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From Heraklion: Day Excursion to Elafonisi

3.9 / 5

32 reviews

Activity provider: TOURLINE

From Heraklion: Day Excursion to Elafonisi

Activity provider: TOURLINE

From US$ 58.92 per person

Visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world at Elafonisi and experience the seclusion and the special ambience of seemingly untouched nature. See sand dunes and lava-like rock formations and enjoy the wonderfully cool water.

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Duration 15 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
You will be picked up from your hotel in Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion, Ammoudara - Heraklion and Heraklion. The tour operator will contact you after booking to arrange your exact pick-up location and time.


  • Discover the small island of Elafonisi in the southwest of Crete and recharge your batteries at one of the most unusual places on the island
  • Enjoy a dip in the turquoise sea or relax on one of the world's most beautiful beaches
  • Look forward to a journey from the north to the south of Crete and admire the diverse and beautiful landscape of the island
Full description
Experience a very special Tour that leads you to Crete's most southwestern part on the small island of Elafonisi. Drive from the north coast to the southwest and enjoy a scenic ride through beautiful nature and picturesque mountain villages to one of Crete's most beautiful beaches. Enjoy pure relaxation on exotic beaches with white sand and turquoise water. Jump into the refreshingly cool water and admire the pink shimmering sand in some locations, which has arisen from broken shells. The small lagoon provides an ideal place for paddling and bathing for children as well. Cross the shallow lagoon and reach the small idyllic island, where you can admire beautiful dunes and the local nature. Towards the sea, Elafonisi shows a steep rocky ridge, which is the real core of the island. Between the ridge and the coast, the island arose from alluvial deposition over thousands of years. That's why the island looks like a big sandy desert. Elafonisi is the nesting site of the sea turtle Caretta Caretta and the last resting place for migratory birds on their flight from Europe to Africa.
  • Trip in a modern, fully air-conditioned coach
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Children under 2 years

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • This tour is not suitable for disabled people or children under 5 years old
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 32 reviews

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The location of laguna is beautiful. You can really enjoy the warm water there with your family or the slightly colder sea on the other side. The shades of the pink, yellow and black cands are amazing. The only side note is that you have to cross the water the enter the wilder part of the laguna. I had my electrical stuffs (like my camera and my tablet) in my backpack so I rather walked back to the bus to leave it there. It is not a negative point just be prepared to leave those rather in the hotel. Sunbeads and umbrellas costs 15€ while there is a shower and a toilet facility for 1€.

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May 31, 2022

Real good, be a bit Patient if the bus arrives a bit late to the pick up point , it always come if you are on the right place, though the guide or assistant always contact you to confirm the exact pick up place and transfers up and down once going to the destination or going back to the hotel. The beach is amazing and vert nice its really worth it , though make sure you dont take anything from the beach ecosystem, it is forbidden and can be punished, just as a reminder.

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September 16, 2021

The beach is well worth the trip. From Heraklion it was 4.5 hours to get there. The guide makes you want and sympathizes with some of the travelers But the pink beach has little, that you have to know It makes a stop at a normal roadside bar and with us he also stopped for 10 minutes where a colleague who gives you to try raki And otherwise like all excursions in Greece, total absence of COVID-19 measures: neither distance nor mask. The guide barely takes it, much less is he going to tell anyone to put it on the bus. For Spaniards, who take masks indoors or with people more seriously, it can be quite uncomfortable.

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August 15, 2021

Product ID: 71233