This a great 10 day sea kayak trip in lovely southwestern Crete with stong emphasis on training.
We are going to enjoy crystal clear waters with an impressive view to the White mountains (48 summits above 2000 meteres!) with remote beaches and of course sunshine!
This 10 days expedition is suitable to experienced paddlers only, rough seas and strong winds are guaranteed!
If you are comfortable in sea state 4 (about 2 meter waves), winds up to Beaufort scale 5 and enjoy wild camping then look no further.
Transport from Heraklion city (the capital of the island) is provided for free, from other locations please get in touch with us.
The whole expedition is about 250km. This equates to about 25km/day in 10 days, however bad weather days will make it necessary to increase the daily kilometers up to 35 or more.
May, June, September and October used to be the best months for paddling in terms of calm sea. If you want to plan an early multi day trip then April and May are good choices or mid November for a late season trip. If you have no problem paddling in winter then March is a superb month. The scenery is outstanding as most of the mountains are covered by snow. Ground temperature at the sea level is from 8-18oC while water at 15oC. March is usually a calm month in terms of sea conditions.
Camping & Food
The expedition is self catering. Usually we each look after our own breakfast, lunch and snacks and prepare a group evening meal in turn. You are welcome to bring some food from home if you wish, however I suggest we buy most of the food, and especially water, after we meet in Heraklio or Chania and have decided on a plan. We will buy 2 days worth of food and water at the beginning as there we will be able to restock during the route. Meals in seaside towns, or beach side taverna's, are a possibility but not every day. During off season (late October to late April) we will need carry more supplies.
Arrival & Departure Dates
We will meet near the city of Chania around 10-11 am. You should arrive in Chania the day before. If you find a cheaper flight to Heraklion, transfer is provided for free as we are starting from Heraklion city and can get up to 5 persons in my car for free. For a larger group please contact us to discuss the best possible scenario.
On the last day of the trip we will return back to Heraklion by our car and will be glad to drop you in the airport if your flight is on same date.
The best place to fly to is Heraklion airport as it is much easier from there to deal with transport.
Price: 1100€ per person (overnight in tents)
Included : Experienced Kayak guide, All paddling equipment, NDK, Valley, Northshore, P&H Kayaks, Transport from Heraklion
Not included : The price does not include flights, this must be booked by you. Food is also not covered in the price. If you don't have a tent you can rent for the whole duration of the trip for an extra 30€.
Will be able to leave my suitcase with you? Ideally try to have all your stuff for the trip inside multiple and small dry bags and those inside a suitcase or any other rucksack. It is important to have your stuff in either rucksack or suitcase as usually we have very limited space inside the car and need to carry all passengers stuff in the roof rack with straps. The driver can store afterwards your suitcase or rucksack in our warehouse and bring it back to you once the trip finish. Of course if you are staying in a hotel prior and after the trip you can ask them to store your stuff there if you prefer.
Can I rent all camping equipment? We can provide all the equipment for camping apart from sleeping bag for an extra cost. You can get a high quality 3 or 4 season tent for an extra 30€ for the whole duration of the trip and also the mattress. Stove (complete set from Trangia) and gas canister are an extra 30€ and is suitable for 2-3 persons.
What to bring for the trip ? If you do a multi day trip with us, then it is wise to have with you all from the following list: Swim suit Sun hat Sun screen Sun glasses Towel Sandals or wet shoes (neoprene) along with an extra normal shoe for hiking. Light clothes as well as some warmer ones (ie. fleece) depending the season. June to early September you don't need a jacket. A rain jacket. Some times it doesn't rain for months but it is good to have just in case. During April and October the chances for rain are bigger as compared to May,June, July and August. Of course during the winter months it is rain, not often but when it rains it rains a lot! Head torch Sleeping bag Mosquito repellent Any medication needed for special personal medical condition.