Kayak and Camp the Southern Greek Coast

Paddle along Greece’s stunning coastline, explore coves and beaches, and camp on a remote islet. 1 day off work.

See Prices & Book

REF: 08744

Kayak and Camp the Southern Greek Coast

Paddle along Greece’s stunning coastline, explore coves and beaches, and camp on a remote islet. 1 day off work.

  • Greece
  • April, June, September, October
  • Kalamata Airport, Kalamata (KLX) or Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens (ATH)
  • Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens (ATH)

The Peloponnese region of Greece is famous for its wild and pristine coastline. Explore hidden beaches, hike to a Medieval castle, visit a migratory bird wetland, and camp on the shore of your own secluded islet. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 1 night in a 3-star guesthouse
  • 1 night camping on an islet
  • 2 days guided sea kayaking
  • All meals
  • Professional, BCU-certified, English-speaking guide
  • All kayaking, snorkeling and camping equipment
  • Airport transfers
  • Local transfers and luggage transfers
  • Digital photos of your trip
  • All taxes and fees

Perfect for:
This is the ideal weekend getaway for active travelers seeking sun, fun and adventure in the Mediterranean.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival

Fly into Athens International Airport. Meet your guide there and transfer to your accommodation in Kalamata.

Check in, get settled, then enjoy a delicious light dinner while gazing out over the Mediterranean.

Day 2: Kayak and camp

Your kayaks await you on the beach. Review safety and skills, then embark on a day of adventure along the coast.

Paddle past secluded coves and keep an eye out for sea turtles.

Your first stop is Voidokoilia, one of the best beaches in Greece. Spend some time there swimming and snorkeling in the turquoise waters.

In the afternoon hike up to Navarino Castle for incredible views over the bay.

Walk back to the beach via Gialova Lagoon, a wetland that serves as an important migratory bird hotspot. You might see egrets, herons, sandpipers, osprey, harriers and more.

Finish the day with a paddle to Sfaktiria, a remote island and your home for the night. Camp on the beach, cook a traditional Greek dinner, and indulge in a glass of wine beneath the night sky.

Day 3: Kayaking and departure

Wake up in a Mediterranean paradise and enjoy a fresh breakfast.

Paddle south along the island’s coast to Fanari. The tiny islet boasts a rock arch and numerous sea caves.

Spend the rest of the morning swimming, snorkeling and cliff jumping in the beautiful coves of the islet.

Finish the trip with a quick paddle to the mainland. A car will meet you in Pilos for your transfer back to Athens International Airport.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

In Kalamata you’ll stay at a modern, 3-star, family run guesthouse just meters from the beach. The guesthouse features ensuite double rooms with a TV and fridge, and free wifi.

Your campsite on Sfaktiria is remote from any facilities.

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Custom & Private Trips

Organising a private group? We make it super easy.
- Customised itineraries for private groups, stags/hens or team trips
- Receive a shareable private itinerary to send your group
- Each member can reserve and pay individually
- No more group organising faff

Get a quote now!

Trip Photos

Location

View map

The Peloponnese is a large peninsula in southern Greece separated from the mainland by the Gulf of Corinth. The region features in countless Greek myths, and it’s easy to see why: the landscape is a complex jumble of snowcapped mountains, beautiful beaches, and rushing rivers. The region isn’t heavily touristed, and famous Greek hospitality is alive and well.

Navarino Bay on the southwestern coast boasts historical sites, unique habitats and stunning landscapes. Navarino Castle is a 13th Century Frankish castle perched on a 200m high cliff overlooking the long, white sand beach of Voidokoilia.

Behind the bay lies the Gialova Lagoon, the last stopover for birds migrating south across the Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert. Of the 442 species of birds recorded in Greece, 271 of them have been sighted in Gialova Lagoon, including swans, egrets, herons, flycatchers, wagtails, sandpipers, osprey, harriers and falcons.

Just off shore lies Sfaktiria, a peaceful and practically uninhabited island. Sfaktiri has hosted 3 important battles in the past, including a famous battle in 425 BC that proved pivotal in the Peloponnesian War.

