Chrissi Island Tour

  • duration icon. 10 hours
  • location icon. South Crete
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Our full-day trip to Chrissi starts from Hersonissos by bus, to the lovely city of Ierapetra, on the southern coast of the island of Crete. Here we start the cruise that takes us to the isolated island of Chrissi. On the way, we might encounter yellow-legged gulls flying above us and playful dolphins playing in the deep blue sea. After an hour boat trip, we arrive at Chrissi Island. The locals call it also Gaidouronissi.

From the moment you come to the island of Chrissi, you get mesmerized by the tropical landscape, the very old cedar trees, the golden sand, and the turquoise waters. The exotic images and the rhythms of Chrissi nature give you a newly discovered sense of freedom.

Chrissi lies on the most southern end of Crete, a secluded island that is visited by thousands of people every summer. Its unique ecosystem is under the protection of the Natura 2000 Networking Programme, as Chrissi has been designated as an “area of intense natural beauty”. This tiny island offers everything a beach lover could ask for. Stunningly covered with a lot of cedar trees, with endless beaches, shallow crystal blue waters, fine pinkish sand, thousands of shell fossils, Chrissi is the best place to find your inner castaway and escape modern life. The small church of Agios Nicolaos, the ancient salt marsh, and the Roman carved tombs are ideal for those who like to explore.
So, if you wish to take a stroll in the woods, enjoy a refreshing swim in crystal clear tropical-like waters, and relax in earthly heaven for the whole day, book now this exciting cruise with us.

Adult Price:                              37€

Child Price (4-12 years):     20€

Children 0-4 years old travel free of charge

Prices may vary for large groups of 8+ people. For special price quotations please contact us direct at

Things to do and Things to see

- The landscapes and nature during the bus trip on the way to the city of Ierapetra.
- The city of Ierapetra and its port.
- A beautiful cruise on your way to the island of Chrissi and back.
- Chrissi is situated 15,5 km off the city of Ierapetra on the South coast.
- Chrissi island or "Golden" or "Donkey" or "Pirate" island is a hidden paradise with white and golden sand beaches, 300 years old cedar trees, and absolute crystal clear blue waters which are perfect for snorkeling. 
- This uninhabited islet covers an area of 4,7 square kilometers (7km in length and 2km wide). Chrissi Island is a protected nature reserve covered by the European initiative: Natura 2000. It is an important ecosystem. There you might see snakes (non-poisonous), lizards, rabbits, sea turtles, and if you are lucky dolphins. 
- Avoid the Northside of the island although it is more beautiful it is the windy side of the island. Go to the Southside, the wind and waters are calm and you can enjoy your day with no problems.
- Vougiou Mati Beach (rocky) - South. Here you can find a tavern, a nice calm bay, and caves to explore. 
- Belegrina beach (crowded) - North. Sunbeds with a price, beach bar, the sand is pink and full of shells. This beach is very close to your arrival and departure point.
- Hatzivolakas Beach (quiet and rocky) - West. Provides a good cedar tree shade from the sun, calm and clear waters, a lighthouse, and the chapel of Saint Nikolas.  
- Kataprosopo Beach(quiet) - East. Perfect for snorkeling. You can walk from there to the hill of Kefala which is the highest point of the island and enjoy the view from there.
- Kendra Beach (wild-very rocky) - West. Good for hiking.

Is Chrissi Island Tour for you?

- Part of what makes this tour so popular is the very warm weather, so don't be surprised that Chrissi can be extremely hot and humid. It’s also important to note that sometimes the winds can be a problem. 
- You have plenty of free time on the island to go swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and exploring.
- Come prepared. Athletic shoes, a pair of flip-flops, sun lotion, a hat, a beach umbrella, and plenty of water. Sunbeds can be expensive and are offered by a private company, since they are not included in the price make sure you have a good long beach towel with you.
- Buy a large plastic bottle of water and ask your hotel to position it in the freezer a day before departure. The ice will melt slowly during your trip and the water will always be cold.
- Bring with you some plasters, or bite cream. It's a wild nature island, full of bushes and rocks.
- If you enjoy snorkeling or other sports, bring your equipment. 
- This day trip is designed for all ages. Full of fun, flexibility, and plenty of free time to explore at your own pace.

