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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

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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

4.8

Based on 40 reviews
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

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

Pack in 100km of coastal kayaking over four incredible days, discovering spots off the beaten track often only accessible by sea

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 · Tarp

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Wild camping · Tarp

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. Large tarp covers are provided if you would like to sleep under one, with each tarp wide enough for 4 people. 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)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Sleeping Bag hire (3 nights)

Payable Before Departure

Sleeping Bag hire (3 nights)

Per Person

James

A really good trip spent kayaking and snorkeling with plenty off time to chill out in the evenings aswell as stargazing at night. Lucas and Miguel the guides were friendly and made sure everyone was catered for. Can't fault anything about it and would recommend to anyone interested.

Tara

I was suitably knackered after 4 days sea kayaking on crystal clear waters with sunshine, caves, snorkelling, wild bivvies on beaches, plenty of food to fuel us along the way & lots of information to take in.

Jessica

Wonderful trip, well thought out, guides very knowledge about the area, its history and geology. Really friendly set up and lots of interesting caves to look at, we camped on some beautiful beaches. An amazing time all round, thank you so much!

Carol

Luka was an excellent guide, with instructions, local knowledge on land form, wild life and providing the best experience possible. We were able to explore caves safely. The food provided was excellent and superceeded expectations. As a single person going on this adventure I was extremely pleased with the dynamics of the group - all were really lovely and I’m sure new friendships have been formed. Would highly recommend

Anna

Really an incredible trip - beautiful locations and very well planned, always felt safe while kayaking and loved the camping which was comfortable while also feeling pretty off the grid.

Sabrina

Overall a really lovely trip. I've never kayaked before so was great to learn a new skill but you definitely need to be in decent shape. Some of the legs could be as long as 2 hours, and in choppy conditions, so a good level of fitness is needed as I could see some others struggling. The hosts were knowledgeable and eager to share information about the island and its sustainability. The camping bits were comfortable enough (just don't underestimate how chilly it can get at night in a cove!). There was plenty of food as well and dinners were quite tasty.

Sarah

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and felt it was very professionally managed and organised. The leaders took great care of us and I was astounded at the food they produced, the care they took and the infectious joy they passed on to us all not just for the kayaking but for the country and scenery as well.

I would recommend this company to anyone - I was the oldest in the group at 67 years old but felt very much part of the group.

Lucy

The whole trip was fantastic, I can’t recommend it enough! I was a beginner kayaker but I needn’t have worried as Lucas and Miguel took care of us. The trip was very well organised, the kit was great quality and they’d clearly thought of everything. Lucas was extremely knowledgeable and shared loads of interesting facts on the way too!

Jo

Amazing trip. Our group travelled along the south coast with mostly good conditions (though this of course can’t be guaranteed and we had choppier seas on day 3 and some rain in September). The kayaking was hard going at times - though you’re rewarded with stunning scenery (exploring caves was a highlight) and unique access to isolated beaches. The group were great (mostly solo travellers) and really enjoyed the camping. Great kit, plentiful and healthy/varied food (three courses for most meals.. and you get a snack bag!) Guides were hilarious, prioritised safety and were keen to share their knowledge of kayaking and the island.

P.S. For those interested, you can also do the trip/get to Menorca without flying. I did it all from London on trains/via ferries from Toulon and Barcelona. :)

Andy

I did the 4 day expedition in early October, which was amazing. We did the South coast from East to West, lunched and slept on beautiful beaches, kayaked through sea caves, snorkelled in secluded coves and slept under the stars. The group was awesome, everyone got on really well, nobody complained about anything and we had lots of fun. It helped that the weather was fantastic, hot and sunny every day. The guides (Lucas and Miguel) were brilliant, very friendly, experienced and professional. They prepared all our food, which was all really good and surprisingly fresh and diverse given that it had spent 4 days in our kayaks. We kayaked between 10km and 20km a day, which wasn't too challenging but was enough to feel like we'd had a really good adventure. Overall it was an awesome trip that I would highly recommend.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

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 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. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

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 70% 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.

For current advice about travelling in Spain, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

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!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

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 always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

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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