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Endless fun can be had setting sail in Crete, with a host of boating and sailing trips available to holidaymakers throughout the peak season. A great way to take in stunning scenery and majestic waters, you can choose to relax or unleash your adventurous side, given the range of trips on offer. Here's some of our favourites...

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Dream Adventure Trips

A two hour adventure ride encompassing speedboats, swimming and snorkelling, this journey heads to the coves surrounding Marathi.

Leaving Amyrida 2-3 times daily, it gives those on board the best kind of physical activity and an opportunity to snorkel in the sea caves at Ombrosgialos.

All equipment is provided and all trips fully insured, with licensed company lifejackets and an awning on hand to provide shade. If diving and snorkelling are personal passions, there is no better excursion.

Private trips can also be arranged upon request. Further details, including daily rates, can be found on Almyrida beachfront.

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Beanie's Boat Hire

Beanie's Boat Hire promises an exciting and magical experience for those lucky enough to visit Apokoronas. Based in Kalyves Harbour, it gifts holidaymakers the chance to hire fully insured and licenced motor boats on a self-drive basis.   

Those behind the excitement also offer boat trips with a captain on board for those less confident in their ability to take to the waves. This option doubles up as a bespoke tour of coastal areas with an experienced local guide. This is the leisurely option favoured by older adults.

All boats used are fitted with 25HP engines, meaning no licence is required to drive them. Each has an additional auxiliary engine, along with all safety equipment as specified by the Port Authority and Coastguard.

Detailed tutorials are given on how to drive the boat, along with a safety presentation. In addition, a map is provided which highlights recommended snorkelling stops, private bays, historical places of interest, and even where the customers are most likely to spot Sea Turtles!

Beanie's Boat Hire is registered and licenced with the relevant Greek authorities and fully insured.  

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Seaze the Day

For a real taste of Chania we encourage visitors to 'seaze the day' and rent a small boat that takes in the likes of Balos, Elfaonissi and other touristic destinations.

Organisers will take you on the most adventurous fishing trip with the best fishermen in Chania and Kissamos. You will also have the chance to spearfish with the experts before sitting down to a romantic meal on the sunset strip. What could be better?

Packages include:

  • Boats for Rent
  • Private Excursions
  • Custom Trips
  • Special Occasions Excursions

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Sun and Sea Ribs

Those behind the Sea & Sun Boats rental in Western Crete have put together a stunning selection of private cruises near Chania, taking in the likes of Balos, Seitan Limania, Menies, Thodorou Island, Macherida Beach and more.

Packages include the option to free dive in warm water and explore shipwrecks around the stunning coastline. You can also visit historical monuments and archaeological sites located near the sea at a leisurely or quickened pace, depending on your preference. Speed merchants will be sure to opt for one of the rib boats available, some of which can seat up to 8 people. In many ways this is better than any yacht charter.

We'd implore first time and repeat visitors to the island to take in the breathtaking scenery of the Cretan coastline from a truly unique perspective.

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Sailing Crete

Sailing Crete offers unforgettable boating trips across the island, as well as fun-filled activities such as paddle boarding, fishing, diving and snorkelling.

Excursions can span a half or a full day and tend to depart Heraklion Port before heading to Dia Island. If you can't swim we'd suggest taking swimming lessons before your holidays as the picturesque waters are too good to pass up.

A stunning fleet, including boats such as the Bavaria 44, Dufour 43 and Jeanneau 44, can be lounged upon and driven, with captains all too happy to pass on their experience.

The seas await…

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Notos Sailing

Natos Sailing have more than 20 years experience in the tourism industry and marine life in particular.

Their love of the ocean is one they hope to pass onto visitors and they strive to provide an unforgettable experience to those who set sail alongside them.

Trips are accurately billed as a 'combination of professionalism and pleasure'.

For more than two decades their cruises have taken in the bay of Chania and the magnificent beaches of Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon.

Visitors can choose between a romantic cruise with a sailing boat or the thrill ride of motorboat, albeit one supervised with the care and guidance of an experienced captain.

Excursions are typically tailored for private groups of between 8 and 10 people or smaller ones of between 4 and 6.

Sound like fun? Multi-day cruises are available on request.

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