Kissamos to Gramvousa island and Balos lagoon cruise of Crete

An amazing cruise which includes the most stunning beaches and natural scenery of east Crete , visit and admire what you have seen already in films and pictures

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  • Duration: 8 Hours
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Description

Our boats depart from the port of Kissamos (Kavonisi) for Gramvousa and Balos lagoon. Kissamos or Kasteli is a small scenic town, on the northwestern part of Crete, approximately 43 kilometers from the city of Chania (www.kissamos.gr). 

Gramvousa and Balos are habitats of stunning natural beauty, included in the European initiative ΝΑΤURΑ 2000.

Α. Tour in the bay of Kissamos

We depart from the port of Kissamos, with soft music playing in the background, and sail for about an hour in the homonymous bay, against a stunning backdrop of steep cliffs and rocks, incredible secluded beaches, and the infinite blue. 

You will have the chance to see a large cave, which is thought to be an ancient shipyard. At the end of the bay, you will see an impressive geological phenomenon. Over time, Crete’s western side is rising, and its eastern side is sinking. This phenomenon takes place due to the movement of the African tectonic plate under the Eurasian plate. The ancient coastline can be traced over the rocky shores.   At the end of the bay, the boat will sail between the islet of Agria Gramvousa and Cape Vouxa (Trypiti). The landscape is breathtaking, against the backdrop of Valenti, Pontikonisi, Balos lagoon, and Imeri
Gramvousa. The boat will approach Gramvousa or the lagoon of Balos (depending on the itinerary you chose) after about 20 minutes.

The self-service bar of the ship shall remain open throughout the cruise, offering light meals, with salads, wine, soft drinks, coffee, ice creams, etc.

During our journey with our ship "GRAMVOUSA" your children are in the hands of an experienced animator. Your little ones will make drawings and
participate in group games, face painting etc.

B. Visit Gramvousa-the island of pirates

The boat shall arrive at the small port of Gramvousa, where we shall stay for about 2 hours. The location of Gramvousa, the Cretan nature, the legends and the turbulent history of the area exude a magical aura. The landscape is spectacular, and the beach of the island is adorned by a lonely shipwreck. 

The highest point of the island, atop a steep rock, at an altitude of 137 meters, is dominated by the famous castle of Gramvousa, which was built by the Venetians in 1579. The castle played a significant role in the history of the wider area. The panoramic view, the magnificent nature, and the legend of the pirates’ hidden treasure, allure you to visit it, after a 20 minute hike (it’s essential to wear comfortable shoes).

You may also swim in the area next to the chapel of Agioi Apostoloi. By the way, if you happen to be there on 29th June, St Apostoli’s Day, you will witness a very big feast that takes place by the church. You can stay also on the ship to relax or swim and have some fun with our water slide.  or remain onboard, relax or swim around the ship, also using its water slide. 

There are about 400 plant species in Gramvousa. Three of them are particularly interesting, since they cannot be found anywhere else on earth. One variety of daisies, a wild onion and silene. There are about 98 species of birds, with the number becoming quite bigger during the migration period, since the area is in the birds’ path to and from the Mediterranean.

After our 2-hour stop in Gramvousa, the boat will depart for the lagoon of Balos, which will be reached after approximately 20 minutes.  

C. Visit the lagoon of Balos

Balos is listed as one of the best beaches in the world. This exotic beach-lagoon and rare natural monument is situated between the Gramvousa peninsula and Cape Tigani. 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 lukewarm, shallow, turquoise blue waters, relax in the pink sandy beach, which is filled with shells, and admire the natural beauty, the rocks and the cliffs rising above you!  

The sandy beach of Balos is adorned by a special kind of vegetation. Shrubby varieties, such as heather, Yenisey, thyme, and lentisc, have impressive shapes and patterns, proving their effort to survive in the adverse environmental conditions of the area, such as the strong northerly winds and the natural instability of the dunes. During the migration periods, there are many bird species here, while the lagoon’s mollusks are not to be found anywhere else in Crete in this composition and quantity.

You will have the chance to stay in this paradise for about 3 hours. 

