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Circumnavigate Menorca by Sea Kayak

Bivouac on deserted beaches, explore hidden coves and paddle alongside white calcareous cliffs on this epic sea-kayaking adventure

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Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Circumnavigate Menorca by Sea Kayak

Bivouac on deserted beaches, explore hidden coves and paddle alongside white calcareous cliffs on this epic sea-kayaking adventure

DURATION

7 nights

LOCATION

Spain

ANNUAL LEAVE

5 days off work

SEASON

May-Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 8 people

MEETING POINT

Menorca Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Wild camping

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

You’ll need a good level of fitness, while some sea kayaking experience is preferred but not essential.

Navigate 210 km of Menorca’s spectacular and varied coastline on a magical seafaring adventure

Swim in turquoise waters and rest on picture-perfect beaches

Visit concealed coves, explore hidden limestone caves and enjoy homemade meals throughout

What's it like?

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    Tom, September 2021

    This expedition was so much fun, we got to see so many places you would miss on a regular tour of the island, Lukas was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and always made the trip fun! I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a more authentic kayak experience and to learn about menorca!

    Ben, August 2021

    Provided you’re ok with rough camping….. this is an amazing expedition! Lucas shared with us his infectious love and deep knowledge of the island, it’s secret coves and sea caves, it’s rich history, unique geological structures and abundant flora and fauna - all from the cockpit of our kayaks!

    Ryan, August 2019

    Great instruction & management of abilities. Got to see many awesome beaches, most of which you wouldn't see in any other holiday type.

    Stephen, August 2019

    Getting the chance to explore such a beautiful place and waking up on a deserted beach to watch the sunrise was great.

    Sandy, August 2019

    The trip was amazing... The beaches, the views, the experience of taking all you need to survive for a week in your kayak, the hosts Lucas and Shalai looked after us and fed us so well. Overall, just wonderful. Brain and body have been given a total refresh!

    Paulina, July 2019

    Lucas was our guide for this expedition. He is everything you would want in a guide; he puts safety and enjoyment first, he is passionate about kayaking and knows about local history, flora, and fauna, and he is a fabulous cook. The location is stunning, the beaches and the geology are spectacular, and paddling was the perfect balance between fun and challenging. The team went over and beyond in every way to ensure we had the best experience possible.

    Julie, June 2019

    I had a wonderful trip. Lucas, our guide, shared his passion for Menorca, his knowledge of the island, the sea and the wildlife. The company is run by people who really care about their guests and the environment. I learned a lot, and ate very good food!

    John, September 2018

    The kayaking itself exceeded my expectations. It’s was the right level of challenge from the varying sea states, rock hopping and visiting caves. On top of that the especially on the more remote north shore. The guide was excellent and full of knowledge. His cooking was a delight.

    Included

    Guides

    Experienced, English-speaking guide

    Accommodation

    7 days camping

    Meals

    Munch on tasty food throughout

    Transfers

    To and from your hotel or back to the airport at the end

    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 8

    Transfers

    Your host suggests arriving the day before the start of the trip and spending the night at a hotel in the small town 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 at Mahón town centre or 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 if you are flying directly home.

    Day 1

    Wild camping · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2 – Day 7

    Wild camping · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 8

    Departure day

    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, fruits, 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

    Mahón

    Kayaking

    5-6hrs · 20-25km

    Meet your guide at your hotel in Mahón and head to the starting point in Cala Sant Esteve. Complete a safety, route and equipment briefing and then it’s time to get into the water and paddle to Punta Prima, a big, beautiful bay and the perfect place to stop for a picnic lunch. Paddle along the south-eastern shore, known for its uninhabited islets and blue and white stripped lighthouses to Cala Biniparratx, a small beach where you’ll set up your bivouac for the night.

    Day 2

    Hidden coves

    Kayaking

    5-6hrs · 20-25km

    Break camp, eat some breakfast and then head back onto the water. Today you’ll paddle past limestone cliffs and explore concealed caves that are only accessible by sea. Stop for lunch in Cales Coves, an ancient necropolis and explore the pristine cove of Cala Sant Llorenç. 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. Pull ashore and explore the nearby ravine before returning to camp and another fireside dinner.

    Day 3

    Sandy beaches and rock bridges

    Kayaking

    5-6hrs · 20-25km

    Delve deeper into Menorca’s off-the-beaten-track locations as you explore the wild southern coast. Authentic and remote, you’ll discover pristine beaches like Escorxada, Trebalúger and Fustam – known for its Posidonia leaf bed on the shore. Stop for lunch by a naturally formed rock bridge and then paddle along more perfect beaches ending at the town of Son Xoriguer, where you’ll head out for a delicious dinner in a local restaurant.

    Day 4

    Cross the Capes

    Kayaking

    5-6hrs · 20-25km

    Break camp and get ready for the toughest day yet - the crossing of the capes (the first, in the south-west, is home to the photogenic lighthouse of Cap d’Artrutx). Paddle north past Ciutadella, the biggest city on the island and on to Cales Piques where you’ll stop for lunch, before paddling along towering cliffs and past hidden caves to tonight's waterside campsite.

    Day 5

    Red rocks and snorkelling

    Kayaking

    5-6hrs · 20-25km

    Kayak east to La Vall, a big bay that's home to two gorgeous beaches, Es Bot and Es Tencats. From here the landscape shifts from white to red and the beaches become wetlands and fossil dune systems. After lunch, head to the lonely northern beach of Cala Calderer, the Bledes Islets and Cala Pregonda, a stunning bay with unusual geology, where you’ll set up camp and do a spot of snorkelling.

    Day 6

    Paddle to Cabra Salada

    Kayaking

    5-6hrs · 20-25km

    Continue through the northern Marine Reserve and see its famous beaches, Platja de Binimel-là, Cala Mica and Platja Cavalleria. Stop for lunch at the remote Es Saler and then spend the night in Cabra Salada on the Bay of Fornells.

    Day 7

    Cape of La Mola de Fornells

    Kayaking

    5-6hrs · 20-25km

    Start your penultimate day of kayaking on the dramatic Cape of La Mola de Fornells with its serrated cliffs. Stop for a swim in Cala Pudent and lunch in the nature park of Albufera des Grau. Paddle on to the Cape of Favàritx, where you’ll spy the final lighthouse of the trip and set up camp and have dinner in Cala Sa Torreta.

    Day 8

    Illa d’en Colom and home

    Kayaking

    4-5hrs · 20-25km

    Wake up bright and early for the final paddle to Illa d’en Colom, an uninhabited islet that's rich in history. Return to civilisation at Cala Sant Esteve and head to your hotel or back to the airport in time for your flight 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 (20l) (EGALIS AND SEAL LINE)
    • Overnight equipment for the group (MSR awknings and THERMAREST inflatable mattresses)
    • Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper out to dispose of)

    What do I need to bring?

    BAGS

    • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack

    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
    • Sun protection - glasses, suncream, cap and a long-sleeved shirt
    • 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)
    • Energy bars and snacks

    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 71kg 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.

    You’ll need good physical fitness and be able to paddle for long distances each day. Time spent in the kayak depends on the daily wind situation. 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.

    Menorca has a typically Mediterranean climate and is usually lovely and warm. Your host will alter the itinerary according to weather and sea conditions to ensure that you have the best possible experience.

    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.

    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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