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Kissamos Port

Kissamos Port: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Kissamos Port: Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

1. From Kissamos Port: Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

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.

From Kissamos Port: Day Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

2. From Kissamos Port: Day Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

Explore the uninhabited island of Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon on a round-trip cruise from Kissamos Port. Glide past cliffs, stop at pristine golden beaches, swim in 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 before approaching the island of Gramvousa. Cruise against a stunning backdrop of steep cliffs and incredible secluded beaches. 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 2 hours exploring the area. Hike up to the famous fortress of Gramvousa, the highest point on the island. See a beach adorned with a lonely shipwreck. 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. Afterward, get back on the boat and head to the Balos Lagoon, situated between the Gramvousa peninsula and Cape Tigani. Choose to swim in the turquoise blue waters, relax on the sandy beach, or admire the rocky landscape. Enjoy 2.5 hours at the beach before beginning your cruise back to Kissamos.

From Chania: Balos & Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

3. From Chania: Balos & Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

Leave Chania behind and head on a day trip to Kissamos on a guided tour. Enjoy a boat trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos Lagoon Beach and admire the landscape and panoramic views. Your day starts with a pickup from your hotel or at a specific pick-up point with the bus. Drive towards the west side of Crete in order to reach the port of Kissamos Kasteli. After receiving all the necessary information about the cruise from your escort, arrive at the port where the Gramvousa ferry awaits you to start the cruise. Your escort will collect the money for the boat tickets from you so you can skip the lines at the ticket offices. At about 10:40 AM set off for the island of Gramvousa which takes approximately 45 minutes. Help yourself to the ferry kitchen with self-service dishes, meals, or snacks. You can sit back on a deck chair or in the lounge. During your cruise, see the elevation of the land along the cliff edges of Crete. This elevation has happened for over 2000 years. The history of the island is explained through microphones in different languages. Once you arrive at the island of Gramvousa you can either swim or take a hike to the top of the island to the Venetian fortress. There you have 2.5 hours before you continue to the lagoon of Balos which is 20 minutes away. Enjoy 3 hours at the lagoon. You may go back to the boat for food at any time or hire umbrellas if the heat is too intense. After a swim and relaxation at the lagoon, the boat will take you straight back to the port of Kissamos. This is a great photo opportunity as the sun will be behind you as you look out to the scenery of the island. At 6:00 PM the ferry arrives at the port and the journey comes to an end. Return time to Chania is approximately 7.00 PM.

From Kissamos Port: Balos and Gramvousa Private RIB Cruise

4. From Kissamos Port: Balos and Gramvousa Private RIB Cruise

Book a private rigid inflatable boat (RIB) vessel and an experienced skipper to explore the western parts of Crete with your family or friends. Departing from Kissamos Port, board your boat and ride the waves to the famous Balos Lagoon and to the historic Gamvousa Island. The skipper will take you on an adventurous or relaxed ride (according to your preferences) and provide drinks and snacks on the way.   At your first stop, Balos, you’ll anchor and explore the area’s white sand beaches and vivid turquoise waters for 1.5 hours. You’ll then head to Gramvousa, an island with a medieval fortress at the top of the hill. There, you can sunbathe, snorkel, and swim for another 1.5 hours before returning to Kissamos.

From Kissamos Port: Private Boat Cruise to Balos & Gramvousa

5. From Kissamos Port: Private Boat Cruise to Balos & Gramvousa

Board a speedboat and travel from Kissamos towards Gramvousa Island. As you make your way along the shore, see the majestic Venetian Fortress of Gramvousa. Continue to the famous exotic lagoon of Balos, perhaps the most photographed beach in Crete. Discover a beautiful natural landmark famous for its turquoise waters, wild natural beauty, and exotic scenery. In many places, the sand has a pink color while the sea is very shallow and warm. Discover locations perfect for swimming and snorkeling during your stop at the lagoon. Have the boat for yourself and have your experienced local skipper show you around. Enjoy a fresh Cretan salad and seasonal fruit, as well as local wine and beverages, before heading back to Kissamos.

Georgioupolis: Balos and Gramvousa Trip Without Boat Ticket

6. Georgioupolis: Balos and Gramvousa Trip Without Boat Ticket

Enjoy a scenic day trip to Gramvousa and Balos Beach. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel. Drive to either Kissamos or Kastelli Port along the National Road. Board your boat and sail to the Gramvousa island. This small scenic island is known for its Venetian fortress, and the exquisite views along the shore. Choose to take a dip in the Island’s crystal clear waters, or take a hike to up to the Venetian castle. After exploring the island, head back to your boat and sail 15 minutes to the Lagoon of Balos, one of Crete’s most photographed beaches. Take a relaxing stroll along the lagoon’s white sand beaches. Swim in the lagoon’s idylic waters. Afterward return to your boat, return to port, and then finally drive back to your hotel after a day of sun and surf.

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What people are saying about Kissamos Port

Checked all the boxes. Boat was a bit crowded so don’t wait until last minute to board. Food was decent on boat, and ride was smooth. Hike up to castle was long and not meant for kids. Hike to the viewpoint of Balos is worth it, You get what you pay for. If you want a more private experience then you should get a private boat,

The journey is fantastically run, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, I would recommend bringing some food as the options are quite bad but this did not affect my trip as we did not go for the cantering service we went for the beautiful views and comfortable journey, and that’s exactly what we got

I was traveling with two kids. Very good conditions, food was excelent and even if it was hot outside, the ship has air condioning. The crew was very nice and helpful. I will do this again!

Heavenly day in a fabulous setting with a very pleasant and very professional skipper attentive to our expectations... To be repeated without moderation...

It was great! Nothing to say except that we were pleasantly surprised by this excursion, the beauty of the landscape and the water