Sea Kayaking in Kardamyli and Stoupa
Kardamyli and Stoupa two villages in the Mani nestled between the blue waters of the Messinian Gulf and the Taÿgetos Mountain creating one of the prettiest settings in the Peloponnese. Sea kayaking in Kardamyli and Stoupa is indeed one of our most popular trips offering an inch by inch exploration of the rich in imagery and diversity, lacy coastline of the Mani. We paddle in warm crystal-clear waters, exploring hidden coves and impressive rock formations. We visit sea caves and discover idyllic beaches sprouted between the fishing villages of the region.
Our trip starts from Kardamyli’s old harbor, the place we meet. Before departure, we brief you on trip details, kayak paddling techniques and safety measures. Soon we get into our kayaks and begin a coastal exploration at a relaxed paddling pace. Each little cove hides a special surprise such as hidden sea caves, rock gardens, cliffs with spectacular formation, hidden sandy and pebble beaches. One of the top attractions of this trip is a visit to the Blue Cave. A spectacular natural phenomenon where sunlight passing through a crack in the cave reflects on the sea floor and bathes the entire cave in aquamarine light. A swim into the cave is a must do and a lifetime experience. Weather and time permitting we may head to Stoupa for a stop at the beach of Kalogria with its fine golden sand and turquoise waters. Halfway we make a relaxing stop for swimming, snorkeling and a picnic a picnic with freshly baked bread organic, garden-grown fruits and vegetables, homemade olive oil, and cheese. Once the lunch stop is over we paddle back to the starting point to end an adventurous day spent in the coastline of the Mani.
Meeting time: 9:30 a.m.
Meeting point: Kardamili harbour
Availability: Year round (upon request)
Trip distance: 5-6 nautical miles
Trip duration with breaks: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Easy / No previous experience required
Suitability: Suitable for all / Beginners, families and kids
At a glance: - Every day departures - Great weather, protected area - Small groups, personalized care - Relaxed pace safety and fun - Suitable for all ages and abilities - Ideal also for families and children - Friendly BC certified trip leaders - Blue cave exploration - Homemade picnic provided - Discounts for families and kids - Snorkeling equipment provided - Free photos from the trip
Sea Kayaking Activity
The majority of our day trips are suitable for beginners. We keep a stable and comfortable paddling pace and there's sufficient rest time during our stops. A day trip comprises 30 minutes briefing and preparation, 2-2.5 hours comfortable paddling exploration, 1-1.5 hours free time for picnic, rest, snorkeling, swimming, and other activities. Our experienced trip leaders ensure that everybody is happy, safe and is having a fun day.
Don’t forget to bring:
1. Bottle of water (1,5 litre per person) 2. Any specific medication you are on 3. Hat or cup 4. T-shirt (short or long sleeve) 5. Sunscreen 6. Towel 7. Change of clothes 8. Swimsuit 9. Sea shoes or flip flops or sandals (Avoid bulky shoes)
Changes and Cancelations
We reserve the right to modify or cancel any outdoor activity due to bad weather, technical difficulties or any reason beyond our control. The meeting point and the trip course is likely to change due to weather conditions and wind direction.
There is a minimum number of 2 participants required for the implementation of this outdoor activity. We reserve the right to postpone or cancel the activity in case of non-completion of the required number of participants. For individual bookings please contact us to request a price.
Private Sea Kayaking Trips
If our standard kayaking trips aren't quite what you are looking for, if you are a couple on a honeymoon, if you are on a birthday party, if you are a VIP group, or if you just want your own private customized sea kayaking adventure, we are happy to accommodate you. We can discuss what your preferences are and accommodate them wherever it is possible.
Family Sea Kayaking Trips
Family sea kayaking trips are always conducted in calm water at a relaxed casual pace allowing families to enjoy on their own terms. Families with children over 13 can easily join our regular trips. Families with children under the age of 13, may join a regular trip as a subgroup and a private guide will be provided for extra care and better enjoyment of the trip. Often children have their own needs on a sea kayaking tour, and we want to be able to cater to those needs and provide an exciting experience to everybody.
Price: Standard trip (more participants might join): 55€ per person
Custom private trip (for your party of people only): 70€ per person
Discounts available for families with kids
Price Includes: - Full Sea Kayak equipment: boat, paddle, life jacket, spray-skirt, waterproof jacket - Extra equipment: waterproof bags and cases, pumps and paddle-float - Snorkeling equipment (masks & snorkels) - Land based safety and instructional briefing - Water based Sea Kayaking paddling instructions - Qualified BC 4-5 Star sea kayak leader who also holds first aid certificate. - Trip planning – Sightseeing - Picnic with freshly baked bread fruits and vegetables, homemade olive oil, and cheese - Transfer from the exit point to entry point (if necessary). - Waterproof camera and photographs from the trip - Liability insurance - All taxes