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Our boats depart for the island of Chrissi from the port of Ierapetra. The island of Chrissi is situated approximately 9 nautical miles south of Ierapetra and it is a Wildlife Refuge. Chrissi island is a habitat of stunning natural beauty, included in the European initiative NATURA 2000.
Due to the preservation of its natural environment, there are no roads on the island, which can be difficult for people with mobility problems. 
Our cruises depart daily  from the port of Ierapetra, from May to October differnet departures from 10.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m., onboard the following passenger ships:«ARISTOVOULOS», « CHRYSI EXPRESS », « BALOS EXPRESS », « PORTO GRAMVOUSA».
Attention: The timetable and the ships may change according the season.  Please obtain information from our ticket offices (Tel: +30 28420 20008 and +30 28420 89988, 

Passengers must be present at the boarding area at Ierapetra port 40 minutes before departure.

Our priority is to offer you wonderful holiday experiences in earthly paradises. In this regard, we would like to inform you that some days the weather conditions, while allowing us to travel safely, can cause you inconvenience during the trip. Please be informed about the weather. It is at your discretion if you want to travel or choose another day to enjoy your cruise.

TICKET PRICES without meals
•           Passengers up to 2 years old travel for free.
•           Passengers between the age of 3 and 12 pay 13€.
•           Passengers over 13 years old pay 27€.

The above-mentioned prices (no meals) include VAT, all legal fees, and a written guided tour in your language.

The Municipality of Ierapetra before boarding collects 1 euro from every ticket, as an administrative fee for passengers over 4 years old visiting the island of Chrissi. 

Book your cruise easily and quickly through our website (link:
and receive the tickets in your email the evening before your trip

Also, you can buy your tickets in the following ways: 
  • Upon arrival on our ships, even on the day of travel (depending on availability).
  • From all travel agencies that work with us. On the day of your trip you may give us the reservation documents provided by the travel agency and we shall give you your tickets.
  • From our ticket offices in Ierapetra, without a reservation, on the day of your trip (depending on availability).
1. Head office: Mich. Kothri 46 & Markopoulou 91 (next to the hotel EL GRECO)
2. Kyrva 25 (next to the pizzeria LA STRADA)
3. Kyrva 14 (opposite the TAXI station)
4. Nikolaou Vasarmidis & Stratigou Samuel (opposite the 1st Primary School of Ierapetra)
5. Agios Nikolaos-Ierapetra National Road (7 km before Ierapetra, ECO gas station)

You can also find a ticket office at the port of Makris Gialos -Ierapetra


  • Passengers must be present at the boarding area at Ierapetra port 40 minutes before departure.
  • There are no roads on the island, but neither are shops (restaurants, canteens, etc.). The ship's self-service restaurant-bar is open throughout the cruise, so you can enjoy a delicious meal, salad, wine, snacks, coffee, soft drinks, ice creams, ice creams, etc. on board or take your meal in a package for your stay on the island. Also, you may rent a sun umbrella, at a daily fee of 4€.
  • You may use your credit card for purchases onboard the ship.
  • A hat, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes are essential under high temperatures, especially during the summer months.
  • There is a free parking area at the port of Ierapetra.
  • Our ships in Chrissi and Koufonisi are also ideal for special social events, such as weddings, christenings, etc. (for information please call at +30 28420 20008 in Ierapetra).  


View the island on google map.

The island of Chrissi (or Gaidouronisi) is situated approximately 9 nautical miles south of Ierapetra. Due to its incredible natural beauty and important ecosystem, it has been included in the European initiative NATURA 2000. It has an area of 4,743 square kilometers, and a maximum altitude of 27 meters. It’s an islet known for its exotic waters in all the shades of blue and green, the golden beaches -where it got its name from-, and the protected forest with the cedar trees, which are over 200 years old. Chrissi is a piece of paradise on earth, the southernmost natural park of Europe, and a gem in the Mediterranean.   

With soft music playing in the background, we will be sailing in the emerald waters of the Libyan Sea, accompanied by seagulls and dolphins. The trip from the port of Ierapetra to the exotic Chrissi lasts about 1 hour.

There are no roads on the island, but neither are shops (restaurants, canteens, etc.). The ship's self-service restaurant-bar is open throughout the cruise, so you can enjoy a delicious meal, salad, wine, snacks, coffee, soft drinks, ice creams, ice creams, etc. on board or take your meal in a package for your stay on the island.  Also, you may rent a sun umbrella, at a daily fee of 4€.

We will anchor in the south side of the island, and its only port. The nearby beach is ideal for swimming and relaxation.

The cedar forest extends to the center of Chrissi, covering an area of 350,000 square meters, which is about 1/4th of the island, with an average of 14 trees per 1,000 square meters, and average age of trees 200-300 years. Those trees is a rare variety of Lebanon cedars, 1 meter tall, and with a diameter of up to 1 meter. The cedars have a root system that develops at a radius of at least double their height. Except from their large roots, they also develop a network of thinner ones that form a thick mesh that withholds the sand. The path through the forest and the dunes is simply magical.  

At the point of disembarkation there is a path that goes through the cedar forest and ends up in an exotic beach with thousands of shells, name Belegrina or Chrissi Ammos.    

The colors of the rocks, which are mainly grey-green, reddish-brown, black, etc., are spectacular, while almost the entire island is covered by golden sand. The base rocks of Chrissi were created through the solidification of lava that poured out of an undersea volcano millions of years ago. The 49 species of fossils (corals, shells, barnacles, urchins) found on the island come from the sea. They were imprinted on the volcanic rocks 350,000-70,000 years ago, when Chrissi was still underwater. The northern shores (Belegrina, Hatzivolakas, Kataprosopo) are filled with shells. Especially on the east side of the northern beach, the amount of shells is so big that the view is overwhelming.

If you walk west of Belegrina, the next beach you will see is Hatzivolakas. This is a more quiet area, against a rockier landscape, with the beach surrounded by large cedars about 200 years old. West of Hatzivolakas there are traces of a Minoan settlement that prospered from the trade of porphyra, which is the popular red pigment used for dying royal clothes.Recently, the biggest laver farm in the Mediterranean was discovered there. 

The scenic chapel of Agios Nikolaos and the island’s lighthouse are located right there. On the northeast of the church there is an old salt marsh and the island’s only house, built atop ancient remnants. There are wells and carved tombs on the south and southwest of Agios Nikolaos, with the biggest tomb dating back to the Roman era.

Another beautiful pristine beach of the island is Kataprosopo, which faces the Mikronisi islet, on the east of Chrissi, and is a habitat for thousands of birds. 

The preservation of the island’s natural environment, beyond the moral dimensions, is imposed through a strict national and European institutional protection system.

Thus, the following are prohibited:
  • Any kind of pollution
  • Hiking outside the designated paths and beaches
  • The collection of rocks, fossils, shells and ancient finds
  • The collection of plants and animal catching
  • Free camping
  • Starting a fire
  • Smoking around bushes and woodlands

The walk in the forest, the swim in the crystal clear waters, the fresh air, and the ethereal scent of cedars will make your visit to Chrissi an unforgettable experience.  

Relaxation, serenity, and a sense of tropical adventure! 

Incredible destination…

Before disembarking in Chrissi, please obtain information regarding the exact time of departure of the ship. We kindly ask you to be in the ship at least 10 minutes before the departure.

Have a great time!