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Kayak and Camp the Southern Greek Coast

Paddle along Greece’s stunning coastline, explore coves and beaches, and camp on a remote islet

Duration

2 nights

Annual Leave

1 day off work

Location

Greece

Starts & Ends

Kalamata Airport, Kalamata or Athens International Airport, Athens

Average Rating

24 Reviews

Difficulty

Moderate

You’ll need to be a bit fit, but no previous kayaking experience is needed - just an adventurous spirit and a can-do attitude.

Why it's Much Better

Kayak through Greek mythology on the wild and untamed coastline of the Peloponnese

Paddle past sea turtles to the white sand beach of Voidokoilia. Take a dip and snorkel its turquoise waters

Hike to 13th Century Navarino Castle, perched on a 200 metre cliff overlooking the ocean

Camp on the remote island of Sfaktiria and munch on a traditional Greek dinner cooked over the campfire

Visit the sea caves and rock arches of the tiny islet of Fanari and cliff jump into its secret coves

Peepers open for birds migrating south across the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert in Gialova Lagoon

What's Included

Guides

Local, certified and friendly English-speaking guides

Accommodation

1 night in a guesthouse and 1 night camping on an islet

Meals

All the Greek food you'll ever need will be provided

Transfers

Both transfers to and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

All kayaking, snorkelling and camping kit will be sorted

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Itinerary

Day 1

Fly in, meet your crew, eat out in Kalamata

Activity

Easy day

Meals

Dinner

Meet your guide at the airport and transfer to your accommodation in Kalamata.

Check in, get settled, then enjoy a delicious light dinner while gazing out over the Mediterranean.

Day 2

Kayak along the coast and camp under the stars

On the Water

Approx. 2 hours of kayaking

Distance

6km

On your Feet

Approx. 2 hours of hiking

Distance

5km

Accommodation Type

Campsite

Meals

All meals

Your kayaks await you on the beach. Review safety and skills, then embark on a day of adventure along the coast, paddling past secluded coves and keeping an eye out for sea turtles.

Your first stop is Voidokoilia, one of the best beaches in Greece. Spend some time there swimming and snorkeling in the turquoise waters. In the afternoon you'll hike up to Navarino Castle for incredible views over the bay.

Walk back to the beach via Gialova Lagoon, a wetland that serves as an important migratory bird hotspot. You might see egrets, herons, sandpipers, osprey, harriers and more.

Finish the day with a paddle to Sfaktiria, a remote island and your home for the night. Camp on the beach, cook a traditional Greek dinner, and indulge in a glass of wine beneath the night sky.

Day 3

Explore the waters around Fanari and then head home

On the Water

Approx. 3 hours of kayaking

Distance

9km

Meals

Breakfast and lunch

Wake up in a Mediterranean paradise and enjoy a fresh breakfast. Today you'll paddle south along the island’s coast to Fanari - a tiny islet boasting a rock arch and numerous sea caves.

Spend the rest of the morning swimming, snorkeling and cliff jumping in the beautiful coves of the islet.

Finish the trip with a quick paddle to the mainland. A car will meet you in Pilos for your transfer back to the airport.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

Kalamata

Accommodation

Guesthouse

Rooms

Twin share

Meals

Dinner

In Kalamata you’ll stay at a modern, 3-star, family run guesthouse just metres from the beach. The guesthouse features ensuite double rooms with a TV and fridge, and free wifi. It can vary by group but in most cases the rooms are twin ensuite rooms, based on same-gender sharing.

Private room upgrade

An optional private room at the hotel can be booked for €50 per person (subject to availability). Please request this at the time of booking.

Sfaktiria

Accommodation

Campsite

Rooms

Twin share

Meals

All meals

Your campsite on Sfaktiria is remote from any facilities. You will sleep in a 2 person tent (same gender sharing). We provide a sleeping mat and sleeping bag.

Private room upgrade

You can request a solo tent for €15 per person (subject to availability). Please request this at the time of booking.

Need To Know

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Athens International Airport

When

15:00

Your host will meet you in the arrivals area for your transfer to Kalamata. You can schedule your flight for any time on Day 1, however, we recommend arriving no later than 15:00 to allow enough time to get to your accommodation. You can also be picked up from / dropped off at Kalamata Airport if you prefer.

End

Where

Athens International Airport

When

16:30

At the end of your adventure, your host will drop you back off at the airport in the afternoon of the last day. You can book any flight departing at 18:30 or later.

Kitlist

Bags

  • Small rucksack to carry items throughout the day

Clothes

  • Lightweight breathable clothes for kayaking
  • Long-sleeved shirt and trousers
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm jacket and/ore jumper for the evenings
  • Hiking shoes and socks
  • Beach sandals
  • Swimsuit

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)

Other

  • Towel
  • Sun protection
  • Insect repellant
  • Head torch (optional)

What's included?

  • Single or double kayak
  • Paddle
  • Life jacket
  • Spray skirt
  • Dry bag
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Safety equipment
  • First aid kit
  • Throw rope
  • Extra paddles
  • 2-person tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat

Meet Your Host

Katerina and team

Born locally Katerina has spent her entire life enjoying the waters and coastline of the Peloponnese. An experienced river and sea kayaking guide, and a passionate long distance open water swimmer, Katerina’s goal is simple - to make sure you fall in love with her homeland as much as she has.

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