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Cruise to Koufonisi Island

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May-October 2023
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Trip highlights

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Enjoy a morning bus drive to South Crete
Koufonisi Island Boat Cruise to Koufonisi from crete
Experience sailing by a Wooden Pirate Boat
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Visit the picturesque island of Koufonisi
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Swim in the emerald green waters

Overview

Koufonisi at Crete

Don’t miss a cruise to Koufonisi Island. Experience an unforgettable day on a boat, sailing the mesmerizing Libyan Sea.Discover the enchanting uninhabited islet of Koufonisi, situated southeast of Crete, Greece. Koufonisi should not be confused with another island called Koufonisia, which is part of the Small Cyclades in the Aegean Sea. Koufonisi island is adorned with ancient ruins dating back to the Minoan civilization and the post-Byzantine era. This is adding a touch of historical significance to your visit. I is also known as the ancient island of Lefki. Koufonisi captivates with its distinctive white rocks and sands, creating a captivating backdrop for your exploration.

The name "Koufonisi" in Greek translates to "hollow island" or "island with a hole" in English. The name likely originates from the island's characteristic natural features, such as the presence of caves, coves, and hollows that have been eroded by the sea and wind over the centuries. These geological formations contribute to the unique and picturesque landscape of the island.

Koufonisi is renowned for its pristine beaches, clear waters, and its unique natural environment. The island is relatively untouched by modern development. It is an appealing destination for those seeking a peaceful and secluded getaway.

Koufonisi is celebrated for its beautiful beaches, especially those on the southern side of the island. Visitors often praise the island for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and the stunning underwater landscapes perfect for snorkeling.

Extra protected area

Similar to other small Greek islands, efforts are made to protect the natural environment of Koufonisi. As a result, certain regulations may be in place to maintain the pristine state of the island and its surrounding waters.

During the 5-6 hour cruise program, you'll encounter breathtaking sights and experiences. Our first stop is a captivating cruise around the unspoiled island of Koufonisi. This secluded paradise remains untouched by human activity, allowing guests to witness its pristine coastline and awe-inspiring caves.

Book now and embark on a remarkable adventure with our Cruise to Koufonisi Island, departing from the charming village of Makrigialos in the scenic South-East of Crete.

 
Duration of trip
Total Duration of the tour: 10 hours
Mobile ticketing
Simply present your digital voucher to either the guide or the driver, and they will be ready to assist you accordingly.
Pickup - Available
Pick-up and drop-off service are both included in the price of your booking. Our pick-up service covers different points, including hotels and bus stops. After making your booking, we will reach out to inform you about the specific location and time for the pick-up that is convenient for your accommodation.
Free cancellation
In order to obtain a full refund, it is necessary to cancel your reservation at least 48 hours before the scheduled event or booking.
Covid 19 requirements
Currently, there are no specific requirements for participating in the tour. However, please note that if the government's COVID regulations mandate any specific requirements, we will contact you to inform you accordingly.

Tour schedule

6:25-8:50

During the morning pick-up, participants will be collected from designated pick-up points within the specified time frame. The exact pick-up time will be determined according to the location of your accommodation.

After a relaxing 2-hour bus drive along the stunning coastline, passing by the southernmost town of Europe, Ierapetra, we arrive at Makrigialos. Here, we step aboard a wooden pirate boat and set sail on an unforgettable journey to Koufonisi.

During the 5-6 hour cruise program, you'll encounter breathtaking sights and experiences. Our first stop is a captivating cruise around the unspoiled island of Koufonisi. This secluded paradise remains untouched by human activity, allowing guests to witness its pristine coastline and awe-inspiring caves.

In Koufonisi Bay, a protected haven, the boat anchors for an hour, inviting you to swim in the crystal-clear turquoise waters. Indulge in a delightful onboard lunch, savoring a scrumptious meal accompanied by refreshing drinks.

Next, we approach the enchanting Koufonisi Caves, providing an opportunity for all participants to capture the stunning scenery through photographs.

Our final stop is the mesmerizing Beach of Koufonisi, boasting one of the island's 36 exotic beaches. Spend two and a half hours exploring this coastal paradise, relaxing on the golden sands, and venturing into the picturesque hills and bays. Umbrellas are available for rent on board, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

As our extraordinary adventure draws to a close, we return to the starting point in Makrigialos. The return bus drive of 1.5-2 hours allows you to reflect on the incredible memories and breathtaking sights encountered throughout the day.

Immerse yourself in the magic of Koufonisi Island with our exceptional cruise, where captivating landscapes and unforgettable moments await.

Kindly be aware that foe the past two years, access to the island is only permitted by swimming to the shore, as mooring boats are not allowed. Once ashore, you can immerse yourself in the stunning beaches and wander through the captivating cedar forests, experiencing the island's remarkable charm firsthand.

 

19:00-20:00

At the conclusion of the tour, participants will board the buses in Makrygialos and return to their respective hotels in Heraklion, where they were initially picked up in the morning. The duration of the return journey to each hotel may vary depending on traffic conditions and the specific pick-up locations for each participant.

Extra information

Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Boat tickets for the ​cruise around Koufonisi Island
  • Comfortable transportation in an air-conditioned bus​ ​
  • Professional Driver
  • Experienced tour guide to provide insightful information
  • Boat Tickets (cruise to the island)
  • All applicable taxes and legal fees
Not Included
  • Food & Beverages
  • Lunch / Buffet on Board (please consult your guide on the bus for the option to purchase lunch in advance at a discounted price)
What to bring
  • Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit / Beach Towel
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
  • During the entire duration of the journey on the high-speed boat, the snack bar will be open, offering refreshments and snacks for purchase.
  • Lunch on Board (please consult your guide on the bus for the option to purchase lunch in advance at a discounted price)
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