Finally, the island of Chrysi, is an islet located about 15 km south of Ierapetra. It is surrounded by plenty of beaches with golden sand full of shells, therefore its name. The beaches in Chrysi are organized and there is also a canteen/tavern where you can enjoy your coffee or your meal. In summer, there are a lot of boats departing from Ierapetra full of people who wish to visit this exotic location. Itineraries from Ierapetra to Chrysi. The cruises take place from May to October, departing from the port of Ierapetra at 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m., depending on which boat is available each time.