Balos Beach
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  • Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa from Kissamos Port

    1. Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa from Kissamos Port

    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...

    The weather was a little windy however it wasn’t too hot and we enjoyed the boat trip and the lagoon. Water is crystal clear and you can find a piece of pink sand beach there as well.

  • From Chania: Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Tour

    2. From Chania: Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay Full-Day Tour

    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 10:20 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 over 2000 years. The history of...

    it was nice. but a bit to short .. about 2 hours on the ferry and about 4 hours on the beach. also the trip with the bus from Chania to kissamos also took like 2 hours in total. so basically stay on road like 4 hours and 4 hours on the beach. not really worth it.

  • From Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Gramvousa Island & Balos Bay

    3. From Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Gramvousa Island & Balos Bay

    Depart Rethymno at approximately 07:45 and travel by bus along the new national road towards the westernmost tip of Crete. Pass the bay of Souda and the former Cretan capital of Chania before your arrival in Kissamos. Upon arrival, climb aboard a boat and cross to Balos Bay at the northernmost tip of the peninsula. Relax on the 1-hour boat trip, and get 2.5 hours at Balos Bay to enjoy the soft white sands and unique blue and green waters of the lagoon. Next, take a 20-minute boat ride to Gramvousa Island for plenty of time to enjoy an unforgettable swim in the crystal clear waters. If you are feeling energetic, take an optional 137-meter climb up to the 16th-century Venetian Fortress for an incomparable view of the surrounding surroundings. Enjoy approximately 1.5 hours at peace on Gramvousa Island, and then take a 1-hour boat ride back to Kissamos. Upon arrival, continue to Rethymno ...

    We took this trip on 23d September! Thanks a lot to the great guide George/Georgios for smooth organising, being funny and answering all our questions. Best guide we had while staying in Crete! Weather was windy but it the blue water was still worth it.

  • From Heraklion: Full-Day Gramvousa and Balos Tour

    4. From Heraklion: Full-Day Gramvousa and Balos Tour

    Following pick-up along the Malia to Agia Pelagia main road, travel by air-conditioned coach to the west of Crete. Stop at the small village of Skaleta, near Rethimnon. Enjoy a cup of coffee or breakfast and then continue to Kissamos to board a boat and start your cruise. Admire a vast cave that was most likely an ancient shipyard. See sea turtles and dolphins playing in the water. Marvel at the geological phenomenon of the simultaneous lifting and sinking of 2 sides of the island: the western side rises 6 to 9 meters above sea level. Disembark on the island of Gramvousa, with its Venetian castle. Also known as "Pirates' Island," Gramvousa used to be a hiding place for rebels. The broader area of Gramvousa forms one of the most significant hydro-biotopes of the eastern Mediterranean. Here, you can encounter over 100 bird and 400 plant species. Enjoy plenty of free time to swim at a go...

    It was a good experience. Only few points to raise: the pick-up was 30 mins late. It was very windy and the boat was packed, it took very long to get off the boat, so shorter time was available to stay on the beach. If you choose to walk up to the castle, beware that there is no health and safety, few places was very dangerous, I would not do it again. Otherwise the view was beautiful, it is worth the hassle and money but the terrible wind made the experience less enjoyable.

  • From Heraklion Area: Day Trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos

    5. From Heraklion Area: Day Trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos

    Start your day with pick-up from the nearest point to your hotel. Drive towards the west side of Crete in a bus to reach the port of Kissamos Kasteli. After your escort gives you all the necessary information about the cruise, arrive at the port to board the ferry boat to Gramvousa. Your escort will collect the money for the boat tickets from you so you can skip the lines at the ticket offices. At about 10:30 AM, set off for the island of Gramvousa on the ferry, which has a restaurant with self-service meals and snacks. Sit back on a deck chair or in the lounge for the journey of approximately 45 minutes. During the cruise, marvel at the cliff edges of the wildest part of Crete and learn about the history of the island with the onboard commentary played through the speakers in various languages. Upon arrival in Gramvousa, either have a swim or take a hike to the top of the island to th...

