Day trip to Chalki

The port of Chalki with traditional fishing boats and colorful houses around
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Organize a day trip to Chalki and explore pristine beaches, traditional villages and the laid-back atmosphere of this uncrowded gem of the Dodecanese complex!

Chalki, also spelled Halki, is a small Greek island in the Dodecanese archipelago. It's known for its laid-back atmosphere, beautiful beaches and traditional villages. Here are some of the benefits of visiting Chalki Island:

Chalki is a peaceful island that is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are no large resorts or crowds on Chalki, so you can truly relax and unwind on your vacation.

The island offers some of the most picturesque beaches in the Dodecanese. The beaches are pristine and isolated, and the water is extremely clear. Ideal for swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling.

The villages on Chalki are charming and traditional. The houses are colorful and the streets are narrow and winding. There are a few small shops and restaurants in the villages, but otherwise, they are very quiet and peaceful.

Chalki is a leader in sustainable techniques. In 2021, the island implemented the GR-eco program, which uses solar and wind power to power the whole island. This not only decreased the island's carbon impact, but it also supplied people and businesses with free power.

It is a relatively underdeveloped island, therefore its natural beauty has been preserved. Chalki has no high-rises or concrete jungles.

Ferry departures to Chalki

Day excursion departures to Nisyros may vary depending on the season, so use our online booking engine to get the most recent dates, times, fees and availability.

The duration of your travel and stay on Nisyros is determined on the ferry route, vessel and weather conditions you pick. Choose from a variety of daily excursions on your preferred crossing day and enjoy a fantastic Greek holiday!

Day trip Crossing duration Stay time
Rhodes to Chalki approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes up to 8 hours

There are various boats that go between Rhodes and Chalki, making it an ideal destination for a day vacation or extended stay. The voyage time varies depending on the boat company you pick, but it normally takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. Here's a breakdown of the route:

You can catch the ferry to Chalki from two ports in Rhodes:

  • The main port of Rhodes (also known as Rhodes Tourist Port) is near to the city center and is a convenient alternative if you are staying in Rhodes Town
  • The port of Kamiros Skala is on Rhodes' west coast and is a suitable choice if you are staying in the island's southwestern region. During the summer, boats depart more often from there
  • Ferries from Rhodes come at Chalki's main port, which is a short walk from the town center

Tips for booking a ferry ticket:

  • Ferry timetables and rates vary periodically, so book your tickets ahead of time, especially during high season (July and August)
  • When making your selection, consider the journey duration, pricing and onboard amenities provided by the ferry company

Chalki day trip program

Spending a day on the small island of Chalki allows you to soak up the laid-back atmosphere, explore its charming villages, and relax on pristine beaches. Here's a suggested itinerary to make the most of your day trip:

Morning

  • Organize your transportation to the port of departure. The high-speed ferries to Chalki depart around 08:00 in the morning and take approx. 1 hour to arrive
  • Plan accordingly in order to be at the port at least 30 minutes before the ship departs
  • Disembark in Chalki's principal port, Nimborio (or Emborio), a car-free community with a picturesque harbor. Stroll along the small cobblestone lanes surrounded with beautifully colored neoclassical buildings and authentic Greek tavernas
  • Ask the port facilities for public transportation means on the island

During your stay

  • Choose from several beautiful beaches near Nimborio. A popular choice is Pondamos Beach, known for its golden sand and calm waters, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Alternatively, venture a little further to Kania Beach, a secluded cove with crystal-clear turquoise waters ideal for snorkeling
  • Enjoy a delicious Greek lunch at a traditional taverna in Nimborio. Savor fresh seafood dishes, local specialties like meze and moussaka and sip on a glass of chilled Greek wine while taking in the laid-back atmosphere
  • The 11th-century Byzantine Monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos, positioned on a mountaintop, provides spectacular panoramic views as well as insight into the island's religious past
  • As the day winds down, head back to Nimborio Harbor to witness a breathtaking sunset over the Aegean Sea. The sky ablaze with vibrant colors creates a magical scene, a perfect ending to your day trip to Chalki

Evening

  • Return to the port of Chalki and get ready to embark on your way back

Click on your departure island to learn about your public transportation choices for getting to the port and boarding your ferry boat to Chalki:

Transportation in Chalki

While Chalki is a charming island, public transportation options are limited. Here's what you can expect:

Bus service

During the peak season (usually July and August), a small local bus service operates on a restricted route. It mostly connects Nimborio (the port) and Chorio, with a possible stop at the Monastery once a week.

Finding a full published timetable might be difficult, therefore it is better to consult locally upon arrival for the most up-to-date information.

Taxis

Taxis are accessible across the island, especially during high season. You can approach one on the street or ask your hotel or nearby stores for contact information. However, due to the island's tiny size, cabs may be scarce, thus scheduling in advance, particularly for evening trips, is advised.

Walking

Chalki is a tiny island, thus most things are within walking distance, particularly at Nimborio, the major port. Walking is an excellent opportunity to explore the lovely villages, uncover hidden coves, and take in the stunning landscape.

Bicycle rentals

Bicycle rentals are a popular way to explore the island at your own leisure. Nimborio has rental businesses that allow you to explore beaches, villages, and historical places further away.

Scooter rentals

Scooter rentals are another alternative for people who prefer a powered vehicle. Scooters are faster than bicycles and might be useful for getting across the island's hills.

Choosing the right option:

The best way to get around Chalki depends on your preferences and itinerary:

  • For short distances and exploring Nimborio, walking is a great, cost-effective way to get around
  • For exploring further distances and beaches, consider renting a bicycle or scooter for more freedom and flexibility
  • For larger groups or those with limited mobility, taxis might be the most convenient option, although availability can be limited
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