Sfakia-Loutro

​​​​​​​Activity Level: Easy (in the usual weather conditions), 15-21 km
Departures: Pick up between 7-8 am from Heraklio (for free) or anywhere else near the trip. Of course you can meet us in Chora Sfakion if you are staying there. Meeting point is next to the diving center in Chora Sfakion (Check the Google map located on the bottom of this article).
Start and End time: Starts at 9-10am and returns between 4 & 5-30pm
Price: €80 per person
Experience Required: None. We use stable tandem Sea Kayaks and provide all required kayaking equipment. Single kayaks are available only to those with some experience.
Price Includes: All sea kayak equipment and local guide.
Minimum participants: Four (4)

This is a lovely trip in one of the most protected areas in Crete. The trip is ideal for people with no experience at all.

There are sea caves and wonderful beaches along the paddling distance.

Our kayaking adventure trips explore remote sections of coast.  A full day allows for 1-3 hour travel (as we start from Heraklio to Chania) and set-up time, about 4 hours paddling and 2-3 hours out-of kayak time: relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, walking or exploring.

During our paddling we will reach the small fishing village of Loutro.
Loutro believed that this was the site of the ancient city of Finikas and was the port of ancient Anopolis.

Later, it became the winter time port of the town of Sfakia, due to the fact that the bay and the small island in its entrance create a natural harbor where ships can be safe even at very bad weather conditions.

Loutro is most likely the most protected bay for kayak in Crete.
The only access is by kayak or any other boat and of course by foot.
There are no big hotels with swimming pools and no overcrowded streets, restaurants, beaches and also there are no cars!

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Notes

Please bear in mind that the itinerary can be altered for numerous reasons beyond our control (e.g. harsh weather) to ensure the safety and the well being of the group. The final selection is left up to the guide. Temperature during summer months (June - early September) are between 30oC - 45oC. During the winter temperature might dropped down to 8-10oC.

This is a water sport and you will get a little wet while getting in and out of the kayak.

  • Something to drink. Water works great, try to have 1.5lt with you if possible on small bottles.
  • Lunch - We will stop for lunch during the trip.
  • Shoes you do not mind getting soaked as you will get your feet wet. Ideally a light neopren shoe. If you don't have any we can supply you without extra cost.
  • Board shorts or long synthetic pants work well for your lower body.
  • Layers work well for the upper half and to keep you protected from the sun in the summer or from the cold in the winter.
  • Bring a hat; it work great to keep the sun out of your eyes or the rain off your head.
  • Sunscreen; even if the sun is not shining, UV rays get reflected from the water and will burn you.
  • Sunglasses
  • A camera or binoculars; We will provide a dry bag to keep them safe and dry.
  • If you have allergies that require the use of an EPI Pen - Bring It!
  • A beach towel and camera are optional

The Google map below shows the meeting point, just a few meters before the end of the marina. Click on "Directions" for details how to get there.

At the time of booking a 20% non refundable administration fee will be required to confirm the reservation. If you cancel for any reason it is not possible to get a refund.

To finalize the booking you will need to submit the booking form as it has important information that we need. Once we receive the form we will send you within 1-2 days (usually same day) a secure link to make the payment with your credit card. Rest of the money can be given to us by cash once we meet in Crete.