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From Heraklion: Cruise to Uninhabited Island of Koufonisi

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16 reviews

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey

From Heraklion: Cruise to Uninhabited Island of Koufonisi

Activity provider: Cretan Odyssey
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From US$ 55.40 per person

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Spend an unforgettable day sailing through the Libyan Sea on a boat trip to the uninhabited islet of Koufonisi. Depart from Heraklion to admire the golden sand and swim in crystal clear waters.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Connect with nature on Koufonisi, an incredible untouched islet in Greece
  • Enjoy the experience of sailing through the Libyan Sea on a traditional boat
  • Cruise around the picturesque island and take in its coastline and caves
  • Swim in the calm turquoise waters of the main beach and a quiet bay
  • Get up close to the rocky caves, contrasting with the shades of the ocean
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Cruise around the virgin island of Koufonisi, a completely uninhabited area, on a relaxing boat tour from Heraklion. Get away from the crowds and sail over clear blue waters as you admire the natural landscape of a calm shoreline surrounded by caves.

Enjoy a complimentary pickup from your hotel in the morning and drive along the beautiful coast of Crete, passing through the southernmost town of Europe, Ierapetra, before reaching Makrigialos. Hop on your boat at this picturesque village in southeast Crete and start the cruise to Koufonisi. Make a stop at Koufonisi Bay to swim in the clear turquoise waters. Enjoy lunch on board at an additional cost if you're feeling hungry. Come as close as possible to the majestic caves of Koufonisi to snap the most amazing photos of the unique scenery.

Relax and soak in the sun. Finally, head back to Heraklion to end your adventure.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation in air-conditioned bus
  • Professional driver
  • Tour guide
  • Boat tour
  • Swimming stops
  • Public Liability Insurance for participants
  • Lunch (available for purchase)

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Due to the official announcement of local authorities, the shipping company will not be allowed to use smaller boats to take you to the island of Koufonisi. The boat will stop at a point 30 meters away from the shore of Koufonisi, and you will be able to use the ship ladder to dive and swim in the crystal clear waters or swim to the island
  • The bar of the boat is open all day long from which you can purchase your lunch, snacks, soft drinks, beverages, ice creams etc. Please ask your guide on the bus, in order to buy in advance your meal at a discounted price
  • There are no facilities of any kind on the Island (WC, canteen, umbrellas or sunbeds). You can use these facilities while on the boat
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4.1 /5

based on 16 reviews

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Pick up worked great, the boat trip was very nice. Then we stopped for a swim. This was indescribably beautiful. We had about 2 1/2 hours to swim, snorkel etc. We were let out at the swimming stop 50-100 meters from the beach. So if you don't want to leave your personal belongings on board, you should take a waterproof bag or something with you because you have to swim from the boat to land. There was also a possibility to eat and drink on the boat. We personally didn't find the food that great. But otherwise the boat trip is really only recommended. Was really beautiful.

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August 12, 2022

Organization and communication with the organizer worked perfectly. The drive from Heraklion to the port on the south coast took about 2 1/2 hours, also because of the many stops to take in other guests, but it was entertaining because you could also see the east and south of the island. The boat ride was a little disappointing. For one thing, the boat is a passenger ferry, so it only has seats - nothing to lie down on. Since the boat was very full, there was relatively little space. On the other hand, a small motorboat takes you to the ferry boat that is at anchor or later brings you back to shore, which sometimes takes quite a long time. Since the boat does not dock, you have to swim to the island. We only had one stop in a very beautiful bay, but you couldn't get any further from there - ie there was no way to really walk around the island. But all in all a nice addition as an alternative to a beach on the main island.

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June 28, 2022

Pretty good experience. Long transfer from Heraklion, count rather 3h. The boat is not a wooden pirate ship but a small ferry. Count about 12 euros per person for the meal on the boat. Otherwise you have to take a picnic. The waters are turquoise and beautiful, however there are no or very few fish to see.

June 20, 2022

Product ID: 419440