Kayak eastern Crete
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.
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!
The whole expedition is about 200km. This equates to about 25km/day in 8 days, however bad weather days will make it necessary to increase the daily kilometres up to 35 or more.
Fit enough to paddle up to 35km/day
Comfortable in sea state 4 (~2 meter waves)
Been able to paddle with an average speed of 6 km per hour
Able to control the boat down wind & across the wind
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Experienced Kayak guide
All paddling equipment
NDK, Valley/Northshore or P&H kayaks
Stoves (Trangia) & Canisters
Transport within Crete
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.
We will buy 2 days worth of food and water at the beginning as there we will be able to restock during the route as long as the trip is between May and September. Outside of these months we will need to carry food for more days.
Our guide will give you a detailed briefing and sort out if there is any issue.
Meals in seaside towns, or beach side taverna's, are possible during the trip most of the days. Usually we prepare our own breakfast & dinner and have lunch in a taverna.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE DATES
We will meet near the city of Heraklion between 8-9 am. You should arrive in Heraklion the day before.
On the last day of the trip we will return back to Heraklion by our car and will be glad to drop you in the airport if your flight is on same date.
Your flight needs to be late enough as we need about 2.5 hours to get there from the place that will finish our sea kayak trip.
An alternative airport if you do find a much cheaper flight is the one in Chania but bare in mind that you will need to meet us in Heraklion city afterwards (2 hours & 45 minutes by bus).
Sandals or wet shoes (neoprene) along with an extra normal shoe for hiking.
Light clothes as well as some warmer ones (ie. fleece) depending the season. June to early September you don't need a jacket.
A rain jacket. Some times it doesn't rain for months but it is good to have just in case. During April and October the chances for rain are bigger as compared to May,June, July and August. Of course during the winter months it is rain, not often but when it rains it rains a lot!
Any medication needed for special personal medical condition.