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From Agios Nikolaos Area: Day Trip to Chrissi Island

1. From Agios Nikolaos Area: Day Trip to Chrissi Island

Ierapetra is situated on the southern coast of Crete. As it is the only town in the south, it is referred to as the Bride of Libyan Sea. With the rising of the sun, head to the gorgeous port of Ierapetra and set sail toward Chrissi Island.   Chrissi Island, or Gaidouronisi, meaning Golden Beach or Donkey Island, is an uninhabited island around 15 kilometers south of Ierapetra. 7 kilometers in length and covering an area of 4,743 km, the island is covered in golden sand and a rare variety of Lebanon cedars.  Anchoring on the south side of the island, head to the nearby beach for swimming and sunbathing. Walk the path running through the island and the cedar forest to the otherworldly beach of Chrissi Ammos. Hunt for seashells, check out the rockier coast of the island, or make the trek to the island’s lighthouse.  Swim in turquoise crystal clear waters and soak up the sun in this magical and totally undisturbed place of natural beauty.

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From the Heraklion Area: Day Trip to Chrissi Island

2. From the Heraklion Area: Day Trip to Chrissi Island

Enjoy a day tour to the uninhabited island of Chrissi. Admire this small island with its natural cedar forest and beautiful sandy beaches. Drive to the south of Crete and reach the picturesque old town of Lerapetra. Climb aboard the boat at the port of Lerapetra and travel through the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea. With luck you will see dolphins, and finally reach Chrissi – also called the Golden Island. Admire untouched nature – a paradise of unparalleled flora and fauna. Stroll through a natural cedar forest, enjoy the incredible tranquility and discover corals and shells, dunes and salt marshes.

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From Heraklion: Chrissi Island Day Trip

3. From Heraklion: Chrissi Island Day Trip

Experience life as castaway on a desert island in the Libyan Sea. Depart Heraklion for the uninhabited island of Chrissi, setting sail from Ierapetra on the southern coast of Crete. Look for yellow-legged gulls and dolphins as you cross the water. Then, drop anchor upon arrival at Chrissi, and get back to nature in the wildlife refuge area. Discover the intense beauty of its pristine beaches, and see shell fossils in the volcanic rocks. Enjoy the shade of the ancient cedar forests, and encounter an old salt marsh and Roman tombs. Go to the small Church of St. Nicolas and soak up the peace of an island paradise far from the crowds.

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Heraklion: Cruise to Chrissi Island from Ierapetra

4. Heraklion: Cruise to Chrissi Island from Ierapetra

Enjoy an extraordinary island adventure to the southernmost point of Crete, an uninhabited island of “Chrissi” or “Golden Island”. Explore the fine reddish sand, walk on the pristine beaches, swim and snorkel in the shallow crystal clear water. Begin with a comfortable bus transfer to the port of Ierapetra then, board the ferry. Take a short boat trip to the secluded island of Chrissi. You may even be accompanied by yellow-legged gulls and dolphins that enjoy the magic of the Libyan Sea. Discover the secluded, isolated, almost tropical island in the most southern end of Crete. The peacefulness of this unique ecosystem is bound to steal your heart. See myriads of shell fossils, limpets and corals. Be in awe at the natural beauty and the magical sandy beaches. Return to Ierapetra by the same boat in the afternoon then, get transferred back to your hotel area by bus.

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Day Trip to Chrissi Island from Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos

5. Day Trip to Chrissi Island from Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos

Venture out to sea to spend a day on the secluded island of Chrissi off the south coast of Crete. Following a pick-up from your hotel on Crete, transfer to Ierapetra for a relaxing 45-minute cruise to Chrissi. Sit back and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding you. Sunbathe on the deck of the boat as you cruise along the coast of Crete. As you approach Chrissi, take in the beauty of its shoreline and get a few photos of the island from the water. On landing, sunbathe on long stretches of sand, or go for a swim in the shimmering turquoise waters. Alternatively, take a walk through the cedar forest. Chrissi is a protected natural reserve and features spectacular pristine scenery. Follow a path through Europe's largest natural forest of Lebanon cedars. Arrive at a beach with white coral sand, purple shells, and fossils. Spend some time in the woods, swim in crystal-clear waters, or just enjoy the fresh air. Whether you want to lounge on the sand, bring some snorkeling gear for a memorable dive under the waves, or visit the Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas, you can find a full-day of adventures before returning to Crete.

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From Crete: Chrissi Island Yacht Cruise with Lunch

6. From Crete: Chrissi Island Yacht Cruise with Lunch

After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the port of Ierapetra where you will begin the 20-minute journey to Chrissi Island, admiring emerald green waters along the way. Upon arrival on the island, enjoy a walk on the white sand beaches and explore the extraordinary beauty of Europe's southernmost natural park. After your return to the yacht, cruise to a quiet bay where you can dive in crystal-clear waters. Make use of the snorkeling gear provided to explore the untouched and beautiful seabed of Chrissi Island. You can also enjoy a spot of fishing with the onboard fishing equipment. Relax with a drink while the crew prepares your lunch with fresh, local ingredients, guests. After lunch, enjoy another dip in the sea before returning to Ierapetra and heading back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Chrissi Island

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 647 reviews

A great day; October 10th, warm weather, no wind, very few people; the island was a real paradise! Wow Great snorkeling on the East side; the Golden beach is spectacular; the cedars are also very nice. It was such a great day; I wish we stayed longer. The company was very efficient; new and good quality transport, ran on time, no waiting; friendly guides, spoke many languages; there was a bit of time in Ierapetra - it was fun to walk around the seaside and grab an orange juice. The boat was also fine, though the service in cafeteria is very slow; consider grabbing your coffee / juice in town and drinking onboard. We left at 8:35 from Elounda, took 10:30 am ferry to Chrissi; the ferry back ran at 15:40 and i was back in my hotel just before 6 pm.

Perfect organization, only small downside: the pick-up time in the morning .. too approximate! Otherwise Chrissi Island is just beautiful

Very nice excursion, not to be missed under any circumstances ... Our guide, Hélène, wonderful! To do again ... THANKS

Great trip! The island is gorgeous with crystal clear water! Not too crowded, transportation was straightforward.

Very beautiful island where you can rediscover nature