Posted on 18/10/2019
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Half-day Sea Kayaking Tour in Koroni, Greece  

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Enjoy a half-day guided sea kayaking tour and experience Koroni from a unique perspective. Explore the coastline around the famous town and marvel at the unique landscape. No experience is required!

What is included

✔ 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

Highlights

◾ Admire Koroni from a unique perspective as it stands amphitheatrically over the hills
◾ Explore hidden caves and beautiful sandy beaches along the coast
◾ Swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean
◾ Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch made out of local products

Description

The area
At the westernmost peninsula of the Peloponnese, Cape Akritas separates the Messinian Gulf from the Ionian Sea. Opposite to the Cape Akritas there is the rocky islet of Venetiko an uninhabited island which belongs to the cluster of the Messenian Oinousses. Further northeast the town of Koroni has been fortified by the Venetians in the 13th century and along with Methoni were two of the most important centers of Venice in the eastern Mediterranean.

The trip
Our tour begins from the golden sandy Zaga beach in Koroni. Before departure, we prepare our equipment and attend a brief but comprehensive introduction to the basics of sea kayaking. Soon we get into our kayaks and begin a coastal exploration at a relaxed paddling pace. We glide with our kayaks into crystal clear waters near the imposing walls of the castle overlooking the town built amphitheatrically over the hill.

Heading north we navigate our kayaks through rock gardens and reefs offering shelter to the indigenous sea life. We float near imposing white chalk cliffs and discover hidden coves with some of the finest gold sanded beaches of the region. Halfway we make a relaxing stop at a sandy beach for swimming, snorkeling and taste a delicious picnic with freshly baked bread organic, garden-grown fruits and vegetables, homemade olive oil, and cheese. Once the lunch stop is over we paddle back to the starting point to end a relaxing paddling day in the coasts of Koroni.

Duration of activity

4-5 hours

Not included/Bring with you

A Bottle of water
A hat and sun cream
Towel
A change of clothes and swimsuit
Flip flops or sandals (Avoid bulky shoes)

Who can come/Other requirements

The majority of our day trips are suitable for beginners. We keep a stable and comfortable paddling pace and there's sufficient rest time during our stops. A day trip comprises 30 minutes briefing and preparation, 2-2.5 hours comfortable paddling exploration, 1-1.5 hours free time for picnic, rest, snorkeling, swimming, and other activities. Our experienced trip leaders ensure that everybody is happy, safe and is having a fun day

Where we will meet

Zega beach, Koroni
https://www.google.gr/maps/@36.7836798,21.9395707,18.73z?hl=en&authuser=0

Language/s

  • English
  • Greek

Starting time

9.30 am

Cutoff time before activity

  • 24 hours

Opening seasons

All year round

Additional Info

We 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 Questions

Do I need a sea kayaking experience?
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.

Is a Sea Kayaking trip suitable for families with kids?
Absolutely Yes! Sea kayaking is a wonderful way for your child to explore the outdoors. There are so many reasons to love sea kayaking with kids. 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.

What is the minimum age for a kid to join a Sea Kayaking trip
Kids from 5 to 12 may join a regular trip as a subgroup of a standard group trip and a private guide will be provided for extra care and better enjoyment of the trip. 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.

What kind of fitness level do I need to take part?
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.

What size of the group?
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.

Is lunch provided?
Yes indeed, Simple, nutritious and flavoursome, 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.

What route will we take?
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.

Will I learn about sea kayak skills?
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 practising 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.

What is the weather like?
Greece has a Mediterranean climate and one of the sunniest climates worldwide. 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.

Country

  • Greece
  • Kenya