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Sea Kayaking along coastal areas of Crete
We offer organised excursions for individuals as well as custom programs for pre-formed groups

-- Sea kayaking offers the perfect combination of intense individual action, adventure, and sense of freedom.
Paddling against the waves, exploring the rocky coast and sea caves, basking in the quiet moments in remote hidden beaches, and enjoying contact with the sea are just some of the countless beautiful moments that you will experience with this form of escapism. This experience is particularly enchanting if your destination is one of the many exotic beaches around Crete.
-- With extensive knowledge of every aspect of the island's 1000-km-long coastline, we have chosen some of the most fascinating sea routes to explore Crete by kayak. These routes are marked by the incomparable beauty of the landscape and the lack of strong winds and big waves, making them ideal locations for kayaking.

-- Participating conditions

-All our programs for this summer cater to small groups (depending on the program) with high-quality, two-seater, "sit-in" folding kayaks, or two-seater "sit-on-top" rigid kayaks.
-No experience is required for programs based on "sit-on-top" rigid kayaks, while a good experience is required for paddling on "sit-in" folding kayaks
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-Good health and good physical condition are required. Participants must have basic swimming experience.

-- Sea kayak trips for 201
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-- The programs we have selected for this year are very diverse and original. We offer:
-- A. organized excursions for individual travelers, once a week, from early
may to late October
-- B. tailor-made programs exclusively to preformed groups. The programs vary from 2 to 7 days and are intended for Tour Operators, Travel Agencies, and cycling clubs.

 

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A. Sea kayak escapades and multi-activity programs for individuals

-- A series of original trips for lovers of sea kayaking (beginner level) and adventure, with a 1-day trip in sea kayaks and a 4-day multi- activity program including kayaking.
--In both cases the practice of kayak is on the south coast of Rethymnon. The multi-activity program includes an overnight stay in the Wild Nature Eco Lodge Camp.

1. Sea kayak along the coastal area of Triopétra  

Crete

-Day: every Thursday and Sunday from early April to late October
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Route9 km, subject to favorable weather
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Paddling: 2h - 2h½
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Degree of difficulty: easy / ideal activity for amateurs with no prior experience on kayak
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Kayaking equipment:
"sit-on-top" rigid kayaks "Nova", tandem

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Group size: minimum 8 people, maximum 16

-Info: for details and prices, click here

2. Three or seven-day multi-activity program including sea kayak  

Crete

-Days: on specific dates from early May to late October
-Accommodation: full-board accommodation in lodges at the Wild Nature Eco Lodge Camp
-Activities: mountain trek, hiking, downhill bike ride and sea kayak along the south coast of Rethymnon
-Degree of difficulty: easy to moderate.
-Equipment provided: sticks and small backpacks (upon request), bicycles, helmets, two-seater sit-on-top kayaks, paddles and life jackets
-Group size: minimum 8 people, maximum 16
-Infos: for details, dates and prices click here

B. Tailor-made programs for preformed groups

--A series of sea kayak expeditions exclusively organized for preformed groups (by Tour Operators, Travel Agencies, Clubs, etc.), with great variety in duration and paddling conditions. Optional hiking across gorges or along the coast is often part of the program.
-Duration: 2 - 7 days
-Degree of difficulty: ranges from easy to moderate and tough / strenuous
-Group size: minimum 6 people, maximum 12
-Transfer: by minibus
-Type of sea kayaks: two-seater "sit-in" Nautiraid Expedition "folding" kayaks, equipped with rudder and wooden paddles
-Support: a vehicle is at the disposal of the group at all times, ensuring the transport of the baggage, equipment and food
-Escorts: two experienced Greek guides, fluent in foreign languages and familiar with Cretan nature
-Accommodation (DB): hotels (2 or 3 stars), hostels or pensions and tents
-Programs: We offer some of the most beautiful kayak trips in Crete, taking into consideration the beauty and peculiarities of the region (morphology, routs, variety of vegetation, infrastructure, etc.). Below are some examples, although we also offer dozens of other similar trips.

1. Exploration of the coastal area between Plakias and Agios Pavlos
 

Crete

-Duration: two days
-Trip area: south coast of Rethymnon department, between Plakias, Preveli, Triopetra and Agios Pavlos
-Start - end: Plakias - Agios Pavlos
-Route: 11.3 n.m.
-Paddling: first day 3h½ - 4h, second day 2h½ - 3h
-Degree of difficulty: moderate

-Best period: all summer
-Accommodation: in local pension at Agia Fotini
-Discoveries: sea cave of Gidokoumos, Préveli palm beach, Pyrgos (ancient town of Kionia) and the magnificent dunes of Agios Pavlos
-Group size: minimum 6 people, maximum 12
-For more information and rates: get in touch with us

2. Paddling to Gramvoussa and the Balos lagoon
 

Crete

-Duration: two days
-Trip area: in northwestern Crete, around Vouxa Cape and along Gramvoussa island, Balos lagoon and Falassarna
-Start - end: Kasteli Kissamos - Falassarna
-Route: 18.6 n.m.
-Paddling: first day 3h - 3h½, second day 2h½ - 3h
-Degree of difficulty: moderate
in normal weather conditions, but difficult in bad weather at the height of Vouxa cape
-Best period: June and September
-Accommodation: in tents
-Discoveries: the island and the fortress of Gramvousa, the splendid lagoon in Balos, the panoramic view from Geroskynos (optional walk on the steep sides of the mountain)
-Group size: minimum 6 people, maximum 12
-For more information and rates: get in touch with us

