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From the Port of Kos: Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands

1. From the Port of Kos: Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands

Explore three islands on a full-day boat trip from Kos. Enjoy lunch on board and explore the islands of Kalymnos, Plati, and Pserimos with plenty of time to swim in the paradisical water. First, arrive at Vathi, a beautiful village on the island of Kalymnos. Enjoy the magnificent views of a natural fjord and take pictures of the surrounding gulfs and caves. Get 1 hour to explore its peaceful streets and try local specialties. Return to the boat for a buffet lunch with pork or chicken souvlaki, salad, tzatziki, and bread. There is also a vegetarian option with beans and dolmades instead of meat. After lunch, visit the fish farms nearby and look out for wild dolphins. Continue to Plati islet to jump in the turquoise waters and swim around the boat. Enjoy happy hour on board with refreshing cocktails at low prices. Finally, arrive at Pserimos island. Have 1 hour to explore the island at your own pace before returning to Kos in the evening.

Kos: Three-Island Cruise with BBQ Lunch

2. Kos: Three-Island Cruise with BBQ Lunch

Embark on a three-island cruise on a pirate-style boat from the port of Kos. Visit three beautiful islands of Kalymnos, Pserimos, and Plati on a full-day cruise. Relax on board, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or use the snorkeling equipment to explore the vibrant marine life in the sea. On some days, you may be lucky to see curious dolphins swim next to the boat. Savor traditional Greek cuisine cooked freshly on board with a delicious BBQ lunch. Choose between chicken, pork, or fish, as well as vegan and vegetarian options.

From Kos: Nisyros Island Volcano and Panagia Spiliani

3. From Kos: Nisyros Island Volcano and Panagia Spiliani

Depart from the port of Kardamena in Kos and take a 1-hour cruise to the volcanic island of Nisyros. Upon arrival, transfer to a waiting bus that’ll take you on a short drive to the volcano. Listen to an informative guide along the way. Get information about the volcano and the history of the island. Then, feel the force of the lava rumbling deep beneath your feet as you enter the volcanic crater. See the bubbling mud pools and steam geysers, and imagine that you have landed on the moon. Return to the port and get the chance to wander around the town of Mandraki. After a short walk through the narrow streets of blue and white painted houses, visit the monastery of Panagia Spiliani, considered one of the most beautiful monasteries of the Greek Islands. Make your way back to town for some free time for lunch (own expense) or do some shopping before boarding the boat back to Kos at 4:00 PM.

From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

4. From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

After being picked up from the port in Kos, take a stunning boat cruise across the Aegean Sea to Bodrum. Once you have passed through passport control and customs, enjoy a full day to explore this incredible ancient city on your own.  When you arrive in the port, gaze in awe at the beautiful white houses built amphitheatrically on the hillside, dozens of sailboats and yachts, plus one of the most imposing castles in the world. Take a walk along the picturesque streets and admire the architecture. Take in the historical sights and ancient ruins, including the Castle and the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus, the Windmilles, and the ancient Greek Theatre with 13,000 seats. If you are not a history lover, take a stroll through the small streets and get to know the local cuisine instead. Enjoy a Turkish coffee or tea at a traditional coffee shop, or try 'kebab' and other traditional 'mezedes' and sweet 'kazandibi' - some of the most popular Turkish specialties. After that, head into the really big bazaar for a chance to practice your bargaining skills. Shop for all kinds of souvenirs, folk art, crafts, and clothing. Soak up the incredible lively atmosphere and enjoy the aromas of the spices and local produce. Many stallholders accept euros and almost everyone speaks Greek or English. For a truly Turkish experience, visit a Turkish bath for a little relaxation. Discover how Turkish bathhouses have held a special place in the Turkish culture for hundreds of years. Relax in the steam roam while a highly skilled masseur works away the stresses and strains that have built up in your body during the year. At the end of your incredible day trip, take the boat back to Kos Port in time for your onward journey. 

Scuba Dive Adventure off Kos Island

5. Scuba Dive Adventure off Kos Island

Climb aboard for a scuba dive adventure in the Aegean Sea and complete all the required formalities. Fill out a medical statement, and then set sail from Kos Harbour at 10:00. Head for the small island of Pserimos, and journey between 2 countries as you explore the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean. Get an in-depth briefing about your dive, including how to use the equipment to ensure your experience is safe and enjoyable. Then, dive with 2 instructors in a small group of just 4 people for maximum attention. Put on your wet suit, mask, and fins before getting help from your guide to put on the scuba diving equipment. Get into the water and swim with your group to a small beach where the sea is waist deep. Practice breathing techniques in complete safety, before getting help to breathe underwater with one of your Instructors.  Stay within the confines of the protected bay for gentle dives at a location where the water is never more than 5-6 meters deep. Benefit from the services of guides who are always on hand in the unlikely event that you need any assistance. Kokina Bay is perfect for beginner divers, with clear warm water and lots of marine life to see. Take a break to relax after your dive, and then opt to take a 2nd dive or participate in a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program. Alternatively, relax on the sundeck and top up your tan, or go for some gentle snorkeling and swimming adventures. If you opt for a 2nd dive, learn more advanced techniques to explore and see more of the marine life of the Eastern Mediterranean. Go for a longer and deeper dive that will allow you to experience the sensation of feeling weightless in the water. Dive without stops to get a real connection with nature. 

