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Gramvousa – Balos Lagoon

Gramvousa – Balos Lagoon

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The excursion operates every Monday, and Thursday, with pick-ups: East of Heraklion (starting Malia, Stalis through Hersonissos, Gouves, Heraklion) and West Heraklion (Amoudara, Lygaria, Agia Pelagia). Our excursion includes: Pick-up service at or near your hotel & return, guided tours, the boat ticket, & entrance. Available Tour Languages are: English, French, German, Italian, and Polish.


Tour info

1 day
Tour Type:
Sea Excursion
Group size:
~50 pax

Accompanied service

Guides Transport Insurance


Morning Pick up: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ.

Bus Drive to Kasteli Port: 3.5 hours (average)

1st stop (10:40): The town of Kastelli at the western end of Crete. That's where the boat sails from, to Gramvoussa island and the Balos lagoon

Boat Trip: 1 hour & 10 minutes

2nd stop (11:50): After the cruise across western Cretan sea, the boat will arrive at Balos lagoon. Travelers will have plenty of time to enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters of Balos, walk across the golden sand beach and explore the nature around. Disembarkation by small boats, if the weather allows it

Boat Trip: 15 minutes

3rd stop (15:00): After the cruise from Balos, the boat arrives at Gramvousa. Walk up to the castle on the hill and take photos of the breathtaking panoramic view and Balos lagoon. Enjoy some time to swim and sunbathe by the coast.

Lunch: In the meantime, the restaurant of the boat will be open so clients can enjoy their meal any time between 12:00 and 17:00.

Departure (16:45): Sailing for Kasteli port

Boat Trip: 1 hour

4th stop (17:45): Arrival by boat back at the port of Kasteli

Return Bus Drive to resorts: 3.5 hours(average)

End of the tour – Return to resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ.

*There will be a short stop on the way back for restroom and snack – 20 minutes

Special offer


Gramvousa Island - Balos Lagoon  (BOAT TICKET INCLUDED!)


  Important Update Regarding Gramvousa-Balos Excursions
[Update: May 22nd, 2024]

(please read this text before booking your trip)

Please note the following changes to our Gramvousa-Balos boat excursions, effective immediately and until further notice:
Balos Beach: Disembarkation by tender boats onto Balos Beach is temporarily unavailable.
Swimming at Balos: The boat will anchor approximately 100 meters from the Balos coastline, allowing for a 1.5-hour swim stop.
Gramvousa Island: The visit to Gramvousa Island will be extended to provide additional time for swimming and exploration.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to providing you with a memorable experience in Gramvousa and the surrounding waters.




GRAMVOUSA - BALOS EXCURSION. Discover the two small uninhabited islands off the coast of Gramvousa Peninsula as well as Balon Lagoon. Enjoy a magical boat trip through the westernmost point of Crete and admire the crystal clear waters of these places. Walk across the white sand shore and find yourself enjoying the sun on one of the most beautiful beaches.

Pick-up's from:
Sissi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos (port), Koutouloufari, Piskopiano, Anissaras, Analipsis, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Amnissos, Karteros, Heraklion (port), Amoudara (Gazi, Heraklion), Lygaria, Agia Pelagia. [Check the pick-up table list below to find out which is the most convenient pick-up point & time, near your hotel]

Operating Days:
Every Monday, and Thursday

English, French, German, Italian, and Polish: All days

Tour includes:
✔ Air-conditioned transportation with pick-up and drop-off services from your hotel or a nearby location
✔ Professional Driver
✔ The assistance of a tour escort throughout the tour
✔ Boat tickets (day cruise)
✔ Entrance fee to the natural park
✔ Local taxes are included in the tour package to avoid any additional charges
✔ Liability insurance coverage by ALLIANZ to ensure your safety and security during the tour

Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot: Drinks, Lunch, Umbrellas & Sunbeds (optional)

Tour highlights:
• Board a boat and sail to Gramvousa and Balos
• Swim in the crystal-clear waters of Gramvousa
• Climb the Venetian Fortress on Gramvousa Island for unique views
• Enjoy relaxing moments on the exotic Balos Lagoon

Essentials to have with you:
• Backpack
• Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
• Swimsuit / Beach towel
• Comfortable sports shoes for hiking to the Gramvoussa fortress
• Water

West Crete

14 hours approximately - 350 Km

Starting early, heading west, we reach the Port of Kissamos. Here we board our boat for a pleasant sail along the coastline. On the way, you can see the signs of the impressive geological phenomenon of land elevation by 6 to 9 meters above sea level (Crete has been rising out of the sea on the western side and sinking on the eastern side for more than 2000 years).

