This is a lovely trip to one of the most protected areas in Crete, very close to the famous Samaria gorge. Previous experience is not required. The starting point is about an hour driving from the town of Chania and is suitable for those staying in west Crete (along with Kalyves trip) and or near Rethymno town. Of course, anyone is welcome to join from any part of Crete but check first the driving distance (takes 2.5 hours from Heraklion). The distance that we will paddle is about 15km and there will be plenty of time for swimming and snorkelling on remote beaches not accessible by cars. Experienced paddlers are welcome to join; if all are experienced in the group we can extend the trip to cover an extra 6km.
All paddling equipment is provided for the trip plus of course the guide.
There will be a short introduction to paddling for those that have no experience and afterwards we will start paddling towards Loutro. On our way we will make stops for both; swimming and snorkelling. All stops will be on different beaches.
There are sea caves and wonderful beaches for swimming and snorkelling along our way to the small village of Loutro where we will stop for lunch. You can either eat in a taverna or you can bring your own. The food in the village is excellent and there is a wide variety including many recipes for vegetarians.
Single or tandem (double) kayaks are available. People with no experience will be given a tandem kayak as those are easier to paddle. Experienced paddlers can get superb boats from Nigel Dennis, Valley, North Shore and P&H.
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 tshirt 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. Is is not required to wear shoes but they will help as the majority of the beaches are with small rocks.
Please be aware that there is a limit on weight regarding the hull of our kayaks and thus we can't accept participants that are above 110kg/240lbs/17stones
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