Sea Kayak Sfakia-Loutro
- 7 Hours
A remarkable sea kayak adventure in Crete, exploring the protected areas near the renowned Samaria Gorge. No previous experience is required for this popular day trip. Located just an hour’s drive from Chania, the starting point at Ilingas Beach is ideal for those staying in west Crete or near Rethymno town. Prepare to discover a world of sea caves, towering cliffs, and breathtaking beaches accessible only by kayak. Keep an eye out for the magnificent griffon vultures that frequent the area.
During this excursion, we will cover approximately 15km, allowing ample time for swimming and snorkeling at secluded beaches unreachable by car. Experienced paddlers are welcome to join, as we can extend the trip by an additional 6km if there are skilled individuals in the group. All necessary paddling equipment and an experienced guide will be provided.
Choose between single or tandem (double) kayaks. For those without experience, tandem kayaks are recommended for their ease of paddling. However, if you’re up for a challenge, you can opt for a single kayak. Experienced paddlers can enjoy top-quality boats from renowned brands such as Nigel Dennis, Valley, North Shore, P&H, and 3kymia. Our trips primarily feature composite kayaks.
Before setting off, there will be a brief introduction to paddling for beginners. Then, we’ll embark on our journey towards Loutro, making stops along the way for refreshing swims and exciting snorkeling experiences at different beaches. Prepare to explore mesmerizing sea caves and indulge in the crystalline waters. In the charming village of Loutro, we’ll pause for a delightful lunch. You can choose to dine in a local taverna, savoring the excellent variety of dishes, including numerous options for vegetarians. Additionally, hiking enthusiasts can take a short but enchanting 45-60 minute hike in the nearby hills, enjoying awe-inspiring vistas along the way.
If you travel by bus let us know in advance and we will arrange a pick up from the bus station.
Ilingas beach is roughly an hour and 10 minutes driving from Chania city & a few minutes more from Rethymno.
Transfer is not available for this trip. You will need to meet us at our base in Ilingas beach. From Chania with the bus you will arrive on time.
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.
- Starting Time 10:00
- Ending Time 17:00
Ilingas beach , 2.5km west from Chora Sfakion.
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