5
    • Value for money
      4.1/5
    • Safety
      4.3/5

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    To better enjoy, it is best to take the 1st boat at 10:20 am. There are certainly a lot of people but the lagoon of Balos and Gramvoussa are fabulous. Take water shoes because there are sea urchins. It is possible to eat in the boat but quite late, so if young children plan the picnic. Excursion to do and unforgettable. Balos has nothing to envy to Santa Giulia. We just wish we could enjoy balos for longer

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    August 16, 2022

    We booked the first departure (10:20a.m) and that was wise because we arrived to Balos quite early before all those people who arrived later. It’s a must to climb the stone steps and see the view from above!! It took us only 15 minutes to climb instead of half an hour that someone told us. It’s also a must to climb the castle at Gramvousa!! The negative was that the boat was overcrowded and we had to sit on the stair steps. Also take some sandwiches and drinks with you :) We did that and it was also wise. ;) We rent a set with 2 beds and an umbrella at Balos for €15. It’s not necessary as you won’t sit there for 2 hours but we rent it for our teenagers.

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    August 10, 2022

    Everything went smoothly. Beautiful beaches and castle. Our only suggestion would be that in order to explore and enjoy we really would have loved an hour more at each location. We had just enough time to hike to the castle, take a few quick pictures and head back down. It would have been great to have a swim after the hike but there was no time. As I said it was well organized and beautiful just not long enough. It felt a bit rushed.

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    August 7, 2022

    Product ID: 157110