Koufonisi Island – BE A PIRATE FOR A DAY! (BOAT TICKET & LUNCH INCLUDED!)
Spend an unforgettable day on a traditional wooded boat, sail the Libyan Sea and visit an uninhabited Greek islet, Koufonisi. Explore its golden sand and swim in the crystal clear waters. On the island, ancient ruins cover its surface and can be dated from the Minoan civilisation and the post-Byzantine era. Koufonissi is the ancient island of Lefki (means “White”), because of its white rocks and sand.
Sissi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos (port), Piskopiano, Anissaras, Analipsis, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Amnissos, Karteros, Heraklion (port), Amoudara (Gazi, Heraklion). [Check the pick-up table list below to find out which is the most convenient pick-up point & time, near your hotel]
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Dutch, English, French, German, Italian: All days
• Transportation in Air-Conditioned bus
• Professional Driver
• Tour Guide
• Boat Tickets (cruise to the island)
• Lunch / Buffet on Board
• All the legal taxes
• Liability insurance coverage by ALLIANZ
Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot: Snacks / Coffee, Umbrellas / Sunbeds (optional)
• Enjoy a morning bus drive to South Crete
• Experience sailing by a Wooden Pirate Boat
• Visit the picturesque island of Koufonissi
• Swim in the emerald green waters
Essentials to have with you:
• Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
• Swimsuit / Beach towel
• Comfortable shoes
9-10 hours approximately – 180-240 km. (depending on where you get on)
Koufonisi or Lefki is situated in the Libyan Sea, in the southeastern part of Crete, south of the prefecture of Lasithi, at a distance of 3,5 nautical miles south-southeast of Cape Goudoura, and 10 nautical miles southeast of Makrys Gialos. It is the biggest in a cluster of islets and skerries (Koufonisi, Makroulo, Stroggylo, Trachila, and Marmara), and has a distinct history and natural beauty. The island is about 6 kilometers long, 5.5 kilometers wide, and has an area of 4,26 square kilometers.
Evdokia, the “Pirate ship”, is 26 meters long, and has a capacity of 250 passengers. It departs from Makrys Gialos and heads to Koufonisi. With soft music playing in the background, we will be sailing in the turquoise blue waters of the Libyan Sea, and the ship will anchor off the coast, giving you the chance to swim in the crystal clear waters.
On the ship’s open decks, your children will enjoy the special animation program and will have the chance to experience a magical pirate adventure, by participating in various games, such as a treasure hunt, water gun fights, face painting, and many more.
The self-service bar (buying anything from the bar is not included in the price) of the ship shall remain open throughout the cruise, offering light meals, with salads, wine, soft drinks, coffee, ice creams, etc.
As the ship approaches the island, you will have the chance to see the lovely beaches, the caves, and magical bays the seawater formed in its soft rock formations.
Koufonisi has 36 stunning beaches, with fine white sand, and emerald waters. Some of them, such as Asproulos, Hiliaderfia, Faros and Anemertia next to the Roman theater, could easily be among the best in Europe. Many years ago, a British yacht anchored in Hiliaderfia for a week, with Prince Charles and Princess Diana onboard.
The ship shall moor in a wind-protected beach, and you will disembark by boat.
The island’s vegetation is low and bushy, almost Steppic, with rare -for Crete and Greece- species. If you feel like hiking, bear in mind that not all areas are accessible, and you need to wear snickers, a hat and sunscreen.
Koufonisi is a habitat for tens of migratory birds. Among the reproductive species, there is the common Gull, various waterfowl, and predators. Other animals include the Aegean lizard, which usually lays under the sun on white rocks.
The island’s name “Koufonisi” (trans.: Hollow Island) derives from the caves and caverns formed by the seawater and the rain on its soft rock formations. While you are there, you will have the chance to see the white rocks, against the backdrop of the Libyan Sea’s endless blue, enjoy the tranquillity of nature, and swim in the crystal clear waters. The landscape will dazzle you, changing from steep rocky shorelines, to caves with white and yellow rocks, and unearthly dunes.
