Day trip

From Kissamos Port: Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

From Kissamos Port: Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

Activity provider: CRETAN DAILY CRUISES
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From US$ 28.52 per person

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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Duration 7 hours
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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
Full description

The boat departs from Kissamos Port and sails for about an hour in the bay. Youll first 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, the boat will sail between Gramvousa Island and Cape Vouxa. The landscape is breathtaking against the backdrop of Valenti, Pontikonisi, Balos Lagoon and Imeri Gramvousa. The boat shall arrive at the small port of Gramvousa, where you 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 is adorned by a lonely shipwreck. The highest point on the island, atop a steep rock, at an altitude of 137 meters, is dominated by the famous castle of Gramvousa. You may also 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 2-hour stop on Gramvousa, the boat will depart for the Balos Lagoon, which will be reached after approximately 20 minutes. Balos is listed as one of the best beaches in the world. This exotic beach lagoon and rare natural monument are situated between the Gramvousa Peninsula and Cape Tigani.

You can swim in the lukewarm, turquoise blue waters, relax on the pink sandy beach or admire the natural beauty, the rocks, and the cliffs rising above you. You will have the chance to stay in this paradise for about 3 hours. 

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  • Host or greeter
  • 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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    Please arrive at the kiosk at least 40 minutes before the departure of the ship. You'll find the Kiosk of Cretan Daily Cruises at the Port of Kissamos. 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.

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    Important information

    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 1423 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      3.2/5
    • Transportation
      3.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.1/5
    • Safety
      4.3/5

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    Despite the uncertain weather this week in October and the impossibility of having confirmation of the cruise, everything went well. The timing was very well respected, the announcements made in Greek, English, German, French, Italian. The two sites visited are fabulous and each break allows you to fully enjoy them. Drinks and sandwiches on the boat are really affordable. Mid-October the crowds were correct, however you really have to arrive 40 minutes in advance as requested.

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    October 22, 2021

    Great day trip, everything worked out great. Balos Lagoon and Geamvousa Island lived up to expectations. Of course you have to be prepared that you are not alone on the road. Our boat had about 400 guests but was the only one that day. The announcements on the ship were also very understandable in German.

    October 15, 2021

    A really good day out. Be prepared to be on a big boat with about 300-400 other people. Actual time on Balos was 2hrs and actual time on Gramovousa was 1hr30mins but it still felt long enough as it was incredibly windy on Balos that day with hardly any shelter - the wind whips up the sand painfully! Would like to go back on a call day. Need trainers or walking shoes if you’re planning to walk to the castle on Gramvousa as the path is a bit uneven and loose though there are steps most of the way.

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    October 11, 2021

    Product ID: 157110