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Methoni Kayak Tour: Half-day Κayak Tour from Methoni near Kalamata

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Enjoy a half-day Methoni Kayak tour and have a fun and exciting day in the sea. During your Methoni kayak tour, explore the beautiful island of Sapienza, home to rare species of flora and fauna, and marvel at the impressive medieval Venetian Castle. No experience is required for this family-friendly sea kayaking tour.

◾ Admire the impressive medieval castle of Methoni as you paddle along the coast
◾ Explore the evergreen island of Sapienza, home to rare species of flora and fauna
◾ Swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea
◾ Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch made out of local products

About this experience

DURATION: 5 hours
MEETING POINT: Methoni beachfront
LANGUAGES: English, Greek
OPENING SEASON: April to October
WHO CAN CAN: Methoni Kayak tour is family-friendly, suitable for children over 13 provided they are capable to paddle along

Description - What to expect

The area
At the southeastern tip of Messinia, overlooking the Ionian Sea and the island complex of Oinousses lies the town of Methoni, the ‘’eye’’ of Venice in the Mediterranean. Thanks to its strategic position, it has been an important trade and marine center for the Venetians during medieval years. The castle of Methoni is the most impressive fortress in the Peloponnese built in a rock that enters the sea and is separated from the mainland by an artificial canal. Across Methoni is the evergreen island of Sapienza, integrated into the Natura 2000 network, home to rare species of flora and fauna. Near its coasts, several shipwrecks are lying with great archaeological value.

The tour
Your Methoni Kayak tour begins from the sandy beach of Methoni, next to which looms the impressive fortress. Prepare your equipment and attend a brief but comprehensive introduction to the basics of sea kayaking before jumping into your kayaks for a fantastic tour. The journey begins by paddling your kayaks on transparent waters near the imposing walls of the castle.

Soon you will be crossing the channel at which many ancient shipwrecks are scattered at its seabed. Heading south, you will reach the tranquil and beautiful beach of the island. Here you will have a long break to rest, swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters and enjoy a delicious picnic with freshly baked bread, organic, garden-grown fruits and vegetables, homemade olive oil, and cheese.

Find time to explore the island and its ancient arbutus forest, a unique ecosystem, home of muffle (wild sheep), wild goats (kri-kri), partridges, pheasants, and many other species. Once your break is over, head east to explore the north coast of Sapienza island before returning to the starting point for the conclusion of your sea kayaking tour.

What's included, what's not

✔ Qualified BC 3-5 Star sea kayak leader
✔ Full sea kayaking 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 bread, cheese, fruits, and vegetables
✔ Transfer from the exit point to entry point (if necessary)
✔ Waterproof camera and photographs from the trip
✔ Liability insurance
✔ All taxes

Bring with you

For your Methoni Kayak 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 requirements

A half-day Methoni kayak tour 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 information

We reserve the right to modify or cancel the Methoni kayak tour due to bad weather, technical difficulties, or any reason beyond our control. The meeting point and the trip course are likely to change due to weather conditions and wind direction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: 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 the Methoni kayak tour 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 the Methoni kayak tour
Answer: 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 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 of 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.