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Chania: Boat Trip with Guided Snorkeling & Stand-Up Paddling

1. Chania: Boat Trip with Guided Snorkeling & Stand-Up Paddling

Discover what lies below the surface of the water on an amazing 3-hour boat trip off the northwest coast of Crete. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Chania, and then journey by air-conditioned minivan to the resort town of Almyrida. Avail of the services of experienced instructors who will give you a short theory lesson on arrival. Then, sail to secluded beaches that can only be reached by boat and swim with your provided snorkeling equipment. Learn the names of all the fish with the help of a book as the crew takes photos and videos of your experience to send by email as a souvenir. Relax and enjoy the good company in the warm sun, and get fantastic views of the coastline.

Chania: Stand-Up Paddleboard & Snorkeling Small Group Tour

2. Chania: Stand-Up Paddleboard & Snorkeling Small Group Tour

Experience what it feels like to walk on water with a stand-up paddleboard adventure in Chania! Benefit from the area's calm, crystal clear waters that create the perfect environment for stand-up paddleboarding. Get an introductory lesson on basic paddling techniques and learn how to stand up, turn and stop. Explore the hidden caves of the coastline, and get some time to swim and snorkel in the beautiful sea. Masks and snorkels will be provided, and your adventure will be recorded by action cameras as a unique souvenir. All footage will be sent to you as a keepsake memory of your experience. Benefit from the expert guidance of certified instructors who will make everybody feel confident and ready to go within the first few minutes! The program is specially designed for all levels of paddlers, from first timers to professionals.   

Chania: Traditional Boat Cruise to Lazaretta Island

3. Chania: Traditional Boat Cruise to Lazaretta Island

Highly recommended for history lovers, this activity takes you to two islands connected with ancient mythology and the history of the Venetian occupation. Heading west from the Old Port of Chania, your first stop will be Agioi Theodoroi, an island that was used historically to defend the coast of Crete. Nowadays, it’s a protected area and a heaven for kri-kri, an elegant and endangered Cretan goat. Your group will drop anchor close to a German airplane wreck dated from WWII, and give you the opportunity to dive into the water to see it for yourself.   After approximately 40 minutes, you’ll head on to Lazaretto (or Lazaretta) island, a small island opposite Nea Xora. Clear waters rich in marine life combined with two beautiful sandy beaches make this the best place to end your trip. Relax on the island for 1 hour until the boat leaves back for Chania. On the way back, you’ll get panoramic views of the Old Venetian Harbour with its famous lighthouse and walled fortresses—an excellent view of what the city looks like from the sea.

From Souda Port of Chania: Private Sailing Cruise with Meal

4. From Souda Port of Chania: Private Sailing Cruise with Meal

At 9:30 AM sail east out of the bay past the Souda Fortress on a small uninhabited island. If the winds are favorable stop to take a dip or some photos at the pebbled beach of the scenic white chapel of Agiannis. Follow the coast on the wind and marvel at views of the Ottoman fort high up on the hills and the fort of the Idjedin prison just below it. Continue past the seaside villages of Kalyves and Almyrida, around the Isle of Karga before reaching the lighthouse on the peninsula of Drapano. Again, if the gods of the winds are with you the boat will anchor in a tiny, secret cove for another quick swim. The wind will dictate if the boat sails northeast to a very small cove with beautiful sandy waters or otherwise northwest around another small island to a beautiful lagoon. Either way, the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) will be in view, serving as the backdrop to the cruise. After dropping anchor, enjoy a swim or snorkel and play in crystal clear turquoise waters while a freshly cooked Cretan/Spartan lunch is prepared with Greek specialties such as local pasta, sautéed vegetables, fresh salad, mama’s olives, goat cheese and fresh bread with wine and beer to wash it down and a dessert of fresh yogurt and sweet fruit.  Following a relaxing meal sail back to the port as the sun starts to set, arriving back by around 5:30 PM. Even if you’ve never sailed before have a go at taking control of the boat with expert supervision for a roughly 30 nautical mile trip.

Kissamos: Balos and Gramvousa Private Sailing Trip with Meal

5. Kissamos: Balos and Gramvousa Private Sailing Trip with Meal

Arrive to Kissamos Port by car or regional bus and board the sailboat with the green sails. Enjoy the company of only your private group and the crew and skipper as you cruise along the coast to Balos Lagoon and then to Imeri Gramvousa Island.  After about 1.5 hours of sailing, reach the lagoon, home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Swim and snorkel in the turquoise water, or treat yourself to some relaxing and sunbathing on the white sand for the next two hours.  Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch onboard the ship. Your next stop is the island of Imeri Gramvousa, where you can enjoy the stunning beach and swim in the crystal-clear water. If you'd like to snap an amazing photo of the Balos Lagoon, you will have the opportunity from the top of Gramvousa after a leisurely, 20-minute hike. At the top, built into the rock, you will spot the Venetian Castle, one of the most famous fortresses in Crete.  The views from here are seriously breathtaking. After a full day of sun and sea, your skipper will start the journey back to Kissamos Port. Onboard, rest or nap in the covered cabin, hang out in the covered dining area, and utilize the bathroom with shower.

