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Sea Kayak in Spinalonga

Sea Kayak in Spinalonga

Product Code : 4992

About The Place

Spinalonga and the Elounda area, situated on the captivating island of Crete, Greece, form a tapestry of historical intrigue and natural allure. Spinalonga Island, once a Venetian fortress and later a leper colony, is a sentinel that watches over the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mirabello. Its storied past is etched into its stone walls, offering a poignant glimpse into the lives of those who sought refuge here.

Approaching Spinalonga by boat, the fortress emerges like a sentinel of history. The walls that once protected against invaders now hold the echoes of human stories, whispers of the leper colony’s inhabitants who sought solace and connection amidst their isolation. The village that evolved within the fortress’s embrace speaks of resilience and community, leaving a lasting impression on all who visit.

The Elounda area, neighboring Spinalonga, is a haven of tranquil beauty. Its coastal charm is marked by inviting beaches and crystalline waters that invite relaxation and rejuvenation. Luxury resorts and traditional tavernas line the coastline, offering a seamless blend of modern comfort and authentic Greek hospitality.

In the waters around Elounda, the allure continues with a scattering of islets that beckon to be explored. The historic islet of Kolokytha, with its deserted ruins and pristine beaches, offers a glimpse into a quieter time. The islet of Spinalonga itself stands as a testament to human fortitude and the passage of time.

The Elounda area isn’t just a destination for relaxation; it’s also a gateway to discovery. The surrounding hills hide archaeological sites and paths that lead to breathtaking viewpoints. The ancient sunken city of Olous, a silent reminder of centuries gone by, adds an air of mystery to the area’s history.

Spinalonga and the Elounda area are an intricate dance between past and present, culture and nature. Whether you’re stepping through the gates of a fortress steeped in history, basking in the coastal beauty, or tracing the footsteps of ancient civilizations, this corner of Crete invites you to uncover the layers of its story, and to be moved by the richness that time has woven into its fabric.

Total Duration

  • 7 Hours

Full description

Embark on a captivating sea kayak adventure to Spinalonga in Crete. Inspired by the renowned historical novel by Victoria Hislop, this trip offers a unique opportunity to explore the island and its fascinating museum within the ancient walls. Please note that the museum entrance fee is not included in the listed price.

Paddling Distance:

We provide two options for paddling. The first option takes place within the serene Elounda bay, covering a distance of 12 km. The second option involves circumnavigating the scenic Kolokitha peninsula, spanning 20 km. Regardless of the route chosen, a visit to Spinalonga is guaranteed, unless weather conditions near the island are too windy, in which case we will adjust the itinerary accordingly.


We offer both single and tandem (double) kayaks. For those without experience, tandem kayaks are recommended for their ease of paddling, unless you’re eager to try a single kayak. Experienced paddlers can enjoy top-quality sea kayaks from Nigel Dennis, Valley, North Shore, P&H, and 3kymia. Our trips primarily feature composite kayaks.

This trip is available year-round, except from June to mid-September, when high winds make it less suitable for kayaking.

Please note that transportation is not provided for this trip. You will need to meet us at the designated meeting point.

What to Bring

  • If you don’t want to have lunch in the taverna be sure you pack your lunch.

  • Water ,Sunglasses, 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.


  • Starting Time 10:00
  • EndingTime 17:00

Meeting point

Akti Olountos, Ag. Nikolaos 720 53

Cancellation Policy - Flexible

  • Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
  • In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
  • Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds

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