Things to do in Kissamos

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From Kissamos Port: Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

1. From Kissamos Port: Boat Cruise to Balos Lagoon & Gramvousa

Go on a day trip from Kissamos port to the uninhabited island of Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon by a round-trip cruise. Glide past cliffs, stop at pristine golden beaches, swim in the crystal-clear waters, and visit Gramvousa Fortress—a castle that offers incredible panoramic views. Depart from Kissamos Port and sail for about an hour in the bay. Approach the island of Gramvousa and then the lagoon of Balos or vice versa, depending on the itinerary route. Cruise against a stunning backdrop of steep cliffs and rocks, incredible secluded beaches, and the infinite blue. Have the chance to see a large cave, which is thought to be an ancient shipyard.  At the end of the bay, sail between Gramvousa Island and Cape Vouxa. Soak in the scenic landscape against the backdrop of Valenti, Pontikonisi, Balos Lagoon, and Imeri Gramvousa. Arrive in the small port of Gramvousa and spend the next 1.5 hours here. Enjoy the magical environment created by the Cretan nature, the legends, and the area's turbulent history. See the beach is adorned by a lonely shipwreck. See the famous castle of Gramvousa, the highest point on the island, that sits atop a steep rock. You can swim in the area next to the Church of Agioi Apostoloi, stay on the ship to relax, or have some fun on the water slide. After a stop at Gramvousa, get back on the boat to head to the Balos Lagoon. Listed as one of the world's best beaches, this exotic beach lagoon is situated between the Gramvousa Peninsula and Cape Tigani. Choose to swim in the turquoise blue waters, relax on the pink sandy beach, or admire the natural beauty, the rocks, and the cliffs rising above you during your 2.5 hours at the beach.

Balos Gramvousa Cruise with Transfer and Boat Ticket

2. Balos Gramvousa Cruise with Transfer and Boat Ticket

Experience a full-day boat trip to the westernmost part of Crete and visit two of the most famous landmarks, Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa island. Spend time paddling and enjoying the sun at Balos Lagoon and have the chance to hike up to the castle on Gramvousa on this day cruise. Be picked up by an air-conditioned bus at a pickup point close to your hotel and you be driven to Kissamos port in Kasteli. There you will board a large comfortable boat with an open deck and a bar-restaurant. Begin your cruise along the coast and see the dramatic rockface from the water. Reach the well-known Balos Lagoon and be fascinated by the white sand which covers the area and the shallow clear waters. Relax here for a couple of hours and enjoy the divine nature. Sunbathe, swim, snorkel or even hike to the hills surrounding the beach and take memorable photos. Next, float over to Gramvousa island which used to be a pirate's cove. Enjoy at least 90 minutes of free time to explore. Choose to hike for 20 minutes to the Venetian castle which is built on a steep 137m high rock. Enjoy panoramic views over the Aegean sea and unique landscape from here. Finally, return to the beach, and take a quick dip before hopping back on the boat to Kissamos port. From here the bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel area. Trip Itinerary 10:40 – departure from Kissamos port 11:20 – arrival at Balos Lagoon (or Gramvousa island depending on the captain's decision based on weather conditions) 13:30 – departure from Balos for Gramvousa island (or vice versa) 13:50 – arrival to Balos lagoon 16:30 – departure from Balos 17:45 – Arrival to Kissamos port

Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Gramvoussa Island & Balos Lagoon

3. Rethymno: Full-Day Trip to Gramvoussa Island & Balos Lagoon

Set off on a day trip by bus and boat to the magnificent Balos Lagoon and the Gramvousa island, on the northwestern coast of Crete. Travel by air-conditioned bus to the port of Kissamos and board the boat for a cruise with swim stops and a visit to a castle. After an early morning pickup near your hotel, sit back and relax as you pass through beautiful scenery to get to the Port of Kissamos. There, you'll pay for the cruise and board the boat which will take you in the sea for about an hour till you reach Gramvousa island. Once at Gramvousa, you'll have 1.5 hours of free time to explore the Venetian Fortress which offers breathtaking views from the top. Otherwise, you can stay on the boat to take advantage of the bar restaurant or you can relax at the beachside. Afterward, the boat will continue for about 20 minutes to reach the Balos Lagoon. There, you'll have 2.5 hours of free time on the beach. Swim, snorkel, sunbathe and explore the dunes in the background. In the afternoon, the boat will begin the cruise back to Kissamos and from there you will be driven back to your Hotel area in Rethymno.

