Heraklion Sailing trips & boat tours

Our most recommended Heraklion Sailing trips & boat tours

Heraklion: Morning Cruise to Dia with Snorkeling and Lunch

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

Heraklion: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise With Meal and Drinks

4. Heraklion: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise With Meal and Drinks

Enjoy an incredible catamaran day tour to Dia island. See the awe-inspiring beauty of the bay and take lots of photos, enjoy a full breakfast and Mediterranean lunch, relax, snorkel or fish, and more, on this all-inclusive trip. Start at Heraklion harbor and board the luxury catamaran, to enjoy a welcoming breakfast. Meet the team, receive thorough safety instructions from the captain, then it’s time to depart for Dia Island. Be amazed by the surrounding beauty of the picturesque bay. Enjoy the waters of Dia island to the full – the boat is equipped with full-face masks and fins for snorkeling, fishing gear and tackle, a stand-up paddleboard, and all the equipment you could need for a leisure-filled day at sea. For lunch, enjoy a delicious Mediterranean meal with fresh vegetables, homemade lasagna with spinach, grilled fish, and Banoffee and seasonal fruits for dessert. Finally, head back to Heraklion harbor revitalized from an unforgettable day.

From Heraklion: Private Agia Palagia and Dia Island Cruise

5. From Heraklion: Private Agia Palagia and Dia Island Cruise

-Dia Island (Hot Peak!!) "Located about 6 nautical miles north of Heraklion city. It is 5 km long and 3 km wide and covers an area about 12 sq km, extending from west to east." -Agia Pelagia "Located 20km west from Heraklion city. The small fishing village which the last 25 years been a popular vacation resort." *Includes: Water, Beverages, Wine, Greek Salad, Seasonal Fruits Crete is one of the biggest islands of Greece and has plenty of experiences to offer. There may be many ways to explore the island, but the most exceptional and memorable is from the deck of a boat and it offers a beautiful trip to the endless blue. Dive into the turquoise waters of Crete and sunbathe under the sun, while our experienced captain takes you to all the best-hidden spots of the area. Once you are on board, our crew member will greet you and show you around the boat. You will be offered fresh fruit, snacks, and water to accompany you along the trip. If you wish for more, please let us know and we will be more than happy to accommodate your requests.. Our captain has mapped out all the best spots for your trip but if you wish for different routes just let us know and we will assist you. Looking forward to seeing you on board!

From Heraklion: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Private Tour

6. From Heraklion: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Private Tour

Dive into the extraordinary coastal landscape of Crete on a private tour from Heraklion. Visit the imposing neighboring island of Spinalonga, then explore the quiet village of Plaka, known for its seafood. Discover the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos, with a gorgeous lake and chic bars. Enjoy a transfer from your accommodation in Heraklion aboard your private vehicle for the day. Hop on a boat for the ride over to Spinalonga. Take in the deep blue water and sandy coves of this uninhabited island with a striking 16th-century Venetian fortress. Disembark in the village of Plaka to indulge in the fresh seafood of the waterfront taverns at your own expense. Continue on to Agios Nikolaos and revel in the gorgeous streets of the iconic town, oozing a chic vibe. Soak up the splendor of the lake as you unwind at the eclectic cocktail bars. Toward the end of the day, visit a family olive oil production estate and allow them to teach you about their techniques for producing delectable olive oil. Ride back to your accommodation in Heraklion to finish off your adventure.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 301 reviews

It was a fun day! The pick-up was on time, then it was a long drive to Agios Nikolaos where we had time to walk around town and the lake, then had lunch on the boat (pretty good for mass food), then the cruise began. It was "well done", with a stop for several on the boat to swim around the boat and quite away from shore, then visit of Spinalonga which was beautiful though a ruin, and then the return to port followed by the drop-off routine. Overall a fun day with amazing views.

Belle excursion à Agios Nikolaos, le car nous a amené récupéré à l’heure à un lieu de rendez vous proche de notre hôtel. A l’arrivée nous avons eu 2h pour visiter Agios Nikolaos et ensuite nous avons mangé un repas sur le bateau (poulet, salade et fruit). Nous avons eu 30 minutes pour nager à côté du bateau et ensuite arrivée a spinalonga ou un guide nous a expliqué l’histoire et ensuite nous a laissé temps libre pendant une heure.

Nice Food. Nice People. Great island. Perfect for swimming and snorkeling! Would definitely recommend it and do it again

Great experience - Marcus and Christina were extremely accommodating. Loved the whole day!

This was a major highlight of our trip to Crete, highly recommend