Updated: 23 February, 2024 By: Stelios


This is the easiest kayaking trip to access by transport either from Chania, Rethymno or Heraklio towns. The trip has remote beaches, great rocky formations and some hidden places for cliff jumping. Usually the weather is calm in the area thus making a great choice for non experienced paddlers. 

Overview of the trip

Paddling distance: The distance of the trip if the group has no or limited experience is about 15 km while it can easily extended up to 21 km for those looking to paddle more.

Equipment: Single or tandem (double) kayaks are available. People with no experience will be given a tandem kayak as those are easier to paddle unless you want to try a single. Experienced paddlers can get superb boats from Nigel Dennis, Valley, North Shore, P&H and 3kymia sea kayaks. We use mainly composite kayaks in our trips.

Wild life: Many times we are lucky enough to see sea turtles. Out of the seven species in the world, only three can be regularly found in the Mediterranean. Of these three only the loggerhead sea turtle nests in Greece. Some of the most important nesting beaches are on Crete (Rethymno, Bay of Chania and Bay of Messara).

Plan of the trip: 

When we meet in Bali there will be a short introduction to kayaking which includes a brief description of paddling strokes and the basics about safety. We will then adjust our paddles,kayaks and buoyancy aids and get ready for the kayaking trip. The options that we got are either to paddle towards the eastern part or west. 

The west is more exposed and usually a better option for the experienced paddlers. If we end up paddling on this part you will need to pack your lunch as there isn't anything (not even a single house) to stop apart from some nice remote pebble beaches. You will be notified by email if you need to puck your lunch. 

General speaking, weather is calm until late May, early June. Avoid booking for this trip during July & August as the "Meltemi" blows hard during those months.