On board of a beautiful sailing yacht with only 8 guests, we will depart from Heraklion and discover Dia, a small uninhabited island not far from Crete. Enjoy plenty of time for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the island; a delicious lunch featuring local dishes, carefully selected and freshly prepared with organic ingredients, and the many beautiful views of the island by sea.

4.5 hours

Every day

Small Group
Max 8 people

Meeting point
Port of Heraklion

Start time
10:45am or 3:15pm

Shaped like a giant lizard, Dia is a small island opposite to Heraklion and one of Crete’s top attractions away from the crowds. On board of a beautiful sailing yacht with only 8 guests, we will depart from Heraklion and discover this uninhabited island, which is now one of Natura 2000 Project protected area. Enjoy plenty of time for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the island; a delicious lunch featuring local dishes, carefully selected and freshly prepared with organic ingredients, and the many beautiful views of the island by sea.

Tour program of the sailing boat trip to Dia island:

  • Meeting point in Heraklion Old Venetian port at 10:30am or 3:15pm, where you will board a luxurious sailing yacht with expert captain and friendly crew.
  • We will set sail for the island of Dia, which is approximately 1 hour away from Heraklion. Along the way, enjoy the silence while the yacht sails and let yourself be guided by the skipper through some secrets of the art of sailing. Feel free to participate if would like to.
  • Once arrived to Dia island, the skipper will drop anchor in a protected cove with turquoise crystal clear waters. Here you will have plenty of time for swimming and snorkeling, while exploring the rich sea bottom. If you don’t feel in the mood for swimming, just relax on the boat soaking up the sun.
  • In the meantime, the crew will prepare the lunch: you will be treated with a full menu of Cretan cuisine featuring local products and organic ingredients, as well as soft drinks, local wine and coffee or tea.
  • After a cool refreshing dive, we will set sail for Heraklion and, as the boat glides through the water, you will likely encounter dolphins, which love to swim in our bow wake.
  • The tour will end around 3:30pm or 8:00pm at Heraklion Old Venetian port.
*You can request a transfer from/to your hotel, upon payment of an extra charge.

The price includes: English speaking crew – Lunch or dinner with local dishes – Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages – Equipment for snorkeling.

Don’t forget: Towel – Sunscreen – Sun hat – Sunglasses – Camera.

Maximum: 8 people on board.

To know more about your boat trip...

Dia is a small marine paradise off Iraklion, also called Heraklion, the capital of Crete. Being a wild island, there are no hotels or other types of accommodation here, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Only the small Analpsis church and a shelter without electricity can be found on this fascinating place, populated by some endangered species such as the albinary snail, the Erhard’s wall lizard, the wild oryctolagus cuniculus rabbit and the Queen’s hawk. The sea, then, hosts many exemplars of marine fauna including the monk seal and the dolphins that, during your trip, could enjoy following in the wake of the sailing boat. The island of Dia has an area of about 12 square km and has spectacular beaches. In particular, with the Dia island boat trip from Crete you will stop in one of the beaches along the coast, sheltered from the wind and lapped by the crystal-clear sea that reflects the lights of the sun and reveals the rich seabed. Being a wild, not equipped beach, it will not be easy to find shade: so, remember to bring with you the sunscreen and a hat, especially if you choose to sail in the sunniest hours.


Yes, you can choose two departure times: 10:45 or 15:30, of course depending on availability.

Dia island boat trip from Heraklion with lunch – Sailing Experience

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      € 80 Adults

      Free cancellation within 24 hours
      Duration: 4.5 hours
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      • Departure from Heraklion
      • Guaranteed every day, twice a day
      • Small groups of max 8 people
      • Skipper and crew on board
      • Experience the island of Dia from the sea
      • Stops for swimming and snorkeling
      • Taste the typical Cretan cuisine freshly prepared on board

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      We arrived at the Port and were shocked to see how beautiful the sail yacht was! We sailed for about an hour or so and arrived atv the island of Dia. Here we had plenty of time to swim, snorkel and relax. After a while they called us for lunch and to my surprise the food was really really good. We had some more time to relax and enjoy the views and then we went back to Heraklion. Great experience


      Stunning boat, amazing crew and beautiful warm water...what else do you need!!! They are lucky to live here

      Enjoyable tour

      One of the best and enjoyable tour I have done. Really well organized and staff was professional but also fun. Food was good and plenty of drinks. When they anchored just outside an island away from the crowds I enjoyed swimming and snorkeling. After lunch I relaxed on the boat and met another couple from UK. Nice day


      I went on this trip and I must say all the crew members were very friendly and knowledgeable. Together with the captain they created an awesome experience for all of us (we were a group of 5). I will certainly recommend this tour to family and friends, who are looking for an outstanding sailing adventure!

      Liked it

      Went on this tour with two friends of mine. The sail yacht was absolutely beautiful, immaculate and very spacious and the food was very typical and fresh. We sailed for an hour to and from Dia, snorkeled, lounged in the sun and jumped off the boat. We listened to good music and all in all had great fun!

      Clear Blue water

      Easy booking, good price and nice staff on the boat. The trip to Dia island was incredibly smooth and we were told a lot of information, which I appreciated. The water is so clear and you can see many fishes around the boat. We relaxed after lunch and then we got back to the Port. Recommended

      To remember

      Perfect sunny day, not too windy but enough to sail. The water colour is just so bright and blue! Just incredible...Good lunch with variety of food for every taste. Highly recommended

      Not our first time

      This is our second time in Greece but our first in Heraklion. We love these islands very much and they always amaze you. This time we decided to do a sailboat experience and we simply loved it. Well done to the crew, they were very efficient and funny. Boat very clean with sanitizers on board. Outstanding water (typical of most parts of Greece) and warm weather made our day!

      Memorable experience

      It was a wonderful sailing experience on a fairly new luxurious boat. Dia's island was a surprise with its crystal clear waters. We had a great time swimming but also relaxing on board. Lunch was tasty and the crew was polite and funny.

      Sailing experience

      Excellent service, we had a great half day out at sea! The sailboat seems huge and it was in good condition. Staff was professional and made sure we were all safe and well looked after, not feeling the scary period we passed at all.... The swim stop was just incredible: clear, clean and warm blue water. Recommended

      Wow what a sea

      Too bad it finished! We loved this sailboat and the staff was awesome, really funny and generous with food and drinks. The waters around the island of Dia are just breathtaking, something to remember for a long time! The water is so transparent that you can see the seabed from the boat while sailing!!!!

      Tour to Dia

      We booked a hald-day boat tour from Heraklion port to Dia island and as we arrived at the Port we saw this new sailing boat and were very pleased! That day we were only 6 people on board, maybe because it was september... The price was very reasonable considering the luxury you feel when you're on this fantastic boat! 10/10

      Very good tour

      Went on this late afternoon boat experience on a sailboat from Heraklion to Dia island. We had a really good time and even got see a beautiful sunset:) worth it, just book it!

      Very very nice afternoon

      We chose to do the half afternoon tour so that we could see the sunset coming back as we thought it was going to be romantic and nice: fantastic experience! I recommend anyone to see the sunset by boat as it's completely a different way! We took loads of pictures :)


      Great adventure on this luxurious sailboat, recommend to bring sunglasses especially for whoever has clear eyes like us, as the water colours are so vivid ! Staff on the boat was very nice with us and made us feel welcome. Lunch was good, appreciated also the vegetarian option for my wife (a big greek salad). Wish we had more time to relax, next year we will do the whole day tour!

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