Balos Beach, Greece

Rent a boat in Balos Beach, Greece in a few minutes!

Rent a boat in Balos Beach, Greece in a few minutes!


Hiring a boat in Crete is the ideal way to have memorable moments in Balos Beach of Crete. Listed as one of the best beaches in the world, and located in the northwest corner of Crete, a private boat trip will offer an exotic escape. You can easily find the catamaran, motor yacht, sailboat, or speedboat of your choice from the port of Kissamos or any marina around Chania. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels for the ideal boat, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.

You have plenty of options:

You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Balos Beach. You also have the option to rent a motorboat, their fast cruising speed will allow you to tour the entire complex of Gramvousa, Balos, and Falassarni with ease. If you book a catamaran, you will have the opportunity to throw a birthday or bachelor party on board, you may even celebrate a wedding anniversary or enjoy a romantic cruise to Balos Beach. Finally, if you have more available time, you can hire a luxury yacht or sailboat in Crete, making sure to include Balos Beach in your multi-day sailing adventure.

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Boats in Balos Beach

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Balos is an exotic beach lagoon right between the Gramvousa peninsula and Cape Tigani. The beach attracts thousands of tourists every year thanks to its shallow, turquoise blue waters and finest pink sand filled with shells. During your boat trip to Balos, you can spend some time on the island of Gramvousa, approximately 20 minutes from the lagoon. The island of Gramvousa has a unique port and a castle which was built by the Venetians in 1579. The castle has magnificent views since it sits at an altitude of 137 meters. Legend says that it was also an area of hidden treasure for pirates. Gramvousa is also home to about 173 plant species that cannot be found anywhere else in Europe. During your boat trip in Balos, you will have the chance to enjoy the alteration of wildlife, history, and exotic beaches all within a single day. Balos Beach is also home to the Caretta-Caretta sea turtles and the Mediterranean monk seal, which is why it has been proclaimed as a conservation area under the Natura 2000 program. The beach is the most hard-to-reach place on the island of Crete since it is bathed by the Aegean, Ionian, and the Libyan Sea. The safest and best option is to rent a boat from Kissamos or Chania and enjoy a refreshing escape to Balos with your family and friends.

A private boat trip to Balos will allow you to have a pleasant cruise away from people. Besides admiring the beautiful landscape of sea rocks and cliffs, you will avoid the hard drive dirt road by renting a boat. The bulk of our visitors join a daily cruise from the port of Kissamos which is only 14 km away from Balos. You also have the option to rent a catamaran or sailboat from Chania (which is 56 km away) or Rethymno for a two-day or three-day cruise, and end your journey for a few hours of remoteness in the heavenly place of Balos Beach. By renting a boat in Kissamos early, you will generally avoid the crowds (especially in July and August). Spending a full day under the sun in complete privacy and relaxation is something that a yacht can offer, and will guarantee an exclusive experience in one of the best and most photographed beaches in the Mediterranean.

Though a full-day cruise is recommended, a half-day cruise with a motor yacht or speedboat is also possible in the Bay of Balos. The beach generally has sunbeds and the water is warm and not too deep, making it ideal for all types of ages. Beyond the boundaries of the lagoon, the water gets colder and is ideal for snorkeling. There are also no waves here, so you will have no problem enjoying a 4-hour sailing cruise with a fast cruising vessel such as a RIB. On the north side of Balos lagoon, you will find the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Agnion in which, according to writers, the Temple of Apollo once stood. If you want to extend your cruise, you can spend some more time in the village of Kissamos, a resort town with pleasant prices, beaches, and taverns. 17 km from Kissamos, at the western base of Cape Gramvousa, you can also visit Falassarna. This is an area with 5 successive beaches with an exotic natural beauty just like Balos. Hiring a boat with a skipper on any sea adventure in Crete is always recommended. This is especially true around the interesting complex of Balos, Gramvousa, and Falassarna which have rich marine seabed and preserved ecosystems that need safety, care, and experience.

Below you will find some useful information for your boat hire in Balos.

Port of Kissamos: The ideal port to depart from for a day cruise to Gramvousa and Balos. The port has several amenities and facilities for all types of vessels and has restaurants nearby too.

Kissamos Port is roughly 22 km away from Maleme Airport (in Kissamos) and 58 km away from Chania International Airport.

Chania Port: Can take more than 60 berths and offers good protection for all vessels. The port is roughly 52 km away from Balos Beach.

It is forbidden to do the following around Balos Beach Lagoon::