Kos: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

6. Kos: Full-Day Jeep Safari with Lunch

Explore the real Kos on a 7-hour tour in a 4X4 vehicle driven by an expert local escort. Drive along unpaved, off-road routes. Continue through dense vegetation, visit places off the tourist track and take in unique panoramic views. After exploring the inland area of Kos, you’ll stop at a traditional coffee shop, where you’ll have a break and enjoy a cup of coffee. The road trip continues to the peak of Mount Dikaios, where you’ll take in some amazing views. Head to a tavern in Zia village and feast on Greek mezedes for lunch, accompanied by local wine. After lunch the tour continues to the peacock park before heading back to the starting point.

From Kos: Plati, Kalymnos, and Pserimos Boat Trip w/ Snorkel

7. From Kos: Plati, Kalymnos, and Pserimos Boat Trip w/ Snorkel

Discover the most beautiful sandy beaches and bays around the islands of Plati, Kalymnos and Pserimos. Sail on a boat through the crystal clear waters and visit Kalymnos, the island famous for sponge divers. If you like, visit a sponge workshop, stroll along the beautiful harbor promenade or enjoy lunch in one of the traditional tavernas. Visit the small island of Pserimos with its 130 inhabitants and beautiful sandy beach. Take advantage of some free time and relax on the beach or go for a swim. Finally go to the uninhabited rocky island of Plati and jump into the cool turquoise blue sea before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

From Kos: Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

8. From Kos: Boat Tour to the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

Climb aboard at Kos for a boat tour to the fascinating volcanic island of Nisyros. Reach the picturesque harbor of the island after about an hour and discover the traditional way of life and authenticity of the island. The bus takes you up a winding road until you reach the largest accessible volcanic crater in Europe. On the way up you will see a rugged landscape with strange trees and shrubs on one side, while you enjoy the magnificent view of the sea and the surrounding islands on the other. Once at the top admire the view of the active volcano crater – four kilometers in diameter – and look out onto a unique lunar landscape. In the afternoon stroll through the narrow streets of the port of Mandraki, enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the many traditional tavernas or visit the famous monastery. Be enchanted by the magic of the island.

Kos Island Independent Day Trip by Boat from Bodrum

9. Kos Island Independent Day Trip by Boat from Bodrum

Just 12 miles off the coastline of Bodrum, the Greek island of Kos is near enough for a pleasant day trip. A speedy hydrofoil departs Bodrum at 09.00 AM, taking just 20 minutes to reach the island. On this day trip you’ll have the full day to explore Kos on your own. Take a walk along the picturesque streets and admire the architecture. Take in historical sights and ancient ruins, including the 14th-century Castle of the Knights, numerous temples and ancient Roman ruins. The major attraction of the island is Asklepion, one of the largest and oldest healing centers of the ancient world. Kos is said to be the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, and just behind the castle is the famous tree of Hippocrates. According to legend, Hippocrates taught his students the art of medicine under the shadow of this tree. Enjoy some time relaxing on a sandy beach, lapped by the calm waters of the Aegean Sea. Be sure to return to the harbor before the departure time of 4:00 PM.

Kalymnos, Pserimos & Plati Island Cruise with Hotel Transfer

10. Kalymnos, Pserimos & Plati Island Cruise with Hotel Transfer

Discover the most beautiful sandy beaches and bays around the islands of Pláti, Kálimnos and Psérimos. Sail on a small boat through the crystal clear waters and visit Kálimnos, the island famous for sponge divers. If you like, visit a sponge workshop, stroll along the beautiful harbor promenade or enjoy lunch in one of the traditional tavernas. Visit the small island of Psérimos with its 130 inhabitants and beautiful sandy beach. Take advantage of some free time and relax on the beach or go for a swim. Finally go to the uninhabited rocky island of Pláti and jump into the cool turquoise blue sea before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

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4.5 / 5

based on 407 reviews

I really enjoyed this activity, considering I am q first time diver it felt natural and I completed 2 dives. The assistance is always there if needed, you are never just left to your own devices. The training prior was easy to understand which involved a demonstration of how to use the equipment. You also get to snorkel as well. I did this with my brother and overall very satisfied and whets my appetite to try this again in other areas of the world.

The three-island cruise is just a cover for some really great fun. Seriously - charming islands - on the first I recommend sponges from a real, old Greek (sitting more or less in the middle of the beach), the second - charming, narrow streets, Greek climate, the third - uninhabited, but that's where it just begins ... cruise

Everything was what you expect it to be and more! Splendid crew, good food and with the sun shining you have the time of your life on this boat trip!

Very friendly tour guide. Everything totally easy and understandable. Strict time table but well organized. We're happy we participated!

Fun day , good crew , cheap drinks , amazing views - would highly recommend