10 days west and south Crete

West Crete Kayak Expedition Greece Activity Level: Advanced. You need to be fit to paddle 35km per day and have enough experience in sea state 4 (waves around 2 meters) and winds up to 5 beaufort.
Period: Various dates all year long, one of the top kayaking expeditions in Mediterranean sea.
Duration & distance: 10 days and about 250km.
Price: 900€ per person.
Minimum participants: 4, maximum 10.
This expedition has everything; caves, high cliffs,remote beaches, exposed parts and much more.
Add on top of that our sea kayaks from Nigel Dennis, Valley and P&H and you have a recipy that is difficult to fail!
A must trip for those looking for an extended kayaking expedition in warm water.

Required paddling experience
This expedition is for strong and competent paddlers who would like to enjoy the experience of an extended sea kayaking trip and rough water in Greece.  Experience of specialist sea kayaks is essential.  
To join you should be:
  • Fit enough to paddle up to 35km/day
  • Have effective support strokes and be able to cope with moderate seas
  • Have experience of rough water
  • Able to control the boat down wind and across the wind
  • Able to perform an assisted rescue

Arrival and departure dates

We will meet in Chania or Kissamos village around 8-9am, in the north part of Chania and therefore you should arrive in Chania the day before. If you find a cheaper flight to Heraklion, transfer is provided for free as we are starting from Heraklion city and can get up to 5 persons in my car for free. For a larger group please contact us to discuss the best possible scenario.
On the last day of the trip we will return back to Heraklion by our car. If your flight is from Chania you will need to get the bus afterwards (it is about 2:45 minutes). The ticket is about 15 euros.
The best place to fly to is Heraklion airport as it is much easier from there to deal with transport.

Expedition plan, camping & food

The whole expedition is about 250km. This equates to about 25km/day in 10 days, however bad weather days will make it necessary to increase the daily kilometers up to 35 or more.
The expedition is self catering.  Usually we each look after our own breakfast, lunch and snacks and prepare a group evening meal in turn.  You are welcome to bring some food from home if you wish, however I suggest we buy most of the food, and especially water, after we meet in Heraklio or Chania and have decided on a plan.  We will buy 3 days worth of food and water at the beginning as there we will be able to restock during the route.  Meals in seaside towns, or beachside Taverna's, are a possibility but not every day. Especially during off season (late October to late April) we will need carry more supplies.

A proposed sea kayaking expedition in Crete, Greece can be seen below. Depending the conditions we might alter the starting or ending point.

An overview of the route, click image for larger scale

Sea kayaking Greece