Day Trip to Halki Island with transfer from Rhodes City to Kamiros Skala Port: Free time in Halki (6 Hrs)
Would you like to spend a day on a little Greek island with the most laid-back atmosphere, the most crystal clear turquoise waters, taverns with the tastiest seafood, locals with the kindest smiles, and most quaint aristocratic mansions with scenic alleyways? One of the smallest islands of the Dodecanese, Halki will impress you with its authenticity and simplicity. During the short 35 min travel on a small ferry boat, observe the panorama of Rhodes’ rocky west shoreline! Once you step on the island, dive into the tranquil rhythm and forget about the clock as you will have plenty of free time to enjoy atmospheric walks through stone-paved alleys, savor the serene and authentic atmosphere of the little port and age-old churches, discover dream-like beaches with turquoise waters, and have the most delicious lunch in an authentic tavern! We call Halki „The little Greek Paradise!”
If you have been to Symi Island, Halki will seem very familiar, yet like any other island, it has its own unique aspects. Halki is one of the smallest inhabited islands of the Dodecanese with only 313 permanent residents, but it stores some exciting secrets! You should also know that Halki is designated by UNESCO as the “island of peace and friendship“!
Your day will start with an approx. 1-hour drive along the western coastline to the little fishermen’s port Kamiros Skala. Passing by little countryside villages will put you in the mood for traveling!
Departing from Kamiros Skala port is a nice experience on its own. Observing the panorama of Rhodes’ rocky shoreline, Kritinia’s Castle, and mountains the 35 min travel will seem like a breeze!
Approaching Halki, you will first see a little islet at its entrance, then a colorful settlement will appear at the bottom of the surrounding hills. The brightly colored 19th-c. two-story neoclassical mansions amphitheatrically adorning the little port will leave you breathless! You will easily pick out two churches by their bell towers, the three windmills at the far left, and the ruins of a Venetian fortress at the peak of one of the mountains.
You will have plenty of free time to explore Halki! We suggest starting with a nice walk around the little port where fishermen leave their boats and spread their catch! You will be surprised how clean and transparent is the water at the port! Do not miss visiting the St. Nicolas church close to the port with its impressive bell tower.
After exploring the Nimporio (port area), it is time to head to one of the beaches! Walk towards the other bell tower with a clock, on the way admiring the beautiful white Townhall with a spectacular double staircase.
At this point, you can choose to walk approx. 500 m to the most popular beach Pondamos with fine white sand. The road to the right will lead you straight to the beach! It is organized with beach loungers and umbrellas and has a tavern with seafood and local food.
Or you can turn left, and walk through the colorful labyrinth of small houses and after approx. 500m reach the Ftenagia beach with its emerald waters and silhouette of Rhodes at the horizon. Few umbrellas are available and a gorgeous taverna for that cold beer and calamari!
Just make sure to be on time for your return trip! We will be waiting for you at Kamiros Skala to take you back to Rhodes City!
Duration approx. 8 Hours + Transfers + Pickups
*Transfer is provided only from Rhodes Town, Ixia & Ialyssos
Pickups between 07:45-08:15
Return between 16:45-18:00
– On the way pass through little countryside villages Theologos, Fanes, Kalavarda, Mandriko
– From far, see the highest spots of Rhodes – Mt. Attaviros & Mt. Prophet Elijah
– Reach the fishermen’s Port in comfort and benefit from the arranged check-in to your ferry boat
– Leaving the Kamiros Skala port observe the mountainous shore of Rhodes West coastline
– Try to spot the Castle of Kritinia on one of the rocks
– Enjoy the refreshing sea breeze while you approach Halki Island in no time
– Wander through the Nimporio settlement and enjoy colorful alleyways and houses decorated with bougainvillea & vines
– Visit the 19th-century church of St. Nicholas with an impressive courtyard and bell-tower and take a photo on the stairs of the white town hall
– Notice the old clock-tower witnessing the stillness of time on the island
– Walk towards the three windmills to have a panoramic view of the sea
– Go for a swim to one of the nearby dream-like beaches – Pontamos or Ftenagia
– Do not miss tasting local food in a seafront tavern with fresh fish or home-made pasta
… what a day, what an island!!! See it for yourself!
* Please note, the trip is weather-sensitive, and can be canceled/ postponed in bad weather conditions!
Pickup starts from Rhodes City: Mandraki Port, outside the Evangelismos Church (Fountain) at 07:45 am.
A precise pickup/ meeting place for your accommodation will be provided on your Booking Confirmation Page/ Voucher. Approximate times:
– Rhodes Town 07:45-07:55
– Ixia Resort 07:55-08:05
– Ialysos Resort 08:05-08:15
Should you need to clarify your pickup location or meeting point before proceeding with the booking, do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – 2/ 3
Walking over periods of more than 10 minutes. Travelers must be able to step in and out of the tour vehicle (our coaches are equipped with a power step). The Ferry boat has easy access also for elderly passengers and wheelchairs.
The island is primarily to be explored on foot as there are not many vehicles. The Nimporio village includes many inclines & narrow walkways. To reach nearby beaches, one can walk to the Pontamos (10 min walk west of Nimporio) or Ftenagia (15 min walk south of Nimporio).
If you have reduced mobility or special needs, please contact us before booking. We will do our best to discuss the details and make everyone feel comfortable!
Infants under 3 years may join the tour free of charge, please note that no car seat is provided during transfers. Infants must be seated on the parent’s lap. Children under 10 years have a 50% discount.
There are no archaeological sites with entrance tickets on Halki
A decent variety of snack bars, cafes, restaurants & seafood taverns are in Nimporio. There is a little tavern on every beach.
There is only one ATM, so carry with you some cash, just in case.
There are beach cabins for swimmers. If you take a sunbed, the price is approx. 8-10 € for 2 beds & 1 umbrella.
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes. In spring (April-May) and autumn (Mid September-November) take with you a light jacket as it can be windy. During summer (June-September) do not forget your hat or a light wrapping, and sunglasses. It might get very hot in Halki, so make sure to carry with you a bottle of water at all times! Always wear your sunscreen! Grab a swimming costume & a towel for the beach!
If there is anything else you would like to know, let us know and we will be happy to assist!
Staff speaks English
Tour Duration: 8 Hrs + Pickups
Departures: MON I SAT
Transfer Vehicle: Medium-size Coach
Vessel: Passengers Boat, max 180 Participants
Mobile Booking confirmation accepted
– Transfer from Rhodes Town, Ixia, and Ialyssos to Kamiros Skala Port
– Receive boarding cards for the Ferry Boat
– 45 min each way boat trip to Halki
– 6 hours of free time in Halki
Meals & refreshments
No additional entrance tickets required
-Wearing a medical Face mask in closed areas is optional
-No additional documents are required to travel
-Transportation vehicles are regularly sanitized & ventilated
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