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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

Wild camping

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

What's it like?

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    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

    Highly recommend this trip.

    Stuart, June 2022

    Had the time of my life for my 30th birthday, Didac, Lukas and Miguel are top guys, friendly, knowledgeable and went extra mile to tailor trip to our preferences and abilities. If you book a trip with these guys then you are guaranteed a great time and to be well looked after. Food great and lots of it and the beaches and areas for snorkeling were unreal! Thanks again team

    Stuart, June 2022

    Brilliant trip kayaking and sleeping on beaches. The guides were great and the food was also very good and there was lots of it. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone thinking of doing it. Lewis A June 2022

    Stuart, June 2022

    Brilliant trip. Could not recommend enough!

    Heather, June 2022

    This is a great kayaking trip along beautiful coastline with many incredible beaches. The guides and support team take such care to ensure every day is so much fun - kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, camping... Always mindful of changing weather conditions and safety, the actual route and landings can change from day to day or even hour to hour but this just adds to the magic of the trip. Delicious meals - plenty of snacks - lots of jokes, stories and information about the wildlife, geology and history of the island. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone with some sea kayaking experience.

    Georgiana, May 2022

    This was the first time I've ever been on this kind of an adventure, as well as the first time kayaking so I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was without a doubt an unforgettable experience. Our local guides were amazing, helpful and so friendly! The kayaking difficulty is moderate but doable with a good level of fitness. We visited so many beaches and each one was unique and different, the cliffs were incredible from a sea perspective. The food was plentiful and it's very impressive we were able to carry everything we needed with us. I loved being able to camp on the beach and waking up to the sound of waves. I think 4 days is perfect for someone who is not so experienced and I whole-heartedly recommend this trip!

    Sarah, May 2022

    Everything about this trip lived up to my high expectations. After accepting that sand was going to be in everything and on everything for the duration, I absolutely loved it. I had never sea-kayaked before but that didn't matter - the pace was relaxed, the guides gave fantastic tips to maximise efficiency, and there were frequent breaks. We camped on beaches with no-one else around, we didn't see a shop or a bar for 4 days, we started each day with a swim in the crystal clear sea, and we ate healthy, fresh food cooked expertly by our guides on a little camp stove. I was so sad to give my paddle back but I've made some very special memories. Thank you MBA!

    Chris, May 2022

    Pure Escapism I put away my phone at the start of the trip and lived the next four days with no sense of what time it was and without a care in the world. Lucas and Miquel took care of everything, providing lovely food and insight into the seascapes we travelled through. Waking in the morning and going for a swim really made the trip for me, as we were always on deserted beaches that seemed like they belonged only to us. The kayaking was as expected, and we saw a few different sea states, although it was mostly calm waters. It was an ace holiday, my only criticism was it flew by so quickly, I wish it had been a few days longer!

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

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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

    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.

    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 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!

    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.

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