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Private Day Cruises to Koufonisi Island in south east Crete

Koufonisi island is the ancient island of Lefki (“white”), so-called because of its white rocks and sand, limestone being the dominant type of rock here. The modern name means “hollow island” due to the many hollows carved out patiently over centuries by wind and sea. This little island is located across from the Cretan coastal village of Makrygialos.

Nautlilos Cruises is excited to be able to provide you with the ultimate private yacht cruise to Koufonisi Island. This is the ultimate cruise experience combining luxury, privacy and a personlaized itinerary – this private yacht cruise is all about you, your family and your friends.

So, lets set sail on the seas where the Minoans produce their purple dye, made from shells and use to dye their tunic. This private cruise combines a visit to the ruined Roman amphitheater with secluded beaches which makes Koufonisi an unforgettable exotic location. 

Private cruises include a skipper and a host who will do all the work for you, so all you have to do is relax and enjoy yourself.

What to expect

Your luxury private yacht cruise is an exclusive, personalised cruise to Koufonisi Island. You, in consultation with the skipper will design a program that suits your wishes, needs and desires. 

You can expect 

the ultimate day of relaxation - lazy on a yacht

to be swimming, snorkelling & fishing in the wonderfully remote and exotic beaches which surround Koufonisi Island and if you desire, the opportunity to explore the island.  The possibilities are endless

to have no concept of time; to experience an amazing sense of freedom and to be in awe of the amazing blue and turquoise waters of Libyan Sea.

an authentic Cretan lunch made from local produce and to be served along with excellent Cretan wine , Greek beer and soft drinks.

refreshments to be served throughout the cruise


Departure is from the fishing port of Ierapetra will be at approximately 10.30 am (however our departure time is also negotiable) and cruising time to Koufonisi Island will be approximately 1 hour. You can expect to arrive back in Ierapetra at approximately 17.00 hrs.

What’s included

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

An exciting and memorable 1 hour cruising time to our destination

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 authentic Cretan lunch, made with fresh local ingredients will be served. under the shade of the boat shade-tent. Lunch will be accompanied by excellent quality bottled Cretan 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 €1700.00 


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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