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 150km.
This equates to about 25km/day in 6 days, however bad weather days will make it necessary to increase the daily kilometers 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.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURES
Our trip officially begins in the morning at the Heraklion city where our staff will meet you. Exact meeting time will be determined depending participants flights.
The best place to fly to is Heraklion airport as it is much easier from there to deal with transport.
The second biggest airport in Crete is that one in Chania city. From Chania bus ticket is around 15€ to Heraklion.
We will meet in a central place near Heraklio (will sent you the exact spot by email). Once everybody is ready for departure we will enjoy a great drive from the north to the south. This is about 1.5 hour driving. During the drive will make a stop for a coffee and we will review the itinerary for the week and answer whatever questions you may have.
Will I be able to leave my suitcase with you?
Ideally try to have all your stuff for the trip inside multiple and small dry bags and those inside a suitcase or any other rucksack. It is important to have your stuff in either rucksack or suitcase as usually we have very limited space inside the car and need to carry all passengers stuff in the roof rack with straps. The driver can store afterwards your suitcase or rucksack in our warehouse and bring it back to you once the trip finish. Of course if you are staying in a hotel prior and after the trip you can ask them to store your stuff there if you prefer.
When in your opinion is a good time to do the expedition?
September and October used to be the best months for paddling in terms of calm sea. If you want to plan an early multi day trip then April and May are good choices or mid November for a late season trip. If you have no problem paddling in winter then March is a superb month. The scenery is outstanding as most of the mountains are covered by snow. Ground temperature at the sea level varies from 8-18oC while water at 15oC. March is usually a calm month in terms of sea conditions.
Can I rent all camping equipment?
We can provide all the equipment for camping apart from sleeping bag for an extra cost.
You can get a high quality 3 or 4 season tent for an extra 30€ for the whole duration of the trip and also the mattress.
Stove (complete set from Trangia) and gas canister are an extra 30€ and is suitable for 2-3 persons.
What to bring for the trip?
Wet shoes (neoprene) along with an extra normal shoe for hiking.
Light clothes as well as some warmer ones (ie. fleece) depending the season.
Any medication needed for special personal medical condition.
What sea conditions should I expect during the trip?
Having 6 days calm weather is nearly impossible.
Expect to paddle up to 2 meter waves occasionally and in strong head winds nearly every day at some point. This is an advanced trip as the eastern part of the islands gets most of the wind (offshore).
This is an adventure trip!
This 6-day kayak expedition with Enjoy-Crete is an opportunity to connect with nature, discover remote and unspoiled landscapes, and create lasting memories with fellow adventurers. If you're looking for an adventure that combines exploration, relaxation, and the thrill of the sea, this expedition is the ideal choice. Book your spot now and prepare to paddle into the heart of Eastern Crete's magnificent coast.