Crete Catamaran Cruise from Heraklion to Dia Island

Savor an idyllic morning on the Sea of Crete, complete with Greek lunch and complimentary beverages

Travel Flexibly · 5.00h · Crete, Greece

Crete is renowned for its picturesque coastlines and crystal-clear waters, but did you know they're both best experienced from a catamaran's deck in the serene morning hours? Forget the crowds and join this five-hour cruise, departing from the Heraklion Port and featuring uninterrupted time to swim, SUP, and laze near Dia Island. Our expert crew will cook up a delicious Greek lunch and provide complimentary beverages, ensuring you're well looked after every step of the way.

  • New Tour
  • Meeting point at Heraklion Port
  • Meet your crew
  • Safety briefing
  • 1-hour cruise
  • Dia Island Bay
  • Lunch
  • Leisure time
  • Return to port

Take advantage of the sea's quiet morning hours with a 9:30 am departure from Heraklion Port and settle in onboard a catamaran over a steaming hot cup of coffee and a selection of delicious nibbles. After a quick safety briefing, your expert crew will navigate out of the port toward Dia Island—an uninhabited island home to secluded beaches and crystal-clear waters.

Soon, a serene bay will come into view, and upon arrival, the next hour is yours to swim, SUP, and laze as you please. Meanwhile, your crew will be busy preparing a feast of Greek specialties, which you’ll tuck into before enjoying another hour of leisure time and returning to Heraklion via an hour’s cruise.

Crete Catamaran Cruise from Heraklion to Dia Island

Your 5-hour tour includes:

  • Early departure to take advantage of quiet waters

  • Welcome coffee, tea, soft drinks, water, cheese pies, and biscuits

  • Cruise from Heraklion to Dia Island

  • Snorkel, SUP, and swim in Dia Island Bay

  • Lunch featuring regional products

  • White Cretan wine, beer, and raki

  • Knowledgeable and friendly crew

  • Maximum group size of 20

Welcome Aboard at Heraklion Port!

As the city of Heraklion wakes around you and the 16th-century Koules fortress sparkles with morning light, make your way to the Heraklion Port to begin your enchanting morning cruise. Aim to arrive about 15 minutes before your 9:30 am departure time, which ensures you have time to enjoy your picturesque surroundings before hopping on board the catamaran. Your friendly crew will have freshly brewed coffee waiting, along with tea, soft drinks, water, cheese pies, and biscuits. So, all you have to do is grab a drink and snack of your choice and settle in for a quick safety briefing.

Cruise to Dia Island Bay

The quiet morning hours are an extraordinary time to take in the serenity of the Sea of Crete, and shortly after boarding, you’ll find yourself cruising along the open sea toward Dia Island. Without the traffic afternoon excursions tend to see, this hour-long cruise to Dia Island promises to be a highlight. Bask in the gentleness of the morning sun, watch for marine animals playing in azure waters, and savor this moment of ultimate relaxation.

Upon reaching an idyllic bay tucked off Dia Island, your crew will turn off the engines, drop anchor, and bring out all the equipment needed to fill an hour of free time. You can choose to continue lazing on board, jump into the crystal-clear waters to snorkel, test out your standup paddleboarding skills, or do a combination of them all. If you need some helpful hints to tackle the activity of your choice, just ask. Our friendly crew is more than happy to help!

Greek Lunch Aboard the Catamaran

Just when you think your day couldn’t get any better, smells of freshly prepared pasta and seafood will waft your way. Beyond being expert sailors, your crew are also handy in the kitchen and have been busy preparing a tasty feast of Greek specialties. Sit back and savor a delicious lunch featuring Greek salad, pasta with shrimp saganaki, mussels in turmeric sauce, and chicken breast. In addition, complimentary wine, beer, raki, and soft drinks add the perfect touch to your lunch at sea.

Leisure Time & Return to Heraklion Port

While wives' tales may have us believing swimming within an hour of dining is a no-go, here in Crete, we firmly believe post-lunch is the perfect time to refresh with a dip in the sea. If you choose, hop back in the water to partake in any activities you missed before. Or, grab another wine, find your perfect sunbathing spot, and delight in an hour of pure relaxation.

Your superb afternoon then wraps up with a cruise back to Heraklion Port. Expect this portion of the trip to last around an hour, which means you’ll be back on land around 2:30 pm. After bidding farewell to your wonderful crew, enjoy the rest of your day in Crete!

What you get with this tour
Friendly English-speaking crew
Private catamaran
Greek lunch
Dia Island Bay
Max 20 people
Hotel pick up
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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

A good camera, layers, and a swimsuit!

What to bring?

A good camera, layers, and a swimsuit!

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

This tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Crete.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, please let us know beforehand. This tour includes navigating non-wheelchair-accessible spaces, and depending on conditions, the ocean may cause the boat to shift unexpectedly.

What happens if it rains?

We run our Crete catamaran tours rain or shine. However, if rainfall is extremely heavy or marine weather conditions are unsafe, we may have to cancel or postpone the tour. If this is the case, we'll inform you as soon as possible.

Is there any chance my tour might be canceled?

This Crete Catamaran Cruise from Heraklion to Dia Island is subject to cancellation due to adverse weather and safety concerns. On the rare occasions the tour is canceled, we'll inform you as soon as possible.

Is it possible The Tour Guy will change this Crete catamaran tour time?

Your tour time could change due to minimum numbers not being reached, extreme weather, or other unforeseen events. If your tour time changes, we'll inform you as soon as possible.

Is there a dress code for this Crete catamaran tour?

No, but we recommend bringing a swimsuit and layers as weather conditions can change with little notice.

Should I be concerned about seasickness?

If you're prone to seasickness, we encourage you to bring motion sickness medication along, as it is not provided onboard. We also recommend avoiding liquids and dairy products if you tend to have a sensitive stomach.

Is lunch included in the price of the tour?

Yes, you'll be treated to lunch onboard, which includes salads, pasta with shrimp, mussels, and other regional dishes. The exact menu will change based on what’s in season.

What if I have food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary requirements?

Lunch consists of many different dishes, so you can find options that are gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan. However, please contact us in advance so we can accommodate your needs.

Are drinks included in the price of the tour?

Yes, water, coffee, tea, soft drinks, white Cretan wine, beer, and raki (Greek vodka) are included in the price of this tour.

Can I bring my kids, and do I have to pay for them?

Yes, everyone is welcome on our Crete Catamaran Cruise from Heraklion to Dia Island. We offer a reduced rate for children aged 4 and younger​​. Please choose accordingly when booking.

Why do I have to pay for my child who's under 6 years old?

We charge a discounted rate for children aged 4 years old and under because we limit the total number of guests on each departure, which includes children.

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