Kissamos: Balos and Gramvousa Private Sailing Trip with Meal

4. Kissamos: Balos and Gramvousa Private Sailing Trip with Meal

Arrive to Kissamos Port by car or regional bus and board the sailboat with the green sails. Enjoy the company of only your private group and the crew and skipper as you cruise along the coast to Balos Lagoon and then to Imeri Gramvousa Island.  After about 1.5 hours of sailing, reach the lagoon, home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Swim and snorkel in the turquoise water, or treat yourself to some relaxing and sunbathing on the white sand for the next two hours.  Afterwards, enjoy a traditional Cretan lunch onboard the ship. Your next stop is the island of Imeri Gramvousa, where you can enjoy the stunning beach and swim in the crystal-clear water. If you'd like to snap an amazing photo of the Balos Lagoon, you will have the opportunity from the top of Gramvousa after a leisurely, 20-minute hike. At the top, built into the rock, you will spot the Venetian Castle, one of the most famous fortresses in Crete.  The views from here are seriously breathtaking. After a full day of sun and sea, your skipper will start the journey back to Kissamos Port. Onboard, rest or nap in the covered cabin, hang out in the covered dining area, and utilize the bathroom with shower.

From Kissamos: Balos Gramvousa Sailing Cruise with Lunch

5. From Kissamos: Balos Gramvousa Sailing Cruise with Lunch

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Aegean sea and admire stunning views as you sail for Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island. Take time to swim and explore these incredible locations at your own pace. Start your morning at Kissamos port and board a private sailboat. After learning the safety procedures on board from your experienced skipper, set sail on a private cruise for Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island. Relax on board while taking in the spectacular views of the Cretan coast. Learn a bit about sailing on the trip with the help of your skipper. After 1.5 hours at sea, reach Balos Lagoon. Soak up the sun on the pristine shores of Balos Beach or even go for a swim in the clear water. Next stop: Gramvousa Island. Hike to the extraordinary castle built high up on the island and admire panoramic views of the horizon from above. Take your time exploring this rugged island or practice your snorkeling. At noon, relax on deck and enjoy a delicious lunch cooked on board. If it's too hot, take a break in the cabins. Admire the beautiful views of the sea once more as you head for the port.

Rethymno: Balos and Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

6. Rethymno: Balos and Gramvousa Day Trip Without Boat Ticket

Make your cruise worry-free with a roundtrip transfer from Rethymno to Kissamos port in an air-conditioned bus. Ride in a well-maintained and comfortable bus and leave the navigation to your local driver. Have an onboard guide during your trip.  Be picked up in the morning from your accommodation in Rethymno. Sit back and relax on the drive to the Kissamos port where you can purchase a cruise ticket to swim in crystal-clear water of Balos Lagoon and see the Venetian castle of Gramvousa.  Let your driver worry about traffic and getting to the port on time while you relax. Once you return to the port on the boat, your driver will be waiting to whisk you back to your accommodation in Rethymno. 

From Kissamos Port: Balos and Gramvousa Private RIB Cruise

7. From Kissamos Port: Balos and Gramvousa Private RIB Cruise

Book a private rigid inflatable boat (RIB) vessel and an experienced skipper to explore the western parts of Crete with your family or friends. Departing from Kissamos Port, board your boat and ride the waves to the famous Balos Lagoon and to the historic Gamvousa Island. The skipper will take you on an adventurous or relaxed ride (according to your preferences) and provide drinks and snacks on the way.   At your first stop, Balos, you’ll anchor and explore the area’s white sand beaches and vivid turquoise waters for 1.5 hours. You’ll then head to Gramvousa, an island with a medieval fortress at the top of the hill. There, you can sunbathe, snorkel, and swim for another 1.5 hours before returning to Kissamos.