From Chania: Private Balos Bay & Gramvousa Island Boat Trip

6. From Chania: Private Balos Bay & Gramvousa Island Boat Trip

Find your rigid inflatable boat (RIB) vessel at Chania's old port to begin a memorable half-day boat trip. Your experienced skipper will sail you to the first stop, Menies Beach. Anchor here for one hour and enjoy turquoise waters and ancient ruins as you swim or sunbathe.   Afterward, continue towards the northwestern part of the Chania prefecture, at the end of the land. Arrive at the island of Gramvousa and see its Venetian fortress and a sunken ship. Take memorable photos while your skipper anchors. Have approximately one hour on the island so that you explore on your own and perhaps even take a 40-minute roundtrip hike to the fortress. Finally, continue on for 15 minutes to the famous Balos Beach. Have another two hours to enjoy the breathtaking view of the coast and the sea. Your skipper will call you for the return trip back to Chania's old port. Depending on the weather conditions, the skipper will let you visit one or two secluded bays and beaches on the way back to Chania.

Chania: Sunset Cruise with Cretan Wine

7. Chania: Sunset Cruise with Cretan Wine

Embark on a magical boat trip from Chania Old Harbour. Cruise off the coast of Crete just in time for the sunset while listening to the crew's specially-made sunset playlist. A peaceful boat trip paired with the tranquil sound of the water and the breathing sunset view, this is the perfect way to end your day in Crete. To round off the experience, you'll also have the chance to try wine from Chania's local distilleries, in addition to exquisite Graviera cheese with honey and seasonal fruit or other products. Cherish this special moment with your loved one, or surprise your friends with the best gift for your vacation in Crete. 

Chania: Private RIB Cruise to Balos & Gramvousa Island

8. Chania: Private RIB Cruise to Balos & Gramvousa Island

fter jumping onboard, our first stop on this full day trip is Balos beach, a lagoon of outstanding natural beauty located at the far tip of Gramvoussa peninsula, the most western point of Crete. The whole area is been declared a protected area by the Natura 2000 programme and conservation of the area is our top priority. Leaving only our footprints in the pink-white sand, we take a swim in the turquoise waters of Balos and Gramvoussa island before heading to our next stop, Menies. This hidden cove is located on the northeastern shore of the Rodopou peninsula, parallel to Gramvoussa. Menies is located on the site of ancient Diktynna, that was the most important temple of the goddess Vritomartis, which is believed to be goddess Artemis. After a refreshing swim on the pebbly beach, we make our way back along the coast towards Chania. We cannot miss the opportunity of making a stop alongside Thodorou island, a protected haven for the endangered wild Cretan goat “agrími” (or easier, “kri-kri”). The island is uninhabited and is also a Natura 2000 protected area. After our last dip in the clear blue waters, we head back to Chania harbour, if we´re lucky we might see the turtles!

Crete: 4 Hour Half Day Sailing Cruise

9. Crete: 4 Hour Half Day Sailing Cruise

Explore the island of Kri-Kri (Thodorou island) onboard a cruise around Crete. Sail around stunning gulfs, secluded small islands, and enjoy the turquoise blue waters. Begin your cruise in the morning. Sail around Thodorou Island, located near Chania, opposite Agia Marina beach, and see the surrounding secluded islands in the area. Discover Cretan wild goats (kri-kri). Enjoy the calm and tranquil sea. The coastline of the island and the wreck of a German aircraft from WW2 are perfect places for snorkeling.

From Lasithi: Balos Lagoon Beach Chania Full-Day Trip

10. From Lasithi: Balos Lagoon Beach Chania Full-Day Trip

Visit Balos, one of the best beaches in Crete, just 60 km northwest of Chania Town. The beach captures your heart twice over, once with a heart-stopping view and then from up-close as a dream swimming spot. Make your way to Balos through a road from Kaliviani, a village close to Kissamos. Cross this 10km-long road by an air-conditioned Land Rover and then hike for 20 minutes. See the spectacular Balos lagoon from the hills above the beach. Enjoy the white sand, soft seabed, and crystal clear water of Balos. Opposite the beach, you can see the rocky island of Gramvoussa. On top of this island lies a steep Venetian castle with a gorgeous view of the region and the sea.

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What people are saying about Chania

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 60 reviews

Me and my 4 friends celebrated my 50th Birthday on this lovely yacht.All Our trip was amazing, beautiful lagoon and breathtaking views .Owner of the yacht was so professional and caring. We visited fortress with beautiful views.After we had lovely swim ,followed by very tasty Cretan lunch.Our trip continued to lovely lagoon.Where we had rest and swim.Never forget my Birthday. Highly recommending to everyone who planning to visit sunny Crete.

What a fab day! All very well organised, we saw some wonderful sea life whilst on the tour, the scenery was beautiful and all felt very seamless! Our guides were wonderful and everything was set up, ready to go! Really impressed, we had a lovely day!

The tour was really worth it, everything was well organized from the descent to the snorkeling spots and stand-up paddling. A very nice tour that we would gladly book again at any time!

Great experience and great service provided by Omega Divers. Would definitely come again and recommend.

Friendly staff, good equipment, nice setting, fun activities.