Due to the incredible natural beauty and preserved ecosystem, both Gramvousa and Balos are included in the European initiative NATURA 2000. The
preservation of the island’s natural environment, beyond the moral dimensions, is imposed through a strict national and European institutional protection system.
Thus, the following are prohibited:

Any kind of pollution

The collection of rocks, fossils, shells, ancient finds, and plants

Animal catching

Free camping

Starting a fire and smoking around bushes and woodlands

Any activity that might threaten the ecosystem and the archaeological sites Both in Gramvousa and Balos, you may return to the ship at any time, but
make sure you are back at least 10 minutes before departure.

Have a nice trip and a great time

Itinerary

Tour in the bay of Kissamos

We start our sail from the port of Kissamos, we sail for about an hour in the homonymous bay, admiring a stunning backdrop of steep cliffs and rocks, incredible secluded beaches, and the infinite blue. 

Docking in Gramvousa - the island of pirates

Our boat arrives at the small port of Gramvousa, where we stay for about 2 hours. Don't miss a swim , the location is stunning, the Cretan nature and the legends and the turbulent history of the area exude a magical aura. The beach of the island is adorned by a shipwreck.  

Visit the lagoon of Balos

Balos is listed as one of the best beaches in the world. This exotic beach-lagoon and rare natural monument is situated between the Gramvousa peninsula and Cape Tigani.
You will have the chance to stay in this paradise for about 3 hours.  

Lets sail back

You may return to the ship at any time, but make sure you are back at least 10 minutes before departure so we sail back to our starting point !

Please note depending on your departure the sailing back time :

1st departure 10.20 – return to the port at 17.45
2nd departure 10.40 – return to the port at 18.00
3rd departure 12.30 – return to the port at 19.30 

Meeting Points

What do I need to bring

hat

sunscreen

comfortable shoes

Important information

  • The ticket price does not include onboard dining .The self-service bar is open throughout the cruise, offering Cretan traditional delicacies and other dishes (souvlaki, chicken or steak with potatoes in the oven, stuffed peppers and tomatoes, Greek salad, pizza, toast, sandwiches, soft drinks, pastries, wine, beer, ice cream, coffee, etc.).
  • Before disembarking in Gramvousa and Balos, you may want to purchase, bottled water, soft drinks, snacks, coffee, sandwiches, beach items, etc. from the bar. Also, you may rent an umbrella, at a daily fee of 4€
  • You may use your credit card for purchases onboard the ship.
  • There is a free parking area at the port of Kissamos
  • Both in Gramvousa and Balos, you may return to the ship at any time, but make sure you are back at least 10 minutes before departure
  • The Municipality of Kissamos collects 1 euro from every ticket (paid in cash), as an administrative fee for passengers over 13 years old visiting Balos lagoon.

Thus, the following are prohibited:

  • Any kind of pollution
  • The collection of rocks, fossils, shells, ancient finds, and plants
  • Animal catching
  • Free camping
  • Starting a fire and smoking around bushes and woodlands
  • Any activity that might threaten the ecosystem and the archaeological sites

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Ratings & Reviews

nice idea

   

Stunning, the beach is nothing like ever seen, blue , pink, green, crystal clear waters....very safe for small kids too, not deep.....get sun cream , hat and go for a great day ahead, even my partner enjoyed it, (she is never happy), the boat is old but feels and is safe, staff is positive and helpful, a great day in Crete.

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11 July, 2019 by Fergie tour

Sun, beach and nice ride

   

Kids loved the sailing part, we rally enjoyed the ride there, all the way from Heraklion...company is good, they do what you pay for, go for it

05 July, 2019 by McKayle family

Blue and Green calm waters

   

Quite a bit of a drive to reach the sailing spot, it does worth it though. The boat is nothing special, the beaches we visited though absolutely stunning. Blue and green waters, white sand, calm waters and very safe. Perhaps the most nice of all tours we did, recommended,

29 June, 2019 by Ugo Xenon

Nice cruise, cool beach and lots of sun

   

Great time, simply park wisely (try to find a tree to park under it) and get on board. Not too many people and quite a nice simple boat (bit basic but safe). Beaches are stunning, specially Balos (although if I knew I would carry our umbrella rather than pay for it), overall nice day , worth the trouble and the drive from Rethymnon we are staying ..

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17 June, 2019 by Angel and Pat Smith

Need to see this beach

   

Need to do some walking to reach the beach , (unless u can ride the donkeys) but the sea, the colors and the views is magic.....good idea to have some fresh water with and a hat, beach is big but still was bit crowded….lovely place though

12 June, 2019 by David O Leary