3. Puddling along the eastern coast of Rodopou Promontory
 

Crete

-Duration: two days
-Trip area: in northwestern Crete, along the Promontory of Rodopou to Spatha Cape
-Start - end: Kolymbari - Spathi cape - Kolymbari
-Route: 21.4 n.m.
-Paddling: first day 3h½ - 4h, second day 2h½ - 3h
-Degree of difficulty: moderate
. Paddling along a protected coastal area from the prevailing north-west winds
-Best period: all summer
-Accommodation: in tents
-Discoveries: sea caves along the way, the ancient temple of Dictina in Menies and the imposant Cape of Spatha
-Group size: minimum 6 people, maximum 12
-For more information and rates: get in touch with us

4. Sea kayak journey around Cape Lithinon
 

Crete

-Duration: two days
-Trip area: coastal area around Lithinon (or Kefali) Cape, between Komos, Matalla and Kali Limenes, with intermediate exploration of the coves Vathy, Martsalos and Agiofarago
-Start - end: Komos - Kali Limenes
-Route: 10.9 n.m.
-Paddling: first day 2h - 2h½, second day 3h - 3h½
-Degree of difficulty:
moderate in normal weather conditions, but difficult in bad weather at the height of Kefali, the southern-most Cape in Crete
-Best period: June and September
-Accommodation: in tents

-Discoveries: the renowned caves of Matalla, the wonderful sea caves in the east of Kefali cape and the beautiful coves of Vathy, Martsalos and Agiofarago
-Group size: minimum 6 people, maximum 12
-For more information and rates: get in touch with us

5. Paddling along the south foot of mount Asteroussia
 

Crete

-Duration: two days
-Trip area: coastal area along the south foot of mount Asteroussia, between Lentas, Agios Ioannis and Tris Eklissies
-Start - end: Lentas - Tris Eklissies
-Route: 11.6 n.m.
-Paddling: first day 1h½-2h, second day 3h½-4h
-Degree of difficulty:
difficult. Despite the protection offered by the slopes of Asterousia, winds blowing downwards the mountain - at the height of Agios Ioannis village - are often very strong
-Best period: June and September
-Accommodation: in tents

-Discoveries: the Tripiti cove and gorge, several sea caves and the Monastery of Koudoumas. Many options for hiking along the way, such as visiting the cave and chapel of Agios Antonios, through Trypiti gorge, etc
-Group size: minimum 6 people, maximum 12
-For more information and rates: get in touch with us

6. Sea kayak journey in the Bay of Elounda
 

Crete

-Duration: two days
-Trip area: Elounda Bay, along the east coast of Mirabello to the lighthouse and Cape St Jean and the east coast of the peninsula of Spinalonga
-Start - end: Agios Nikolaos - Elounda
-Route: 17.3n.m.
-Paddling: first day 3h - 3h½, second day 3h½-4h
-Best period: all summer
-Degree of difficulty: moderate
-Accommodation: in small hotel at Plaka

-Discoveries: the Venetian fortress on Spinalonga Island, the villages of Plaka and Elounda, St. John Cape (optional hike to visit the lighthouse on the cape, via a nice coastal path)
-Group size: minimum 6 people, maximum 12
-For more information and rates: get in touch with us

7. In the magic of the east coast of Crete
 

Crete

-Duration: three days
-Trip area: eastern coast of Crete between Cape Sidero and beach Xirocampos
-Start - end: Erimoupolis - Xirocampos
-Route: 27.1 n.m.
-Paddling: first day 2h½ - 3h, second day 3h - 3h½, third day 2h½ - 3h
-Best period: June and September
-Degree of difficulty: moderate
-Accommodation: in tents

-Discoveries: walk through the palm grove of Vai, visit of archaeological sites of Chiona and Kato Zakros, swim at the beautiful beach of Karoumés, and optional hike through numerous gorges (Hochlakies, Zakros, etc.) or caves of archaeological significance (Pelekita)
-Group size: minimum 6 people, maximum 12
-For more information and rates: get in touch with us

8. Sea kayak along the magnificent southwest coast of Crete
 

Crete

-Duration: seven-day program
-Trip area: southwest part of Crete, between Elafonissi, Paleochora, Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Loutro and Sfakia
-Start - end: Elafonissi - Sfakia
-Route: 35.2 n.m.

-Summary program: Day 1: Arrival in Heraklion-Transfer to Elafinissi / Day 2: Elafonissi-Paleochora / Distance 8.1 m.m. - Kayaking 2h½-3h / Day 3: Paleochora-Sougia (hiking to Lissos) / Distance 7.5 m.n.-Kayaking 2h½-3h / Day 4: Sougia-Domata (hiking in Klados gorge) / Distance 6.2 m.n.-Kayaking 2h-2h½ / Day 5: Domata-Agia Roumeli (hiking in Samaria gorge) / Distance 2.2 m.n.-Kayaking 1h-1h½ / Day 6: Agia Roumeli-Loutro (hiking in Aradena gorge) / Distance 8.2 n.m.- Kayaking 2h½-3h / Day 7: Loutro-Sfakia. Return to Heraklion / Distance 3.0 m.n.-Kayaking 1h-1h½ / Day 8: Departure from Crete
-Degree of difficulty: ranges from easy to moderate. The high mountain range of Lefka Ori protects the entire area from strong winds and waves
-Best period: all summer
-Optional hiking and discoveries: almost daily, small hikes allow visiting fascinating canyons (Tripiti, Klados, Samaria, Aradena) as well as famous sites such as the ancient Lissos, the St. Anthony chapel near Sougia, the Domata area etc.

-Lodging: in small hotels and tents (on day 4), on DB/FB basis
-Group size: minimum 6 people, maximum 12
-For more information and rates: get in touch with u
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