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Chrissi Island
Measuring just 4.35 miles (7 kilometers) long and 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) at its widest point, Chrissi Island, also known as Gaidouronisi, is small but undoubtedly lovely. This protected nature reserve off Crete’s south coast is blessed with pristine beaches, shallow snorkel-friendly waters, and swaths of old cedar forest.
 
The Basics
Chrissi Island is a popular day trip from Crete, with visitors coming here to relax amid unspoiled surroundings. Departing from Heraklion and Ierapetra, day tours typically include boat transport to and from Chrissi Island, and free time on the island to do as you wish. Lounge on the pink-tinged sands—the result of crushed shells—or explore the island’s scant Minoan ruins and a 13th-century chapel. The island’s calm shallow waters also lend themselves well to snorkeling.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Chrissi Island is a must for beach lovers.
  • A small tavern is located on the island, but prices can be high so you may want to bring your own food and snacks.
  • Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
 
How to Get There
Chrissi island is situated about 9 miles (14.50 kilometers) south of Ierapetra, on the Greek island of Crete. Boats run from the quay in Ierapetra.
 
When to Get There
Boats depart from around mid-May through October. If you’re coming here for beach time, the best weather is usually between June and September. The island sees the most tourists arrive in July and August. During these months, arrive early in the day to get in ahead of the crowds.
 
The Beaches of Chrissi Island
Most boats pull into a small harbor near Chrissi Island’s South Beach, where you’ll find umbrellas, cedars, and shallow waters for swimming. Just a short walk from the harbor is Belegrina Beach, where gorgeous pink-tinged sands (caused by the many shell fragments broken up into them), are met by translucent waters. Walking west from here, you’ll reach the secluded beach of Hatzivolakas; swim shoes are advised here as the seabed is rocky.
Address: Ierapetra, Chrysi Island, Greece, Greece
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10 Tours and Activities to Experience Chrissi Island

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Relax in Nature - Chrissi Island day Cruise

Relax in Nature - Chrissi Island day Cruise

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Follow the lead of this excursion on the way to Ierapetra by bus, accompanied by the morning sun. Soon after embarking in the boat, enjoy the trip in the Libyan sea on your way to Chrissi island where you will taste the natural beauty of a unique and protected by “Natura 2000” golden beach.
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  • 9 hours
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Chrissi Island Cruise from Heraklion

Chrissi Island Cruise from Heraklion

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An island adventure to the hottest point of Europe Become a Robinson for one day on the desert island of “Chrissi” or “Golden Island” Are you ready for adventure? Do you want to feel for a while like a modern castaway, stranded on a desert island? Then come along to the island of Chrissi. Chrissi Island Tour Overview Our adventure starts in the beautiful city of Ierapetra, our first stop, which is located on the southern coast of the island. From here, a short boat trip takes us to the secluded island of Chrissi. During the journey, we are often accompanied by yellow-legged gulls and dolphins that enjoy the magic of the Libyan Sea, until we finally drop anchor to the “Island”, as the locals are used to calling it. Chrissi is a secluded, isolated, almost tropical island on the most southern end of Crete. The peacefulness of this unique ecosystem are bound to steal your heart and make you daydream.
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  • 11 hours
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Chrissi Island Day Trip

Chrissi Island Day Trip

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Experience the golden beaches, ancient cedar forests, and aquamarine waters of Chrissi Island on this full-day tour from Heraklion. Cruise across the Mediterranean to the island, then spend the day swimming, snorkeling, or exploring at your leisure. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 12 hours
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Golden Island of Chrissi from Heraklion region

Golden Island of Chrissi from Heraklion region

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Want to spend an unforgettable day away from the hustle and bustle of cities, in complete relaxation of the soul and body? Take a break of your busy life to the most unusual place in Crete! The island of Chrissi is protected by the state as one of the last "heavenly places" on earth. The unique reserve got its name because of the golden sand that covers the whole island and is formed from fragments of small shells. A lot of visitors come to the island because of the exceptional natural beauty. The island is uninhabited and there is only one tavern on the island where you can have lunch. Enjoy azure crystal clear water and fabulous beaches, check out traces of the Minoan settlement and St.Nicholas church, find a wonderful view of the small island of Micronisi and take your mask to try snorkelling in this great location. Moving by bus up to 2,5 hours, boat ride - 60 minutes each way from Ierapetra town.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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Royalty Chrissi Island Tour

