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Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa from Kissamos Port

Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa from Kissamos Port

From US$ 28.36 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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5 hours
  • Kissamos

  • 1 hour
  • Imeri Gramvousa

  • Hiking, swimming

    • Optional
  • Balos Beach

  • Swimming

    • Optional
  • 1 hour
  • Kissamos

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
  • Walk in the world-famous Balos Lagoon and swim in the most amazingly 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, located 137 meters above sea level, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Balos Lagoon
  • Cruise in the bay and see a huge cave thought to have been an ancient shipyard
Full description
The boat departs from Kissamos Port and sails for about an hour in the bay, 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 is 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. 
  • 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 must fill out a travel information form
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    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.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Water
    • Swimwear
    • Sunscreen
    • Hat
    • Towel

    Know before you go

    • In order to hike up to the castle you must wear walking shoes
    • Please bring sunscreen, a swimsuit, towel, hat and water
    • 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
    • The bar on the boat offers traditional Cretan delicacies and other food dishes, and accepts both credit card and cash
    • The boat returns to the port at approximately 5:45 PM, 6:00 PM or 7:30 PM, depending on the booked departure time
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.2 /5

    based on 1395 reviews

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    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

    Balos Lagoon and Gramvoussa Island are simply stunning and are must-do visits. Could have done with more time with both (only 2 hours on Balos and 1.5 hours on Gramvoussa when it was advertised as 5 hours combined). The boat was fine, but felt overcrowded and all seats were take. quickly, but thankfully this dissipated once the crowds spread out at the destinations. Good value and recommended.

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    October 1, 2021

    Unglaublicher natürlicher Anblick. Es lässt sich nicht in Worte fassen. Es gab viele Momente, in denen ich nur ausdruckslos starrte. Wenn Sie nach Kreta kommen, müssen Sie kommen. Aber auf dem Boot findet man kaum jemanden, der eine Maske trägt. Auch ich habe es oft vergessen... Das Essen auf dem Boot war für den Preis ausgezeichnet. Es ist lecker und das Personal ist freundlich. Diese Tour ist sehr zu empfehlen!

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    September 23, 2021

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