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Kayak the Hidden Coves of Corsica

Kayak the Corsican south-west coast and camp in the island’s hidden coves. 7 days.

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Kayak Journeys
DURATION
6 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Active
COMFORT
Basic
LOCATION
France
SEASON
May—September
NEAREST AIRPORT

You’ll kayak your way from Ajaccio, down the west coast to the south of Corsica. Along the way, you’ll stop to explore the seabed and wild camp on the white sands of countless secret coves.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 7 days kayaking
  • 6 nights’ wild camping on beaches
  • Certified guide
  • Kayaking equipment
  • All meals during the trip
  • Local transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for: Kayakers of all levels looking to explore the altering landscape of this beautiful island from a unique perspective.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Ajaccio airport
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 12.

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

You need to be ready to kayak for 3-5 hours every day but no previous kayaking experience is necessary.

If you have kayak experience and would like to try a more challenging trip, check out Kayak the Wild Coast of Corsica

This trip will run during the summer months, so you can expect warm weather with temperatures between 16°C and 25°C.

The winds are dominant from the west but the sea is often still in the morning. From 11:00 to 17:00 expect a breeze, but your paddle will mostly take place in the morning and after 16:00.

In the evenings you will prepare hot meals together at camp as a group. Lunches will be a picnic lunch to enjoy on the beaches.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Life jacket
  • Kayak skirt
  • An old pair of trainers or sandals (for the kayak)
  • A windcheater
  • Long-sleeves shirts
  • A sweat suit for the nights or a sweater
  • Trousers
  • Shorts
  • Light clothes
  • Swimwear
  • A bath towel (for the beach and to remove the salt from your body)
  • Sunglasses with a string
  • Suncream
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Blister pack - Mosquito repellant - Pocket torch - Bowl/plate/cutlery - Flask - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

You should choose a flight that aligns with your agreed arrival and departure time. Airlines such as Air France, EasyJet, Air Corsica, HOP! And Volotea fly into the airport.

Start point?
Your host recommends the Easy Jet flight landing on Sunday at Ajaccio airport at 9:30. After arrival your host recommends you enjoy a short stroll to the beach (5 minutes) to relax and have bite to eat. Your guides can meet you back at Ajaccio airport at 13:30 and transfer you to the start point. Alternatively, you can arrange your own transport to the start point.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at Ajaccio airport in the mid-afternoon(16:00) of your last day. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Ajaccio Airport (AJA) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long you’re at the train station in decent time. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Location

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Corsica sits in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the 18 regions of France; southeast of the mainland and west of the Italian Peninsula. Often subject to attacks from North African pirates, a series of coastal defence towers were erected between 1530 and 1620, the Genoese towers; ruins of which still stand strong today.

One of the outstanding charms of Corsica is its geographic diversity. In a relatively short distance, the landscape can morph from glittering bays, coastal cities, and white-sand beaches to sawtooth peaks, valleys, and dense forests and vegetation.

Although Corsica has been a part of France for over 200 years, the customs, cuisine, language and character hold their own Corsican identity.

Start point?
Your host recommends the Easy Jet flight landing on Sunday at Ajaccio airport at 9:30. After arrival your host recommends you enjoy a short stroll to the beach (5 minutes) to relax and have bite to eat. Your guides can meet you back at Ajaccio airport at 13:30 and transfer you to the start point. Alternatively, your host can meet you at 14:30 at Ajaccio train station.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at Ajaccio Airport in the mid-afternoon of your last day. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Ajaccio Airport (AJA) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long you’re at the train station in decent time. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Sunday: Paddling Practice at Castagna Peninsula

Your host will meet you at Ajaccio airport at 1.30pm or Ajaccio train station at 2.30pm today for the transfer to the Gulf of Ajaccio south peak.

When you arrive, you’ll launch your kayaks and get comfortable on the water with some paddling around the rocks of the Castagna peninsula.

Tonight, you will get to know the group over dinner on the beach of Portigliolo, where you will also camp for the night.

Monday: Camp on Cala d’Orzu Beach

You’ll leave camp early this morning and paddle the still sea to Valinco bay. Along the way, you’ll see the first Genovese tower; a series of 16th-century coastal defences.

You’ll stop for lunch and a swim in the heart of the rocky cathedral of Capo di Muro before continuing to paddle between the rocks.

Tonight, you’ll camp on one of the island’s most well-known beaches, Cala d’Orzu; backed by lush vegetation and pine forest, with a view out to the turquoise sea.

3-5 hours kayaking

Tuesday: Kayak to Porto Pollo village

After breakfast, you’ll head back out on your kayak across an alternating landscape of dark basalt rocky capes and turquoise sea lined with white sand.

Today, you’ll have lunch in the shade of the pines in Cupabia bay and take a dip to explore the seabed.

From here, you’ll continue to kayak towards the fishing village of Porto Pollo, where you will spend the night on one of the local beaches.

3-5 hours kayaking

Wednesday: Visit the Genovese Tower at Campomoro

This morning, you’ll continue to paddle further south and discover the increasingly wild coast; sailing between rocks and tafone as you cross the Gulf of Valinco.

You’ll take a break on Campomoro beach and have time to visit the Genovese tower here.

Tonight, you will camp near Cala d’Agulia, an area popular for its secluded beaches.

3-5 hours kayaking

Thursday: Visit Cala di Conca Beach

The water tends to be glassy in the morning so today, you’ll head off early towards Bonifacio, stopping at the popular Cala di Conca beach along the way.

As you approach Capu di Senetosa, the landscape will rapidly change to a rocky, eroded coastline. As you paddle towards the village of Tizzano, you’ll have its small fort in your sights.

You’ll stop for a break at Herbaju beach before choosing one of the many nearby coves to camp in.

3-5 hours kayaking

Friday: Explore the Genoese Tower Ruins

This morning, you’ll explore a series of natural rock formations, including the famous lion of Roccapina; named for its shape resembling a lying lion.

You’ll continue to paddle towards Olmeto Tower, another of the series of Genovese tower ruins.

You’ll spend your last night under the stars on the beach at Fornello cove.

3-5 hours kayaking

Saturday: Paddle to the Finish Line

This morning, you will kayak the last leg which will take you to the finishing line of your trip.

Your minibus transfer will be waiting to take you back to Ajaccio train station for your forwarding journey home.

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

Accommodation

You will sleep out beneath the stars on various beaches along the Corsican coast.

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