Royalty Chrissi Island Tour

An island adventure to the hottest point of Europe Become a Robinson for one day on the desert island of “Chrissi” or “Golden Island” .
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  • 13 hours
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Chrissi Island, High Mountains, Forests and South Coast (Luxury Adventure)

Chrissi Island, High Mountains, Forests and South Coast (Luxury Adventure)

Definitely one of the best off road-experience in Crete. Explore the mountains and the south coast, enjoy the view & enjoy off roading in the inlands of Crete. And enjoy the ride with a boat to the dream island "Chrissi". Take a swim in the Lybian Sea. This amazing tour takes you first to the inlands of Crete. Through the mountains and a forest on the island, along old Minoan paths and civilizations to the unknown Crete. Pure Nature, wild landscapes and breathtaking views. On the highest part of our trip you can see the Aegean sea in the north and the Lybian sea. One more highlight on your tour is the place where we will serve your lunch. Far away from civilization you will be able to meet our local host and feel what Cretan hospitality really means. On this safari tour you will discover the real Crete. Meet the local people and discover that time truly stopped in some places. inclusive: Land Rover Discovery with air condition, experienced driver, refreshments/water and Cretan lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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Chrissi Island Tour TR

Chrissi Island Tour TR

An island adventure to the hottest point of Europe Become a Robinson for one day on the desert island of “Chrissi” or “Golden Island” Are you ready for adventure? Do you want to feel for a while like a modern castaway, stranded on a desert island? Then come along to the island of Chrissi.
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  • 14 hours
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Chrissi Island from Heraklion

Chrissi Island from Heraklion

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Enjoy a day tour to the uninhabited island of Chrissi. Admire this small island with its natural cedar forest and beautiful sandy beaches. Drive to the south of Crete and reach the picturesque old town of Lerapetra. Climb aboard the boat at the port of Lerapetra and travel through the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea. With luck you will see dolphins, and finally reach Chrissi – also called the Golden Island. Admire untouched nature – a paradise of unparalleled flora and fauna. Stroll through a natural cedar forest, enjoy the incredible tranquility and discover corals and shells, dunes and salt marshes.
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  • 11 hours
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Full-Day Chrissi Island Cruise from Ierapetra

Full-Day Chrissi Island Cruise from Ierapetra

This cruise offers relaxation, serenity, and a sense of tropical adventure in an incretable destination. Chrissi is an islet known for its exotic waters in all the shades of blue and green, the golden beaches -where it got its name from-, and the protected forest with the cedar trees, which are over 200 years old. The colors of the rocks, which are mainly grey-green, reddish-brown, black, etc., are spectacular, while almost the entire island is covered by golden sand. The base rocks of Chrissi were created through the solidification of lava that poured out of an undersea volcano millions of years ago. The 49 species of fossils (corals, shells, barnacles, urchins) found on the island come from the sea. They were imprinted on the volcanic rocks 350,000-70,000 years ago, when Chrissi was still underwater. The island is a piece of paradise on earth, the southernmost natural park of Europe, and a gem in the Mediterranean.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Private Boat Trip to Chrissi Island with a RIB

Private Boat Trip to Chrissi Island with a RIB

This is a 30-minute ride on a one of the safest and fun sea transportations (Rigit Inflatable Boat). When you reach the shore of Chrissi you will realize that this is not like every other island in Crete. Chrissi has sandy beaches, cedar trees and crystal clear waters. There, you can either enjoy your time on the boat by diving, reading a book, interacting with our skipper, or you can go for a walk around this amazing island and explore the beach.
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  • 6 hours
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