Heraklion Water sports

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Heraklion: Private Sailing Boat Trip to Dia Island

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

Heraklion: Private Scuba Diving Lesson For Beginners

4. 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: SSI Open Water Diver Certification

5. Crete: SSI Open Water Diver Certification

Start your scuba adventure in the sunny Mediterranean sea, with the SSI Open Water Diver program. Have some fun in the sun in Mononaftis beach, on the northern coast of Crete, and work towards a certification that lets you dive anywhere in the world. Join an international class with a multilingual instructor, and enjoy 2-3 action-packed days of diving and making friends. Online training is combined with 4 in-water practice sessions to ensure you have the skills and experience to feel fully comfortable when geared-up in the water. The SSI online training program lets you study at your own pace. You can complete the academics online when you sign up, and then attend review sessions at the Dive Center in Crete. In the water, you’ll experience everything you learned through the online sessions, hands-on and head-first. After your open water dives and passing the final exam, you’ll be a certified diver. The SSI Open Water Diver certification is recognized worldwide, so your diving possibilities are limitless. Take some time to explore the rest of the island, or head off on your next adventure.

South Crete: Byron Shipwreck Dive with An Instructor

6. South Crete: Byron Shipwreck Dive with An Instructor

Enjoy a diving excursion at BYRON I shipwreck at Kaloi Limenes beach in South Crete. On January 17, 1985 BYRON I strayed 15 meters to the bottom of the sea and was cut in the middle due to bad weather. You can explore this magnificent shipwreck together with a certified instructor. Get into complete diving gear and discover beautiful underwater marine life. See the remains of the cargo ship from a very close distance. This activity is designed to extend the practicality of the divers of each level through a supervised and controlled dive using a self-contained breathing apparatus on the open sea in a shipwreck. Start your tour at 9 AM with a 1-hour drive to the diving site. Upon arrival, prepare the diving equipment and dive to the shipwreck at a 15-meter depth for 45 minutes. After the adventure, enjoy lunch at a local tavern. At the end of the tour, be transferred back to your hotel.

Crete: Nighttime Scuba Dive at Mononaftis Beach

7. 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

Brilliant experience from start to finish. Would recommend this to anyone who is able to get to Heraklion. Our skippers - Nansy and Marinela - were perfect and made the day go from a 10/10 to a 12/10. We could not thank them enough. Was the best day and we'll remember it forever.

Boat trip was great, swimming and snorkelling were also great. Only down fall was there were a million wasps that did not leave us alone.

It was a lot of fun and suitable even for the inexperienced. We also learned a lot about Crete and the culture. Definitely worth a day!

Lovely 2-hour paddle (suitable for beginners) along a river in Crete. Nice wildlife, plants and views.

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