Heraklion Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Heraklion Safaris & wildlife activities

Crete: Scuba Experience with Certified Instructor

1. Crete: Scuba Experience with Certified Instructor

This is the ideal diving course for those who want to try scuba diving but do not have a diving certificate. Enjoy a pre-dive lesson and always be accompanied by a certified instructor. Begin your day with the basic theory on diving and the skills necessary to do so. You will then move on to real-life diving under the supervision of a certified instructor. During the dive, you will have the opportunity to explore the bottom of the sea in Agia Pelagia, learn the basic commands, and get the chance to observe up-close the fish and sea creatures living near the seabed.

Heraklion: CRETAquarium Admission Ticket

2. Heraklion: CRETAquarium Admission Ticket

Venture into the ocean’s depth with a 1-day admission ticket to the CRETAquarium. One of Europe’s largest aquariums, over 2,000 sea creatures lice the CRETAquarium's 60 diverse habitats. Delve into the caves and crevices of the Mediterranean, where stingrays and rock-like scorpionfish slither about. Pop out into the open ocean, where menacing sharks circle, waiting to be fed. Get up close and personal with jellyfish and schools of vibrant tropical clownfish through shallow, open-topped tanks, which allow a new viewing perspective of well known species.  Above all, gain a new appreciation for the unending diversity of the world’s most mystifying environment. When you’ve had your fill of looking at the ocean’s residents, why not pop in for a dip? The CRETAquarium is, fittingly, right on the beach.

Heraklion: Morning Cruise to Dia with Snorkeling and Lunch

3. Heraklion: Morning Cruise to Dia with Snorkeling and Lunch

Join a city cruise from Heraklion to the protected island of Dia. Snorkel in crystal-clear water, enjoy a Mediterranean meal with drinks, snorkel or fish with the gear provided, and watch goats skedaddle across the wild hillside.  Begin the tour at Heraklion harbor in the morning and be greeted by a healthy Mediterranean breakfast on board. Meet the captain and crew and undergo a safety briefing before setting sail for Dia. Upon arrival at the uninhabited island off the northern coast of Crete, choose from an array of activities such as snorkeling, SUP paddling, fishing, and sunbathing, with all gear and swimming accessories available on board. If you're traveling with kids, head to the special entertainment area with board games. If your little one needs a nap, the boat's comfortable cabins are fully equipped for it.

Black Rose Pirate Boat: 5-Hour Trip from Heraklion

4. Black Rose Pirate Boat: 5-Hour Trip from Heraklion

Embark on a multi-stop cruise from Heraklion to St. Georges Bay, Sissi, Stalis, and more. Hop on board the Black Rose pirate boat and enjoy a pirate-themed experience with face painting, music, dancing, and a BBQ meal. The Black Rose sails daily from the Port of Hersonissos through the clear waters of the Cretan Sea. The first stop on the trip is St. Georges Bay. You’ll have around 2 hours to swim and snorkel and explore the area. By the time you’re back on the boat, the pirate crew will have prepared a delicious BBQ meal for you to enjoy. Later, head for the coast of Malia and Stalis for the second swimming stop.

Heraklion: Private Sailing Boat Trip to Dia Island

5. Heraklion: Private Sailing Boat Trip to Dia Island

Charter a sailing vessel privately and escape to the seas. From Heraklion, sail to unique and beautiful Dia Island, where you will have plenty of free time to swim, fish, and snorkel. Several hours later, continue on to another bay, where you will swim in crystal blue waters or take some time to relax in the shade. If you're lucky, you might even spot some dolphins and sea turtles. Relax and spend the day enjoying life while setting sail on the Sea of Crete.

Crete: Private Ship Wreck Scuba Dive at Kaloi Limenes Beach

6. Crete: Private Ship Wreck Scuba Dive at Kaloi Limenes Beach

Discover a shipwreck during 2 scuba dives with an instructor. Head over to Kaloi Limenes Beach, gear up, and swim through the now bustling aquatic life living around the cargo ship wreck. Tuck into local snacks in between your dives, reenergizing yourself. Drive through varying landscapes, past mountains and traditional villages before arriving at Kaloi Limenes Beach, where the "Byron I" cargo ship wreck is laying down on the sea floor. During your dive briefing learn the history of the wreck. The "Byron I" was a cargo ship carrying 11,000 tons of sugar. On January 17, 1985 the ship sunk in bad weather conditions, dropping its sugary cargo around it. Luckily, the crew managed to survive and was saved from the wreck. Nowadays. this 100-meter ship wreck is home to divers aquatic life, from groupers to octopuses, and from moray eels to lionfish, and more. Dive in crystal clear waters with great visibility, making this dive site a unique place for underwater photography. Tuck into a delicious local snack with fruits and drinks between your 2 dives, and enjoy a debrief with your instructor after both dives, as your dive log is filled out.

