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Lazaretta: Our most recommended tours and activities

Chania: Lazareta Stand-up Paddle Boarding Experience

1. Chania: Lazareta Stand-up Paddle Boarding Experience

Grab a paddleboard and journey to the secluded island of Lazareta on this SUP trip from Chania. Experience a water activity that is easy and suitable for everyone. An instructor will teach you the basics of stand-up paddle boarding so you'll feel confident during the trip. After learning the basics, follow your instructor to the picturesque oasis, the island of Lazareta, located in front of New Chora beach in the center of Chania. Discover the small beaches of the island and hear about the history that dates back to the Venetian period in the 16th century. You'll have time to take a dip in the crystal-clear waters and see a variety of fish. While you’re relaxing in the sun, you can enjoy the breathtaking view above the town, where the White Mountains open wide and big behind.

Chania: Private Sailing Trip with Snacks and Drinks

2. Chania: Private Sailing Trip with Snacks and Drinks

Sail off into the blue waters of the Aegean Sea on a private sailing boat trip from Chania. Anchor at different islands and swim, snorkel, or relax onboard. Tuck into a delicious light snack and some refreshing drinks, before returning to port. Meet your friendly skipper and set sail from the Old Harbour of Chania. In less than an hour, arrive at the crystal clear waters of Macherida Beach. Jump into the cool water for a swim or go snorkeling to admire the underwater natural world. Learn the story behind Macherida with its tiny beach. Hidden from the wind and untouched by man, it's a reminder of the rugged beauty of the Cretan coastline. Continue to the island of Thodorou, where you can swim and snorkel again. Keep an eye out for the local endangered species of Kri Kri, the Cretan wild goat, on the island. Regain energy with a light snack and some drinks under the shade of the boat tent. Anchor up and set sail to your next destination: Lazaretta Island. Jump back in the water and swim all the way to the island’s small sandy beach, a stunning and relaxing sunbathing spot. Return to the Old Harbour of Chania after your perfect day out at sea.

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What people are saying about Lazaretta

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

The whole experience was great! I booked the SUP boarding at home before we travelled, unaware of any bus timetables or locations. We had originally booked the afternoon slot at 1pm, due to not knowing about the transport. I got a message from Socrates asking if we would like to change to the morning due to the winds. I explained that we haven’t arrived in Crete yet and that we don’t know the buses etc. Socrates was very understating, he provided us with a timetable and told us to wait till we got there and we could decide the day before the excursion as to whether we wanted the morning. The night before he called to say that rather than getting up so early, he had cancelled his 7.50 and the 1pm and we could go at 10am instead, this was a huge relief as we had children with us who don’t like to move in the mornings. So, we got the bus and he met us at the bus stop, so we didn’t get lost. We were running a few minutes late, but he was so laid back, extremely lovely and very informative!

'This is going to be the best experience of your vacation' This is what Socrates said when we first met. That's easy to say, of course, but let's experience it first. WOW!!! That wasn't a lie. What an experience this was. Everything had been thought of: good quality sups, water shoes, water, drybags, small snack, photos and videos (which we all received that same day) About Socrates himself: what a nice, calm, funny man with a lot of knowledge about Crete, supping and the island of Lazaretta. He goes for small-scale quality and safety of the guests. Where you normally see that a group activity is canceled with 'only' 2 people, this became a private tour for us. We would grant everyone this experience! A review cannot describe enough how cool this was.

Unfortunately the weather was too windy to paddle, so Socrates spontaneously asked us to change the activity to a trip to an island, where we had the chance to snorkle. It was a great alternative and we had lots of fun. Socrates is really a kind, cheerful and courteous person, who also knows a lot about the history of the island. We had a really good time with him.

We had a private trip for 16. Manos and Sophia were excellent hosts and looked after us throughout the 5 hours. The boat was perfect as a base to snorkel from, dive and jump into the sea. We all rated our day with the Ferryman as our favourite of our two weeks in Crete.

This was a great experience! Socrates is very knowledgeable about the island, it’s history and nature. The trip includes paddle boarding, snorkeling, and a little hike to explore the island. A very fun morning! Highly recommended!!