From Chania: Balos & Gramvousa Day Trip without Boat Ticket

8. From Chania: Balos & Gramvousa Day Trip without Boat Ticket

Make your cruise trip to Balos Lagoon and Grambousa island easy with a roundtrip bus transfer from a location near your accommodation in the Chania area to the Kissamos port. Travel aboard a comfortable bus with plenty of legroom.   Be picked up from a point near your hotel early in the morning and travel hop aboard a spacious, airconditioned bus. Relax and take in the scenery as you drive west until you reach Kissamos. Purchase a ticket at the port of Kissamos for the Balos Lagoon and Grambousa island. Cruise to a cave, that is believed to have been the ancient shipyard of “Tarsanas," admire the port of Gramvousa and a 16th-century castle, visit the lagoon of Balos and a stunning beach.   Enjoy sailing to Balos Lagoon and Grambousa island and arrive back at the port of  Kissamos where your bus will be waiting to take you back to your departure point near your accommodation. 

Kissamos: Private Fishing Trip with Snacks and Drinks

9. Kissamos: Private Fishing Trip with Snacks and Drinks

Meet your guides Minos Panagiotis and Stelios, experienced fishermen that will show you their expert techniques to catch fish. Take the opportunity to experience the daily occupation of an islander fisher on a 3-hour trip perfect for all fishing lovers or those who have yet to try it.  On board the comfortable boat, fully equipped for your convenience and safety as your captains take you off the coast of Kissamos. Listen as your guides show you different fishing techniques such as jigging, spinning, and bottom fishing. Your main targets will be groupers, snappers, dentex, squid, or smaller fish. You’ll be provided with all the necessary fishing equipment for cathching fish which you can either take away with you or return the sea. Along the way, enjoy sightseeing from the boat or go for a refreshing swim in the beautiful clear waters.  Enjoy the onboard snacks and drinks as you chat with your captains before heading back to the starting point of your tour.

From Lasithi: Balos Lagoon Beach Chania Full-Day Trip

10. From Lasithi: Balos Lagoon Beach Chania Full-Day Trip

Visit Balos, one of the best beaches in Crete, just 60 km northwest of Chania Town. The beach captures your heart twice over, once with a heart-stopping view and then from up-close as a dream swimming spot. Make your way to Balos through a road from Kaliviani, a village close to Kissamos. Cross this 10km-long road by an air-conditioned Land Rover and then hike for 20 minutes. See the spectacular Balos lagoon from the hills above the beach. Enjoy the white sand, soft seabed, and crystal clear water of Balos. Opposite the beach, you can see the rocky island of Gramvoussa. On top of this island lies a steep Venetian castle with a gorgeous view of the region and the sea.

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What people are saying about Kissamos

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 3,493 reviews

I ordered the tour online at night at 23 pm and got my tickets right away. We took our own transport, we asked which ship was ours in the port and we got on without any problems with a small child of 1.5 years. When entering the ship, I showed the tickets on my phone and received paper tickets. Free meal included in the price upon presentation of the online ticket, very good with a choice of Dishes and salads plus a drink.

第一次参加学习了浮潜,开船带到我们去了三个地点,在20分钟左右。细心的教练还给我们带了水果和矿泉水。碧蓝的海水,漫步的小鱼。如果下次还有机会参加,还会来Omega divers! 非常感谢工作人员。 The first time I participated in learning snorkeling, the boat took us to three locations, about 20 minutes. The attentive coach also brought us fruit and mineral water. Blue waters, small fish roaming. If I have a chance to participate next time, I will come to Omega divers again! Thank you very much to the staff.

Cruise on 5/10, lots of people on the boat but we found room to sit easily. In view of the reviews, we had brought a picnic but there is plenty to eat and drink on board. Souvenir photo on arrival sold for €20 with a photo on 2 key rings and a magnet. It's kitsch but it makes a nice memory. The stop on Gramvousa deserves 30 more minutes to have time to enjoy the beach a little more.

Despite some ups and downs (unrelated to the excursion organiser), customer service found solutions for me so that I could still enjoy my excursion. In the end it was even better!

Wonderful boat trip from Kissamos to Balos lagoon and Gramvousa. Boat very comfortable. All went well with our booking. A great day out.