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From Heraklion: Afternoon Sailing Trip to Dia Island

1. From Heraklion: Afternoon Sailing Trip to Dia Island

Benefit from optional pick-up from your hotel or cruise ship, or meet at the Venetian harbor at Heraklion Port at 14:30, and then relax on a 1-hour cruise to Dia Island on an intimate boat with space for no more than 8 passengers. Relax aboard the elegant sailing boat before dropping anchor in the romantic Gulf of Saint George at 15:30. Discover an idyllic location with a great history as an ancient Minoan port and one of the favorite destinations of the underwater explorer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau.  Enjoy 2.5 hours at leisure to fish, swim in the crystal clear water, take a walk among the island's cedar trees or just relax in the quiet bay overlooking Heraklion. Snorkeling and fishing equipment is provided for your comfort and convenience by the attentive crew, along with unlimited refreshments and seasonal fruits. Feast from a delicious Mediterranean menu of roasted chicken fillets, rice with vegetables, Greek salad and wine. Depart Dia Island at 18:00 and journey back to Heraklion for an estimated arrival time of 19:00, where a transfer to your hotel or cruise ship is provided if requested.

From Heraklion: Morning Sailing trip to Dia Island

2. From Heraklion: Morning Sailing trip to Dia Island

Enjoy a cruise, snorkeling and fishing in crystal clear waters on this relaxing and fun trip to Dia Island. Relax on the 1-hour trip to the island, taking in the scenery and enjoying the comfort of your boat, which will have a maximum of 8 passengers onboard. Next, visit the romantic gulf and ancient Minoan port of St. George. Spend 2.5 hours swimming in the turquoise water, walking on the beautiful trails, fishing or just relaxing on the beach. Relax and let the crew take care of you by providing you with any snorkeling and fishing equipment you need. Enjoy unlimited refreshments, seasonal fruits and a delicious Mediterranean lunch served by the crew.

Heraklion: Private Sailing Boat Trip to Dia Island

3. Heraklion: Private Sailing Boat Trip to Dia Island

Charter a sailing vessel privately and escape to the seas. From Heraklion, sail to unique and beautiful Dia Island, where you will have plenty of free time to swim, fish, and snorkel. Several hours later, continue on to another bay, where you will swim in crystal blue waters or take some time to relax in the shade. If you're lucky, you might even spot some dolphins and sea turtles. Relax and spend the day enjoying life while setting sail on the Sea of Crete.

Crete: Scuba Experience with Certified Instructor

4. Crete: Scuba Experience with Certified Instructor

This is the ideal diving course for those who want to try scuba diving but do not have a diving certificate. Enjoy a pre-dive lesson and always be accompanied by a certified instructor. Begin your day with the basic theory on diving and the skills necessary to do so. You will then move on to real-life diving under the supervision of a certified instructor. During the dive, you will have the opportunity to explore the bottom of the sea in Agia Pelagia, learn the basic commands, and get the chance to observe up-close the fish and sea creatures living near the seabed.

Karteros Beach: Guided Sea Kayaking Tour to Boufos Cave

5. Karteros Beach: Guided Sea Kayaking Tour to Boufos Cave

Swim in stunning locations and explore hard to reach shores on this sea kayaking tour from Karteros beach to the sea cave of Boufos. See the island of Monocharakos and end your tour by trying a delicious local snack. If you enjoy sea activities you can select this to have fun and swim in beautiful places. The starting point is the beach of Karteros, located east of the Heraklion airport. You will meet your tour leader, an experienced instructor who will explain to you the safety measures and will give you the necessary equipment (life jacket, waterproof bag, waterproof cell phone case). Meet your guide and get set up with high-quality sea kayaking gear like a life jacket and paddle. Keep your things safe and dry with the provided waterproof bag and waterproof phone case. Listen as your guide provides you with a a detailed safety briefing to ensure you are comfortable on the water. Set off your kayaking adventure. Paddle north along the dynamic coastline to the rocky island of Monocharakos. Plunge into the crystal-clear water for a refreshing swim. Continue to the sea cave of Boufos. Explore this unique geological formation before heading back towards your starting point at Karteros beach. Finish your tour by soaking up some sun while savoring an authentic Cretan meze snack.

