Hersonissos Sailing

  • duration icon. 7 hours
  • location icon. Hersonisos
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Tours Crete offers a one-day sailing boat cruise, on a luxury Sailing yacht, having as a destination, the historic and mysterious DIA Island. It allows you to get acquainted with the world of the father of the Greek Gods ZEUS (Dias), Minoan Kings, Venetian and English fleets, Jacques Cousteau, and the famous KRI-KRI goats.
Our vessel departs from the port of Hersonissos at 09:15 am. You will be welcomed by the crew, with coffee or tea. Leaving Hersonissos and heading northwest, passing the cape of Saint Antonios, during sailing to DIA Island, you can admire the beautiful Cretan Coastline, and maybe have the wonderful experience to see dolphins swimming alongside the boat.
The island of DIA is located 11 miles northwest of Hersonissos. According to the legend, DIA Island was created by Zeus, the father of the Greek gods, and this is where Theseus went, after killing the Minotaur.

Around 11:00 arrival is scheduled at DIA Island, in the Bay of Panagia (Virgin Mary), for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal greenish water. While you enjoy your stay on DIA Island, the crew will prepare a delicious lunch, you can enjoy on board, including drinks (water, wine & soft drinks).

Then we set sail to the unspoiled bay of Agrilia. Snorkeling in those waters is an unforgettable experience. The water is crystal clear, and the sea bed as the underwater scenery will satisfy everyone. Sunbathing, swimming, fishing (just for fun, not professionally), or paddle-boarding for the adventurous, will complete a day full of sea, sun, and pleasure, as our captain will sound the horn for the return sail to Hersonissos.

Adult Price: 130€

Child Price: 130€

Children 0-2 years old travel free of charge

Things to Do & Things to See

- Enjoy a spectacular sailing boat cruise along the azure waters of Hersonissos Bay and the Cretan Sea - dolphin spotting.
- Admire the view of the silhouette of the Cretan shoreline.
- Swim in the crystal clear waters, of the idyllic Bays of Panagia (Virgin Mary) and Agrilia.
- Snorkel and discover the undersea world of DIA Island.
- Enjoy a delicious meal on board with wine included.
- Test your fishing skills.
- Explore the island on a Paddleboard.

Is this Sailing trip right for you?

- Part of what makes this island so appealing is the warm weather, so it probably won’t come as a surprise that a Sailing trip can be hot and humid. 
- This Hersonissos Sailing trip offers lots of free time so that you're able to experience the crystal clear waters of DIA Island the way you imagined. 
- Our crew will be there to help you with anything you might need.
- This Hersonissos Sailing boat trip is designed for travelers aged 1 to 99. It is full of fun, flexibility, and plenty of free time to swim and sunbathe at your own pace.
- Come prepared.  Sun lotion, a hat, swimming suits, and make sure you have a good long beach towel with you.
- Bring with you some plasters, or bite cream. You never know.

Below you can read the timetable and schedule of the activity you are viewing. We make everything in our power to be always on time and avoid any long delays.


08:45: Boarding.
09:00: Our Sailing Boat trip to DIA Island begins from Hersonissos port.
Stop at: Panagia (Virgin Mary) Bay. 2 hours and 30 min time for swimming and snorkeling. A delicious meal will be served on board.
Stop at: Agrilia Bay, for 2 hours of snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming, fishing, paddle boarding
15:00: Set sail from DIA Island back to Hersonissos.
16:30: Approx return time back to Hersonissos.

Different timetables apply for pickups in different areas like Heraklion, Ammoudara, Kokkini Hani, Gouves, Analipsi, Anissaras, Stalida, and Malia. Our search system will provide you with the correct times. If you have difficulty in finding your pickup point, please contact us at info@tourscrete.com.

Click below for more info regarding each area pick-up service:

Hersonisos Sailing Boat Trip from Heraklion

Hersonisos Sailing Boat Trip from Malia

Hersonisos Sailing Boat Trip From Analipsi

Hersonisos Sailing Boat Trip from Amoudara

Hersonisos Sailing Boat Trip from Stalida

Important Pre-Departure Information

To help you prepare for your trip, please ensure you understand the following:

Tours are often the best days of your vacation. Most of our customers look forward to this day for weeks or months! That's why it is important that you mind some basic rules to keep the day trip safe and enjoyable for you and the other guests!

Be Smart

Bring comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles for good grip.
Be at the pickup point at least 10 minutes earlier. Check your ticket for the correct time.
Don’t bring too much money. Credit/Debit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
Limit your luggage. Too much weight is always a problem.
A hat, sunglasses, sun cream, and a swimsuit are required in most cases.
Water, lip balm, insect repellent, and anti-bacterial hand wipes/hand sanitizer are sometimes essential.
Leave your valuables at your hotel.
Bring your personal medication and prescriptions.
You must always carry a copy of your passport with you. Although not required it's always a good idea.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Sailing boat trip to DIA Island from Hersonissos is subject to weather conditions. If the trip is canceled due to bad weather conditions you will be refunded the price of the ticket or you will be given the option of an alternative date.
The boat's departure and arrival times, as well as the excursion schedule, might be altered due to weather conditions or traffic at ports.

The following list contains everything that is included in the activity you are viewing. Services and products included here are included in the price and no extra charge will occur.

With regards to food and drinks, we always try to have sufficient shares for each client but not unlimited.

Services and Products Included

-Water, coffee, soft drinks, wine (alcoholic drinks with extra charge)
-Traditional lunch (vegan alternative upon request)
-Snorkeling equipment
-Fishing equipment (not professional fishing)
-All taxes
-Port Authority expenses
-Captain and crew
-Full insurance
-Printed or mobile voucher accepted.
-Instant confirmation.
-Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 48 hours prior to departure time and receive a full refund).

Everything that is not mentioned in the Included section is excluded. we have tried our best and we have succeeded in avoiding any hidden costs for our customers. In the event that any hidden costs appear through one of our suppliers please contact us and we will solve the matter with no discussion.

Services and Products Excluded from this Activity and payable if occur by the client

1. All meals & drinks, unless mentioned otherwise in the tour description or the included section above.

2. Accommodation for tours and activities longer than 1 day.

3. Personal expenses as a result of misconduct or miss understandings.

4. Any other destination not mentioned in the itinerary.

5. Any services or activity charges other than those included in inclusions.

6. Sunbeds and umbrellas.

7. Spirits (Whiskey, vodka, rum, etc).

IMPORTANT: During the booking process you will be requested to add your hotel and its address. We understand that the names of hotels change every year and that many hotels don't even have an address. In such a case you can do the following:

1. Choose "Other" at Hotel 

2. Write "Unknown" at the Address

This way the system will allow you to proceed with your payment.

How to book your Hersonissos Sailing Boat Trip to DIA Island

In order 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.

Clients participating in any boat trips or cruises are requested to provide the following as they are requested by the coastal authorities.

Full Names


Date of birth

Pass No


Step 1: Choose Your Tour

Once you decide which Sailing trip 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 are without any discount.

After choosing your date of departure you add the number of Adults. Please note the following:

Adults:                    2+ years old

Infants (free):         0-2 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 the 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 restarting the procedure. When you are ready you press the “Checkout” button.

Step 4: Checkout

Here you will need to fill out 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 of 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 Hersonissos Sailing Trip to DIA Island, 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 info@tourscrete.com

If after receiving your voucher/ticket, you still have questions, or you wish to cancel or alter the date please call us at +30 2897400566 or email us at reservation@tourscrete.com.

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

Serapis Travel Services

141 El. Venizelou Ave (main road)

70014, Hersonissos, Crete

Google Map Location: Click on this-link