I was very excited when myself and my friend Christos came up with the idea of offering a multi-day trip where we can combine the beauty of sailing with sea kayaking. If you add on that a top destination, the Gavdos island and the best kayaking equipment in Greece, I was even more excited!
With this article I will try to discuss in more detail about kayaking rental as I receive several messages with the same questions.
Another great review from Kathy & Tracy from California, US. The review is about our latest sea kayaking trip (6 days) in eastern Peloponnese that took place late October 2018.
Photos taken from Enjoy-Crete. The complete set of pictures can be found & download on our Flickr account in this link.
Over the last few years I’ve spend lots of time evaluating various cameras on my guided sea kayaking trips. With almost one sea kayak expedition every month I’m lucky enough to have a large field of practise my photography skills and the various cameras I’ve used over that period.
Which kayak day trip to select? To answer better this question you need to know roughly where your hotel is in Crete in terms of the map.
The easier way to determine this if you are not already in Crete, is to type in Google Maps your hotel name. Then zoom out until you see the whole island and you will get an idea about your location.
This is very important as to drive from one side to the island to the other you will need 6-7 hours one way. If you haven’t book your accommodation and you do need transport you need to stay in Heraklion as we pick up only from there.
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With my daughter been just 5 years old by the time of this post and a very tight schedule due to work commitments; I was amazed that I’ve managed to get some time off during the last week of January. Reason being a sea kayaking trip in northern Greece with my friend George who lives in Athens. After getting the approval from my boss (= my lovely wife, Penny) I’ve packed quickly my gear & food for a week, got the tickets for the ferry from Crete to Athens and everything was ready.
In my experience the most efficient way to gain a good tracking is through use of either a skeg or a rudder. A skeg will perform much better in big waves as it is “staying” inside the water while rudder pedals will be a hell of a work to keep them in the proper position.
Over the years I found the most unreliable rudder pedals to be those from Smart Track as they tend to break easily once you start pushing a lot. I’ve replaced almost the majority in my kayaks with those from Sealect and found them excellent.
Why go kayaking in Greece? Greece has more than 2,000 islands, of which about 170 are inhabited; some of the easternmost Aegean islands lie just a few miles off the Turkish coast. Greece is bordered to the east by the Aegean Sea, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the west by the Ionian Sea. Only to the north and northeast does it have land borders.