hersonissos sailing trip to dia island

experience one of the best sailing trips in crete

Hire Fantasia Yachting sailing boat and experience an unforgettable daily boat trip to Dia island from Hersonissos, enjoy the crystal clear water with plenty of free time to swim and sunbathe. The island was the principal port of Crete for centuries. Its four south coves have been used as anchorages since the Minoan period. The islet looks like a giant lizard when viewed from the city of Heraklion. Greek mythology tells of a giant lizard that tried to destroy the island of Crete, however, Zeus turned it into stone with a thunderbolt, thus creating the island. The island is visible from Crete's capital city of Heraklion, as it would have been in the time of the Minoans, from Knossos. Because of this, it was sometimes identified as the island that Theseus escaped to after killing the minotaur. Dia is one of European Network of Nature (Natura 2000) protected areas with most important a wild subspecies the Eleonora's falcon known as mavropetritis in Greek, with a population of 300–380 pairs. In 1976, Jacques Cousteau while searching for the lost Atlantis between Crete and Santorini, carried out underwater exploration around Dia and found the remains of an ancient port in the waters between Heraklion and Dia, also he discovered seven ancient shipwrecks, two of which in St. George’s Bay. Another important wreck is a 20 meter long French cargo vessel, lying at a depth of just 18 meters, and easily accessed at a depth of 12 meters. Parts of the ship are almost intact, with most of its mechanical components and even some glass windows are still there.

hersonissos SAILING TRIP to dia island highlights

There isn't anything more idyllic than setting out from the coast line for a sailing trip to Dia island with Fantasia Yachting.

Hersonissos sailing trip to Dia island
  • The beautiful coastline on the way to Dia island
  • The breathtaking view when approaching Dia island
  • The greenish crystal clear waters on your first dive
  • Enjoy snorkelling and have fun with our water toys
  • The blue crystal waters on your second dive
  • The amazing rock formations of Dia island

hersonissos sailing trip to dia island details

We depart daily from Hersonissos Port to Dia island

Hersonissos sailing trip to Dia island details
  • Cruise type: Sailing trip
  • Boarding time: 08:45 AM
  • Departure time: 09:00 AM
  • Return time: 16:30 PM (depending on weather conditions)
  • Departing port: Hersonissos Port
  • Destination: Dia Island
  • Type: Crewed

dia island sailing trip from hersonissos

Hire Fantasia Yachting sailing boat from Hersonissos and explore the magnificence Dia island on a unforgettable sailing trip.


Built for comfort and designed for pleasure Bavaria C57 is among one of the largest and most luxurious models of the brand. Speak with us for booking a boat trip with our Sailing Yacht from Hersonissos.

Hersonissos sailing trip to Dia island
  • Water, coffee, soft drinks, wine (alcoholic drinks with extra charge)
  • Traditional lunch (vegan alternative upon request)
  • Desert
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Fishing equipment (not professional fishing)
  • All taxes
  • Port Authority expenses
  • Captain and crew
  • Full insurance
  • Fuel
  • For further information and details about the sailing trip please do not hesitate to contact us.

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