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Mirabello Bay

Mirabello Bay: Our most recommended tours and activities

Agios Nikolaos: Semi-Submarine Cruise

1. Agios Nikolaos: Semi-Submarine Cruise

Board a comfortable air-conditioned semi-submarine vessel at the port of Agios Nikolaos. Discover marine life which inhabits the coastal waters of Agioi Pantes Island. Learn more about the flora and fauna you will see from the onboard audio guide. See many different species of colorful fish as the boat crew feeds them. If you are lucky, you may spot curious sea turtles, dolphins, and seals who sometimes choose to investigate the vessel. In the second part of the tour, take a seat on the main deck of the boat in order to admire the spectacular views of Agios Nikolaos Bay. Feel the sea breeze as you cruise through the bay before heading back to the port.

Heraklion: Spinalonga Island & Agios Nikolaos Tour with BBQ

2. Heraklion: Spinalonga Island & Agios Nikolaos Tour with BBQ

Take a bus and boat tour from Heraklion, step back in time on a guided tour of Spinalonga, chill out on the beach in Kolokytha Bay, savor a delicious BBQ lunch, and have free time in Agios Nikolaos. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in selected locations on Crete in the morning. Hop aboard a spacious and comfortable bus and sit back and relax on the drive to the cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos and board a ship.  Feel the sea breeze as you cruise through Mirabello bay towards the island of Spinalonga. Take a guided tour Spinalonga which has a rich history from defending the area from sea raids to housing a leper colony. Have some free time to capture photos of the island.  Continue to Kolokytha Bay where you can unwind on the beach, go for a dip, and dig into a lunch of grilled pork steak or chicken, bread, and a salad of tomatoes, cucumber, and feta. Vegetarians and vegans can enjoy a tortilla with vegetables, bread and salad. End your meal with fresh fruit and compliment it with a glass of wine or juice. Cruise to Agios Nikolaos and spend some free time exploring at your own pace. Sit at a cafe with lake or port views, do some shopping, or wander around this small Cretan town. Return to your accommodation in at the end of your tour. 

Agios Nikolaos: Fun Cruise Around Elounda Bay

3. Agios Nikolaos: Fun Cruise Around Elounda Bay

Experience a boat trip on the bright blue Mirabello Bay with this unforgettable cruise from Agios Nikolaos. Begin your cruise from Agios Nikolaos harbor at 11:00 AM every Thursday and Saturday and at 4:00 PM every Tuesday. It takes about an hour of a slow cruise along Mirabello gulf to arrive at Kolokytha beach. The boat will anchor there and you will be able to enjoy the turquoise, crystal clear waters for about one hour and fifteen minutes. Relax on the boat, and explore these isolated beaches. Then, head to Spinalonga, the famous lepers’ island. Take a cruise around the waters of the Island and then head to the second hidden paradise, the Skistra gulf. Revel in a perfect place for snorkeling and relaxing. Stop there for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Enjoy a variety of activities such as swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and more. Access many “sea toys” to enjoy your time there. The romantic atmosphere of the island along with the extraordinary landscapes makes the cruise ideal for unforgettable memories surrounded by your family and closest friends.

Crete: Agios Nikolaos Fishing Cruise with Equipment

4. Crete: Agios Nikolaos Fishing Cruise with Equipment

This cruise is specially designed for fishing enthusiasts and offers a unique perspective of Mirabello Bay and the Gulf of Elounda. All you need is your passion for your favorite hobby and we take care of everything else: equipment, bait, routes and the best fishing spots. We depart from the harbour of Agios Nikolaos, cruise across Mirabello Bay to the turquoise waters around Kolokytha and to the wider blue waters of Elounda. Our experienced crew will take you to the richest fishing grounds and will also guide you to places of historical interest. Your fishing trip includes breaks to relax, swim and sunbathe on this memorable theme cruise.

Heraklion: Spinalonga, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos w/ BBQ Lunch

5. Heraklion: Spinalonga, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos w/ BBQ Lunch

Embark on a full-day trip to the island of Spinalonga from Crete and enjoy a walking tour of the island. Visit the towns of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda and take a swim in the crystal water. Be picked up from the Heraklion area and taken along the picturesque northeast coast through the gorge of St George, reaching the small fishing village of Elounda. Today Elounda is a popular holiday resort, often visited by celebrities for the luxurious white beaches. From there, take the boat to the small island of Spinalonga. The history and the culture of Spinalonga are laced with different diverse strands of history. In Ancient Greek times it served as a natural guard for the city of Olous; later it was used as a hide-out for Saracen pirates, turned into a fortress by the Venetians, and later settled by the Turks.  After your visit to the island of Spinalonga (1.5 hours), the boat will head for one of the bays in the area. Swim in the crystal clear waters, and then savor a delicious barbecue served on board. Later, return to Elounda, where you take the bus to go to the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos. Enjoy shopping, exploring and marveling at the bottomless lake there. At the tour's end, the bus will take you back to Heraklion area.

