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About CRETAN DAILY CRUISES
Our ships depart daily (May-October) from the port of Kissamos to the Balos lagoon and to Gramvousa island. After a journey of 1 hour, in which you will have the opportunity to admire the impressive landscape consisting of cliffs and hills, endless blue waters and small hidden beaches, we will reach Balos lagoon. Nothing can compare to how you’ll feel when you set foot on Balos! You will walk in the tranquil lagoon, swim in warm, emerald waters, relax under the hot sun and admire the beautiful landscape comprised of rocks and hills that rise high above your head...! We will stay in this exotic place for about 3 hours. After a 20 minutes trip we will reach Gramvousa island. Gramvousa’s location and nature, its legendary castle, the panoramic view and the crystal blue waters are good reasons to pay it a visit. After 2 hours stay in this unique place, the ship will return to the port of Kissamos.
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Overview
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.
The location of Gramvousa island, the Cretan nature, the legends and the turbulent history of the area exude a magical aura. The landscape is spectacular, and the beach of the island is adorned by a lonely shipwreck.
Gramvousa and Balos are Wildlife Refuges and habitats of stunning natural beauty, included in the European initiative ΝΑΤURΑ 2000.
With our large, comfortable ships ensure quality and safety on-board and offer fantastic, unforgettable trips to small paradises on earth!
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Mikeybags wrote a review Oct 2020
Leicester, United Kingdom20 contributions38 helpful votes
Enjoyable boat trip to gramvousa and balos. Comfortable trip well supported multilingual explanation. 2 ish hours on gramvousa 3 ish on balos. Although we didn't use the canteen on the boat the food looked good and seemed popular
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Manoel Abreu wrote a review Sep 2020
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Not worth it. You end up spending more time inside the ship going places than actually enjoying the beaches. It doesn't matter which tour operator you choose, in the end they are just a bus transfer from your hotel to the big massive boat in Kssamos. All groups from different buses are pooled together in this super slow boat that takes ages to move anywhere (swimming would be faster). Just a tourist trap to get you stuck into a boat where you will have to consume for overpriced drinks and food. Gramvousa is beautiful but given the way the day is organised I would rather skip it and rent a 4x4 to go to Balos by car. It's the only way to fully enjoy a full day on the beach. Otherwise it's just a waste of your time.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Pat777 wrote a review Aug 2020
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The boat was packed and no covid compliance was in order. Too many people and staff did not care about distance or people wearing a mask. They want to get as many people on the boat as possible. In corona times I recommend you not to take this cruise!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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cal_dude7 wrote a review Aug 2020
Ottawa, Canada164 contributions95 helpful votes
Balos Lagoon itself is beautiful. At the right time of day, to drive up (it appears to be a rough dirt road though, so consider renting a 4x4 vehicle), it would be the perfect spot to lounge and witness the beautiful blue waters, and amazing scenery. HOWEVER, all this is ruined if you take a tour there, and especially ruined once you take any of the massive ferries/cruises. We made the mistake of booking a tour thinking booking a car rental would be expensive, and a hassle to drive out. That was a huge mistake that ended up being! The tour bus itself wasn't so bad. Whether it was due to the lack of tourists due to Covid-19, or because they were actually trying to create social distancing on their buses, it was clean, had hand sanitizer, and every other seat was empty. Masks are mandatory on the bus, and it appeared most adhered to this. So I can't entirely blame them. But they only handle getting you to the port from your hotel and back. Who I do blame is the ferry/cruise company. This was the absolutely disgusting part of this experience. They loaded up the boat to what they said wasn't maximum capacity, however you could not go anywhere on the boat without someone sitting less than a meter from you at all times. And despite the frequent messages on the PA system to wear a mask while on board, and empty threats of coast guard random inspections of compliance, more and more people didn't bother as the trip went along, and no one was there to enforce or remind anyone of these rules. Beyond this, taking the cruise means at each stop, Balos Lagoon, and Gramvousa, you will be jockeying for space among hundreds of other tourists at the same time. So forget getting many clear pictures of the beautiful scenery, just loads of people. And of course, again, you will be in many situations where it is challenging to achieve social distancing. It's really sad that this ferry operator couldn't have done a better job limiting capacity and creating a socially distanced environment, especially when so many hotels and restaurants in Crete are doing an absolute fabulous job of creating safe and enjoyable spaces for their guests, even if it is at the short term expense of additional revenue. Not the Cretan Daily Cruises...they load that boat up, and get as much cash as they can short term at the expense of risking their customer's health. Do yourself a favor and see this gem in the morning, or around sunset (I'm sure it is absolutely beautiful there at this time), and avoid the crowds who have been unsafely brought there. I understand the pain the travel industry is going through (as a recently laid off travel agent I might add), so I get the desperation for revenue. But this is too far. Spend a bit more on a 4x4 rental, avoid being there between 11:45am and 4:30pm, and you will be very thankful to enjoy this peacefully and safely. There are plenty of 4x4 rental companies offering specials on 2-3 day rentals, so best to ask at your hotel or research online in advance.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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yaroslavadombrovska wrote a review Aug 2020
Marseille, France23 contributions8 helpful votes
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It was a Friday trip with three kids. The good things are: - free parking - comfortable boat - adequate number of passengers - open bar - clean WC - beautiful nature - umbellas for rent The BAD thing I still do not understand - the timing. We were supposed to have at least 1:30 on Pirates island, but we had less than one hour That was not enough at all. Just to go up to the hill of the old fort, make pictures and go down. We had to run back. My daughter fell and hurt her anckle... The same story in Balos. According to schedule 3 hours, but in reality we had two. My advise check your watch and calculate well the way back to ferry. Thas why I'm putting an average mark. Concerning comments about packed ferries. It was NOT our case. And all the way go and back we had announcements "keep your masks" and gel bottles everywhere.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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