Dia, Crete

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Heraklion: Dia Island Sailboat Cruise with Swimming and Meal

Heraklion: Dia Island Sailboat Cruise with Swimming and Meal

Sail with us to the exotic Dia island on our large and comfortable sailing yachts. Our journey begins at the Heraklion Old venetian harbor. As we start, we pass by the glorious Koules fortress which is built right at the entrance of the marina. A few minutes later we exit the main port of Heraklion and we set sails for our destination. As you admire the beautiful Cretan sea and enjoy the feel of sailing our crew will tell you about the legend of Dia island and its history. About 1 hour later we arrive to the bay of Dia. There you can enjoy the crystal turquoise waters and our many water activities such as snorkeling, fishing, paddle boarding and more (the standup paddle boards are not available under rough wind conditions for safety reasons). While at anchor in the bay our crew will be happy to offer you any piece of equipment for our water activities and serve you plentiful drinks so please don't hesitate to request it from them. About 1 hour later our delicious Mediterranean menu is served and includes Greek salad and several appetizers, while the main course is shrimp linguini (we also offer vegetarian and gluten free versions of the menu upon request). You can also accompany your meal with the finest wine, beer, ice tea or soft drinks. Around 30 minutes later our fruit salad of tropical and local fruits is served. After you finish your meal you will have a few last moments of relaxation on the yacht or in the refreshing water before we will set sails once again to Heraklion and say goodbye to the beautiful scenery full of joy and great memories. You can choose between the morning or the afternoon cruise with the sunset view. We look forward to welcome you on board for an unforgettable day!

Heraklion: Sailboat Cruise to Dia Island

Heraklion: Sailboat Cruise to Dia Island

Kick off your shoes and come onboard an elegant yacht on a sailing tour with us. Embark on a private cruise or a group trip to Dia Island from Heraklion and explore this rugged island with plenty of time to swim, snorkel, or relax on its pristine shores. Enjoy a glass of wine or a refreshment. Benefit from optional pick-up from your hotel or apartment, and then relax on a 1-hour sailing cruise to Dia Island on a luxury yacht with your family or friends. After dropping anchor in the romantic Gulf of Saint George, spend your day discovering an idyllic location with great history, such as the underwater ancient Minoan port, which was one of the favorite destinations of the explorer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Enjoy fishing, swimming in the crystal clear water, swim ashore and walk among the wild nature of the island, or just relaxing in the quiet bay overlooking Heraklion. Snorkeling and fishing equipment are provided for your comfort and convenience by the attentive crew, along with unlimited refreshments and seasonal fruits.

Heraklion: Dia Island Sailing Cruise with Snorkeling

Heraklion: Dia Island Sailing Cruise with Snorkeling

Sail with us to the natural island of Dia with our comfortable sailing yachts and our very experienced crews. We start our trip from Heraklion Old venetian harbor where you can admire the old Venetian fortress. Should the conditions help we sail with the wind and enjoy the magic of wind sailing. It will take us about 1 hour and a 10-20 minutes to get to Dia Island, always depending on the weather conditions. On our way to the Island , our crew (captain and host(ess) will tell you about the history of the island and can answer any questions that you may have about Crete. Once we arrive you will have the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear water, observe the underwater world with equipment provided by us, use the paddle board, have a drink and relax. For FULL DAY cruise we will prepare you a nice traditional meal composed by a Greek salad, tzatziki and pasta with seafood (we can adjust the menu in case of allergy or any specific diet). After our lunch we will set sails to an other bay of the island and you will enjoy a different landscape and have time for swim and enjoy some fruits and a traditional digestive that we called RAKI. In case the weather does not allow us to go to an other bay we will just spend more time in our first stop. The HALF DAY option will serve morning turkey club sandwiches. tomatoes, cheese and green salad, sunset - pasta with tomato sauce instead of a full meal and stay in our main bay for enjoying more time swimming and snorkeling. It s time to end our day saying goodbye to Dia Island and thank you for this nice memories that we have shared together. We start our trip back to Heraklion on the designated time that the crew informs you and again we open sails should the weather permits. Once we arrive back at the port we will escort you back to the meeting spot or transfer. We are looking to welcome you on board soon :-)