Crete: Guided Almyros River Kayaking Tour with Cretan Meze

7. Crete: Guided Almyros River Kayaking Tour with Cretan Meze

Explore the Almyros River and surrounding wetlands on a guided kayaking Tour. Spot local wildlife as you float gently down this calm stretch of water, surrounded by lush vegetation. Start the tour at the beach of Ammoudara and head upstream southwest towards the source of the river. The waters of the river are quite deep and crystal clear and to the right and left are reeds and a variety of trees and plants. Admire the views of the Stroumboulas mountain as you paddle along the river. Explore about 1500 meters of the river and then return to the beach of Ammoudara. Here, you will enjoy a variety of local Cretan delicacies or meze, with local wine.

Crete: Land Rover Safari Nida Plateau Route

8. Crete: Land Rover Safari Nida Plateau Route

Get picked up from your hotel in Gazi and head straight off-road along the river bed to the picturesque village of Pendamodi. Here, enjoy a quick stop to see the picturesque church and natural springs. Journey through the vineyards of the largest wine producing area on the island to the village of Krousonas and sample some local produce such as olive oil and raki. Enjoy some free time here to get a coffee and take in the stunning views. Continue towards Livadi Plateau with views of the many apple orchards in the area and meet some friendly local goats. Next, stop at the Nida Plateau, the highest point of the day, and enjoy spectacular views of Crete's highest snowcapped mountain ‘Psiloritis’. Listen to tales of the resistance and Crete’s chequered history, visit a very unusual monument and a traditional Shepherds ‘mitato’, and experience the traditional Cretian method of cheese making. Next, visit the Ideon Andron cave, where mythology states that Zeus took refuge and escaped death. Head to the famous village of Anogeia for a delicious BBQ lunch with unlimited wine (vegetarian option available) with views of the highest plateau on the island. Once refreshed, go for a short walk to the center of Anogeia (optional). Finally, slowly head back off-road to the home of El Greco, the village of Fodele, and take some time to relax before beginning your journey back to the hotel.

Heraklion: Private Scuba Diving Lesson For Beginners

9. Heraklion: Private Scuba Diving Lesson For Beginners

This entry-level program is the best way to try scuba diving for the first time, as no prior experience is required. It is addressed to the whole family and introduces you to the underwater world in shallow waters and absolutely safe environment. Explore the unique aquatic life , enjoy the endless blue and the crystal clear water of the Cretan sea. Learn with the best ! You will learn the basic skills of scuba diving, before you get a chance to explore the amazing underwater world, always well looked after by one of our passionate instructors.

Crete: Nighttime Scuba Dive at Mononaftis Beach

10. Crete: Nighttime Scuba Dive at Mononaftis Beach

Open to those with a second level diving qualification, enjoy a night dive in one the best locations for marine life in Crete. Dive after sunset at Mononaftis Beach with flashlights to observe the active marine life during the night.   With two instructor guides to assist you underwater, see and observe beautiful fish, octopus, and other marine life. The dive lasts 45-50 minutes at a maximum depth of 18m for safety reasons.

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What people are saying about Heraklion

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 34 reviews

staff were lovely- the stable is owned by a father and daughter who are both very hospitable they can speak many languages including English, greek, german transportation wasn't included but they specifically came to pick us up as it was pretty far for us to go by bus/expensive by taxi they also provide orange juice and watermelon up in the mountains there is always a group of staff walking up with you if your horses start acting up or you need help- it's about 4 horses with 1 staff member

Great scenery and great hosts. The horses are very gentle and well behaved so it was a lovely gentle ride up and down the mountains. We took our 5 year old and he loved it. The guide was with him the whole time so he was completely at ease.

This was amazing! These guys know their horses and the mountains! Always felt safe because they walked close by and understood each horse and how to tell us to react to them! Highly recommend!

The instructors were "on the ball" -responding well to the issues that arose for me in my first dive. I felt very safe.

Very welcoming, well trained horses and amazing food at the end!