Kayak Eastern Crete
Updated: 23 February, 2024 By: Stelios

Kayak Eastern Crete

Duration: 6 days Level: advanced Overnight: Wild camping Price: 890€

Excitement is guaranteed on this expedition! Strong winds are common on this trip and you need to be very comfortable paddling in at least force 4 winds. You need to be close to 4* skills (based on British Canoeing) to join this trip. You don’t need to hold any certification, just be sure that your skills are up to that level.

Overview of the trip

Part of the trip faces strong katabatic winds and need super attention.
This is where you can get benefit from our experience, to paddle safely in a wonderful coastline. We will paddle close to Asterousia mountains (1243 meters the highest summit) and Dikti (2148 meters).
Many remote beaches along the way.
The largest part without an option for landing is about 15km.
Paddlers with 4* skills will love the conditions and will be a great test towards the 5* for those that are interested in.
A few camping spots during our trip have little to none light pollution and is great for those that are interested in night photography. If that is the case don’t forget to bring a tripod!


EXPERIENCE NEEDED

The whole expedition is about 150km. 
This equates to about 25km/day in 6 days, however bad weather days will make it necessary to increase the daily kilometres up to 35 or more.

You should have a solid assisted rescue (any) and ideally a reliable roll.
Experience in strong headwinds is necessary.


WHAT IS INCLUDED

The trip fee includes all of the paddling equipment. High quality composite kayaks from Nigel Dennis & 3kymia are available. There are also plastic Valley Etains 17-5 & 17-7 for those that prefer them.

 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 are not included.


CAMPING & FOOD

The expedition is self catering. Usually we each look after our own breakfast, lunch and snacks and prepare a group evening meal in turn.

Meals in seaside towns, or beach side taverna's, are a possibility but not every day if weather is bad and we have to change the plan. You will be informed on time anyway by our guide about getting or not supplies.
During off season (late October to late April) we will need carry supplies for at least 3 days.