Heraklion: Sailing Trip to Dia Island with Lunch & Swimming

Heraklion: Sailing Trip to Dia Island with Lunch & Swimming

Choose from an option that allows you to meet in the Port of Heraklion, or an option that includes a transfer service from selected locations on Crete like Hersonissos, Analipsi, and Malia. Be welcomed aboard a spacious yacht by the captain and crew in the morning and set off towards Dia island. Feel the wind in your hair as you sail over azure waters on the 6 nautical mile trip to the island. Soak up stunning views of Crete's rugged coastline and keep an eye out for playful dolphins. Drop anchor in Saint George Bay which is hugged by towering cliffs that make it only accessible by boat. Indulge in an array of exciting activities. Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear blue waters, sunbathe on the deck, or try your hand at fishing. Take a SUP paddle-board out to explore the island’s cove and beaches. Be served a delicious Mediterranean lunch of fresh Greek salad, seafood pasta, and fruits, all washed down with unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks, or water. Eat while taking in stunning views of the island. Cool-off with another dip after lunch before returning to Heraklion Port with unforgettable memories.

Heraklion: Small-Group Sailing Trip to Dia Island with Lunch

Heraklion: Small-Group Sailing Trip to Dia Island with Lunch

Our crew will meet at the Old Venetian port and welcome you on board, where you will be given a briefing about safety and boat handling. We set our sails and we are off to our destination,the beautiful Dia island. Dia is an uninhabited island, 7 nautical miles north of Heraklion and is protected by the Natura 2000 project because of its biodiversity. Our trip there lasts almost one hour, during which you can enjoy the beauty of the sea, the silence and calmness and get informed on eco sailing and marine life around Crete or participate in the sailing activities with our skilled skipper! We set anchor on either Agios Georgios or Panagia bay (depending on the weather conditions), which are located on the south part of the island. Both coves are known for their green, crystal waters surrounded by the protected wildlife, like the medium sized “Falco Eleonorae” the lizard Podarcis erchardii schiebeli, the wild goat Capra Aegagrus Cretica, an important rabbit population which belongs to the endemic subspecies Oryctolagus cuniculus cnossicus and the monkseal Monachus monachus. Ask our team on everything you want to know about the history and the myths of this island! For about one hour and a half, you will enjoy these beautiful water with swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing or socialising with your fellow adventurers! Cool refreshments and seasonal fruit will accompany the fun! And if you are already feeling hungry after a full morning our skipper and host has prepared for you a warm lunch on spot, made exclusively from fresh and local ingredients! After your lunch and perhaps after a quick dive, we will set our sails again to return back to Heraklion Venetian port. Have your cameras ready in case we spot some of our lovely mammal friends, the dolphins.

Heraklion: Sunset Sailing Cruise Dia Island with Snorkeling

Heraklion: Sunset Sailing Cruise Dia Island with Snorkeling

We are offering our guest a nice day away from the shore, Dia island is a natural place no one lives there so it's an opportunity to be surrounded by quietness and nature. The trip starts from Heraklion port and it will take us around 1 hour to sail over there, as soon as we arrive the guests can jump into the sea, do some snorkeling, we also have a paddle board to explore the area. Should the conditions help we sail with the wind and enjoy the magic of wind sailing. For FULL day cruise we will prepare you a nice traditional meal composed by a Greek salad, tzatziki and pasta with seafood (we can adjust the menu in case of allergy or any specific diet). For HALF-day cruise we will prepare you a nice pasta with tomato sauce. After our dinner we will set sails to another bay of the island and you will enjoy a different landscape and have time for swim and enjoy some fruits and a traditional digestive that we call RAKI. In case the weather does not allow us to go to another bay we will just spend more time in our first stop. During the half day option, we will stay in our main bay for enjoying more time swimming and snorkeling. We start our trip back to Heraklion on the designated time that the crew informs you and again we open sails should the weather permits. We are 10 persons max.

From Heraklion:Sunset Cruise to Dia Island

From Heraklion:Sunset Cruise to Dia Island

We offer our guests the opportunity to visit Dia Island, by sailing boat. You can choose between a morning or sunset private half-day cruise, and a full-day private cruise, up to ten persons. Embark on a half-day cruise to Dia Island from Heraklion and explore this rugged island with plenty of time to swim, snorkel, or relax on its pristine shores. Swim in the crystal clear water, take a walk among the island's cedar trees or just relax in the quiet bay overlooking Heraklion. Our cruises include historical narrations across the Cretan coastline, sailing, swimming, exploring the Aegean Sea. Relax on board our sailing boat MARYLINE, enjoy the stunning view of the city and feel the refreshing summer breeze!

