Sea Kayak and Wild Camp in Menorca

An epic mini-adventure paddling to secluded coves, swimming in the Mediterranean and wild camping on deserted beaches

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Sea Kayak and Wild Camp in Menorca

An epic mini-adventure paddling to secluded coves, swimming in the Mediterranean and wild camping on deserted beaches

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Spain

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

May-Oct

GROUP SIZE

Up to 8 people

MEETING POINT

Menorca Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Classic

Wild camping

OVERALL RATING

4.9

Based on 21 reviews
DIFFICULTY

Moderate

While some sea kayaking experience is preferred, it is not essential, but you will need a good level of fitness

The mini version of our much loved trip circumnavigating the island, packing in 100km of coastal kayaking over four incredible days

Paddle to hidden coves and sea caves on two different tailored routes, heading either north or south to find the best sea conditions

Wild swim and snorkel in turquoise waters, relax on idyllic beaches and bivvy on the sand beneath the stars

Day 1

Explore the coast

Kayaking

4-5hrs · 20-25km

Meet your guide at your hotel in Mahón and head to the starting point in Cala Sant Esteve. After a quick briefing, it’s time to get into the water. You’ll paddle north or south (depending on conditions) and explore the coast before finding a secluded cove for a picnic lunch, swim and snorkel. Paddle further along the coast in the afternoon, eventually finding a small beach where you’ll set up your bivouac for the night - either at Cala Biniparratx in the south or Arenal de Mongofre in the north.

Day 2

Hidden coves

Kayaking

4-5hrs · 20-25km

Wake up on your idyllic beach spot, grab breakfast, swim, break down camp and hit the water again. If you're on the south coast you’ll paddle past limestone cliffs and explore concealed caves that are only accessible by sea, stopping for lunch in Cales Coves, an ancient necropolis. You'll paddle along two of the largest beaches on the island, Son Bou with its lovely, transparent waters and Binigaus, where you'll spend the night.

If you have headed north you'll kayak to remote islets and the oldest rocks of the island before stopping for lunch in the cove of Cala en Turqueta. Spend the afternoon paddling past the cliffs and caves of La Mola de Fornells and tackle the crossing to Cap de Cavalleria. You’ll set up camp at Cala Cavalleria, known for its crystal water, perfect for a sunset swim before dinner and another night bivvying on the beach.

Day 3

Idyllic beaches

Kayaking

4-5hrs · 20-25km

Wake, swim, eat, paddle, repeat! In the south you'll delve deeper into Menorca’s off-the-beaten-track locations, discover beaches at Fustam, Trebalúger and Mitjana and paddle into caves before finding a good spot for lunch. In the afternoon a light paddle takes you to the pearl of the island, Macarelleta where you'll spend the night.

On the north coast, you’ll discover the jewel beaches of Binimel·là and Pregonda and swim in the seagrass meadows before settling in for lunch at Cala del Pilar - a beautiful and rugged cove. In the afternoon you’ll paddle onto Cala Algaiarens (a quiet beach surrounded by scenic cliffs) to set up camp and enjoy the night sky.

Day 4

One last paddle

Kayaking

4-5hrs · 20-25km

Kick off the final day of the adventure with a swim at two of the clearest water beaches on the island, Macarelleta in the south and Algaiarens in the north. Grab coffee and breakfast before hitting the water for the last day of paddling. Explore the caves beneath the highest cliffs on the north coast in Cala Morell, while in the south you'll paddle towards Son Saura for a swim and lunch on the beach before reaching the finish line at Son Xoriguer. Whether you finish up in the north or the south, your guide will transfer you back to Menorca Airport in the late afternoon in time for your onward flight, or at your accommodation in Mahón if you are staying on longer in Menorca.

