The tour from Ierapetra to the uninhabited paradise of Chryssi (or Gaidouronissi) is organized daily from May to the end of October.
The islet of Chryssi (or Gaidouronissi) is situated approximately 9 nautical miles south of Ierapetra. Due to its incredible natural beauty and important ecosystem, it has been included in the European initiative NATURA 2000. It has an area of 4.743 square kilometres and a maximum altitude of 27 meters. It is known for its exotic waters in all shades of blue and green, golden beaches and the protected cedar forest which is over 200 years old. Chryssi is a piece of paradise on earth and the southernmost natural park in Europe.
With soft music playing in the background, we will be sailing in the emerald waters of the Libyan Sea, accompanied by seagulls and dolphins. The trip from the port of Ierapetra to the exotic Chryssi lasts about 1 hour.
Chryssi does not have roads or shops, because is Wildlife Refuge included in the European initiative Nature 2000. The ship's self-service restaurant is open throughout the cruise, so you can enjoy a delicious meal, salad, snacks, drinks, coffee, ice creams, etc. on board or take away your meal in a package.
We will anchor on the south side of the island and its only port. The nearby beach is ideal for swimming and relaxation.
The cedar forest extends to the centre of Chryssi, covering an area of 350,000 square meters, which is about 1/4 of the island, with an average of 14 trees per 1,000 square meters, and an average age of trees 200-300 years. Those trees are a rare variety of Lebanon cedar with a root system that develops at a radius of at least double their height. The path through the forest and the dunes are simply magical.
At the point of disembarkation, there is a path that goes through the cedar forest and ends up on an exotic beach with thousands of shells, named Belegrina or Chryssi Ammos (Golden Sand in Greek).
The colours of the rocks here are spectacular, while almost the entire island is covered by golden sand. The base rocks of Chryssi were created through the solidification of lava that poured out of the undersea volcano, millions of years ago. The fossils found on the island come from the sea and were imprinted on the volcanic rocks 350.000 years ago when the island was still underwater.
If you walk west of Belegrina, the next beach you will see is Hatzivolakas. This is a more quiet area, against a rockier landscape, with the beach surrounded by large cedars. West of Hatzivolakas there are traces of a Minoan settlement that prospered from the trade of Porphyra, which is the popular red pigment used for dying royal clothes. Recently, the biggest laver farm in the Mediterranean was discovered there.
The scenic chapel of Agios Nikolaos and the island's lighthouse are located right there. On the northeast of the church, there is an old salt marsh and the island's only house, built atop ancient remnants. Another beautiful pristine beach is Kataprosopo, which faces the Mikronissi islet, on the east of Chryssi, and is a habitat for thousands of birds.
Departure from the port of Ierapetra
Enjoyable trip in the emerald waters of the Libyan Sea
We approach the north beach Belegrina ( Golden Βeach ) *. The ship shall moor nearby, giving you the chance to swim in the turquoise blue waters. Swimm stop. Meal.
We are sailing around the island admiring its wonderful coastline.
The ship will anchor on the south side of the island, giving you the opportunity to swim in the blue waters of the beach "Vougiou Mati" * Swimm stop.
Departure to Ierapetra
After this exciting, fun day at sea, we arrive at the port of Ierapetra
Rarely, bad weather may also mean that, for your safety, a different itinerary is used. Here, no refund is possible. The tour organizer will always offer an equivelant itinerary taking the same amount of time and visiting equally impressive places (just those not so prone to bad weather) and offering an equally enjoyable experience that you are sure to treasure.
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Simple boat tour
Nice trip and great snorkelling
Fun day out
Lovely day out
Go on a quiet day.
Beautiful day trip off the coast of Crete
Great way to spend a day on the water
Beautiful day to remember
I love it
Secret Island - Pirate ship tour with possibility to do swimming/snorkling and sunbathing
Time out on the big blue
Cruise to paradise beaches
YO HO HO !!!
Swimming in the ocean is different than the beach
Fantastic day out!