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    Daily Cruise from Kissamos Port (Crete) to Balos Lagoon and Gramvoussa Island

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    Duration:
    7 hrs 5 mins
    Meet on location
    English & Ελληνικά (Greek)
    Group activity: Up to 200 people
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    Commisionable amount: 10

    Highlights

    • Tour in the bay of Kissamos
    • Visit Gramvoussa, the island of pirates
    • Visit the lagoon of Balos

    Description

    Gramvoussa island and Balos lagoon are habitats of stunning natural beauty. Our cruises depart daily from the port of Kissamos.

    Kissamos or Kasteli is a small scenic town in the northwestern part of Crete, about 43 km from Chania city. Gramvoussa and Balos are Wildlife Refuges and habitats of stunning natural beauty, included in the European initiative Natura 2000.

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    We depart from the port of Kissamos and sail for about an hour in the homonymous bay, against a stunning backdrop of steep cliffs and rocks, incredible secluded beaches and the infinite blue.

    You will have the chance to see a large cave, which is thought to be an ancient shipyard. At the end of the bay, you will see an impressive geological phenomenon that takes place due to the movement of the African tectonic plate under the Eurasian plate.

    The boat will then sail between the islet of Agria Gramvoussa and Cape Vouxa (Trypiti). The landscape is breathtaking, against the backdrop of Valenti, Pontikonissi, Balos lagoon, and Imeri Gramvoussa. Gramvoussa and Balos do not have roads or shops. The ship's self-service restaurant is open throughout the cruise, so you can enjoy a delicious meal, salad, snacks, drinks, coffee, ice creams, etc. on board or take away your meal in a package.

    The boat shall arrive at the small port of Gramvoussa, where you will stay for about 2 hours.

    The landscape is spectacular and the beach is adorned by a shipwreck. The highest point of the island, atop a steep rock, at an altitude of 137 m, is dominated by the famous castle of Gramvoussa, which was built by the Venetians in 1579. The panoramic view and the legend of the pirates' hidden treasure, allure you to visit it after a 20-minute hike. You can swim in the area next to the chapel of Agioi Apostoli. You may also stay onboard to relax.

    After a 2-hour stop in Gramvoussa, the boat will depart for the lagoon of Balos, which we will reach after approximately 20 minutes.

    Balos is renowned as one of the best beaches worldwide. This exotic lagoon is situated between the Gramvoussa peninsula and Cape Tigani.

    Nothing can describe what you are about to feel when you see this. When you get to swim in the lukewarm, shallow, turquoise blue waters, relax on the pink sandy beach, which is filled with shells, and admire the natural beauty, the rocks and the cliffs rising above you. The sandy beach of Balos is adorned by a special kind of vegetation. You will have the chance to stay in this paradise for about 2.5 hours. Both in Gramvoussa and Balos, you may return to the ship at any time, but make sure you are back at least 10 minutes before a departure.

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    Price list

    • Adults (13+ yrs)
      35 Euros

    • Children (3-12 yrs)
      18 Euros

    • Infants (0-2 yrs)
      Free

    Times

    Starts: 10:40 am
    7 hrs 5 mins
    Ends: 5:45 pm

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    Complete your booking

    Your email ticket will contain all the information you need for an easy and smooth experience. You’ll get contact details, meeting point or pick up details with a Google map, our direct line (in case you need it) and much more.
    Meet at Kissamos port at 10:00

    Important information

    • There is a free parking area at the port of Kissamos.
    • There are no roads in these areas so it can be difficult for people with mobility problems.
    • Before disembarking in Gramvoussa and Balos, please ask the exact times of departure.
    • Passengers must be present at the embarkation area 40 minutes before the departure.
    • The Municipality of Kissamos, before boarding, collects 1 euro from every ticket, as an administrative fee for passengers over 13 years old visiting Balos lagoon.
    • On the day of your trip you will give the reservation documents provided by us to the cruise company and they will give you your tickets.
    • 1. The main offices are located at a distance of 1 kilometer from the town square, on the main street (226, Iroon Polytechniou ) which leads to the port (free parking).
    • 2. At the port of Kissamos (Kavonisi), in front of the boats.
    • You need to be at the meeting point 40 minutes before your trip to receive your ticket.