08:30:                 Departure from Hersonissos for Chrissi Tour

Pass by:            Ierapetra. From here we take our boat to the Island of  Chrissi (55 min boat trip)

Stop at:             Chrissi Island. You can start enjoying this piece of paradise by swimming, sunbathing, exploring or just relaxing on the exquisite beaches.

                             After 4 hours of fun, we sail back to the port of Ierapetra.

Pass by:            Ierapetra port. We take our bus for the return journey

19:00:                 Aprx return time back to Hersonissos

-Hotel pick up & drop off by the areas of: Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Gouves, Hersonissos, Kokkini Hani, Koutouloufari, Malia, Piskopiano, Stalis
-Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses
-Professional tour guide (live)
-Boat tickets R/T
-Insurance cover
-Printed or mobile voucher accepted
-Instant confirmation
-Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior departure time and receive full refund)

(payable the day of your trip)
-1€ municipal tax
-Sunbeds and umbrellas at the beaches of Chrissi


-The boat trip to the island of Chrissi is subjected to Crete's weather conditions. If the boat trip to Chrissi is canceled due to bad weather conditions you will be refunded the price of the ticket or you will be given the option of alternative tour date, or choose one of our other tours in Crete.
-Boat's departure and arrival times, as well as the excursion schedule, might be altered due to weather conditions or traffic at ports.
-Comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, sun cream, and a swimsuit are required for the Chrissi tour.
-Children must be accompanied by an adult.
-You are kindly requested to proceed at the meeting points 10 minutes prior departure time.

-Due to covid protocols you are kindly requested to wear face masks during your stay in buses or boats all around Crete.


How to book this excursion to Chrissi Island Tour

To make your booking experience easier and more secure we write below, our very simple way of booking your favorite Cretan tour, excursion, trip, or cruise.


Step 1: Choose Your Tour

Once you decide which Crete tour you wish to book online, you will have to check the availability of each tour. You only have to click on the “Date” box and there you can choose the date or day that is more comfortable for you. The Dates/days are highlighted. Prices are per adult. Children enjoy a 50% discount.

After choosing your date of departure you add the number of adults and children. Please note the following:

Adults: 13+ years old

Children: 4-12 years old

Infants(free):0-4 years old

You don't need to enter the infant numbers. Infants do not get a seat. The guardian is responsible for providing protection during the tour. 

Once you add the persons you press the ‘Search” button.


Step 2: Add to Cart

You press the “Add to Cart” button. The tour is now available in your purchase cart. You may book the same way two, three, or more tours.


Step 3: Visit Cart

The cart is situated in the top right corner. Press on the “Cart” image. This will provide you with a list of the tours you have chosen. Check the total price, the number of persons, the name of the tour and the date. If you wish you may erase the tour by clicking the “X”(delete) button and restart the procedure. When you are ready you press the “Checkout” button.


Step 4: Checkout

Here you will need to fill the form with your details and press “Continue”. The personal information that we collect from you is stored by us, on databases protected through a combination of physical and electronic access controls, firewall technology, and other reasonable security measures. We will neither sell nor release your registration, personal, and usage data to outside organizations.

If you cannot locate your hotel name, please email us the name of your hotel and we will add it to our list. The hotel list includes the following areas of Crete: Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Malia, Gournes, and Kokkini Hani.


Step 5: Payment

 After pressing the “Continue to Payment” button you will be redirected to a secured Eurobank e-Commerce environment. Here you fill in your card details. Once your payment is made you will receive a confirmation with your payment and the tours you have purchased. Within 24 hours you will receive a boarding voucher/ticket for each tour in Crete you have purchased with all the details including the exact pickup point with "Google map location" and time based on your hotel selection.

In case you wish to know more about the Chrissi Island tour, please feel free to communicate with us before booking online. Our travel consultants will try their best to provide you with the correct answers to your questions. Send all Inquiries to

If after receiving your voucher/ticket, you still have questions, or you wish to cancel or alter the date please call us at +30 2897021106 or email us at

If you are currently in Crete our two travel shops are located in Hersonissos. Feel free to pass by one of them and get the answers to your questions and even more.


Hersonissos Excursion shops Location

1.Serapis Travel Services

141 El. Venizelou Ave (main road)

70014, Hersonissos, Crete

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34 El. Venizelou Ave (main road)

70014, Hersonissos, Crete

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