Chrissi Island Boat Trip
Chrissi Island Boat Trip
Hop on a modern boat from Iearapetra port to the unique Chrissi Island known for its 'golden' beach, exotic crystal blue waters and forest of perennial cedar trees.
Visiting Places: Chrissi Island (or Gaidouronisi), Ierapetra - East Crete
Duration: Full day
One of the best things to do in Crete while visiting the East (Ierapetra, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos, Lassithi region) is to spend a day of tropical adventure in the unique Chrissi island. The island is located 9 nautical miles south of Ierapetra, about 1 hour via ferry. Its magnificent natural beauty and ecosystem have included it in the European initiative NATURA 2000 to protect the southernmost gem of the Mediterranean with its exotic waters, golden beaches and forest with perennial cedar trees covering about 1/4th of the island. While visiting Chrissi you will enjoy the path through the forest and the sand dunes that lead you from the dock to the beach, the golden sand, covering the entire island and it's unique fauna and flora. The northern shores (Belegrina, Hatzivolakas, Kataprosopo) are filled with sea shells; especially on the east side of the northern beach there are overwhelming amounts of sea shells covering the shore. Fossils, traces of a Minoan settlement that prospered from the trade of porphyra (a red pigment used for dying royal clothes), the chapel of Agios Nikolaos and the island's lighthouse are only a few of the things you can see on Chrissi island. In the waters around Chrysi, the variety and populations of marine species keep growing because the waters are very shallow. Most animal species on the island are spread across the Mediterranean and none of them is dangerous to humans. The loggerhead sea turtle Caretta-Caretta has been seen many times on the island, but no egg-laying has been reported there. Finally, there are more than 120 recorded bird species, most of them migratory, which stop on the island to rest before they continue their journey.
Strict national and European rules govern the island which prohibit pollution, hiking outside the designated paths and beaches, the collection of rocks, fossils, shells and ancient finds, the collection of plants and animal catching, free camping, smoking around the bushes and woodlands and starting a fire.
Now you can visit this incredible destination with the modern m/v IFIGENEIA-ANNA departing from the port of Ierapetra. The ship anchors in the south side of Chrissi, at the only port of the island called 'Vouyiou Mati'. Only walking distance from the dock following a path through the cedar forest you will be able to reach the exotic beach named Belegrina or Chrissi Ammos -the famous Golden Beach- covered with thousands of shells and a setup with umbrellas where you can relax and enjoy a day of swimming in the island's exotic waters.
The ship offers: big, spacious halls with comfortable seats and a/c, open decks, tv, music, 7 WCs and self-service bar which remains open throughout the cruise, offering light meals, salads, wine, soft drinks, coffee, ice creams and more.
- Self-service bar open throughout the cruise. Available for purchase on board: wide selection of salads, toast, sandwiches, soft drinks, pastries, pizzas, beers, wine, ice cream, coffee and more.
- Incredible destination
- Comfortable journey
- Easy booking
Dates | Start Time: Daily (weather permitting) from May till mid-October | Departure between 10am-11:30am. During high season there may be an additional afternoon departure between 12:30pm and 1pm. Departure times change weekly by the local port authority. For exact times contact us here. Please be at departure point 30 minutes before departure.
Duration: Journey: 1 hour (approx.) | Time on Chrissi island: 5 hours (approx).
Meeting Point: Ierapetra port (See directions here).
Included: Boat trip from Ierapetra to Chrissi island (both ways); all taxes, dues and fees.
Excluded: Transfers to/from the Meeting Point and anything else not mentioned as Included; onboard dining and any food or drinks.
Note: There is a free parking area at the port of Ierapetra. | What to bring with you: swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, hat, camera, comfortable shoes. It is advisable to carry before disembarkation: bottled water, any snacks, lunch, beverages and beach items | Credit card payments accepted at the self-service bar onboard. | The boat is fully licensed & insured for your safety.
Young Travellers: Children under 2 years old join for free. Student ID required for Student fair ticket.
Vendor: Ierapetra Cruises
You are entitled to a refund in case boat trip is cancelled due to weather as per instructions of the port authority. Change of journey dates may be considered by Vendor upon arrangement at no extra charge; no shows are not entitled to refund.
- Confirmation to be received as soon as possible (within 24 hours from booking)
- You can present either a print out or an electronic booking confirmation for this activity
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Why We Like It
A comfortable way to visit Chrissi Island like a local for a memorable exotic beach adventure in Crete!