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Private: Sailing and Biodiversity Seminar

Created with Sketch. Departure and arrival: Heraklion Old Venetian Port



Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8-10 people


English, Greek


We plan our route specifically to reach places that have special significance for the monitoring of marine life.

These can be remote, far from mainstream routes, and most of the times will not appear in commercial travel guides; a sailing yacht is the ideal way to reach there in an eco-friendly way, with minimal environmental impact.

We approach the selected site navigating with sails only, paying extra attention to the selection of anchorage to ensure minimum disturbance to marine life. A certified instructor will be aboard to introduce you to the recognition of different species of marine organisms.

While in the water, you will be aided by a waterproof identification guide, which you are free to keep after the activity; on it, you will be able to record the species you observed.

Back on the deck, you will be encouraged to register your findings in the dedicated online database and awarded your personal membership card, establishing your valued contribution to scientific research.

Important Note

ALTERSAIL is a qualified partner of the research project COMBER (Citizens’ network for the Observation of Marine BiodivERsity), conducted by the Hellenic Center for Marine Research. COMBER aims to extract information about marine life through observations and recordings made by citizen-scientists.

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  • Have fun exploring Mediterranean biodiversity, while actively contributing to the study of marine life
  • An excellent family activity, appealing to all ages


From 9 AM - Pick-up from your accommodation
As soon as the guests arrive on the yachts in Heraklio Old Venetian port, a small briefing concerning safety regulations as well as boat handling will be given by the instructor/skipper on the yacht.
We set sails for the nearby island of Dia. (around 6 miles ~1 hrs). Our experienced crew will help our guest feel comfortable while sailing (not motoring). Enjoy silence, while the yacht moves only by sails.
Your skipper is a certified sailing instructor and will guide you thorough.
We put our anchors in a protected cove of Dia island which belongs in the Natura 2000 project.
According to the availability, we will sail on the Bavaria 50 or on the Beneteau First 45 F5
After a snack and a small briefing we take our masks and the special BioWatch cards
Dive in order to observe and record the different fish species.
It is time for lunch. A buffet is prepared on board.
A variety of organic salads, freshly prepared by our crew and spaghetti with fresh mussels and salmon will be accompanied by excellent dry wine (2 bottles per yacht). Season fruits and local sweets will supplement the lunch.
Free time for relax, diving, playing with water toys, fishing etc.
As the sun declines, we set sails to the marina, wishing only to meet the pair of dolphins on our way.
From 5.30 PM - Return to the Old Venetian Port in Heraklion


  • Skipper/ biodiversity guide
  • Deckhand
  • Lunch
  • Wine (responsible consumption)
  • Mineral water
  • Snorkel and tube
  • Biodiversity card
  • Diesel
  • All taxes and fees
  • Beach towel
  • Swimsuits
  • Beach shoes



According to the availability we will sail on:

Bavaria 50
Beneteau First 45 F5

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Departure and arrival: Heraklion Old Venetian Port


Where should we meet?
You will receive meeting point information with your booking. Either you are picked up from your accommodation by our transfer service or we meet at the meeting point at least 20’before the starting time.
What should I bring with me?
You need to bring your own towel. If you wish to walk ashore or explore the rocks, rubber could be very helpful. You won’t need them if you wish to stay on the beach. Regarding food and drinks, we provide everything on board. Kindly let us know in case you have special dietary arrangements or you need to place anything in the fridge. Alcohol is offered on the boat (responsible consumption) and we advise not to bring your own.
What is the language spoken by the crew ?
Both our skippers and stewards speak English and at least one of the following languages: Greek, German, Italian, Spanish.
Are the yachts insured?
All our yachts are covered for Third Party Liability with sum insured equal or higher than the obligatory from Greek Legislation (Bodily Injury, Material Damage , Sea Pollution ).
The above mentioned yacht insurance is valid in excess of the security Deposit (not applied in cabin charter) the client chooses to pay.
Do the yachts meet any safety standards?
All yachts safety equipment meets or exceeds the safety standards set by the Greek Ministry of Merchant Marine.
Do you provide activity briefings?
You will receive a general briefing at their arrival concerning the schedule of the day, safety, hygiene and accommodation on board.


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