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Ano Koufonisi

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Ano Koufonisi: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Makris Gialos: Cruise to Koufonisi Island

1. From Makris Gialos: Cruise to Koufonisi Island

Departing from the small, wind-protected port of Makris Gialos, board "Aristovoulos" ship and head to the beautiful island of Koufonisi where incredible nature awaits you. On the way to the island, enjoy beautiful views of beaches, caves and magical bays. Stop at a wind-protected beach, where you will smimm in the blue waters of the Lybian Sea. You can buy food and drinks on the boat such as salads, toast, sandwiches, soft drinks, pastries, wine, ice cream, coffee, and more.

From Heraklion: Cruise to Uninhabited Island of Koufonisi

2. From Heraklion: Cruise to Uninhabited Island of Koufonisi

Cruise around the virgin island of Koufonisi, a completely uninhabited area, on a relaxing boat tour from Heraklion. Get away from the crowds and sail over clear blue waters as you admire the natural landscape of a calm shoreline surrounded by caves. Enjoy a complimentary pickup from your hotel in the morning and drive along the beautiful coast of Crete, passing through the southernmost town of Europe, Ierapetra, before reaching Makrigialos. Hop on your boat at this picturesque village in southeast Crete and start the cruise to Koufonisi. Make a stop at Koufonisi Bay to swim in the clear turquoise waters. Enjoy lunch on board at an additional cost if you're feeling hungry. Come as close as possible to the majestic caves of Koufonisi to snap the most amazing photos of the unique scenery. Relax and soak in the sun. Finally, head back to Heraklion to end your adventure.

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What people are saying about Ano Koufonisi

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Organization and communication with the organizer worked perfectly. The drive from Heraklion to the port on the south coast took about 2 1/2 hours, also because of the many stops to take in other guests, but it was entertaining because you could also see the east and south of the island. The boat ride was a little disappointing. For one thing, the boat is a passenger ferry, so it only has seats - nothing to lie down on. Since the boat was very full, there was relatively little space. On the other hand, a small motorboat takes you to the ferry boat that is at anchor or later brings you back to shore, which sometimes takes quite a long time. Since the boat does not dock, you have to swim to the island. We only had one stop in a very beautiful bay, but you couldn't get any further from there - ie there was no way to really walk around the island. But all in all a nice addition as an alternative to a beach on the main island.

Pretty good experience. Long transfer from Heraklion, count rather 3h. The boat is not a wooden pirate ship but a small ferry. Count about 12 euros per person for the meal on the boat. Otherwise you have to take a picnic. The waters are turquoise and beautiful, however there are no or very few fish to see.

It was really fantastic... the sea was awesome... a unique story... but: 9 hours arrival and departure for 2 hours swimming in a bay is not without it. But that should be the only drawback.

Nice trip to a beautiful island. Special to swim from the boat to the beach. Due to the strong wind unfortunately 1 instead of 2 stops.

It was very well organized and I loved the trip on the sea.