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From Ierapetra: Boat Cruise to Chrissi Island

From Ierapetra: Boat Cruise to Chrissi Island

From US$ 26.66 per person

Visit the southernmost island of Crete and one of the most exotic ones in Greece. Take a 1-hour boat cruise from the port of Ierapetra and explore the golden beaches and the sand dunes on Chrissi Island.

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Duration 6 hours
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  • Take a boat cruise from Ierapetra to the extraordinary island of Chrissi and spend a memorable day on its exotic beaches
  • Explore the golden sand dunes and the beautiful beaches, swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters
  • Learn about the flora and fauna of the southernmost natural park of Europe and walk in its cedar forest
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Start your boat cruise from the port of Ierapetra and head to the exotic Chrissi. Sail in the emerald waters of the Libyan Sea, accompanied by seagulls and dolphins. The self-service bar of the ship remains open during the cruise, offering light meals, with salads, wine, soft drinks, coffee, ice creams, and more. Anchor at the south side of the island and stop for swimming and relaxation. If you prefer, take the path through the cedar forest to an exotic beach with thousands of shells, named Belegrina or Chrissi Ammos.  The Island of Chrissi has been included in the European initiative NATURA 2000, known for its exotic waters in all the shades of blue and green, the golden beaches, and the protected forest with the cedar trees, which are over 200 years old. The cedar forest extends to the center of Chrissi, covering an area of 350,000 square meters. The colors of the rocks are spectacular, while almost the entire island is covered by golden sand.  Walk west of Belegrina and the next beach you will see is Hatzivolakas. Head to a more quiet area, with a rocky landscape. West of Hatzivolakas, discover the traces of a Minoan settlement that prospered from the trade of porphyra, the popular red pigment used for dying royal clothes. The scenic chapel of Agios Nikolaos and the island’s lighthouse are located here. On the northeast of the church, find an old salt marsh and the island’s only house, built atop ancient remnants. 
  • Roundtrip boat cruise
  • Hotel transfer
  • Meals and beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Municipality fee (1€ per person)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Port of Lerapetra, at the local operator's's kiosk. Address: 25, Κυρβα, Ierapetra 722 80, Greece

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Know before you go

  • The port of Ierapetra is easily accessible by car or by public bus from Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos, and there is free parking at the port
  • Please be at the port before 10:00 AM to collect your ticket
  • On Chrissi island, there are no shops so you must bring food and beverages or buy at the bar-restaurant on the boat
  • The Municipality of Ierapetra collects 1€ from every ticket (paid in cash on site) for passengers over 4 years old
  • Chrissi island is protected by NATURA 2000 so the following are prohibited: any kind of pollution, collection of rocks, fossils, shells, ancient ornaments and plants, as well as animal catching, making a fire and smoking around bushes and woodlands
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4.2 /5

based on 475 reviews

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Wonderful clear water on the golden beach and nice white sand :) but there are other nicer beaches in Crete itself, it is worth going along the coastal route and looking :) When it comes to food, without exaggeration bake rolls or bananas and a large bottle of water will suffice if you eat the desired breakfast ;-)

September 5, 2021

Short and easy trip to a lovely island. The beach is amazing, the water is out of this world. You need to bring everything with you though - food, drinks, parasol (if you have it) and a lot of sunscreen. Great way to spend one of your days on Crete.

August 1, 2021

The island is incredibly beautiful! It's definitely worth it to walk to the beach on the other part of the island to get a view of the Crete island and the turquoise water. But the boat trip wasn't that great. We were there at 10 am and left at 11:15. The crew waited for anyone who wanted to join. Considering the Coronavirus regulations, you could say the ship was overcrowded.

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October 3, 2020

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