Agios Nikolaos Pachia Ammos

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Activity Level: Moderate (in the usual weather conditions), 25 km
Departures: Pick up between 7-8 am from Heraklio or anywhere else near the trip. Of course you can meet us in Agios Nikolaos if you are staying there
Start and End time: daily 8 am to 4-6 pm
Price: 80€ per person.
Experience Required: This is a demanding trip (around 25km) and good skills required
Price Includes: All sea kayak equipment and local guide.
Minimum participants: 4

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This is a great trip in Lasithi prefecture. We will start a couple of km north from Agios Nikolaos and we will end up in Pachia Ammos, a very beautiful village in Eastern Crete. This is a demanding trip (around 25km) and good skills required. If you have limited experience we will cut the trip and end up sooner to avoid the last part which is the most exposed to waves and wind.

About the trip

Our first stop will be inside the lake of Agios Nikolaos!
The lake is its most charming feature. Legend suggests that Athena and Armetis bathed in its waters. This lake is connected to the sea by a straight channel, while its natural surroundings of red rock and trees attract the visitor magnetically

Our destination is the small village of Pachia Ammos (see image below) about 20-24km further. If all paddlers are novices we might end up the journey earlier as non experience paddlers might find 20-25km per day a lot.

During the trip we will explore some great caves, circumnavigate a small island, swim and enjoy the scenery. If you are lucky you might see sea turtles which are common in that area due to warm waters. 

During the summer the water temperature can go up to 27oC.

Difficulty: The distance of the trip is big enough for most novices and this is why is not recommended for non experience paddlers. Having said that, new paddlers are welcome to join and do a part of the trip. There are many beaches during this trip and the route can be cut down to less km (8-10km for example). For experience paddlers, the total distance is around 20-25km. You need to be in good shape to complete this trip.

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

On this Google Map link you can see the meeting point; the kayaks will be next to the beach, can't be missed.

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.