Aerial view of kayaks on an isolated sand beach with turquoise green waters, Greece.
4.7
| 38 reviews

Kayak and Wild Camp Greek Islands

4 nights
Moderate

Paddle around the Ionian Archipelago, discover uninhabited islands and camp under the stars

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking guides

All accommodation

2 nights wild camping, 1 night at a campsite, 1 night in a guesthouse

Meals

Munch on tasty local food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

All your camping and kayaking equipment

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 16 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.7
| 38 reviews
This was my first trip like this and it was...
November 2023
Catherine
This was my first trip like this and it was...
November 2023
Catherine
This was my first trip like this and it was...
November 2023
Catherine
This was my first trip like this and it was...
November 2023
Catherine
Alex created a wonderful experience: paddli...
November 2023
Emilio
Alex created a wonderful experience: paddli...
November 2023
Emilio
Alex created a wonderful experience: paddli...
November 2023
Emilio
Alex created a wonderful experience: paddli...
November 2023
Emilio
Alex created a wonderful experience: paddli...
November 2023
Emilio
So much fun!!!! This trip is a great balanc...
July 2023
Natasha
So much fun!!!! This trip is a great balanc...
July 2023
Natasha
So much fun!!!! This trip is a great balanc...
July 2023
Natasha
So much fun!!!! This trip is a great balanc...
July 2023
Natasha
This trip was an absolutely awesome experie...
October 2022
Poppy
This trip was an absolutely awesome experie...
October 2022
Poppy
This trip was an absolutely awesome experie...
October 2022
Poppy
This trip was an absolutely awesome experie...
October 2022
Poppy
Would highly recommend this trip to anyone....
September 2022
James
Would highly recommend this trip to anyone....
September 2022
James
Would highly recommend this trip to anyone....
September 2022
James
Would highly recommend this trip to anyone....
September 2022
James
We had an absolutely magical time in Lefkad...
September 2022
Lucy
We had an absolutely magical time in Lefkad...
September 2022
Lucy
We had an absolutely magical time in Lefkad...
September 2022
Lucy
We had an absolutely magical time in Lefkad...
September 2022
Lucy
We had an absolutely magical time in Lefkad...
September 2022
Lucy
Our trip was amazing! Alex, Chartini, and M...
September 2022
Hollie
Our trip was amazing! Alex, Chartini, and M...
September 2022
Hollie
Our trip was amazing! Alex, Chartini, and M...
September 2022
Hollie
Fun paddling on beautiful turquoise waters...
August 2022
Stephanie

Discover picturesque beaches, deep blue coves and hidden sea caves that were once used to hide submarines in World War 2

Wild camp on an island inhabited only by wild goats and dine on traditional Greek food cooked over the campfire

Snorkel in clear turquoise waters, eyes peeled for sea turtles and dolphins

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to the Greek Islands

Guide cooking fresh fish over a barbeque in Greece.

Kayaking

6 nautical miles

Meet your host at Atkion Airport (also known as Preveza Airport) by 14:00 for the 1 hour group transfer to Nydri, where your kayaking adventure will begin. On arrival at the beach, your guides will give you a thorough briefing and introduction to your kayaking equipment. You'll then get a feel for the kayaks on the water, before setting off to paddle from Nydri to the tiny island of Madouri, and then on to the private island of Skorpios. Covered in thick forest, Skorpios has over 200 varieties of trees that were all imported to this once barren island. You'll end the day on the shoreline of Thilia, where you’ll set up camp and enjoy your first beach barbecue.

Day 2

Sunrise swimming and stargazing

Three people swimming in crystal clear water of Meganisi, Greece

Kayaking

6 nautical miles

If you’re an early bird, enjoy a superb sunrise, or alternatively grab a little more sleep before a pre-breakfast swim. Snorkel and paddle through the ‘fjords’ until you reach the gulf of Atherinos. Build a fire on the forest-flanked beach of Limonari before settling in for another night spotting shooting stars from your wild camping spot.

Day 3

Explore the caves

Sea kayaks on the turquoise waters of the Greek Ionian islands.