Together, Sfaktiria Island, Voidokoilia Beach, Gialova Lagoon and Navarino Castle form “A Place of Particular Natural Beauty” and are protected under Natura 2000.

Start point?
You will be met at Athens International Airport or Kalamata Airport (KLX) upon arrival. You can schedule your flight for any time on Friday, however we recommend to arrive no later than 15.00 at Athens International Airport to comfortably check-in before dinner. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at the Athens International Airport in the afternoon of the last day. You can book any flight departing at 18:30 or later. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Athens International Airport is served by inexpensive flights year round, including flights on British Airways (seasonal), EasyJet and Thomas Cook Airlines.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • International flights to/from Greece
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks except as noted in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance that covers sea kayaking
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 10. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Greek food is fresh and flavorful. Common dishes include Greek salad, moussaka (kind of like lasagna), souvlaki (meat skewers served on a platter or in a wrap), and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves). Breakfasts are typically light, with fresh fruit, olives, and yogurt providing the staples.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

A good level of fitness is needed, but no previous kayaking experience is required. More important is an adventurous and positive spirit!

The climate in the Peloponnese is Mediterranean. Summer temperatures average 15 – 26 °C, and winters cool down to about 11 – 19 °C. Days are generally clear and sunny, especially in the summer when there’s very little chance of rain.

You have the option of single or double kayaks. A paddle, life jacket, spray skirt, drybag and waterproof jacket are included. Your guide will have all necessary safety equipment, including a first aid kit, throw rope, and extra paddles.

You’ll camp in a 2-person tent. A sleeping mat, sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner are provided.

Please bring lightweight, breathable clothes for kayaking; a long-sleeved shirt and trousers; waterproof jacket and trousers; sleeping bag liner (optional); hiking shoes and socks; beach sandals; a swimsuit and towel; sun protection; and a warm jacket or sweater for the evenings. Also bring a small rucksack to carry personal items throughout the day.

Start point?
You will be met at Athens International Airport or Kalamata Airport (KLX) upon arrival. You can schedule your flight for any time on Friday, however we recommend to arrive no later than 17.00 at Athens International Airport to comfortably check-in before dinner. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at the Athens International Airport in the afternoon of the last day. You can book any flight departing at 19:30 or later. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Athens International Airport is served by inexpensive flights year round, including flights on British Airways (seasonal), EasyJet and Thomas Cook Airlines.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

Start point?
You will be met at Athens International Airport or Kalamata Airport (KLX) upon arrival. You can schedule your flight for any time on Friday, however we recommend to arrive no later than 15.00 at Athens International Airport to comfortably check-in before dinner. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at the Athens International Airport in the afternoon of the last day. You can book any flight departing at 18:30 or later. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Athens International Airport is served by inexpensive flights year round, including flights on British Airways (seasonal), EasyJet and Thomas Cook Airlines.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

Loading Reviews...

 Loading map...

Loading similar products...

Who are we?

We're a global community of like-minded people committed to filling our lives with adventure. Join us.

Award-winning Experiences

We were voted the UK's 'Best for Experiences' in 2016 for a reason. We’re pulling together the best adventures and experiences on the planet, on a mission to transform your free time.

Trusted Local Hosts

All our trips are run by carefully chosen local guides and hosts. They have a great reputation, intimate local knowledge, and the passion needed to deliver the best experiences on the planet.

Hassle Free Packages

Forget complex logistics, your hosts have taken care of all the details. We've married their amazing experiences with simple, secure booking, and easy payments for both individuals and groups. Just click book, then remember to show up.

Reward Program

Booked? You'll join our Reward program, and get £25 credit towards your next trip. Refer a friend to give yourselves both an extra £25. Members also get alerted to new trips before anyone else, and other random perks we dream up.

Support Conservation

We believe in the power of adventure to change the world. Giving a value to nature, and supporting great local, independent businesses worldwide is the core of our mission, so we’re also building a foundation to support conservation and sustainable development.

Photos
Map Ask Share Book