The simplest kayaking tour to get to from the towns of Chania, Rethymno, or Heraklio is this one. There are secluded beaches, amazing geological formations, and even undiscovered cliff jumping spots on the journey. For inexperienced paddlers, this is an excellent option because the area typically has moderate weather.
The travel itinerary:
A quick introduction to kayaking, covering the fundamentals of safety and paddling strokes, will be given when we first meet in Bali. Then, as we prepare for the kayaking excursion, we will adjust our paddles, kayaks, and buoyancy aids. We can paddle either east or west, depending on our possibilities.
Experienced paddlers will typically find the west to be more favorable due to its increased exposure. If we paddle this section, you'll need to bring lunch because, except from a few lovely, secluded gravel beaches, there are no stops—not even houses. If you have to puck your lunch, you will receive an email notification.
Overall, the weather remains quiet until the end of May or the beginning of June. Because of the strong "Meltemi" during those months, it is best to avoid making travel plans during July and August.
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).
Where do we meet? A meeting point next to Livadi beach near Bali.
There is a big parking (free access) about 10 minutes walking from the bus stop.
A near by taverna gives you the option to change clothes if you wish too.
Do you provide transfer?
Transfer is available for an extra 20€ per person assuming you are relatively close to Heraklion and on our way to the starting point (see map above). If you are not sure if your location is covered from our transfer service please get in touch with us. From Chania or Rethymno regions we don't provide transport, you will need to get either by bus or taxi. From Chania is about an hour and fifteen minutes, from Rethymno about 30 and from Heraklion around 45 minutes.
What to bring?
If you don't want to have lunch in the taverna be sure you pack your lunch. Other than that you will need 1.5lt of water (ideally in small bottles),sun glasses, hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, lycra shirt or any t-shirt ideally with UV protection. You will also need shoes that you do not mind getting soaked as you will get your feet wet. Ideally a light neoprene shoe will work great. It is not required to wear shoes but they will help as the majority of the beaches are with small pebbles.