Heraklion: Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka Tour

6. Heraklion: Spinalonga, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda & Plaka Tour

Meet your local guide and enjoy comfortable transportation. Make your first stop at Agios Nikolaos, on the Gulf of Mirabello. The place is famous for its picturesque lake, explored by the ocean researcher Jaques Cousteau. Walk along the city on your own, stroll through the shops or relax. After that, drive to the beautiful harbor of Elounda where we will get on board to visit the island of Spinalonga. At Spinalonga Island you can choose to join a guided tour or explore the island by yourself. If you do not wish to visit the archaeological site at all, you can join a one-hour boat trip to a secret location and dive into the crystal clear water. The history and the culture of the island of Spinalonga became one with human tragedy in the course of time. This small isle carries within the history of Ancient Greece, as it served as a natural guard for the ancient city of Olous; the history of Saracens as a hide-out for their pirates; the history of Venetians as their fortress; the history of Turks as their settlement. After our visit to the island of Spinalonga, we depart for one of the bays around. Here you have plenty of time for swimming in the crystal clear waters, and tasting the BBQ served on board. The menu includes pork BBQ, greek salad, feta cheese, bread, wine or Fanta, and seasonal fruit. After a short drive, reach Plaka a small fishing village. Plaka was the ferry port of the leper colony, whose history was documented in a book and a Greek television series. Last stop is the capital town of Lasithi, Agios Nikolaos. Relax in a café next to the bottomless Lake of Voulismeni and enjoy your walk to the local shops. Visit the filming sites or have a refreshing swim before heading back to your accommodation.

Richtis Waterfall and North Coast Tour

7. Richtis Waterfall and North Coast Tour

Take a tour to Richtis beach on the far side of Mirabello Bay and trek through the forest to the stunning Richtis waterfall. After pickup from your accommodation, enjoy the beautiful scenery on the 1-hour drive to the bay of Mirabello. Leave the asphalt and travel off road down to Richtis beach, hugging the mountainside.  Park at the bottom and enter Richtis gorge to start the 30-minute walk to reach the falls. Follow a trail through the forest, listening to the sounds of birds and running water. Stop to admire the incredible waterfalls, with time to climb up the stairs to the top of the falls, take photos, or swim in the cool waters.  When you are ready to leave, head back to the beach along the same trail. During the tour you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch at a local tavern, with wine and water included. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the Elounda area.

Crete: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island Small-Group Tour

8. Crete: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island Small-Group Tour

Enjoy a small-group day trip with shorter transfer times and less time stuck in tour buses. Travel to northeastern Crete, visit Agios Nikolaos and see its beautiful scenery, and take a boat trip to Spinalonga Island on this exciting day tour of some of Crete's most interesting sites. Begin the day with the visit to Agios Nikolaos and see the shore of Mirabello Bay. Explore the town, famous for the lake at its center and its shopping and cafes. Take your time for a walk to enjoy the views, enjoy some shopping or have a drink in one of the numerous cafes around the lake. Explore an open-air market on Wednesdays. Move on to see Elounda village, a former fishing village on the northern coast of the island. Depart from Elounda for the cruise to Spinalonga Island. Learn about the island's vibrant history, from a home for the Venetians and Turks to a place of isolation for those suffering from leprosy. Experience the island, more popular after the 2005 historical novel “The Island” about how lepers lived in Spinalonga. Join the hundreds of people who come to the island every day to visit and learn its history.

Crete: 3-Hour Sunset Cruise with Dinner

9. Crete: 3-Hour Sunset Cruise with Dinner

Admire beautiful beaches set against a stunning sunset on a 3-hour journey around Crete's North-East Coast aboard a boat with fresh fruits, a light dinner, and a full-service bar on offer. Relax and enjoy drinks as you admire panoramic views of Crete, picturesque bays, and hidden beaches after you set off from Agios Nikolaos' marina and head towards Plaka-elounda. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cooling sea breeze and while enjoying the contrasting colors of the sun setting that provide perfect photo opportunities.

Mirabello Bay: Private Cruise with Inflatable Boat

10. Mirabello Bay: Private Cruise with Inflatable Boat

An excellent inflatable boat 9 meters with 300 hp Yamaha engine capacity 9 quest with large comforts, construction 2022. The ideal boat for those who are looking for a unique experience on sea. You can travel with incredible comfort in the fantastic waters of Mirabello Bay with a high sense of safety and luxury. The boat provide snorkeling equipment for all ages, a high performance sound system with Bluetooth connection, Fresh towels and windproof jackets for everyone, refrigerator with soft drinks and water, toilet.Everything you will need for a carefree day on the boat.

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What people are saying about Mirabello Bay

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 185 reviews

Totally worth €18. It takes about 45 minutes to get to the first swimming spot. You can go into the water from the boat or overland to a small beach. You stay there for 1.5 hours before continuing to Spinalonga. It was enough for me to drive around the island once, because you can see everything well enough from the boat. Then it goes back towards Agios Nikolaos. There is a second stop, this time just for a swim from the boat. Both have been very beautiful bays. The boat is not crowded, you can find places in the sun and in the shade. The DJ knows exactly when to play more mood and when to play quiet music. If you absolutely want to snorkel, you should get one on the boat in good time, wait a little until the first ones are ready or bring your own equipment. You can buy food and drink on the boat, a small portion of watermelon will be provided. We enjoyed the time!

The tour was exceptional. Our guide picked us up near our hotel and we drove to richtis falls. The walk to the falls was challenging enough to be exciting but easy enough for anyone to do it. We had plenty of time to swim in the falls and then got lunch after. Lunch was a delicious array of Greek cuisine and our guide made sure to converse with us about different types of food. After the falls we went to see Krasi and the olive tree, which was fascinating. We then went to an olive farm and got to sample the products and browse. The tour was especially good because of our guide who made sure to educate us about the culture, history and the ecology of Crete.

1h30 of pure pleasure! The discovery of the seabed was magnificent, many fish can be observed for a long time :) The audio guide in French allows us to better understand what we are observing. In addition, the return to the upper decks of the boat offers an exceptional panorama of the coasts with the discovery of many beaches and famous hotels in the bay! We weren't on the boat much, which means that we can land anywhere on the boat during the return crossing. An extraordinary moment for only 16€/person!

Very cool trip with very chilled music. Enough time to swim at the two spots! Very awesome experience!

We liked everything. You didn't see any turtles, but lots of fish and the beautiful coast :-)