Gavdos Cruises
Gavdos Cruises
3.5

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Hissi1988
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Gavdos Cruises offers a day transfer to Gavdos for 40€. Tickets can only be purchased at the boat between 9 - 10 a.m. (cash only). Departure was punctually at 10.10 o'clock.

When we arrived in Gavdos-Karave, I asked the captain about the transfer to Tripiti (the southernmost point), which was advertised on the flyers. He looked at me as if he knew nothing about it and told me to walk (8 km each way).

Fortunately, when the boat arrives at the harbour, there is a bus waiting to take visitors to Korfos or other beaches. So I went to Korfos (2,5 € per trip) and from there I walked to Tripiti (3,9 km). Departure from Korfos back to the harbour was 16.15 o'clock. So good to do.
At 17 o'clock the boat drove punctually back to Crete.

Attention: It is not controlled whether all passengers from the morning are back again on board. Therefore be punctual.
Also monitor the Facebook status of Gavdos Cruises due to short-term changes.

Gavdos Cruises is a transfer to Gavdos and back, but nothing more.
Written August 4, 2019
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Paradise763149
Edinburgh, UK2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
After an absence of 12 years since we last visited Gavdos we took the 70 minute crossing to return again. We were fortunate that the sea was like a millpond both ways. There is seating for 54 in the main cabin though if people bring luggage that might reduce capacity. There was bench seating for another 20 or so at an open area at the stern. All run very efficiently.
Written September 26, 2018
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Luiz
Rotterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Although it is the fastest way to get to Gavdos, I do not recommend it for a day trip. On the way to Gavdos we had overbooking so the boat was delayed 30 min until the captain decided who would stay behind. On the way back the same thing, too many people to return and only those with a ticket and that arrived 1 hour before departures boarded, some people was left behind! The ship was moving a lot on both ways, I do not recommend it to people who gets seasick easily. On top of all that the crew was smoking inside the cabin!
Written August 21, 2020
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PDCE-85
New York City, NY192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We're staying at Vritomartis near Chora Sfakion, which runs a naturist cruise to Gavdos. But as luck would have it, we haven't been able to book a date during our stay - for the last two times. And the local ferries have and erratic, if not downright inconvenient, operating schedule.

But THIS YEAR, Gavdos Cruises came on the scene. Run by a Greek couple - Bettina and Kostas - they operate nearly daily on a 40' boat that can hold up to about 30 people. One hour, 20 minutes each way, which is MUCH faster that the car ferry. And the boat is big enough to feel stable and sea-worthy.

Bettina has EXCELLENT English, and we had a lot of questions about our first visit to Gavdos, to which she was prepared with thorough and calming answers. "Don't worry. There will be a bus at the port and he will take you wherever you want on the island whenever you want to go there."

I was pretty sure I misunderstood. But no. There were several of us who wanted to go to Tripiti beach to see the Southern most point in Europe... done! Then the bus driver took us up to a lovely naturist beach about 10 minutes north of the port. In a FULL SIZE tour bus with AC. He apparently works closely with Bettina, so I suspect that's a daily occurrence. The schedule operates in the minds of those who arrive each day.

What did we learn about Gavdos? We need to spend more time there.

How will we get there? On Gavdos Cruises! :)

I hope their business flourishes so they are in full operation when we return in two or three years.