Included

Guides

Experienced, English-speaking guide

Accommodation

3 nights wild camping on beaches

Meals

Munch on tasty local food throughout

Transfers

To and from your hotel or back to the airport afterwards

Equipment

All your kayaking and camping equipment

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Visas where required

Day 1

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Expect tasty, homemade meals cooked by your guides on the beach. Breakfast will include coffee or tea, bread, marmalade, ham, cheese, fruit and muesli. Lunch will be bread, fruit, rice or pasta salads, while dinner will be pasta or rice-based dishes. Your host can cater to vegetarian and gluten-free diets, just let them know beforehand.

What is the accommodation like?

Menorca

You’ll stay on a different, remote beach every night with just the stars and your fellow kayakers for company. You'll wake up to the sounds of the sea, watch the sun rise from your bivouac, roll out of your sleeping bag and jump straight into the water. Your hosts will provide all the groceries and logistical support needed to complete the expedition successfully. As this is really wild camping there are no facilities available - we advise bringing biodegradable soap to wash in the sea and to be comfortable enough with finding wild toilet spots. Your host will advise you where the best place to 'visit' is.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Your accommodation in Mahón

09:30 on Day 1

Ends

Menorca Airport or Mahón town centre

16:30 on Day 4

Transfers

Your host suggests arriving the day before the start of the trip and spending the night at a hotel in the small town of Mahón (a 10-minute drive by taxi from Menorca Airport) from where you'll be picked up the following day. At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back in Mahón town centre or at Menorca Airport (MAH).

Travel options

There are regular flights to Menorca (MAH) from airports across Europe. You’re free to book any flight that departs Menorca after 18:30 on Day 4 if you are flying directly home.

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What's included?

  • Fully equipped kayak (Zegul)
  • Personal flotation device (Astral)
  • Sprayskirt (Reed)
  • Paddle (Werner Camano)
  • 2 waterproof bags for personal use during the trip (20l) (Egalis and Seal Line)
  • Overnight equipment for the group (MSR awnings and Thermarest inflatable mattresses)
  • Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper out to dispose of)
  • Energy bars and snacks

What do I need to bring?

CLOTHING

  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear & socks
  • Swimming costume
  • Warm clothes for the evening
  • Water shoes/jelly shoes/thin neoprene boots
  • Trainers

SLEEPING

  • Sleeping bag - 3 seasons
  • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • lightweight inflatable travel pillow

OTHER

  • Lightweight packable towel
  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel Insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellant
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment and seasickness tablets if needed)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Headtorch or torch
  • Reusable water bottle (1 litre)

Sleeping Bag cost per night

Payable Before Departure

Sleeping Bag cost per night

- Christian(September 2022)

The expedition was outstanding – sea kayaking in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea really is something special. This trip was my first time in the Balearics, and the Menorcan coastline was stunning. We bobbed up and down in the sea swells, darted in and out of hidden caves and rested in quiet coves – there was plenty of beach time. The guides saw us through the changeable conditions, prepared wonderful food for us, and provided the friendliest and warmest energy you could hope for on a group expedition. I came back home energised, and rested at the same time. So if you’re looking for a new adventure, have a decent level of fitness and you respect the sea, then this trip is for you.

- Sian(September 2022)

If you’re considering this trip go ahead and book it!! The local guides are brilliant. Lucas and Emi made the trip and couldn’t have been more enthusiastic and knowledgable. Kayaking around the caves and little bays was brilliant, as was sleeping on the beaches under the most amazing sunsets and stars. The guides took time on the first morning to do a little skills session and some capsize drills so everyone felt comfortable. There was some good swell and winds on our trip which made some of the paddling challenging but with a good level of fitness it wasn’t beyond the group level. Safety is paramount for these guys! Due to storms we couldn’t paddle on our final day but Lucas instead took us on a tour to the north of the island to some viewpoints, a lighthouse and a nature reserve where we saw wild turtles! What could have been a disappointment turned into a really brilliant and interesting alternate day and you can’t help but get caught up in Lucas enthusiasm for the island.

