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Rodopou Peninsula: Our most recommended tours and activities

Chania: Menies Beach & Chironisia Bay Cruise with Snorkeling

1. Chania: Menies Beach & Chironisia Bay Cruise with Snorkeling

Explore the wild natural beauty and the crystal-clear waters of two pristine beaches on this guided cruise from Chania to Menies and Chironisia bay. Use the provided snorkeling gear to uncover the remains of a sunken gun and carriage from WWII.  Choose from a tour that meets on the boat in the harbor of Kolymbari or that includes convenient hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations in north Chania. Set off a comfortable and spacious boat.  Feel the wind in your hair as you glide to Menies beach which is on the site of ancient Diktynna, where the most important temple of the goddess Vritomartis was located. See the remains of the ancient Roman temple as well as a 9th century abandoned monastery of St. George. Put on your snorkel gear to explore some underwater items from WWII before heading to Chironisia Bay, a small hidden bay that is only accessible by the sea. Plunge into the deep blue waters where you can venture into small caves with the snorkel gear.

From Chania: Private Balos Bay & Gramvousa Island Boat Trip

2. From Chania: Private Balos Bay & Gramvousa Island Boat Trip

Find your rigid inflatable boat (RIB) vessel at Chania's old port to begin a memorable half-day boat trip. Your experienced skipper will sail you to the first stop, Menies Beach. Anchor here for one hour and enjoy turquoise waters and ancient ruins as you swim or sunbathe.   Afterward, continue towards the northwestern part of the Chania prefecture, at the end of the land. Arrive at the island of Gramvousa and see its Venetian fortress and a sunken ship. Take memorable photos while your skipper anchors. Have approximately one hour on the island so that you explore on your own and perhaps even take a 40-minute roundtrip hike to the fortress. Finally, continue on for 15 minutes to the famous Balos Beach. Have another two hours to enjoy the breathtaking view of the coast and the sea. Your skipper will call you for the return trip back to Chania's old port. Depending on the weather conditions, the skipper will let you visit one or two secluded bays and beaches on the way back to Chania.

Balos & Gramvousa Full day cruise

3. Balos & Gramvousa Full day cruise

Feel the sunshine on your face in Balos Lagoon and Gramvousa Island on a luxury private yacht cruise from Kolymvari. Set sail aboard a luxury 55-foot motor yacht and enjoy the sea breeze as you cruise along the northwest coast of the island. Arrive at Balos Beach and take a refreshing dip in the turquoise lagoon. Soak up the sunshine on deck or stroll along the white-sand shores fringed with pink crushed shells and coral. Then, cruise to the pirate island of Gramvousa. At the highest point of the island, take in the stunning views of the Venetian Castle. Follow the path from the beach all the way to the castle for magnificent views overlooking Balos and the neighboring islands of Wild Gramvousa and Antikythera. Enjoy snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters and explore the reef next to the shipwreck. Finally, enjoy the scenic return journey back to Kolymvari.

Power Boat to Menies,Chironisia & Thodorou island Half Day

4. Power Boat to Menies,Chironisia & Thodorou island Half Day

Our cruise is starting from the Venetian harbor in Chania and as we head for the Rodopou Peninsula we are traveling parallel with the Cretan coastline. Our first stop will be at Anc. Diktynna’s “private’’ peddled beach “Menies”, with crystal clear turquoise waters where you will enjoy a hassle-free relaxed time. Then we are getting onboard again and we continue our tour to Chironisia Bay, an isolated rocky bay with stunning breathtaking views and crystal clear waters. The beauty of the scenery, the privacy and the panoramic views helps you to relax far away from crowded beaches. On the way back your skipper will raise up your adrenaline with his high speed boat until we reach Theodorou island, declared protected park by the state famous for the protection of Cretan Ibex "Kri-Kri". Crystal clear waters with the wild beauty of the island provides an ideal last stop for swimming before we return back to Chania old Harbor. Experience the freedom & luxury of chartering your own Wellcraft Scarab Exel 31” 850hp Powerboat and let our skipper create an unforgettable half day escape by visiting amazing exclusive locations with crystal clear waters. Travel in a sporty, comfortable and high class style with premium service by our experienced skipper onboard our 9,5 meters powerboat. Escape the ordinary boat tours and discover Cretan gleaming seas like never before. Discover some of the most beautiful and unspoiled secret beaches on Northwest Crete.

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What people are saying about Rodopou Peninsula

Great activity, the guide and the captain are very welcoming. The different spots were incredible, the transparent water allowed us to see several varieties of fish while snorkeling. Thanks again for this activity

Absolutely fantastic time. it was the last activity on our honeymoon and was the perfect way to top off a great holiday! the guides were fantastic and the water was incredibly clear! Highly recommended!!!

Great experience with a guide who explains everything. The journey is very nice with a good view of the coasts and the swimming was just enormous in these two places. I highly recommend!

Veryyyyy nice, small boat, much time to swim and snorkel, no waiting, very professional especially Maria who helped us from smiletours

The tour guide was incredibly nice and informative! Great experience and the guide did more then we could ask for.