Posted on 19/10/2019
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Half-day Sea Κayaking Tour in the Navarino Bay, Greece  

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Enjoy a half-day guided sea kayaking tour in Navarino Bay and experience the coast of Gialova and Pylos. Explore the island of Sphacteria and its impressive rock arch formed at its northern tip. No experience is required. Family-friendly tour!

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 the town of Pylos and the castle of Niokastro as you paddle along the coast
◾ Explore Tsihli Baba, an imposing monolithic islet with an impressive rock arch at its northern tip
◾ Swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea
◾ Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch made out of local products

Description

The area
Navarino Bay is a natural harbour and an ideal spot for Sea Kayaking trips. Across Gialova and Pylos, the island of Sphacteria stands as a wave breaker, protecting the bay from winds of the Ionian Sea forming an idyllic landscape covered with a veil of tranquillity. A landscape of incredible natural beauty, with impressive rock formations, sea caves, warm, crystal clear, waters and golden sandy beaches where sea turtles often return to lay their eggs. Two medieval castles guard the bay, recalling the famous naval battle of Navarino, one of the most important events of the modern Greek history.

The Trip
Sea kayaking in Navarino Bay is one of our most popular trips, offering you the experience of remoteness with a visit to the island of Sphacteria. You will explore beautiful rock formations, relax on a hidden cove with a secluded beach and hopefully spot some migrant birds, sea turtles or seals.

Our trip begins at Divari beach, very close to Gialova lagoon. Before departure, we brief you on trip details, kayak paddling techniques and safety measures. Soon we will be paddling by the town of Pylos and the castle of Niokastro heading towards the Tsihli Baba, an imposing monolithic islet with an impressive rock arch formed at its northern tip. Weather permitting, we circumnavigate the islet, visit a few of its sea caves and paddle through its tunnels and arches.

Our next stop will be the one and only accessible from the sea beach of the island of Sphacteria. During our stop, there will be enough time to swim, snorkel, sunbathe, rest and enjoy a 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 an adventurous day spent in the tranquillity of the Navarino Bay.

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 a 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

Divari beach
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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

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 a Sea Kayaking trip suitable for families with kids?
Answer: 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.

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 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.

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

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 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.

Question: What is the weather like?
Answer: 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