Maleme Travel Guide recommends: "One day trip to Balos Beach". The information is provided by Splendor Holidays and you can book a ticket by visiting the Splendor Holidays page for Balos cruise.
The island of Gramvousa and Balos lagoon are at the North West part of Crete. Gramvousa Island or the "Pirates Island" as many people call it has been the center of pirate operations on the sea passage between Gramvousa and antikythira island. On the top of the island at 137m high there is a castle built in 1579 during the Venetian era. The view from the top is remarkable.
In Gramvousa you will also find a small beach where you can enjoy your swim and a canteen where you can buy a refreshment. Balos is a beautiful sandy beach. There, the sand formates a natural lagoon with sea water. The trees surrounding the area are called "Skinoi" and the scenery is an excellent example of Cretan wild beauty. At Balos you will find a canteen as well as umbrellas and sun beds.
The program starting from Maleme, Pyrgos Psylonerou, Gerani and Platanias.
The bus will stop to pick you up at the meeting points in Maleme at 09:00 in the morning. We continue west towards Kissamos after we pass Kasteli village we find Kissamos port. There, we embark the vessel and at 10:00 the cruise starts. The boat sails along the peninsula of Gramvousa and after 1hr we arrive in the "Pirates Island". There you can disembark the vessel and go up to the Venetian castle which is at the top of the hill. The view from the castle is fantastic. Also, in Gramvousa island there is a small beach where you can enjoy your swim. After 2hrs the boat departs again towards Balos lagoon. In Balos we will stop for 3 hrs where you can enjoy swimming and sun tanning. After 3hrs the boat departs again towards Kissamos port. At approximately 18:00 the boat arrives in Kissamos where we enter the bus and by 19:00 we are back to Maleme.
*The excursion to Gramvousa island is every Day except Sunday.
Bus and Boat Ticket
Babies 0-4 yrs
All the stops from Chania to Kolymbari
Chania- Golden Beach- Agioi Apostoloi- Daratso- Kalamaki- Stalos- Agia Marina- Platanias- Gerani- Pyrgos Psylonerou- Maleme- Tavronitis- Rapaniana- Kolymbari.