Written August 9, 2016
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Krasimir K
Sofia, Bulgaria482 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
My wife and I have been to more than twenty Greek islands, and some months ago we were planning a stay in Kissamos, Western Crete. It was then that I accidentally learned that Crete was not the southernmost populated island of Greece!
There was another populated island, very small, further down south! Name: Gavdos! Population: 150!
I started looking for ways to visit Gavdos within a single day. The regular ferry turned out to be impossible. It arrives at noon after a long trip (2.5 hrs), and half an hour later starts on its way back. So if you want to use the ferry to visit Gavdos, better stay overnight on the island, or for several days - and the good thing is you can bring your car there as well.
Having already been to the northernmost Greek island (Thassos), the westernmost (Corfu) and the easternmost (Kastellorizo), I was fascinated by the idea to visit the southernmost one also, so I started desperately searching for a special boat service to Gavdos. Thanks to today's Internet, I soon found it: Gavdos Cruises.
They started their season in early June 2017 and we managed to take part in one of their trips to Gavdos, from Hora Sfakion on Crete. At first the lady running the service said she could not guarantee that they could also take us to Kap Trypiti, the southernmost end of Europe, but when we arrived at the port of Hora Sfakion, she said she had good news for us: "There are other people willing to make a tour of the island, so we are doing it!"
The boat, a small one, for some 20-25 people, but amazingly fast, takes you to Gavdos (or back to Crete) in just an hour and fifteen minutes! In our case, after arriving at the small port of Karave on Gavdos, it took us to a beach near Kap Trypiti, where one can take pictures of the promontory with the three arches and visit the chair - an oversized sculpture of a chair, installed to mark the southernmost end of Europe. Note here that, as there is no bridge to the shore, you have to dive into the water from the boat and swim to the beach. The hosts, however, kindly put your cameras, shoes, etc. into a specially sealed case and take it to the beach so that you can have them there and safely walk around (important, as it's all pebbles, stones and rocks), take pictures, etc.! I forgot to place my sandals in the case so I could not walk all the way to the chair. We say this is a good omen in such cases: means you may have the chance to revisit the place!
We were then taken to the port of Karave via the other side of the island and thus practically had a full trip around the island! Worth every second - for the magic scenery! I remember reading somewhere recently that Gavdos was the only place in Europe with a subtropical climate!
From the port of Karave a bus took us to the nearby Sarakiniko beach where we stayed for two hours. I was amazed to find a supermarket and several tavernas at this beach only (there are several other beaches around), given that the permanent population of the island is 150 (in the winter)!
So, although we have been to many places in Greece, this was one of the most memorable trips that we have ever had in a single day!
We, my wife and I, heartily recommend this trip to anybody interested in the Greek islands and fascinated by them!
Written June 18, 2017
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Steve
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Visited three beaches on Gavdos as well as the harbour and saw the Giant Chair at the southernmost point of Europe, naturist swimming in gin-clear water and swam ashore to sunbathe on the sand among driftwood shelters.
Written October 28, 2019
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Johnboy55_9
Bilston, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I'd looked at Gavdos for 20 years and never managed to get there: previously, by ferry, you'd have to stay overnight. Gavdos Cruises' highspeed boat gets there in an hour and you have nearly five hours on the island, which is surprisingly pleasant - low, rolling hills and quite a bit of greenery in the north. A bus meets the boat and serves several places, returning in time for the boat's return at 5pm. The boat is very comfortable and the ride there very smooth though on the return it can be choppy as the afternoon wind gets up. A very efficient operation to an island that will certainly provide peace and quiet! A memorable experience.
Written June 13, 2019
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Georgios Z
Sarti, Greece36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Although I have to admit that it is the best way to get to Gavdos and the captain is really good taking us there with really bad weather with no problem. My complaints begin with both trips. Starting with overbooking the first trip and having people seating on the aisle or standing for the whole duration with rough seas and no caring for safety. On the return trip they stuffed usvin the boat under the sun witn NO aircon as they advertise and when after 15 min in the boiling sun with no air we started complaining they threaten to leave people behind just because they complaint and knowing that there is no other way to return. Worst trip of my life.
Written August 13, 2018
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Robina N
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016
The day I went water was calm, trip to island went amazingly quickly. Each stop to a beach inlet was amazing. Lunch was included picked up at the jetty and transported by car to the restaurant. Amazing views while trying to negotiate eating lunch after being shown how to pull apart the fish took some doing certainly an art to it. Certainly a lot of laughs
Written August 21, 2016
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