Sea kayaking journeyfrom
This adventure is for you whether you have little or no kayaking experience. Our sea kayaking journey will help you learn the basics of traveling from place to place in a kayak. At the same time, enjoy the magnificent landscape of Halkidiki and its breathtaking coastline. Our small groups pass through the most picturesque coastlines while enjoying dining in ‘’tavernas’’ with delicious local seafood and resting in traditional lodges by the sea.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
No previous experience is required, as the course will focus on teaching you the right paddling techniques, on demonstrating how to plan your trip safely depending on weather conditions, as well as on covering safety and rescue procedures.
You can skip a day of paddling if you feel like swimming or biking.
We encourage you to bring your friends and family, even if they are not keen paddlers, as we offer a wide range of alternative activities to suit any taste!
You can either choose a relaxing day with a casual stroll soaking up the infamous Greek sun and tasting local delicacies, or explore the beautiful countryside by selecting one any of our more physical activities such as hiking, biking and sailing.
- All Transportation during the trip
- Traditional Lodge and Inn style accommodation
- Local Greek contact on the Ground
- All “on water” Guiding & instruction
- All kayak related equipment including a dry bag and water bottle. We advise you bring a couple of lightweight dry bags of various sizes to secure personal items and spare clothing etc.
- Light Lunch prepared by us
- Vegetarian options are available
- Toilet kit available at all times
- Maps & Charts of the Coastline
- Pick up & drop off from Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) (can be arranged)
- Paddling jackets or cag for protection against the wind if the weather turns inclement.
- Personal Travel & Health Insurance not included. We strongly advise you take out this type of cover for your own protection, ensuring the policy includes adventurous activities such as sea kayaking.
Upon your arrival in Thessaloniki, we will head towards our starting point in Ouranoupoli, a small port on the border with Mount Athos, a World Heritage Site and self-governed state consisting of 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries. A welcome dinner will be expecting us by the sea, where we will discuss all the details of our journey and get the latest weather briefing. Accommodation will be arranged at a traditional lodge in Ouranoupoli.
Once we’ve had our traditional Greek breakfast of omelet, yogurt, raisins and honey, we will head to the coast and get acquainted with our kayaks & equipment. Our goal for the day will be to circumnavigate the beautiful “Donkey Islands”, and explore parts of the coastline of Amouliani island which lies in front of us. It will also give us the opportunity to refresh our paddling skills and perhaps look at a few rescues (total 5-6 nm). Accommodation will be arranged at a local Inn on Amouliani Island which has a great view of Mount Athos. Here we will have a traditional dinner with fresh fish, calamari and of course’ Retsina!
Day 3 we have two options, all depending on the weather forecast as well as the needs, wants and ability of group members. Provided the weather conditions are favorable, we have the option to cross the “Gulf of Sigitikos” (approx 6 miles – 2 to 3 hours) to the Sithonia peninsula (known as the second or middle leg). Here we can explore the remote islands off Vourvourou, a picturesque small fishing village where we will settle for the night.
The other option is to possibly circumnavigate Amouliani island and its impressive western coastline, then paddle back to the eastern leg (aprox 1 mile). Here we can pick up our transport, head across to Sithonia peninsula and explore the remote islands off Vourvourou.
After a short transfer southwards, the paddling will continue on the east and most interesting section of coastline on the second leg of Sithonia. This journey will take us all the way down to Porto Koufo at that tip of the peninsula. With its spectacular entrance and beautiful natural harbor, here we will spend the night, at Porto Koufo.
Paddling right out of Porto Koufo, we will round the peninsula and head northwest. Scattered along the way, we will pass through some stunning island groups and finish paddling at the majestic bay of Porto Carras in the Agia Kiriaki area. We will stay at Marmaras and visit one of the local restaurants of the village.
Day 6 provides us with our second challenge or option of your trip. Again providing the weather conditions are favorable, we have the option to cross to the small uninhabited island of Kelyfos (approx 3 miles – 1.5 hours). After a stretch of our legs and some “re-fueling”, we can attempt our second crossing of the “Gulf of Toroneos” to Halikidiki’s first leg known as Kassandria (approx 8 miles – 3 to 4 hours). Our other options are to possibly cross to and then circumnavigate the island of Kelyfos (approx 3 miles). Returning to Marmaras (approx 8 miles – 3 to 4 hours). Or to continue exploring the Agia Kiriaki area and then paddle north to Mamaras.Here we can pick up our transport, head across to Kassandria peninsula where we will spend the night at Pefkohori, one of Halkidiki’s busiest coastal towns with a vibrant nightlife.
Our final day of the trip will start from the church of Agios Nikolaos, located right at the seashore with its very own small port, a beautiful setting! Heading south, we will round the tip of the first leg with its steep and remote backdrop, secluded beaches and unique limestone formations. Now paddling northwards, our final destination is Loutra and the Chapel of Agia Paraskeui.
Our adventure will come to a fitting end with a lovely dinner at Poseidi where we settle for our final night.
We would be more than happy to assist you in arranging a more relaxed version, with reduced distances at a leisure paddling pace.
We have special sit in kayaks which are very long and fast compared to the simple sit on top kayaks. Equipment is Prijon Kayaks and P&H Expedition series kayaks, Carbon shaft nylon blade Paddles from Lendal, spraydecks, buoyancy aid, cags, hats etc. from Nookie
Guiding at all times ( Level 1 , 3 star BCU guide plus a second guide for groups of more than 5p)
Paddling around the islands is a nice work out and rather demanding. Some fitness would be needed. Difficulty has to do with the groups level. We always follow the pace of the less strong person and we try to offer simple nice activities people to enjoy and have fun.
All the activities start with a small introduction about the trip about the equipment and about difficulty and duration.
Destination and available routes has also to do with weather conditions which we take into great consideration
The activities will last 4-5 hours time. Flexible adjustments can be made based on groups and individuals needs.
- Light clothes will be needed during the activity and a light Jacket handy just in case.
- Dry clothes can stay safe in the van or at our shop for you to wear at the finish line.
- Dry bags (to keep wallets, phones, personal items dry) will be given for personal usage, very useful especially for Sea kayaking.