Sail in... Chania
Sail in... Chania
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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We depart from the bay of Souda, Chania for a full day of fun sailing, swimming, Cretan cuisine and culture.We sail for at least 30 n.miles with beautiful views of forts, small islands, the White mountains as a backdrop, past seaside villages and you can do all the sailing, if you want to, with myself as the navigator and chef. We anchor in secluded bays for snorkeling in crystal clear, turquoise waters, freshly cooked food and sail back to port with the sun setting in front of us. Twenty years from now you will be disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw away the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails! Explore. Dream. Discover! We promise a memory to last a lifetime.
Chania Town, Chania Prefecture, Greece

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2024

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Emily C
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We had a great day sailing with Nikos in the 13m long "Be Happy". We were a group of 4 (2 couples) from the US and wanted to see the sights in Chania. Glad we found NIkos on line. He has a lot of great stories, and creates a very relaxed and fun atmosphere on the boat. He had a helper/assistant with him, Ranya, and she was great company as well. We started at 10am for the full day sail and went to 3 different locations to swim, take in the sights, and eat lunch. Unfortunately on the day we went there was not great wind, but we still managed to capture one good breeze and had an experience of sailing at what seemed to us like a high speed. The entire sailboat is impeccably clean, beautiful, with plenty of room to relax around. You can be as involved as you want or don't want in the sailing process. Delicious lunch. We finished around 6pm. It was a great full day. Highly recommend sailing with Nikos if you are in the Chania area. We booked about a month out. You pay in cash on the day of. All communication via email with Nikos who is very responsive. I would suggest booking early, it seemed like he was getting very busy and had to turn down some requests, and you don't want to miss this as part of your trip to Greece. He also has some snorkel masks that I used to swim with some fish at one of the locations. Thanks Nikos!
Written 8 August 2021
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Karen T
South Shields, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
We had an amazing sailing trip with Nikos!
We are a group of 3 girls that booked prior to arriving in Crete and were looking for a private relaxing day sailing around the island. Nikos kept in touch with us before the trip to let us know all of the details which we found really helpful and made the booking so easy.

On our arrival Nikos was friendly and welcoming and during the trip he was very attentive but not overbaring. He told us interesting facts about local history while sailing and he was very flexible with the schedule letting us choose when we wanted to swim or sunbathe so it was very relaxing.

He prepared tasty snacks for us throughout the day including fresh fruit and greek pastries and made a freshly cooked lunch of basil pasta, Greek salad and homemade meatballs, all of which were delicious!

The boat itself was perfect for our day trip; spacious for sunbathing and not cramped at all. Nikos also let us have a go at sailing the boat which is a lovely holiday memory!

Overall a perfect day sailing which was topped off by a lovely gift of some fresh aloe from Nikos to ease our sunburn! 100% would recommend!
Written 26 May 2022
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Wouter R
Arras, France4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Today we had a perfect day of sailing , cruising and swimming with captain Nikos and his son Alex. After a warm welcome we left the Harbour for a full day trip. The ship was in a perfect condition , clean and well equipped. Nikos showed us some hard to find spots which were fantastic for snorkeling and swimming ; on top they served @ delicious local meal , I do recommend his aunt’s meatballs ;-)
If you want to go sailing in Chania ; this is the best address, no intermediates, you book directly with the owner who will have some great stories for you
Written 25 July 2020
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Jemima G
London, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Nikos is a fantastic captain, has lots of interesting local knowledge, is a great chef and great company, we had a great day sailing with him on his lovely boat (we had it to ourselves). My boyfriend wanted to help sail and Nikos could not have been a better instructor, we ended the day with a very happy co-captain / birthday boy! I left the boys to it and relaxed on deck. We sailed for a few hours and then stopped off in a beautiful bay for lunch and to swim - the water was incredible - such a beautiful spot. Lunch was perfect (greek salad, olives etc from Nikos' own olive trees, meatballs and a few cold beers) and then we set sail into the sunset. Thank you Nikos, we will be back for a multi day trip!
Written 20 July 2021
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Jony L
Chania Town, Greece32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
First of all Nikos is a great guy, an excellent captain and a great cook!

There was me, my wife and another friendly couple whom with we had an awesome day.

We went swimming in turqoise waters and the weather was clear all day.

We all took turns on pulling the ropes, steering the boat and enjoyed it a lot.

