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Kayak and Wildcamp Remote Greek Islands

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

Location

Greece

Fly To

Aktion National Airport

Perfect for

Those who are relatively fit, no previous kayaking experience is needed - just an adventurous spirit and a can-do attitude.

Difficulty

Moderate

Why it's much better

  • Discover remote picturesque beaches, crystal-blue coves and hidden sea caves
  • Wild camp on a deserted island, inhabited only by wild goats
  • Visit the private island of Scorpios, once owned by tycoon Aristotle Onassis
  • Count shooting stars as you snooze under the milky way
  • Snorkel in clear turquoise waters, eyes peeled for sea turtles and dolphins
  • Dine on traditional Greek food, fire-cooked in the evenings
  • Paddle your way through secret caves, used to hide submarines in World War 2

What's Included

  • Guides Expert, English-speaking local guides
  • Accommodation 1 night in a hotel, 3 nights beachside camping
  • Meals All your food
  • Transfers All airport transfers
  • Equipment All camping and kayaking equipment
  • Happiness Guaranteed We're so confident that your holiday will be your best yet, we actually guarantee it
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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to the Greek islands!

You’ll be met at Aktion Airport by your guide before driving south: let the island hopping commence! You’ll paddle from Nydri to Madouri, hopping off on the tiny private island of Skorpios. Covered in thick forest, Skorpios has over 200 varieties of trees that were all imported to this once barren island. Time for a quick swim, before heading over to Cape Spilia on Meganisi. You'll explore the tiny village of Spartohori and finally paddle over to Thilia, your overnight island spot, where you’ll set up camp and enjoy your first beach barbecue.

Paddling distance: 6 nautical miles

Day 2: Sunrise swimming and stargazing

Early birds can enjoy a superb sunrise from camp this morning. For those seeking more sleep, you can still top up your adventure levels this morning with an optional pre-breakfast swim. You’ll next head back towards Meganisi, paddling in the ‘fjords’ until you reach the gulf of Atherinos. Plenty of time for snorkelling and relaxing today, before building a fire on the forest-flanked beach of Limonari and settling in for another night of spotting shooting stars from your wild camping spot.

Paddling distance: 6 nautical miles

Day 3: Meganisi and caving exploration

Today you’ll head to the west side of Meganisi. Time for some proper cave exploring as you swap your kayaks for snorkelling gear and dive into the Papanicolis and Giovanni caves. Hear the tales of how these huge sea caves were used to hide submarines in World War 2, before taking a well-earned rest to gear up for the longest paddle of the trip. This afternoon you'll cross the Gulf of Rouda and paddle back to Lefkada, then spend the night in a small established campsite in the bay of Mikros Gialos.

Paddling distance: 9 nautical miles

Day 4: More kayaking and relaxing

It's your final day out on the kayaks today, so you can take it easy! Slowly head up the coast for the finish line of Nydri, where your adventure began. The waters in this gulf are calm and today’s relaxing pace means plenty of time to stop at secluded beaches for swimming, cave exploring or just catching a few rays and enjoying the last pages of that holiday read. Your choice. You’ll arrive back to Nydri in the late afternoon. After checking into your guesthouse, there will be a post-adventure celebration dinner with your group at a local taverna, Ouzo at the ready!

Paddling distance: 8 nautical miles

Day 5: Relax and to the airport

There's time for a well-earnt lie-in this morning, before tucking into a last delicious Greek breakfast and hopping on the transfer back to the airport.

Please Note
Hours spent kayaking will depend on the group preference for stops, swimming and exploring. We don't have set times for the day, you're on holiday after all!

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

In Nydri, you'll stay in a simple traditional guesthouse, most likely Athina Studios or somewhere similar. You will stay in twin-share rooms.

The two nights' wild camping are exactly that: wild! You will set up camp on remote beaches where there are no facilities. You will sleep in a two person tent (twin share). We provide a sleeping mat and sleeping bag.

You will spend one night in an established campsite, so tents will be fixed. There will be washing facilities and a bar etc. It is within walking distance from the beach.

Private Room Upgrade For solo travellers looking for their own space, a private room and tent can be requested for 60Euros. This is subject to availability so please request with your host upon booking.

Location

The Ionian Islands are a chain of islands off the west coast of Greece that include Meganisi and Ithaca. The islands are famous for their laid back vibe, beautiful beaches, green forests and sparkling blue coves.

This tour focuses on the group of smaller islands known as the Prigiponisia, or 'Prince Islands'. The islands feature in a number of Greek myths and histories, including the Odyssey, the Peloponnesian War, and several stories related to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The islands are close together, allowing for easy kayaking access, but are remote and small enough that you’ll practically have them to yourself!

Meeting Point

Start Point

Your host will meet you in the arrivals area at the airport for your transfer to Nydri at 12:00 on Day 1. If you would like to make your own way there, just let your host know. You will start kayaking at 14:00 on Day 1.

Finish Point

Your host will drop you back at the airport at 11:00 on the last day. You are free to book any flight departing after 13:00.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Aktion Airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks

No previous kayaking experience is required, although you will be kayaking for up to a few hours a day so reasonable fitness is required. You do need to be able to swim and to enjoy the snorkelling, so you should ideally feel comfortable swimming in the open sea for extended periods (although the option to return to shore is always available, of course).

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

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 and dinners are beach barbecues where you'll enjoy fresh fish, salads and steaks for the meat-eaters.

Most dietary requirements can be met, just let your host know upon booking.

Absolutely. Anything you don't need can be left with our host at the port and collected after the trip is finished or you are back in Nydri.

From May to October the air temperature ranges from 20°C to 25°C, with the sea temperatures lagging only one degree behind. Days can often be breezy, but they’re also clear and sunny with practically no chance of rain.

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We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

Our group adventures are adult only. However, if you would like to bring children along, this can be arranged by requesting a private trip with the host. This trip is suitable for children from age 14 only.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion, but it is the norm to provide something at the end of the trip for good service.

The amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Your host will supply fresh clean drinking water so please bring a bottle to top up, it will be well used!

  • WHAT'S INCLUDED?*
  • Single or double kayak
  • Paddle
  • Life jacket
  • Sprayskirt
  • Dry bag
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Safety equipment
  • First aid kit
  • Throw rope
  • Extra paddles
  • 2-person tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

  • Small rucksack to carry items throughout the day
  • Lightweight breathable clothes for kayaking in
  • 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 bag liner (optional)
  • Towel
  • Sun protection
  • Insect repellant
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle

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

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 15.

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