Heraklion: Private Scuba Diving Lesson For Beginners

6. Heraklion: Private Scuba Diving Lesson For Beginners

This entry-level program is the best way to try scuba diving for the first time, as no prior experience is required. It is addressed to the whole family and introduces you to the underwater world in shallow waters and absolutely safe environment. Explore the unique aquatic life , enjoy the endless blue and the crystal clear water of the Cretan sea. Learn with the best ! You will learn the basic skills of scuba diving, before you get a chance to explore the amazing underwater world, always well looked after by one of our passionate instructors.

Crete: Private Ship Wreck Scuba Dive at Kaloi Limenes Beach

7. Crete: Private Ship Wreck Scuba Dive at Kaloi Limenes Beach

Discover a shipwreck during 2 scuba dives with an instructor. Head over to Kaloi Limenes Beach, gear up, and swim through the now bustling aquatic life living around the cargo ship wreck. Tuck into local snacks in between your dives, reenergizing yourself. Drive through varying landscapes, past mountains and traditional villages before arriving at Kaloi Limenes Beach, where the "Byron I" cargo ship wreck is laying down on the sea floor. During your dive briefing learn the history of the wreck. The "Byron I" was a cargo ship carrying 11,000 tons of sugar. On January 17, 1985 the ship sunk in bad weather conditions, dropping its sugary cargo around it. Luckily, the crew managed to survive and was saved from the wreck. Nowadays. this 100-meter ship wreck is home to divers aquatic life, from groupers to octopuses, and from moray eels to lionfish, and more. Dive in crystal clear waters with great visibility, making this dive site a unique place for underwater photography. Tuck into a delicious local snack with fruits and drinks between your 2 dives, and enjoy a debrief with your instructor after both dives, as your dive log is filled out.

Crete: Nighttime Scuba Dive at Mononaftis Beach

8. Crete: Nighttime Scuba Dive at Mononaftis Beach

Open to those with a second level diving qualification, enjoy a night dive in one the best locations for marine life in Crete. Dive after sunset at Mononaftis Beach with flashlights to observe the active marine life during the night.   With two instructor guides to assist you underwater, see and observe beautiful fish, octopus, and other marine life. The dive lasts 45-50 minutes at a maximum depth of 18m for safety reasons.

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What people are saying about Heraklion

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 206 reviews

Transportation to and from activity was very smooth, FREE if you’re within 10km of the port and very easy to coordinate. The activity was wonderful!! Captain and assistant captain were extremely friendly and helpful throughout the trip. The boat ride was serene and the activities on Dia Island were great - relax on the boat, swim in the ocean, snorkel a bit, hike on the island - it’s a choose your own adventure! The lunch was great (including wine and a cute fruit salad at the end) and it doesn’t get better than sitting on a boat on a sunny day having lunch after swimming around in the ocean! Overall a favorite experience of ours in Heraklion, definitely recommend!

I can really recommend this trip! Marcos and Cristina were very skillful, friendly and helpful, always there for us. The beach on Dia island was really small but sufficient for a rest after swimming. I recommend snorkeling, since the water was crystal clear and you can see a lot of sea creatures. The lunch on boat was also a unique experience, and very tasty. Hotel transfer was comfortable.

We had such a great time with Marcos and Christina. Very attentive and many fun things to do. We had time to relax as well as do some swimming and snorkeling. Highly recommend. Dia island is beautiful.

Absolutely amazing experience! The staff are so lovely and can’t do enough for you. The island you visit is a hidden paradise, and the food was absolutely Gorgeous.

Great Sailingtour to Dia Island! The crew was very nice, the food, the boat, the crystalclear water and everything. We enjoyed it a lot.