4 days south Chania

Kayak Expedition Greece

From: Heraklion or Palaiochora, Crete, Greece.
Price: €450 per person
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights.
Dates: All year long apart from November and December which is usually too windy (contact us for details)
Minimum participants: 3.
Maximum participants: 8.
Overnight: In tents. Some days might be possible to stay in small apartments. Price does not include accommodation. Price for accommodation is usually between 30 to 45 euros (the price is based on double occupancy).
Included: Guides, ground transportation, all kayaking equipment & instruction.
Not Included: Air or ferry to Heraklion on the island of Crete, lunches, drinks and any kind of food, personal clothing and accessories, baggage and trip cancellation insurance, airport taxes and gratuities
An excellent trip that gives you the chance to paddle in one of the most amazing coastlines of Crete.

You need to have some previous experience in sea kayaks and especially to be able to track the kayak in a straight line. During the trip you will have the chance to improve your skills and practise rescues in warm water. The scenery of the trip is outstanding. We will visit some beaches that for years been in the top 50 in the world in various travel guides like the Lonely planet and Tripadvisor. Not to be missed.

The exact route for the 4 days trip will be determined a few days before the start while we will have a good view of the weather forecast to get the most. Usually the trip starts from south west heading to south east.

How to get to the starting point

The best location to stay prior to the trip is either near Rethimno (north part of the island) or Heraklio city as we can pick you up. In case you will be staying in Chania region, you will need to meet us to the meeting point as it is very far from our premises to provide transport. Bus tickets are usually about 8-12€ per person. In any case we will get in touch with you and sort out all the logistics about transport. On this link http://www.e-ktel.com/en/2-uncategorised/69-xania you can check the departures from Chania city to the south.


 

Kayaking gear - supplied by Enjoy-Crete

    Single kayak or double (tandem) expedition kayak with rudder
    Paddles
    Spray-deck
    Buoyancy-aid (a PFD)
    Expedition first aid kit
    Safety gear - tow lines, spare paddles, spare spray-deck, paddle float, epirb
    Communication equipment: cell phones, VHF radio
    Dry bags

Camping gear - bring what you have, otherwise you can loan or hire from Enjoy-Crete (please pre-book at least a month):

    Lightweight tent with sandpegs - 2-man tent available for hire €30/ week
    Foam mattress available for hire €5/ week
    Sleeping bag --> not available for rental
    Head torch --> not available for rental
    Mug, plate and cutlery --> not available for rental

All cooking equipment is provided - stove, pots, utensils.

 

Personal Items - You bring

Paddling gear:

    Quick dry shirt (a long sleeve shirt - a lycra rash vest is ideal)
    Quick dry or neoprene shorts
    Waterproof paddling jacket (i.e. A cag or cagoule) --> Needed from September to April.
    Swimming costume
    Sport sandals, water shoes or "crocs'
    Hat and sunglasses with retaining straps, sunscreen

Dry clothes:

    Pair of trainers or walking shoes or sport sandals
    2 T-shirts or similar
    1 shorts
    1 trousers
    1 thermal top base layer
    1 fleece (during the night even the summer temperature might go down to 18oC)
    Underwear and sox

Other

    Toiletries
    Headlamp with extra batteries
    Pak-towel or similar
    Wet-tissues
    Insect repellant
    Toilet paper
    Phone (there is good mobile reception)
    Waterproof camera or camera in a waterproof container

Paddling gear during winter months:

    Quick dry shirt (a long sleeve shirt - a lycra rash vest is ideal)
    Quick dry or neoprene shorts
    Waterproof paddling jacket (i.e. A cag or cagoule)
    Swimming costume
    Sport sandals, water shoes or "crocs'
    Hat and sunglasses with retaining straps, sunscreen
    Neoprene trousers or any other paddling trouser.
    Extra base layer
    A warm hat
    Pogies or gloves

Dry clothes:

    Pair of trainers or walking shoes or sport sandals
    2 T-shirts or similar
    1 shorts
    1 trousers
    1 thermal top base layer
    1 Fleece, ideally wind stopper.
    Warm hat
    Underwear and sox

Other

    Toiletries
    Pak-towel or similar
    Wet-tissues
    Insect repellant
    Toilet paper
    Phone (there is good mobile reception)
    Waterproof camera or camera in a waterproof container

Sea kayaks can take loads of gear, however, the more you have, the heavier (and slower) your kayak is.  It is also more difficult and time-consuming  to pack and unpack. The key is to keep everything to a minimum.  Everything should be packed in dry-bags.  Many smaller dry-bags are preferable to a few larger ones.  20 litres (20cm diameter) should be the maximum size.  I suggest 2, 6, 10 litre dry-bags and only 1-2 at 20lt.

I suggest you all pack everything into drybags before you leave home.  If you are short, just put it in a plastic bag for the time being.

This is my system for packing:

    2x 10lt or 1x20lt – clothing

    20lt – Extras (things you do not necessarily need on a day to day basis and can usually stay in the boat: first-aid kit, repair kit, spare clothes (perhaps thermals, hat, gloves, cag), spare sunglasses, spare anything else)

    10lt – sleeping bag

    12lt – tent

    10lt - shoes

    10lt – food I use just one for bread, crackers, biscuits, etc,  Food, for the most part (tins, jars, bottles and packets) does not need to go in a dry bag and can stay loose or in plastic shopping bags.

    10lt – stove (possibly not necessary, but salt water corrodes gas burners)

    5lt – toiletries (tooth brush & paste, shampoo, toilet paper, wet wipes, medications, etc)

    5lt – electronics and books – head torch, book, diary, phone, batteries, chargers, (probably worth double bagging!)