The island is uninhabited today but still filled with remnants of past human activity that starts from the Early Minoan times until the post-Byzantine era. The locals like to call Koufonisi as Delos of Crete, due to the significant archaeological monuments found there, including a stone theater, which is the southernmost ancient theater in Europe, with a capacity of 1,000 people, and a settlement, which was looted and destroyed in antiquity, where an impressive villa, with 8 still preserved rooms, and another house with 16 rooms were unearthed. However, the most important monument is the Roman public bath complex, which was used from the 1st until the 4th century AD and bore evidence of lavish decoration. The archaeological monuments are currently not visitable.
In antiquity, Koufonisi was an important hub for sponge fishing and porphyry -known as gastropod- processing, where ancient Greeks and Byzantines were extracting the wildly popular purple color from. The island had strategic importance due to its position and was claimed by the inhabitants of Itanos and Ierapetra, only to be conquered by Itanos.
In the southern part of the island, there is a temple unpreserved for thousands of years until 1920, which is when it was completely destroyed, to give its place to a brand new lighthouse. Large pieces from the devotional statue and many smaller ones from the temple were used in the creation of the lighthouse. In the early Byzantine times, the island was used by monks, who engraved figures of saints and inscriptions in Latin on the walls of caves found on the west coast. Finally, the scenic chapel of Agios Nikolaos, patron of seamen, is located on the north of the island.
Today, the island is a haven for fishermen, away from the strong winds and rough seas of the Libyan Sea. In recent years, the wealth of its history and environment were discovered and studied. This knowledge and the natural beauty of the island are a gift to visitors who must respect and protect it.
Thus, the following are prohibited:
– Any kind of pollution
– The collection of rocks, fossils, shells, ancient finds and plants
– Catching animals
– Starting a fire
– Any activity that will threaten the ecosystem and the archaeological sites
Explore this incredible, untouched paradise…
Adults: Over 12 years old (Full fare)
Children: 4-12 years old (50% discount)
Infants: 0-3 years old (Free of charge)
Booking Guiding Lines:
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This excursion includes in its price: Your transfer r/t from your hotel, Boat tickets, Lunch and island entrance. The Adult Fare is applied to passengers of any age above 12 years old. The Child Fare applies to children between 4 and 12 years old (50% discount + extra’s if chosen) and the Infant Fare to any child under 4 years old (Free of Charge // No seat reserved).
Just to help you see which pick-up suits you best, here’s a table of hotel accommodations and their nearest pick-ups:
|Pick up place||Pick up time|
|Nikos hotel – Filipidis S/M||08:50|
|Malia Bay – Malia Park – Sirens||08:50|
|Drossia – Kernos Beach – Ikaros Village||08:50|
|Alexander Beach – Ariadni||08:45|
|Cactus – Aktia||08:40|
|Stalis bus stop – Blue Sea||08:35|
|Nana B/S – Mediterraneo||08:30|
|Belvedere – Eri bus stop||08:30|
|Silva Beach – Pela Maria||08:25|
|National Bank – Chalkiadakis S/M||08:25|
|Piscopiano well (pigadi)||08:25|
|Mathioudakis – Creta Maris||08:20|
|Knossos Royal – Royal Mare – Annabelle||08:15|
|Cretan Village – Laguna – Chrissi Amoudia||08:10|
|Serita – Zorbas – Anissa – Bella – Lytos||08:05|
|Analipsi Beach Road||08:00|
|Analipsi Bus stop||08:00|
|Gouves Beach Road||07:50|
|Rinela – Hatzis||07:35|
|Knossos Beach – Arina||07:30|
|Karteros – Amnissos||07:25|
|Astoria Hotel – Galaxy Hotel||07:15|
|Heraklion port – Old Heraklion Bus Station roundabout (Entrance OLI)||07:05|
LET US HELP! Please don’t hesitate to contact us, in order to help you out choose the best pick-up that suits you best!
1. Customers who for any reason fail to participate in our excursions are obliged to inform us at least 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, no refund will be given. Cancelling at least 24 hours prior to departure, 100% full refund!
2. VisitCrete.com reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour, due to adverse weather conditions or, insufficient passenger number or, force majeure.
► We do return money in case of bad weather (when the excursion is cancelled by the organizer tour operator).
► IMPORTANT: You need to be at least 10 minutes prior to your pick-up time at your pick-up point.
► COVID-19: All passengers are required to wear masks at all times when in boats and busses or in indoor areas. All passengers should individually fill out the pre-boarding form, required by the Greek law, and carry it with them at all times.
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