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Enjoy a half-day Kalamata kayaking from Kardamyli in the region of Mani, nestled between the blue waters of the Messinian Gulf and the Taÿgetos Mountain. During your Kalamata Kayaking, explore hidden coves, impressive rock formations, and idyllic beaches sprouted next to fishing villages. No experience is required on this family-friendly Kalamata kayaking tour.
◾ Marvel at one of the prettiest settings in the Peloponnese as you paddle along the coast of Stoupa and Kardamili
◾ Explore hidden sea caves, rock beds, spectacular cliff formations, and secluded sandy beaches
◾ Swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea
◾ Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch made out of local products
About this experienceDURATION: 4 hours including breaks
STARTING TIME: 9.30 am
MEETING POINT: The old customs in St. John's harbor
LANGUAGES: English, Greek
OPENING SEASON: April to October
WHO CAN COME: Kalamata Kayaking is a family-friendly activity. Children can use their own Kayak over the age of 13, provided there is an adult with them in the group and they are capable of paddling on their own.
Description - What to expectThe area
Kardamyli and Stoupa, two villages in the Mani region, are nestled between the blue waters of the Messinian Gulf and the Taÿgetos Mountain, creating one of the prettiest settings in the Peloponnese. Sea kayaking in Kardamyli and Stoupa is indeed one of our most popular trips offering an inch by inch exploration of the magical scenery and diversity of the lacy coastline of the Mani. You will paddle in warm crystal-clear waters, exploring hidden coves and impressive rock formations. You will visit sea caves and discover idyllic beaches sprouted between the fishing villages of the region.
Your Kalamata kayaking starts at Kardamyli’s old harbor. Before departure, you will get briefed on your tour details, kayak paddling techniques, and safety rules. Soon after, you will get into your kayaks and begin a coastal exploration at a relaxed paddling pace. Each little cove hides a special surprise such as hidden sea caves, rock beds, spectacular cliff formations, and secluded sandy beaches.
One of the top attractions of this Kalamata kayaking tour is a visit to the Blue Cave. This is a spectacular natural formation where sunlight is passing through a crack in the cave that reflects on the seafloor and bathes the entire cave in aquamarine light. A swim into the cave is a must-do and a lifetime experience.
Weather and time permitting paddle towards Stoupa for a stop at the beach of Kalogria with its fine golden sand and turquoise waters. Halfway have a relaxing stay for swimming, snorkeling, and a picnic with freshly baked bread, organic, garden-grown fruits and vegetables, homemade olive oil, and cheese. Once the lunch stop is over you, paddle back to the starting point for the conclusion of your Kalamata Kayaking tour.
What's included, what's not✔ Qualified BC 3-5 Star sea kayak leader
✔ Full Sea Kayak equipment: boat, paddle, life jacket, spray-skirt, waterproof jacket
✔ Extra equipment: waterproof bags and cases, pumps and paddle-float - Snorkeling equipment (masks & snorkels)
✔ Shore safety and instructional briefing
✔ Picnic with freshly baked breadfruits and vegetables, homemade olive oil, and cheese
✔ Transfer from the exit point to entry point (if necessary).
✔ Waterproof camera and photographs from the trip
✔ Liability insurance
✔ All taxes
✖ Water (please bring your own full bottle of water)
✖ Transfer to the meeting point
Bring with youFor your Kalamata kayaking tour please bring with you a bottle of water, a hat and sun cream, a towel, a change of clothes and swimsuit, flip flops or sandals (avoid bulky shoes)
Who can come/Other requirementsYour Kalamata kayaking comprises 30 minutes of briefing and preparation, 2-2.5 hours of comfortable paddling exploration, 1-1.5 hours of free time for a picnic, rest, snorkeling, swimming, and other activities. Our experienced trip leaders ensure that everybody is happy, safe, and is having a fun day
Cutoff time before activity
- 24 hours
Prepare for the experience - Important informationWe reserve the right to modify or cancel any outdoor activity due to bad weather, technical difficulties or any reason beyond our control. The meeting point and the trip course is likely to change due to weather conditions and wind direction.
Frequently Asked QuestionsQuestion: Do I need a sea kayaking experience?
Answer: No, most of our customers are first-timers. Sea kayaking is easy to pick up, and beginners can complete a decent journey on their first time in a sea kayak. All of our trips are about journeying. We paddle at a relaxed pace, we learn on the move, and enjoy the freedom that sea kayaking offers.
Question: Is a Kalamata kayaking suitable for families with kids?
Answer: Absolutely, Yes! Sea kayaking is a beautiful way for your child to explore the outdoors. There are so many reasons to love sea kayaking with kids. You are watching them gain confidence in the water, giving them the chance to see places from a different perspective, teaching them about marine conservation and the environment. Kids just love it.
Question: What is the minimum age for a kid to join a Sea Kayaking trip
Answer: Kids from 5 to 12 may join a regular trip as a subgroup of a routine group trip, and a private guide will be provided for extra care and better enjoyment of the journey. We always put kids in double kayaks with one parent and stay with them at all times. If your kids are over 13 sporty and confident, then they may be able to paddle their own sea kayaks.
Question: What kind of fitness level do I need to take part in?
Answer: Sea kayaking is similar in intensity to walking. It is an easy aerobic exercise, occasionally turning into moderate, involving lots of different muscle groups but mainly the muscles of the torso and upper body. Keep in mind that the most important thing is to have fun and to enjoy the journey. We'll take plenty of breaks and paddle at an achievable pace.
Question: What size of the group?
Answer: Up to 12 people on our standard group trips. Most of our groups consist of couples, families, and individuals. We can also cater to private trips.
Question: Is lunch provided?
Answer: Yes, indeed, Simple, nutritious and flavorsome, the food is one of the pleasures during our trips. Halfway we make a relaxing stop at a beach to taste a picnic with freshly baked bread, organic garden-grown fruits and vegetables, homemade olive oil, and cheese.
Question: What route will we take?
Answer: We usually perform our tours within a certain route aiming to visit the most beautiful spots each trip has to offer. However, your guide is likely to choose an alternative route that suits the conditions on the day and the experience and needs of the group. This is the safest and best way to operate sea kayak trips.
Question: Will I learn about sea kayak skills?
Answer: Although our trips are primarily about guided experiences, you will also learn entry-level paddling techniques as part of the journey. A lot of learning about sea kayaking comes from experience and is best done as individuals on the move and in context. You will be free to spend a few moments practicing skills and techniques during the break. However, if you want to learn more skills and benefit from individualized coaching, then a private trip would be a suitable option.
Question: What is the weather like?
Answer: Greece has a Mediterranean climate and one of the sunniest climates worldwide. The weather along the coasts is warm from April to October. The wind speed and sea state are the primary factors that affect whether we will run the trip. If the conditions are dangerous, then we will cancel, and you won't be charged, we can try and re-schedule if possible.
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