Kayaking

9 nautical miles

Swap your kayaks for snorkelling gear and dive into the Papanicolis and Giovanni caves - so huge they were once used to hide submarines in World War 2. Take a well-earned rest and then set off on the longest paddle of the trip as you cross the Gulf of Rouda back to Lefkada, where you’ll spend the night at a campsite in Mikros Gialos Bay.

Day 4

Secluded beaches

Porto Katsiki with turquoise waters, Lefkada, Ionian islands.

Kayaking

8 nautical miles

Slowly make your way up the coast as you head to the finish line back at Nydri. Stop at some secluded beaches to swim, explore some more caves or just catch a few rays. You’ll arrive back in Nydri in the late afternoon and after checking into your guesthouse, there will be a post-adventure celebration dinner with your group at a local taverna. Ouzo at the ready!

Day 5

Time to head home

Aerial view of Meganisi island near Lefkada island in Greece

Enjoy a well-earned lie-in at your guesthouse in Nydri, tuck into a last delicious Greek breakfast and then head back to the airport.

Day 1

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Guide cooking fresh fish over a barbeque in Greece.

Greek food is fresh and full of flavour. Breakfasts are typically light and might include fresh fruit, olives and yoghurt as staples. Lunches will mostly be picnic style whilst dinners are beach barbecues where you'll enjoy fresh fish, salads and steaks for the meat-eaters.

Vegetarian, vegan and most other dietary requirements can be catered for on request. Please advise your host of any dietary requirements via your booking details.

What is the accommodation like?

Nydri

You'll stay in a traditional guesthouse in a twin-share room.

Wild beach camp with kayaks in the Ionian islands, Greece.
Wild Camping

You’ll set up camp on remote beaches and sleep in twin-share tent. You’ll also spend one night in an established campsite with washing facilities and a bar within walking distance of the beach.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Aktion National Airport, Greece

14:00 on Day 1

Ends

Aktion National Airport, Greece

10:30 on Day 5

Transfers

Your host will meet the group at Aktion Airport (also known as Preveza Airport, airport code PVK) at 14:00 on Day 1 and transfer you to Nydri, approximately 1 hour drive away. You are advised to book a flight that arrives no later than 13:45 as the group transfer will need to leave by 14:15 because there is kayaking to be done on the first afternoon. If you are arriving a day early and would like pre-trip accommodation and/or a private transfer to Nydri, where the kayaking trip starts, this can be arranged with your host. Please see Optional Extras for prices.

A group transfer back to the airport (1hr drive from Nydri) will also be provided on the last day at 09:30. You should book any departing flight that leaves after 12:00.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Aktion Airport (PVK) from major airports across the UK and Europe. From the UK, for example, on Wednesdays there are morning direct flights from London Stansted, London Heathrow, and Manchester to Aktion that arrive before 14:00. There is a flight from Amsterdam and there are also regional flights from Corfu. In the event of a significant flight delay on arrival, your host would assist as best possible but it may result in your paying additional costs to catch up to the group. If you are unable to book an option to reach the joining point in time for the start of your trip, you may wish to arrive a day early. Your host will be able to support you with making pre-trip transfer and accommodation arrangements, if required.

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What's included?

  • Single or double kayak
  • Paddle
  • Life jacket
  • Sprayskirt
  • Dry bag 20L
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Safety equipment
  • First aid kit
  • Throw rope
  • Extra paddles
  • 2-person tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat

What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • Small rucksack to carry items throughout the day

Clothes

  • Lightweight breathable clothes for kayaking in (long sleeves recommended for sun and wind protection)
  • A sunhat and sunglasses
  • Long-sleeved shirt and trousers
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm jacket and/or jumper for the evenings
  • Hiking shoes/trainers for exploring
  • Socks
  • Beach sandals/kayak shoes to walk in water
  • Swimsuit

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Pillow (optional)
  • Ear plugs & eye mask (optional)

Other

  • Quick-dry Towel
  • Sun protection
  • Insect repellant
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle 1L minimum
  • Waterproof phone case (recommended)

Please inform your host if you are bringing your own sleeping bag as space and weight are carefully measured for the kayaks.

