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Sailing To Dia Island

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Water, sun, sand, and food - what more could you ask for? Set sail to Dia, a lizard-shaped island used in ancient times as a navigation tool by Minoan and medieval sailors headed to Crete.

Sailing to Dia Island

Legend has it Dia was a giant lizard that the Greek god Zeus turned into an island to prevent it from attacking Crete. Check out Dia for yourself as you swim, snorkel, and fish in its tranquil waters.

You will hop aboard a boat for a relaxing ride across the water to Dia. Your and your small group will stop at the beautiful bay of Saint George, a quaint, ancient Minoan port overlooking Heraklion. Swim in the clear, turquoise waters and strap on your snorkeling mask to explore the magical undersea world below. During the 1970s, explorer Jacques Cousteau and his team discovered an underwater ancient port just off Dia's shores, so you never know what you might see! Grab a fishing rod and try your hand at catching a local fish or simply settle back in the sand and bask in the warmth of the sun's rays on your face.

Unwind with a leisurely walk along cedar-lined trails, then head back to the boat for a sumptuous lunch of chicken, vegetarian risotto, Greek salad, fresh fruits, and beverages, including water and wine.

If you love the water, this tour is for you! Sign up now for an unforgettable day sailing and exploring the waters around Dia Island.

Please Note: All guests are required to bring a photo ID (such as a ship card) or their passport, in either physical or electronic form. A photo of your passport on your phone is acceptable.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $110.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Scenic, Active, Water/Beach
Tour Duration
5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
The Cruise Ship Pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
Soft drinks and lunch is included.
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing your swimsuit under comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes. Guests should bring a towel, a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
All guests are required to bring a photo ID or passport, either printed or in electronic form. A photo of your passport on your phone is acceptable. Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle and boat. Children under 12 must be in a life jacket. Guests must be 8 years of age or older to participate, and must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must be 21 years old to consume alcohol. Pregnant women are prohibited from snorkeling. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible.