Find yourself on a bus tour towards the west edge of Crete, where your sailing trip begins to the “Pirates Island”, Gramvousa. Swim in the lagoon of Balos and enjoy a relaxing nevertheless unique experience of a natural beauty point of interest.

On the road to west Crete
Follow the way to the west part of Crete by bus and enjoy the sea view on the road.

Sail to "The Pirates Island"
Learn about the legends and history of Gramvousa Island on your cruise to the west edge of Crete.

Discover the fortress of Gramvousa
Visit the archeological site and climb your way up to the fortress where you will enjoy the amazing views.

Swim and relax
Swim in the blue lagoon of Balos and enjoy a relaxing nevertheless unique experience.

The excursion begins with collecting all explorers from their pick up points in the morning. The bus will then be heading towards the west edge of Crete finding its destination to Kissamos port.

Kissamos is a town on the west of Chania with a port and a fishing harbor.

From Kissamos port we will be sailing towards Gramvousa and Balos.

Gramvousa is an island located 20 km northwest of Kissamos and opposite the Cape of Gramvousa. On the island, at a height of 137m over the sea level, still stands a Venetian fortress built between 1579 and 1584, during the Venetian occupation of the island of Crete. The fortress was also used by pirates and a legend claims that there is a great treasure buried on the island. An old shipwreck near the beach has marked its initials as part of the landscape. The water is turquoise color and the seabed is ideal for snorkeling.

Between Gramvousa and the coast of Crete, the lagoon of Balos is formed. It has white sand and vivid blue and turquoise water. The sea is very shallow and warm. Due to millions of crushed shells, in many places, the sand has a lovely pinkish color. The lagoon and the wider area around it are both protected under Natura 2000 program, as rare species of flora and fauna are found there. Eleonora falcons, shags and cormorants nest in the caves of the area. Moreover, the area is a shelter for the protected monk seal and the sea turtle Caretta Caretta.

While on the boat trip, observe the geological phenomenon of the land elevation of Crete, where the island rises out of the sea in the west side of the island and at the same time sinking in the east.

Duration: 14 hours *
06:00 - 08:20 Bus trip to Rethymno
08:20 - 08:40 Resting break
08:40 - 10:10 Bus trip to Kissamos port
10:10 - 10:40 Arrival at Kissamos port and boat embarkation
10:40 - 11:40 Boat trip to Gramvousa island
11:40 - 11:50 Arrival at Gramvousa island. Disembarkation
11:50 - 13:20 Visit to the Venetian castle and swimming time
13:20 - 13:30 Embarkation Departure from the island
13:30 - 13:50 Boat trip to Balos
13:50 - 14:00 Arrival at Balos. Disembarkation
14:00 - 16:20 Exploration and relaxation time in Balos
16:20 - 16:30 Embarkation Departure from Balos
16:30 - 17:45 Boat trip to Kissamos port
17:45 - 19:40 Bus trip to Rethymno
19:40 - 20:00 Resting break
20:00 - 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
  • Camera
Food & drinks
  • On the boat to Gramvousa and Balos, you can purchase from the bar a lunch packet, snacks, soft drinks, etc
  • No shops available on the island.
WC facilities
  • No facilities are available on board of the bus
  • Facilities are available on board of the boat