After approximately one hour, our boat arrives at the port of the pirate island of Gramvousa. During the Turkish occupation, the residents of the island started looting boats passing through, which gained the island its pirate reputation. According to Homer, Gramvousa is the island of Aeolus in "Odyssey". It is a protected biotope, hosting over 400 plant species and the habitat of over 100 bird species, the Mediterranean seal Monachus Monachus and the sea turtle "Caretta-Caretta". Here you can visit the Venetian Castle, which was built in 1579 on the top of a steep rock, at the highest point of the island and it's one of the most impressive castles in Greece. The spectacular view, the marvellous landscape, and the "legend of the Pirate's hidden treasure" is an attraction not to be missed. As well as your visit to the castle, you have plenty of time for swimming or having lunch on board (included in the price).

Our boat then departs for the Blue Lagoon of Balos, a shallow and warm water lagoon, which brings to memory similar lagoons in the Caribbean. Here the crystal-clear, azure-coloured sea water, in combination with the white sand makes this place unique, and one of the most beautiful beaches all over the world. Your stay at the lagoon, where you can enjoy a fantastic swim, will be approximately three hours, before boarding our boat for the return sail.

Age Definition:
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:
Your Tour Language: Please check in the description which tour languages are available per day, and make sure your desired language is available on your chosen date
Your Pick-up Point: Please check the list with all available pick-up points (and hours) from your area, in the table below

This excursion includes in its price: Your transfer r/t from your hotel, Boat tickets, 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 + extras 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
Sissi 05:25
Nikos hotel-Filipidis S/M 05:30
Malia church 05:35
Malia Bay-Malia Park-Sirens 05:30
Drossia-Kernos-Ikaros 05:40
Alexander-Ariadni 05:45
Cactus-Aktia 05:45
Mochos Cross 05:50
Stalis bus stop - Blue sea 05:50
Nana B/S - Mediterraneo 05:55
Belvedere - Eri bus stop 05:55
Silva Beach - Pela Maria 06:00
National Bank - Chalkiadakis S/M 06:00
Koutoloufari (Esperides Resort) 06:00
Piscopiano well (pigadi) 06:00
Mathioudakis - Creta Maris 06:05
Hersonissos Village 06:05
Knossos Royal-Royal Mare-Annabelle 06:10
Cretan Village-Laguna- Chrissi Amoudia 06:15
Serita-Zorbas–Anissa-Bella-Lytos 06:20
Analipsi Beach  Road 06:25
Analipsi Bus stop 06:25
Amirantes B/S 06:30
Gouves Beach  Road 06:30
Gouves Cross-Lavris 06:35
Gournes Church 06:35
Rinela-Hatzis 06:40
Knossos Beach - Arina 06:40
Karteros - Amnissos 06:45
Astoria Hotel - Galaxy Hotel 06:50
Heraklion port - 18 Agglon Sq. (Koules fortress roundabout) 06:55
Natural History Museum 06:55
Talos Plaza (outside Envy Cafe) 06:55
Giofyros (Meliriton) 06:55
Amoudara 07:00
Agia Pelagia - Lygaria: Pick-ups are available from any accommodation in Agia Pelagia and Lygaria via shuttle service. A minimum of 2 adult participants is required. 07:00

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. 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.

All you need to know about Gramvousa Island & Balos Lagoon Beach in this article:
- What to Do in Gramvousa Island
- A Day in Balos Lagoon
- Tips (What you will see, What to have with you)
- Useful Information about Gramvousa Island & Balos Lagoon
ARTICLE: The Ultimate Guide to Gramvousa Island and Balos Lagoon Beach: Crete's
Spectacular Twin Wonders

For further information or bookings please call at telephone No. (+30) 2810341560


For further information or bookings please call at telephone No. (+30) 2810341560


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