Chrissi Island Boat Trip with BBQ

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Chrissi Island Boat Trip with BBQ


Enjoy a day of sea and sun in a unique destination with the added ‘bonus’ of a BBQ lunch on board a beautiful yacht.

Visiting Places: Chrissi Island (or Gaidouronisi) from Ierapetra - East Crete
Duration: Full day [trip to Chrissi: 20 minutes approx.]


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Customer Reviews

“Amazing boat, friendly staff. Great access to the boat and easy to get to. The trip to the island was amazing and such smooth sailing. So small and personal and so much better than those double story massive boats. I would definitely use this company again and would recommend them to everyone who visits Crete. Amazing, thank you.” - JG, USA

"Chrissi trip was excellent !" - Jan F, Slovakia

"Magic experience" - Daniela, Italy


The definition of Greek summer; gorgeous beaches, a comfortable yacht and delicious Greek food!

Activity Description

*** 20% prepayment required to secure your spot, the remaining balance payable cash to the captain on the activity date, after suitable weather conditions have been confirmed ***

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 a beautiful yacht 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. You will stay there for 2 hours.

You will then return to the dock to continue the cruise. Your yacht will anchor at one of the bays, where you will have time and the snorkelling gear to dive into the crystal clear waters and explore the untouched and beautiful sea of Chrissi Island. Fishing gear can also be available any time during your trip, free of charge.

While enjoying the comfort of the yacht, the crew will freshly prepare a rich BBQ lunch, of Cretan rusks with tomatoes and cheese, pork and chicken souvlakis, tzatziki, Greek salad, pita bread and seasonal fruit. Wine, beer, raki, water and soft drinks will also be offered (included in the price).

After lunch you can relax on the yacht, swim in the mesmerising waters or enjoy the unique landscape and the breathtaking colours of the sea before your return back to the port of Ierapetra in the afternoon.

About the yacht: This is a luxurious Princess 65 with a 2000hp engine and speed up to 35 nautical miles/hour. With a length of 20 m and weight of 25500 kg, it can take you safely everywhere. Its specifically-designed spaces can accommodate up to 46 persons, offering a comfortable trip to everyone. The ship has 4 cabins that can accommodate up to 10 persons, sitting hall, WC and comfortable seats on the bridge so that you can enjoy your cruise from any spot you like!

The trip to Chrissi island including the BBQ option is offered only on select dates. Contact us to check availability.

The yacht is also available for private charter, upon request .

Special Features

  • Comfortable journey in a beautiful motor yacht away from the mass

  • Reach Chrissi island in a short journey of 20 minutes (approx.)

  • Delicious BBQ service

  • Incredible destination

  • Easy booking

Activity Snapshot

Dates | Start Time: Daily (weather permitting) from May till mid-October | Departure 11 AM. Please be at departure point 30 minutes before departure.

Duration: Return by 5 PM to Ierapetra port. Journey: 20 mins (approx.) 

Meeting Point: Ierapetra port [exact location to be advised after booking]

Included: Return boat trip from Ierapetra to Chrissi island, all taxes, dues and fees, BBQ lunch as described

Excluded: Transfers to/from the meeting point and anything else not mentioned as Included, any additional food and drinks.

Note: Ticket & BBQ pre-bookings require 20% online prepayment - cash settlement of the remaining amount on the cruise date. 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 |  | The boat is fully licensed & insured for your safety. } Please advise of any special dietary requirements on booking.

Cancellation Policy

You are entitled to a refund of the prepaid amount only in case the boat trip is cancelled due to unsuitable weather conditions as per instructions of the port authority or as otherwise agreed by the vendor. Change of journey dates may be considered by the Vendor upon arrangement at no extra charge and only subject to availability; no shows are not entitled to refund.

Additional Info

  • 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

  • Complete information on Vendor, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be sent with your Booking Confirmation. The TravelPorter hand-picks the most remarkable, experienced and reliable vetted professionals for a pleasant experience from booking to completion.

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