Buy your ticket for Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island HERE! The boats depart every day from the port of Kissamos (Kavonisi) for Gramvousa and Balos lagoon. Kissamos or Kasteli is a small scenic town, on the northwestern part of Crete, approximately 43 kilometers from the city of Chania. TIMETABLE Departure 10.40 – return to the port at 17.45 & Departure 12.30 – return to the port at 19.30 (during high season) Attention: The timetable changes according the season. TICKET PRICES without meals • Passengers up to 2 years old travel for free. • Passengers between the age of 3 and 12 pay 12€. • Passengers over 13 years old pay 25€. The above-mentioned prices (no meals) include VAT, all legal charges, and a written guided tour in your language. TICKETING OFFICES You may purchase your tickets at the port of Kissamos (Kavonisi), in front of the boats. Port of Kissamos: Latitude: 35.516666 Longitude:23.649947 Please obtain information from the ticket office regarding the exact times of departure and arrival at the port (for information please call at ...... , E-mail: .......). WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW You may purchase your ticket from the office at the port of Kissamos, using your credit card. You may use your credit card for purchases onboard the ship. There is a free parking area at the port of Kissamos. Details of your trip Tour in the bay of Kissamos We depart from the port of Kissamos, with soft music playing in the background, and sail for about an hour in the homonymous bay, against a stunning backdrop of steep cliffs and rocks, incredible secluded beaches, and the infinite blue. You will have the chance to see a large cave, which is thought to be an ancient shipyard. At the end of the bay, you will see an impressive geological phenomenon. Over time, Crete’s western side is rising, and its eastern side is sinking. This phenomenon takes place due to the movement of the African tectonic plate under the Eurasian plate. The ancient coastline can be traced over the rocky shores. At the end of the bay, the boat will sail between the islet of Agria Gramvousa and Cape Vouxa (Trypiti). The landscape is breathtaking, against the backdrop of Valenti, Pontikonisi, Balos lagoon, and Imeri Gramvousa. The boat will approach afterwards Gramvousa island or Balos lagoon (depending on the itinerary) in about 20 minutes. The self-service bar of the ship shall remain open throughout the cruise, offering light meals, with salads, wine, soft drinks, coffee, ice creams, etc. Visit Gramvousa-the island of pirates The boat shall arrive at the small port of Gramvousa, where we shall stay for about 2 hours. The location of Gramvousa, the Cretan nature, the legends and the turbulent history of the area exude a magical aura. The highest point of the island, atop a steep rock, at an altitude of 137 meters, is dominated by the famous castle of Gramvousa, which was built by the Venetians in 1579. The castle played a significant role in the history of the wider area. The panoramic view, the magnificent nature, and the legend of the pirates’ hidden treasure, allure you to visit it, after a 20 minute hike (it’s essential to wear comfortable shoes). You may also swim in the area next to the chapel of Agioi Apostoloi. You can stay also on the ship to relax.There are about 400 plant species in Gramvousa. Three of them are particularly interesting, since they cannot be found anywhere else on earth. One variety of daisies, a wild onion and silene. There are about 98 species of birds, with the number becoming quite bigger during the migration period, since the area is in the birds’ path to and from the Mediterranean. After our (approximately)2-hour stop in Gramvousa, the boat will depart for the lagoon of Balos, which will be reached after approximately 20 minutes. Visit the lagoon of Balos Balos is listed as one of the best beaches in the world. This exotic beach-lagoon and rare natural monument is situated between the Gramvousa peninsula and Cape Tigani. Words cannot describe the impressiveness of this place. Nothing can describe what you are about to feel when you see this. When you get to swim in the lukewarm, shallow, turquoise blue waters, relax in the pink sandy beach, which is filled with shells, and admire the natural beauty, the rocks and the cliffs rising above you! The sandy beach of Balos is adorned by a special kind of vegetation. Shrubby varieties, such as heather, Yenisey, thyme, and lentisc, have impressive shapes and patterns, proving their effort to survive in the adverse environmental conditions of the area, such as the strong northerly winds and the natural instability of the dunes. During the migration periods, there are many bird species here, while the lagoon’s mollusks are not to be found anywhere else in Crete in this composition and quantity. You will have the chance to stay in this paradise for about 3 hours. Thus, the following are prohibited: Any kind of pollution The collection of rocks, fossils, shells, ancient finds, and plants Animal catching Free camping Starting a fire and smoking around bushes and woodlands Any activity that might threaten the ecosystem and the archaeological sites Before disembarking in Gramvousa and Balos, please obtain information regarding the exact times of departure of the ship. Both in Gramvousa and Balos, you may return to the ship at any time, but make sure you are back at least 10 minutes before departure.