*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Pre/post trip accommodation in Nydri (single room)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Nydri (single room)

Pre/post trip accommodation in Nydri (twin/double room)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Nydri (twin/double room)

Per Night

Private transfer to/from Nydri from airport

Payable Before Departure

Private transfer to/from Nydri from airport

Per Person

Catherine(November 2023)
This was my first trip like this and it was...
This was my first trip like this and it was...
This was my first trip like this and it was...
This was my first trip like this and it was...

This was my first trip like this and it was absolutely amazing, there were only highlights. The hosts were superb, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, patient, caring and fun. The food was brilliant, catering for a range of diverse needs and never disappointing. Stunning scenery and I would definitely recommend this specific trip!!

Emilio(November 2023)
Alex created a wonderful experience: paddli...
Alex created a wonderful experience: paddli...
Alex created a wonderful experience: paddli...
Alex created a wonderful experience: paddli...
Alex created a wonderful experience: paddli...

Alex created a wonderful experience: paddling between Lefkada and Meganisi islands, we visited gorgeous beaches and caves. The locations for the nights provided a good balance between a wild camping experience, and other nights with access to facilities, bars, and restaurants. The hosts were very friendly and helpful. The night of wild camping on Lakka Beach, with Alex's grilled fish, has been a highlight for me. We had one day with wind and high waves, crossing the channel between Meganisi and Lefkada, it has been very challenging and rewarding: we really felt like having completed an adventure! All the people choosing this type of holiday were kind, interesting, and friendly: we really bonded and had fun together. I strongly recommend this holiday to anyone.

Adrian(November 2023)

Such a great time! Our guides thought of a diversity of opportunities to really get a feel for Greek culture and life while also having an amazing kayaking adventure among beaches, open water, and caves! Highly recommended

Claire(October 2023)

I travelled solo and would 100% recommend this trip. It is so much fun! The location is stunning, the itinerary well planned and the Greek guides (Alex and Charitini) were superb. They made us feel welcome and looked after us. There was one afternoon of tough kayaking but it was a satisfying challenge and we more than earned that evening’s (excellent) meal.

Sian(September 2023)

An enjoyable trip with fun people

Michael(September 2023)

It was an absolutely fantastic trip! The views and food were amazing and the guides were incredible!

Natasha(July 2023)
So much fun!!!! This trip is a great balanc...
So much fun!!!! This trip is a great balanc...
So much fun!!!! This trip is a great balanc...
So much fun!!!! This trip is a great balanc...

So much fun!!!! This trip is a great balance of really good kayaking, which you take on some reasonable distances without being too hard. (Pre this I had only been on a lake for an hour and this giant leap was very manageable.) As well as having great fun. Camping on the beach, early morning swims, exploring caves, exceptional food. This list goes on….Alex and Charitina are both so welcoming and really do everything to make sure you have a fantastic time. Absolutely loved it.

Emma(June 2023)

The tour is EXCELLENT and run by the most experienced and frankly awesome guide in Alex... he is great fun, attentive to the groups needs at all times and generally just a really nice guy. The food is amazing with fresh, quality food provided all the time at all locations, either on a beach eating fresh fish or steak and salads, or in a restaurant with perfectly chosen options. The days vary in intensity some quite relaxed, but if the wind picks up on the longer legs, you have to work much harder of course which can make for quite tough rowing periods, but again nature is nature (just worth being aware of) and always felt safe with Alex and the group around. In summary a great tour in great company, thanks for the memories!

Jon(June 2023)

Highly recommend this trip. Alex is a great guide. The trip isn’t too challenging which leaves time for relaxing.

Juanette(May 2023)

Lots of laughter and fun and support if needed.I had an amazing time on this kayaking trip.

Poppy(October 2022)
This trip was an absolutely awesome experie...
This trip was an absolutely awesome experie...
This trip was an absolutely awesome experie...