Day Trip to Gramvousa Island and Balos Lagoon From Chania

Activity ID : 3058
10 hours
Apr - Oct
For all ages
English, Greek

Activity Description

Indicative Time-Table:

  • 08:00-09:20 Pick up
  • 10:00 Arrival at the port of Kissamos
  • 10:20 Departure for Gramvousa island
  • 11:30 Arrival at Gramvousa
  • 13:30 Departure from Gramvousa
  • 13:45 Arrival at Balos
  • 16:30 Departure from Balos
  • 17:45 Arrival at the port of Kissamos
  • 18:30-19:30 Arrival at your Hotel 

*Please note: The pick up starts from the area of Kolimbari and ends at Chania area. (Kolimbari, Tavronitis, Maleme, Gerani, Platanias, Agia Marina, Stalos, Kalamaki,Ag. Apostoli, Chania City, Halepa).

Departing from the port of Kissamos and while sailing, you will admire a huge cave, that is believed to have been the ancient shipyard of “Tarsanas”. At the end of the Gulf, you will notice an impressive geological phenomenon where, as a result of the passage of time, the western part of the island is rising, while the eastern part is sinking. This phenomenon was mainly created by catastrophic earthquakes that took place in 66 BC and 365 BC. According to scientific estimates, this geographical phenomenon still continues today, but at a much slower rate.

After approximately 1 hour, the boat arrives at the port of Gramvousa. The island's eminent castle was built by the Venetians in 1579 at the highest point of the island, on top of a steep rock at a height of 137m. It is surrounded by a wall of 272m. It has a roughly triangular shape and each side is 1km in length. Gramvousa castle played an important role in the history of the region. The panoramic view, its majesty, and the legend of the pirate's hidden treasure will tempt you to visit it. The walk takes approximately 20 minutes.

TIP!! You should first visit the Castle in Gramvousa and then swim in the cool water…!

Following the 2 hour visit to Gramvousa, the boat will depart for the lagoon of Balos, a journey of approximately 15 minutes. As there is no harbor at the lagoon, the boat will either drop anchor in the cove of Gramvousa (Tigani), about 200m from the beach, at a depth of approximately 4m, where disembarkation will take place from large boats, or approach the beach where disembarkation can take place directly onto the beach. Your stay at the lagoon, where you can enjoy a fantastic swim, will last for about three hours.


  • 8th Best Beach in Europe (Trip-Advisor)
  • Walk in the romantic lagoon of Balos
  • Swim in the refreshingly cool waters of Balos & Gramvousa Beach (2 Swim Stops!)
  • Explore the pirate castle of Gramvousa


• Pick-up/Drop-Off
• Pre-recorded Instructions on board
• Air-conditioned luxury bus
• Liability insurance

Not included

• Ferry tickets
• Municipality fee
• Food & refreshments

Do nοt forget

• Sun Cream (a lot!)
• Sunglasses and hat
• Long-sleeved shirt for sensitive skin
• Swimsuit and beach towel
• Shoes for hiking to the Gramvousa Castle
Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy


  • Cancellation 24 hours before the start date of the agreed activity. You will be automatically refunded for the full price of the activity.
  • Cancellation 24 hours or later before the start date of the agreed activity is what we call last minute cancellations. No refunds will be made.


* If the activity is canceled by the activity provider (due to weather, non-completion of minimum entries, force majeure, etc.), the price of your activity, is refunded in full.

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Meeting Point

Address: Chania

Notes: Meeting/pick-up point by appointment

Point of activity

Region: Kissamos, Chania

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