Vai Beach

Beach name: Vai Beach
Location: Lasithi, Crete
Our rating: 4/5 about
Our rating is based on our actual visit to the beach.
Visitors rating:

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RATING SCALE

5 = Superb! Best we visited. Worth going far out of our way to swim there again
4 = Very good. We would go out of our way to swim there again
3 = Good. We would choose it for swimming among other beaches if we were in the area
2 = Average. We could go for swimming again if we happened to be in the area
1 = Just OK. The beach was fine for swimming and sunbathing one time
0 = Disappointing. We will not return to this beach

Note that these are our simple (and unscientific) observations based on our subjective experience during our visit

Greece photograph
Vai Beach
Crete
  • Beach berm:
    Sand, Shingle
  • Seafloor:
    Sand, Shingle, Rock

    The sea floor is hard and slippery at many spots making entrance to the water a bit tricky at times
  • Water rating: 4/5 about
  • Access:
    Good = Paved road all the way to the beach. Parking near the beach
  • Amenities:
    Restaurant at the beach
    Cafeteria/Bar near the beach
    Cantina/kiosk at the beach
  • RV / Camper Accessibility:
    Site suitable for parking for the day, but not for camping.
    Campers explicitly forbidden
  • Water Sports
    Some watersports available. Perhaps a bit too much for such a secluded area.
  • Snorkeling:
    Good snorkeling site
  • Notes:
    Vai has been voted consistently as one of the top ten beaches in Greece in various publications. We found the beach nice, but its popularity is its downfall. The palm forest that frames the beach bestows unique character to the place, and offers a welcome spot for shade.

    Vai can get crowded even during the weekdays in the summer, and parking near the beach is expensive. Many drivers choose to park on the side of the road to avoid the parking fee and as a result, there is a very long line of cars on either side of the road as you approach the beach.

    Ascent the steps up the rocky hill to the South for a bird-eye's view of the entire Vai beach. Right behind the observation kiosk you will see a footpath - probably right through the delapitated chain link fense. The footpath leads further up the hill for about five minutes, and down to what seems like a spacious, secluded, and sandy beach. This beach is probably the best in the whole area and usually is inhabited by a few groups of bathers. A similar beach exists about five minutes to the north of Vai. It is just as hermetic, but it does not have the beautiful sand the northern beach has.

    It is noteworthy that despite it's isolated nature, Vai beach is handicap accessible with wooden walkways on the sand near the entrance. It's not perfect, but it does help. Also, theere are many of signs information about the natural environtment in the area.
RATING SCALE

5 = the sea water was some the best for swimming. We would go way out of our way to swim there again
4 = sea water was excellent and inviting for swimming. We would go out of our way to swim there again
3 = very nice and clean sea. We would go swimming there again if we were in the area
2 = nice sea, we had a nice swim but we did not notice anything special about the water
1 = the sea water was not very inviting at the time we visited. We did more sunbathing than swimming
0 = the water did not seem suitable for swimming

Note that these are our simple (and unscientific) observations based on our subjective experience during our visit. We enjoy the water when it is crystal clear, and cool instead of warm. We don' like visible floating particles of any kind or algae settled on the beach.

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