Follow the lead of this excursion on the way to Ierapetra by bus, accompanied by the morning sun. Soon after embarking in the boat, enjoy a sailing trip in the Libyan sea on your way to Chrissi island where you will taste the natural beauty of a unique and protected by “Natura 2000” golden beach.


On the road to Ierapetra port
Follow the lead of this excursion on the way to Ierapetra by bus, accompanied by the morning sun.



Sail to Chrissi Island
Enjoy a sailing trip in the Libyan sea on your way to Chrissi Island.



Swim and Relax
Swim in turquoise crystal clear waters and taste the natural beauty of a unique and protected by “Natura 2000” golden beach.

The excursion begins with collecting the group of all explorers from their pick up points in the morning. The bus will then be heading eastwards to Ierapetra.

Ierapetra is located on the south coast of Crete. As it is the only town in the south, it is also called bride of the Libyan Sea.

From Ierapetra’s port we will be embarking the boat and start our sail towards Chrissi island.

Chrissi Island or Gaidouronisi, meaning Golden Beach or Donkey Island is an uninhabited island 9 miles south of the town of Ierapetra. The island has a maximum length of 7 km and covers an area of 4,743 km². The highest point of the island is 31 meters above sea level. Most of the island is covered with golden sand and ¼ of the island is covered from the rare variety of Lebanon cedars. The boat anchors on the south side of the island. The beach nearby can be offered for swimming and sunbathing. There is a path running through the island and its cedar forest to the beach of Belegrina or Chrissi Ammos, an exotic beach, a paradise on earth. On the east side of the beach one can find a wide variety of sea shells. You can explore another beach called Kataprosopo that faces Mikronisi, an island on the east of Chrissi. On the west side of Pelegrina a rockier landscape is found on your way to the chapel of Agios Nikolaos and the island’s lighthouse, both worth a visit.

As you will be located in one of the southernmost parts of Europe, make sure to relax and enjoy a day in an unspoiled environment by swimming in turquoise crystal clear waters, sunbathe and rest under a cedar tree.

Duration: 9 hours *
08:40 - 10:00 Bus trip to Ierapetra
10:00 - 10:30 Arrival and boat embarkation
10:30 - 11:30 Boat trip to Chrissi island
11:30 - 11:40 Arrival at Chrissi island. Disembarkation
11:40 - 15:40 Exploration and relaxation time
15:40 - 15:50 Embarkation. Departure from the island
15:50 - 16:50 Boat trip to Ierapetra
16:50 - Return bus trip
* The exact duration of the excursion depends on the pick up and drop off location, please check availability section for more details.
** Itinerary is subject to minor alterations depending on traffic, weather conditions or any other unpredictable circumstance.
Bring with you:
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Hat
  • Sun protection lotion
  • Travelling size umbrella
  • Camera
Food & drinks:
  • On the boat to Chrissi island, you can purchase from the bar a lunch packet, snacks, soft drinks, etc.
  • On the island you can purchase food and drinks from the available kiosks.
WC facilities:
  • No facilities are available on board of the bus
  • Facilities are available on board of the boat
  • Facilities are available on the island of Chrissi