Heraklion: All-Inclusive Catamaran Trip to Dia & SUP/Snorkel

Heraklion: All-Inclusive Catamaran Trip to Dia & SUP/Snorkel

Join us for a delightful cruise from Heraklion to the beautiful, protected island of Dia. Begin your adventure at Heraklion harbour in the morning, where you'll meet our friendly captain and crew. As you board, enjoy a warm welcome with coffee, tea, cheese pies, and biscuits to start your day off right, while the crew performs a brief safety orientation before setting sail. As we journey to the uninhabited island of Dia, you can look forward to a range of enjoyable activities. Dive into the crystal-clear and incredibly refreshing waters for a snorkelling adventure, or try your hand at SUP paddling and fishing, with all necessary gear and swimming accessories provided on board. If relaxation is more your style, simply sunbathe and take in the stunning surroundings while enjoying free WiFi and nice music accompanying the cruise. Upon arrival at Dia, marvel at the sight of goats skedaddling across the wild hillside. Enjoy a delicious Mediterranean meal, freshly cooked on board from local products, and complete with refreshing drinks. For those traveling with children, we have a special entertainment box filled with board games. If your little ones need a nap, our comfortable cabins are fully equipped to ensure they rest well. With groups limited to just 20 guests, this relaxing cruise promises a personalized and memorable experience for all.

Heraklion: Sunset Cruise to Dia with Finger Food and Drinks

Heraklion: Sunset Cruise to Dia with Finger Food and Drinks

Enjoy a yachting cruise aboard a catamaran at sunset to Dia Island. Sail the Aegean Sea in the evening and capture romantic and colorful views as the sun goes down. Depart in the evening from Heraklion Harbor and experience a warm welcome aboard by the Captain and Crew. Learn all the safety rules and feel totally at ease as the sun sets in vibrant colors on the sea's surface. Arrive at Dia Island, and find yourself dipping into the turquoise waters and enjoying its cool and refreshing nature. Try snorkeling along the surface and witness the seabed below. Try out SUP paddling, or leisurely wave along the water on a pink inflatable flamingo. In the meantime, the crew sets the table with delicious food and beverages. Delight in a scrumptious cheese plate and get properly introduced to the world of Cretan cheese, something definitely worth trying. Feel totally satisfied with a great evening out on the sea.

Heraklion: Dia Island Catamaran Cruise with Drinks and Lunch

Heraklion: Dia Island Catamaran Cruise with Drinks and Lunch

Sail around Dia Island, exploring its clear waters and vibrant sea life on this catamaran cruise from Heraklion. Hop on board a comfortable 50-foot boat that includes access to a shower and water closet. Stay connected along the way with the included wi-fi. Be welcomed with coffee, soft drinks, water, cake, and Cretan delicacies (kalitsouni dumplings, ham add cheese pie, or a mpougatsa sweet pastry). Listen to a safety briefing before setting off on your sailing adventure. Enjoy drinks from the open bar that serves water, soft drinks, wine, and beer. Keep an eye out for dolphins on the way. Set anchor at the serene quiet and private Agios Georgios beach, which is only accessible by boat. Admire the turquoise waters and stunning landscape. Dive into crystal-clear waters for swimming or explore the underwater world with the included snorkeling gear. Have fun with the SUP gear and water inflatables. Try to reel in a big one with the provided fishing equipment. Capture the beauty of Dia's bay, home to various bird species, making it perfect for birdwatching. Delight your taste buds with a lunch featuring local, high-quality products. Dig into a crisp, organic Cretan salad, a bruschetta appetizer, fresh fish with spinach and fava, and Cretan cuisine-inspired sweets. Kids can enjoy a special menu with s meatballs with vegetables or pasta and ice cream. Relax as you enjoy fresh, seasonal fruits. Have some free time after lunch to soak up some sun or swim in the refreshing water. Return to your meeting point in Heraklion after a fun-filled day.

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What people are saying about Dia, Crete

Overall rating

4.9
(1,244 reviews)

This was the best day of the vacation! The catamaran is very nice, new and well equipped (SUP board, snorkelling equipment, inflatables and even swimming jackets). Crew was great, helpful and friendly, and the food was completely delicious! Salads, seafood, local cheeses, chicken, fruit... all freshly prepared. The island of Dia is the place where you will see what the real Greek sea is like - the crystal water is a bright turquoise color. The cruise couldn’t have been better. Thank you for everything!

Great excursion to Dia Island! The staff is great and we had a great day. Drinks and meals included. Possibility of snorkeling and paddle boarding. Small group of 8 people. It was great, thank you! 😁🏝️🇬🇷

Thanks to George 1 and George 2 for their sympathy! Great day with a small group on the boat, beautiful scenery and great meal. Very good value for money !

What an amazing day. weather was perfect and crue made trip extra special. worth every penny. Thank you all!!

Cool people, cool setting, nice views, nice boat, nice food etc. !