Elafonisi Beach Excursion

Elafonisi Beach - West Crete Coast
14 hours

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The Elafonisi beach excursion will take you to one of the most spectacular locations on the island. A pink beach of exceptional natural beauty. Elafonisi is something between an island and a peninsula, as you have to walk through the sea to reach it. It stretches along approximately 1.5 km of the eastern coast line of Crete.

Our bus and tour guide will pick you up in the morning at around 05:30 am. The return is around 22:00. We use only the best buses and tour guides for our tours and activities.

The Elafonisi Pink Beach

The Elafonisi beach tour is ideal for those seeking a breath taking beach. Or those looking for amazing photographs for their instagram. We will spend around four hours there.

Another important key point is that it is suitable for children. The gently sloping shores extend several meters out.

The Pink Beach is under the protection of the Natura 2000 program. It is also a vital nesting ground for Caretta-Caretta turtles.

The distance between Hersonissos – Heraklion and Elafonisi is around 200 km (124 miles) by road. Typically it takes around 4 to 5 hours to travel by bus. Note that we  stop for coffee and other needs. The Elafonisi Beach Excursion offers a scenic route through the Cretan country side. It pass by villages, olive groves, and mountains.

There are two basic beach bars near the beach. They offer snacks, ice creams, toilet facilities, and cold drinks.

The Elafonisi excursion is a must for all those visiting Crete. It is one of the best beaches in the world.


Bring comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles for a good grip.

Take a Swimming suit, a towel, a hat, sun glasses, and a sun cream.

Optional and Advices:

Do not bring too much money. Every business in Crete accepts bank cards.

Try to limit your luggage. Too much weight is always a problem.

Leave your valuables at your hotel. Bring your personal medication.

You must always carry a copy of your passport with you. Although not required it is always a good idea.

Pick-Up Locations

We offer the Elafonisi beach tour from many of locations across Crete. Visitors from in Hersonissos (Chersonissos), Koutouloufari, Piskopiano, Malia, Stalida (Stalis), Anissaras, Agkisaras, Analipsi, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Heraklion, Ammoudara, and Agia Pelagia. They can easily take part in this experience. For better understanding of our tour pick up points please visit the following page: Pick Up Points. Please note that because of the size of the page the list is only visible on big screens.

Important Booking Information

On the ticket of the Elafonisi Beach Excursion that you will receive, we provide full details of the meeting point. We will carefully select the closest and safest pick up place, based on your hotel location.

We include a Google pin and a photograph of the meeting point. This ensures that you can easily identify and locate the meeting spot with confidence.

Our team is always available to assist you. Feel free to contact us at any time. We will provide you an emergency telephone number. This will ensure a stress free experience from the moment you embark on your tour or activity. Your satisfaction and comfort are our top priorities.


We are very careful with our pricing. We dislike hidden extras. What you read is what you get. If you need further information please contact us. The Elafonisi Beach Tour cost is €39 for an adult, and €19.50 for a child. Infants are free.

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FAQs for Elafonisi Beach Excursion:

What makes Elafonisi Beach special?
Elafonisi Beach is special because of its beautiful pink sand, clear blue waters, and stunning scenery. People often call it a paradise on earth because it’s so beautiful and unique.
How can I get to Elafonisi Beach?
You can reach Elafonisi Beach by car or by joining our tour from different cities on Crete.
What should I bring to Elafonisi Beach?
Bring sun screen, a hat, sun glasses, swim wear, a towel, water, snacks, and sandals. Do not forget your camera to take photos!
Is Elafonisi Beach good for families with kids?
Yes, Elafonisi Beach is good for families with kids. The water is shallow and safe for children to swim in. Just be careful of strong winds, especially during busy times.
Are there facilities at Elafonisi Beach?
Yes, there are toilets, showers, and sunbed rentals at Elafonisi Beach. However, it’s a good idea to bring your own snacks and drinks.

General FAQs for Elafonisi Beach:

Can I do water sports at Elafonisi Beach?
While Elafonisi Beach doesn’t have many water sports facilities, you can enjoy activities like snorkel and beach volley ball. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy nature.
Are there other attractions near Elafonisi Beach?
Yes there are. You can visit the Monastery of Chrysoskalitissa for beautiful views. Or you can explore the nearby villages and landscapes of western Crete.
When is the best time to visit Elafonisi Beach?
The best times to visit are spring (April to June) or autumn (September to October). The weather is nice and there are fewer crowds. But if you prefer warmer weather for swimming, July and August are good despite being busier.
Are there any rules I should know before visiting Elafonisi Beach?
Yes, please respect the environment by not litter, pick flowers, or disturb wildlife.

Itinerary and Important Information


Below you can read the timetable and schedule for the Elafonisi beach tour you are viewing. We do everything in our power to be always on time and avoid any long delays.

05:30-06:30: Bus Departure.

Stop at: Skaleta – 15 min time for coffee

Stop at: Elafonisi Pink beach

We spend all day on this pink beach, swimming, sunbathing, relaxing, and enjoying this piece of paradise. 4 hours stop.

Stop at: Skaleta – 15 min stop

20:30-21:30: Approx return time back. Different timetables apply for pickups in different areas like Heraklion, Ammoudara, Kokkini Hani, Gouves, Analipsi, Anissaras, Stalida, and Malia. Our customer service system will provide you with the correct time and place(Google Map Pin).

Days and Languages

Monday: English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Hungarian.

Thursday: English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Romanian.


The following list contains everything that is included in the price of the Elafonisi Beach Excursion you are viewing.

Services and Products Included

✅ Hotel pick up & drop off area: Heraklion, Hersonisos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Gouves, Heraklion, Kokkini Hani, Koutouloufari, Malia, Piskopiano, Stalis, Ammoudara.

✅ Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses.

✅ Professional tour guide (live).

✅ Free time for swimming.

✅ Insurance cover.

✅ Printed or mobile tour vouchers accepted. -Instant confirmation.

✅ Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure time and receive a full refund).


We have tried our best in avoiding any hidden costs for our customers. In the event that any hidden costs appear, through one of our suppliers, please contact us and we will solve the matter with no further discussion.

Services and Products Excluded from the Elafonisi Beach Excursion:

❌ Entrance Tickets to Archaeological Sites or Places of Interest.

❌ All meals & drinks, unless mentioned otherwise in the tour description or the included section above.

❌ Any other destination not mentioned in the itinerary. – Any services or activity charges other than those included in inclusions.

Not Suitable

This excursion to Elafonisi Beach is a long bus tour with an early pick up time and a late return back to your hotel. It is important that you understand this.

Elafonisi Beach Excursion