    Please bring with you

    Sunscreen
    Beach towel
    Comfortable shoes and clothes
    Transfer information
    Cancel up to 24hrs prior for a 100% refund
    • Contact us at least 24hrs before the commencement of your excursion and we will organize a refund of your full payment.
    • The time for the payment to arrive in your account will vary depending on your bank, but typically it is about a week.
    • In order to combat fraud, we will not proceed with the refund until we can see the money for the payment in our account.

    Location

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    Kissamos port
    Kissamos port, Crete, 734 00,
    Greece

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    Gramvousa

    Itinerary

    • Daily departures from the port of Kissamos from 10:10 to 12:40

    • Tour in the bay of Kissamos

    • Visit Gramvoussa, the island of pirates

    • Visit the lagoon of Balos

    • Return to Kissamos from 17:45

    FAQs

    When will I get my ticket?
    We will confirm availability within 1 day or less. Once availability has been confirmed, will we then ask you to pay by sending you an email with a payment link. Please pay promptly to ensure your booking goes ahead.
    What happens if the weather is bad?
    Rarely, bad weather may mean that, for your safety, a different itinerary is used. Here, no refund is possible. The tour organizer will always offer an equivelant itinerary taking the same amount of time and visiting equally impressive places (just those not so prone to bad weather) and offering an equally enjoyable experience that you are sure to treasure.
    Can I pay on arrival?
    It is not possible to pay on arrival. The only way to secure a booking is to make a reservation beforehand.

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    3.5
    Based on 99 Reviews
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    rd-sj
    October 24, 2020

    Something new!

    Something new!

    tripadvisor
    G.T.N.
    August 20, 2020

    Simple boat tour

    Simple boat tour

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    817Anne
    September 18, 2019

    Nice trip and great snorkelling

    Nice trip and great snorkelling

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    J Day
    June 17, 2019

    Excellent fun

    Excellent fun

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    Scotsgirl877
    October 14, 2018

    Absolutely amazing!!!

    Absolutely amazing!!!

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    Debbie-Jay F
    September 25, 2018

    Pirate ship

    Pirate ship

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    Kim C
    August 29, 2018

    Fun day out

    Fun day out

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    Lydia B
    July 2, 2018

    Lovely day out

    Lovely day out

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    CazEllie
    September 23, 2017

    Go on a quiet day.

    Go on a quiet day.

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    KristinaYH
    August 30, 2017

    Beautiful day trip off the coast of Crete

    Beautiful day trip off the coast of Crete

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    danishtraveler42
    August 22, 2017

    Great way to spend a day on the water

    Great way to spend a day on the water

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    Evelyn G
    July 30, 2017

    Beautiful day to remember

    Beautiful day to remember

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    Matthew S
    July 28, 2017

    Great cruise

    Great cruise

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    Betty C
    July 8, 2017

    I love it

    I love it

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    stephaniefines
    June 10, 2017

    Beautiful Island!

    Beautiful Island!

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    Richard D
    December 29, 2016

    Secret Island - Pirate ship tour with possibility to do swimming/snorkling and sunbathing

    Secret Island - Pirate ship tour with possibility to do swimming/snorkling and sunbathing

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    MichaelJC747
    September 21, 2016

    Time out on the big blue

    Time out on the big blue

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    MM1973
    August 25, 2016

    Cruise to paradise beaches

    Cruise to paradise beaches

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    Maor_Gilboa-Linn
    August 23, 2016

    YO HO HO !!!

    YO HO HO !!!

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    klp-travelling
    July 31, 2016

    Swimming in the ocean is different than the beach

    Swimming in the ocean is different than the beach

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    mamaxantia
    July 28, 2016

    Fantastic day out!

    Fantastic day out!

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