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Private Cruise to Chrissi Island

Chrissi Island, also known as Gaidouronissi (donkey) Island, is one of the 81 uninhabited islands off the coast of Crete. Chrissi island is located 9 nautical miles south of Ierapetra, about 30 min via our motor yacht. Its ecosystem and natural beautyhave included it in the European initiative NATURA 2000 to protect the southernmost gem of the Mediterranean with its exotic waters, golden beaches and unique Libyan cedar trees covering about 1/4th of the island.

While visiting Chrissi island you will enjoy the path through the forest and the sand dunes that lead you from the dock to the beach, the golden sand, covering the entire island and it's unique fauna and flora. The northern shores (Belegrina, Hatzivolakas, Kataprosopo) are filled with sea shells.

With Nautilos Cruises enjoy a fantastic private trip to one of Crete’s most stunningly beautiful beaches, Chrissi Island. The subtropical environment of Chrissi Island is truly amazing: Warm waters, crystal clear aquamarine sea, and soft pale sand. Natural beauty and history are combined in a relaxing day out for family and friends to enjoy.

The Private Cruise to Chrissi Island

What to expect:

Your private cruise is a exclusive, personalised cruise to Chrissi Island. Nautilos Cruises is happy to provide you with an itinerary for the day or alternatively, we can customise the day according to your wishes and needs.

Proposed itinerary:


Arrive at the fishing port of Ierapetra (See map for details here).

Meet your skipper and host who will be responsible for ensuring you have an wonderful and sailing experience.


Depart for Chrissi Island for a fast, exciting and personalised 25 minute boat ride to the island. If we’re lucky, we’ll see dolphins during our trip.


Arrive at Vougiou Mati Beach. After a 10 minute walk north through the Lebanon cedar forest, you’ll reach Belegrina (“Golden”) Beach with thousands of shells. You’ll have 3 hours for swimming, laying on the beach, or exploring the island on foot while enjoying all the shades of the palette of blue tropical waters of Chrissi Islandl.


Return back to the boat and we cruise east to another bay between Chrissi Island and the Mikronissi Island, hidden from the wind and away from the masses of tourists. On the way to our destination we’ll offer you refreshments. We will anchor there for 3 hours. You’ll have time to swim, go snorkeling to admire the undersea beauty, or even go fishing. Meanwhile the captain and crew will prepare your lunch with Cretan dishes made with fresh homegrown ingredients, to be savored in entertaining company with very good bottled wines, beers, and soft drinks (unlimited consumption), topped off with fruits and traditional sweets under the shade of the boat shade-tent.


It’s time to return to Ierapetra. Time flies when you’re on the sea.



What’s included:

A dedicated skipper and host who will ensure your day of cruising is an exciting and and fun-filled adventure.

The opportunity to customize the day according to your needs and desires.

The flexibility to determine your departure time (+/- 1 hour after consultation with the skipper).

Complete privacy for you and your family and friends. 

An opportunity to help the skipper steer the yacht.

An authentic Cretan lunch, made with fresh local ingredients will be served. under the shade of the boat shade-tent. Lunch will be accompanied with excellent quality bottled wines, Greek beer, and soft drinks. Followed by generous servings of fruits and traditional sweets.

OR you can try your luck with fishing and we can cook your catch for lunch (please arrange with skipper at time of booking).

Unlimited drinks ( Cretan local wine, Greek beer, Bottled water & soft drinks).

All port charges and taxes.



From € 1300.00 


This rate is valid for 1 to 17 passengers and for this cruise and menu. For special requests and desires, please contact us.

Important things you need to know:

You must be onboard at least 30 minutes before our departure time.

There is free parking at the fishing port of Ierapetra.

If you are walking from the center of Ierapetra,  allow 15 mins to walk to the fishing port of Ierapetra.

Remember to bring sun cream, a hat, a beach towel, sunglasses and your swimming googles.

Leave Only Your Footprints

Please show your utmost respect to this unique oasis of nature! It is forbiden to:

Leave any kind of rubbish.


To remove rocks, fossils, shells, ancient finds and plants.

Start a fire.

Do any activity that will threaten the ecosystem and the archaeological sites.


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