The famous lagoon of Balos is 56km Northwest of Chania . It is a shallow sandy beach formed between the Cape of Gramvousas . The turquoise waters of the wild natural beauty of a wonderful exotic landscape. You can also get to Balos beach by boat from Kissamos. The sea is shallow and warm ideal destination for young children , but beyond the rocks demarcating the lagoon , the water is deepest and coldest . The lagoon and the surrounding area are part of the program to protect the Natura with rare species of flora and fauna . Also in this area is a refuge for the protected Mediterranean monk seal and turtle caretta – caretta.