Kayak north Crete
This sea kayak expedition is available only during winter months; from mid November to late March.
The expedition is for strong and competent paddlers (you need to be at 4* level) who would like to enjoy the experience of an extended sea trip and rough water. Dry suit is not needed as with a cag and a neoprene short or trouser you will be fine. Most of the times the ground temperature doesn’t go lower than 10-14oC while plenty of days with sunshine and near 18-20oC.
The trip starts near Chania town in north West and weather wise will finish near Agios Nikolaos or Pachia Ammos village in eastern Crete.
It is a lovely trip and the winter season is offering a unique view to the snow capped mountains of Crete. The island is extremely quiet during the winter thus offering some great camping spots which are impossible to camp during the summer.
The whole expedition is about 220km. This equates to about 22km/day in 10 days. Bad weather days plus the first and last day (limited paddling due to driving distance) will make it necessary to increase the daily kilometres up to 35 or more. A great expedition if you have already done the West Crete trip.
Fit enough to paddle up to 35-40km/day
Comfortable in sea state 4 (~2 meter waves)
Been able to paddle with an average speed of 6 km per hour
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 4 days worth of food and water for 2 days at the beginning as we will be able to restock during the route. Our guide will give you a detailed briefing and sort out if there is any issue related with food or camping.
Meals in seaside towns, or beach side taverna's, are not possible apart from maybe a day or two due to been all closed for the winter season. The island is extremely quiet during the winter which takes place this expedition, it is simply wonderful.
For camping you need to have with you pegs suitable for both sandy and rocky beaches.
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 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. You can click the link below to have a quick search about the flights.