Lovely Crete has a unique and spectacular coastline. Paddle the clear, blue Mediterranean waters; explore sea caves, tunnels and arches; relax on deserted beaches; explore uninhabited islands.
This is the easiest kayaking trip to access by transport either from Chania, Rethymno or Heraklio towns.
The trip has remote beaches, great rocky formations and some hidden places for cliff jumping (see pictures on the right)!
Usually the weather is calm in the area thus making a great choice for non experienced paddlers.
The distance of the trip if the group has no or limited experience is about 15 km while it can easily extended up to 21 km for those looking to paddle more.
Many times we are lucky enough to see sea turtles. Out of the seven species in the world, only three can be regularly found in the Mediterranean. Of these three only the loggerhead sea turtle nests in Greece. Some of the most important nesting beaches are on Crete (Rethymno, Bay of Chania and Bay of Messara).
Overview of Trip
When we meet in Bali there will be a short introduction to kayaking which includes a brief description of paddling strokes and the basics about safety.
We will then adjust our paddles,kayaks and buoyancy aids and get ready for the kayaking trip. The options that we got are either to paddle towards the eastern part or west. The west is more exposed and usually a better option for the experienced paddlers. If we end up paddling on this part you will need to pack your lunch as there isn't anything (not even a single house) to stop apart from some nice remote rocky beaches. You will be notifying by email if you need to puck your lunch.
Tandem (double) kayaks are available to those that they prefer them; tandem will also be given to paddlers without any experience unless it is calm and you ask for a single kayak.
Bare in mind that the kayaks we got are not recreational (wide and stable), are true sea kayaks.
Price: 80€ per person
Price Includes: All sea kayak equipment and local guide.
Not Included: Transport to and from Crete, picnic lunches during the kayaking and everything that is not listed above.
Starting poing : Livadi Beach
Duration : We start by 10 am and finish between 4-5pm. If time change for any reason you will be notified by email.
Transport: We pick up clients from Heraklion. Many times we are able to pick up clients from other locations as well but it needs to be on our way to the starting point. If you need transport and you are not sure get in touch with us. Remember to send us the exact location of your hotel, not just the name. Transport is provided for free. From Chania or Rethymno regions we don't provide transport, you will need to get either by bus or taxi. From Chania is about an hour and fifteen minutes, from Rethymno about 30 and from Heraklion around 45 minutes.
Group Size: 2-10 participants.
What to bring : If you don't want to have lunch in the taverna be sure you pack your lunch. Other than that you will need 1.5lt of water (ideally in small bottles),sun glasses, hat, sunscreen, swimsuit,lycra shirt or any tshirt ideally with UV protection. You will also need shoes that you do not mind getting soaked as you will get your feet wet. Ideally a light neoprene shoe will work great. Is is not required to wear shoes but they will help as the majority of the beaches are with small rocks.
Difficulty: A sea kayaking trip suitable for paddlers with previous experience. You need to be able to maneuverable the kayak without a problem. The total distance is around 14-16km max (see map below).
Notes: Please bear in mind that the itinerary can be altered for numerous reasons beyond our control (e.g. harsh weather) to ensure the safety and the well being of the group. The final selection is left up to the guide. Temperature during summer months (June - early September) are between 30oC - 42oC. Sun cream and hat is a must! During the winter temperature might dropped down to 8-10oC.
Send us an e-mail, when you have some dates in mind to check for availability, along with any other questions you may have. All e-mails are answered promptly, usually within 24 hours.