Highly recommended. Take at least a full day trip.
Written 3 August 2021
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Megan B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Chartering the "Be Happy" sailboat and crew was absolutely the best thing our group did while visiting Greece. Nico and Alex were INCREDIBLE hosts. The views were excellent, the swimming was perfect, and the food was made with love and tasted better than a lot of food we'd ordered in restaurants. The price is such a savings for the experience, have recommended to all of our friends and family to plan to visit. DO NOT MISS THIS!
Written 8 September 2023
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David
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This has been one of our highlights of our Crete trip! We went as a couple on a Sunset Sail with Nikos and Alex which has been fantastic. We went out of the bay for Sailing and Nikos taught us some sailing basics before we made a swimming stop ina fantastic bay with some tasty snacks. On our way back to the Marina we were sailing with the moonlight in our back while watching the Sunset.

If you are around and looking to do something else and make memories, I can only recommend Nikos and his Sailing experience.
Written 1 September 2020
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Great company makes all adventures so much more the better. Thank you for keeping company along the evening and until the sunset. We hope that you will visit us again, it would be a great pleasure to spend time together anytime and or any place. Enjoy life at its fullest.
Written 5 September 2020
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Meo C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Fantastic experience! Sailing with Nikos is everything one could expect for and more. We started the day by meeting at Souda port, with Nikos welcoming us on his beautiful yacht. In only a couple of minutes he made us feel right at home. After unpacking our gear, and some short safety explanations we were on our way to the open sea, enjoying local Greek sweets and the air breeze. Nikos' knowledgeable explanations and interesting stories about the surrounding sites added to the nice atmosphere, together with the laid back and pleasant soft music coming from the speakers of the boat. We caught up with the wind, opened sails, caught some speed, and enjoyed either catching sunrays on the deck, or handling the ropes, navigating the boat, and steering the wheel – everyone according to his/her likings. All the while Nikos' pleasant attitude was orchestrating everything with good vibes and a smile. Later he took us to gorgeous hidden locations around the bay, with crystal clear turquoise water – all that you need, really, for a nice picture and a swim. While we enjoyed the water, he cooked us the most delicious meal with fresh organic vegetables from his garden, home made dishes (ask for the tomato sauce – you won't regret it ;) ), wine, drinks and a fresh dessert. On our way back to the port we found out I forgot to take an urgent medical test before my next morning flight. Nikos was super helpful in trying to solve this out, and although it was Sunday, called 3 different clinics so we could set a last-minute appointment. Thank you, Nikos, – it was a lovely day, a one to remember, and hope to see you again on our next visit to Crete.
Written 15 June 2021
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It gives us great pleasure to know that you will have a beautiful memory of your day of sailing. You are the best of family company, an excellent crew 🤩 and you will always be welcomed back, even on an overnight ⛵ to experience the magic of the sea under the moon and the stars . My best of wishes Nikos
Written 20 June 2021
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redmayes
Hampton25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
One of the highlights on our holiday to this beautiful island was a memorable sunset sailing trip with Nikos and his boat appropriately named . . Be Happy.
Nikos was great, very friendly, giving us some sailing lessons, interesting information on the island, dropping off at secluded bays where we could jump in for a swim whilst he prepared a lovely dinner for us, then sailing back with drinks watching the beautiful serene sunset.
We will return to Crete and set sail again with Nikos and of course Be Happy!
Written 23 July 2022
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Karen O
Chania, Crete5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Our choice of an early August “sunset cruise” was perfect. Setting off at 1600 from Souda port gave us an afternoon breeze that filled the sails and saved us from the scorching heat. Plenty of time for a leisurely swim in a quiet cove, then back on board for a tasty—and tastefully presented—salad, snacks and chilled wine. Then it was time to sail back to port. Nikos is both an experienced skipper and a thoughtful host. Having heeded his suggestion for this particular day, we enjoyed not only the promised view of the sun setting before us but also the spectacle of the full moon rising, its reflection shimmering in the water behind us. Great pictures, great memories!
Written 29 August 2020
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We are very lucky to have met all of you and the sunset sailing adventure will always be a most pleasurable memory. We truly thank you for giving us the opportunity to spend time all together aboard "Be Happy' , we thank you for your excellent review but most of all we are truly happy that you had a very nice and memorable sailing with us. Please, stay in touch and we wish all the best in all of life's travels.
Written 9 September 2020
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