- Scott(September 2022)

Great little trip. I can really recommend the island and the host. The weather changed up our itinerary, but the new itinerary was a lot of fun, so don’t fear the weather.

- Moses(September 2022)

This is a fantastic experience. The hosts are the most lovely people you could ask for. Couldn't recommend enough, however it is hard! Paddling experience will make it a much more enjoyable experience for you

- Janet(August 2022)

A great few days with beautiful coves to visit. Sleeping under the stars and remote sunrise swims.

- janet(August 2022)

An enjoyable trip with some beautiful locations and scenery. The trip was well paced and well organised. Loved the morning swims at sunrise.

- Brittany(August 2022)

I had an amazing trip and would highly recommend! The guides were incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and made the group feel safe and comfortable throughout the trip. The beaches and coves were beautiful and we had plenty of time to snorkel and swim when we were not paddling. The food was also delicious and we never ate the same thing twice.

- Robert(July 2022)

Amazing trip if you're wanting to go off-grid and experience the natural environment! Guides were very knowledgeable and super easy to get along with. Overall, there was a perfect balance of physical challenges, amazing coastline and friendly atmosphere.

- Tim(June 2022)

It's difficult to put in to words how enthusiastic I am about this trip. If you are reading this and thinking of booking then I'm exceptionally jealous that you might get to go on this awesome adventure soon! Lucas and Emi looked after the team every step of the way, tailoring the expedition expertly to the people. That means changing the routes, distances, stops, even the kayaks. Safety is number one for these guys and the way in which our guides were able to react to situations and coach us all in techniques fostered a tremendous confidence that made us all feel we could achieve whatever goals they set before us! Second to safety was fun. There was plenty of that! Lots of swimming and snorkeling, lots of chat at camp about proper shovel etiquette, plenty of great stories from our hosts, and of course zooming around in the kayaks was the best! The final pillar of this trip was style. The coastline with its beautifully clear waters, incredible geology, and stunning beaches clearly oozes style; take plenty of pictures. The style in which Lucas ran the trip was laid-back but he also motivated everyone and we all relished the challenge. He took real pride in preparing tasty food for us every day and he could always tell when I was ready for seconds! I found this adventure so inspiring I cannot recommend it enough. Thanks to Lucas and Emi I'm already working out what my next kayak expedition will be!

- Stuart(June 2022)

Brilliant trip. Could not recommend enough!

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 33kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

There are two potential routes for the trip - and you won't know which one you are doing until you arrive in Menorca. The north and south coasts are two different sides of the same island - geography, geology and landscape have defined both coasts with their own personality and features. The remote north coast with its wild and pristine landscape full of endemic flora, marine diversity and Posidonia meadows - this is the place to be away from the crowds and feel the authentic Mediterranean. The south is a Mediterranean paradise, with white limestone cliffs and crystal waters, sea caves only reachable by kayak, shade offered by the pinewoods in the ravines and the shelter of the coves on windy days.

The wind, the sea conditions and the weather forecast will dictate which coast you set off paddling towards on Day 1. The trip will be adapted by your guide to be safe, comfortable and to bring the most valuable and unique experience while paddling in the Biosphere Reserve of Menorca.

You’ll need good physical fitness and be able to paddle for long distances each day. Your guide will offer paddling and safety instruction and while some sea kayaking experience is definitely preferred, it is not essential.

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

The tap water in Menorca is safe to drink. Your guide will provide all food and water on the adventure, so everything is covered for you.

Menorca has a typically Mediterranean climate and is usually lovely and warm. Average maximum temperatures for May-June are 22-26°C (71-79°F) while July and August are the hottest months to visit with average highs of 28-30°C (82-86°F). Sea temperatures in Menorca are perfect for kayaking, swimming and snorkelling. The sea warms up from May-June reaching 17-19°C (62-66°F), rising to 24°C (75°F) by the hottest months of July and August.

Absolutely. Anything you don't need on the journey can be left with your local host and will be kept safe until the end of your trip.

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Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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