    Great day beautiful beaches the boat trip is a very large boat which inforces facemasks as it’s considered to be a transport even though you’re outside the coach travel from Hernossis It’s very long eight hours return but we very much enjoy the trip and would recommend

  • Chania: Luxury Tour to Balos and Falassarna Beach with Lunch

    6. Chania: Luxury Tour to Balos and Falassarna Beach with Lunch

    Visit two of the most famous beaches in Greece, Balos lagoon and Falassarna beach. Be guided up to the lagoon viewpoint by an experienced guide. Admire panoramic views and stunning skylines from the coastal viewpoint. Snap your own momentous memories to share with your family and friends. Hop in an air-conditioned 4wd and head to the next beach. Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea at Falassarna beach, a favorite destination of the locals. Have sunbeds and umbrellas already reserved for when you arrive at the beach for a smooth and easy trip. Finally, savor a delicious lunch at a nearby restaurant for lunch. Taste traditional food and wine at your reserved table and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

    Please stop looking for any other travel company in Chania. Here with Adventure you are treated like family not just a customer. The owner will go above and beyond to make sure you are taken care of completely in every way possible. His agenda is set up perfectly to ensure you are relaxed and every second is spent enjoying your trip from Chania to Balos to Falassarna Beach. Honestly there are not enough stars to rate this company. I am confident that all of his tours are top notch as I know the character of the owner. He will work hard to organize every detail and respect your time on your vacation so that it is as enjoyable as possible.

  • From Rethymno: Full-day Trip to Elafonisi with Sightseeing

    7. From Rethymno: Full-day Trip to Elafonisi with Sightseeing

    Start your day at Elafonisi beach, with its shallow water and fine white sand. Relax on the shore for 2 hours or explore your surroundings in one of the most beautiful, remote locations in Crete. Dip your feet in the turquoise lagoon or simply stroll along the shore fringed with pink coral sand. Then, get ready for the wild road to Cape Vouxa. Ride 8 kilometers up a dirt track to the national park in a comfortable 4x4 bus. As you travel, enjoy the beautiful natural scenery around you. Finally, arrive at your destination. Step out and take in the breathtaking panoramic views of Balos Bay and Gramvousa.

    Amazing trip, highly recommended! It is a great way to see both beautiful beaches if you are short on time. Our tour guide was wonderful and we had an amazing time. Make sure to take water and running shoes as there is a pretty long hike down the mountain to get to Balos

  • Kissamos: Balos and Gramvousa Private Sailing Trip with Meal

    8. 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...

  • Guided Boat Tour to Balos & Gramvousa with Transfer & Lunch

    9. Guided Boat Tour to Balos & Gramvousa with Transfer & Lunch

    Enjoy a full-day excursion with pick-up and drop-off service from the Rethymnon and Chania areas. Your professional guide will accompany you as you depart from the port and cross the bay of Kissamos, passing through Tarsanas, a cave believed to be an ancient shipyard. You will sail the turquoise water around Agria Gramvousa and Vouxa Cape before arriving at Gramvousa Island, where you can visit the Venetian Castle and have time to sunbathe and cool off in the sea. If you choose to spend your time on the island exploring rather than relaxing, you can admire the spectacular views from the top of the fortress. The next stop is the famous lagoon of Balos, Tigani. Enjoy the incredible beach known as one of the most beautiful locations on all of Crete. You will also enjoy a meal on board and be able to rest in the air-conditioned underdeck of the boat, whenever you feel to. After arriving ba...

  • From Kissamos Port: Balos and Gramvousa Private RIB Cruise

    10. 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.

    Very good trip ! Fast, first on the beach, comfortable and fun ! Try this trip, we love it !

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What people are saying about Balos Beach

I’m really going to have to agree with other reviewers and say this was a fantastic tour. The trip to Bali’s lagoon for pictures was fun and informative as Nasos kept us informed about Cretan history and the local area the whole way there. He was engaging and funny and we felt at ease with him immediately. If I could book our time in Crete again, I would look to Nasos and Chania Adventures to help plan our time, it was that enjoyable! Falassarna beach was incredible. The water was so clear and beautiful to swim in and we had a very relaxing time in our sun chairs and umbrellas. So glad we started our trip with Nasos and would definitely recommend his services as a guide and this tour!

Please stop looking for any other travel company in Chania. Here with Adventure you are treated like family not just a customer. The owner will go above and beyond to make sure you are taken care of completely in every way possible. His agenda is set up perfectly to ensure you are relaxed and every second is spent enjoying your trip from Chania to Balos to Falassarna Beach. Honestly there are not enough stars to rate this company. I am confident that all of his tours are top notch as I know the character of the owner. He will work hard to organize every detail and respect your time on your vacation so that it is as enjoyable as possible.

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!

We took this trip on 23d September! Thanks a lot to the great guide George/Georgios for smooth organising, being funny and answering all our questions. Best guide we had while staying in Crete! Weather was windy but it the blue water was still worth it.

The weather was a little windy however it wasn’t too hot and we enjoyed the boat trip and the lagoon. Water is crystal clear and you can find a piece of pink sand beach there as well.