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From Kissamos Port: Balos and Gramvousa Private RIB Cruise

1. 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: Private Boat Cruise to Historic Pirate Island

2. From Kissamos: Private Boat Cruise to Historic Pirate Island

Enjoy the clear blue sea off the coast of Crete discover a bit of local history on this boat cruise from Kissamos. Visit Balos and admire the beauty of this protected nature reserve as well as the historic pirate island of Gramousa. Enter a historic castle that was once home to pirates and revolutionaries. See the site of a wrecked ship that became stranded in the area and sank back in 1968. Go for a refreshing swim or snorkel in the beautiful surroundings off the Cretan coast. The routes we follow depending on the weather and other factors. The primary objective is passenger safety, so we follow the routes based on the weather report and the Coast Guard instructions. We have designed these routes in order to see as much as possible sightseeing during the excursion. We want you to have fun and to offer you an experience that will be unforgettable. The starting point of our excursions is the port of Kissamos; just 10 miles from Balos.

From Kissamos Port: Private Boat Cruise to Balos & Gramvousa

3. 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.

From Lasithi: Balos Lagoon Beach Chania Full-Day Trip

4. 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 Kissamos

Incredible cruise Despite the world in Balos it really is a beautiful beach with turquoise water The captain also dropped us off on a small beach where the white sand and turquoise water mixed Even if it's a budget it's really an unforgettable experience

A must do trip! It’s the best way to experience Balos and everything the area has to offer. Our guide became an instant friend and truly made the trip memorable. Highly recommend you to book this experience now!!

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

Heavenly! Friendly skipper, departure on time, clean boat, delicious snack, drinks for all tastes I absolutely recommend

Very pleasant cruise to see the lagoon of Balos and Gramvoussa. We also made a stop to swim in turquoise water.