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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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    Kezia, July 2022

    This was a really fantastic trip!! We had the best time! However, please be aware that only 30% of groups make it all the way around the island. It is treated as a leisurely kayak than a challenge to reach the final location. This was not mentioned on the website. Food was amazing!! Lucas was very health and safety conscious. He has a wealth of knowledge about the island! Anyone with long hair, I cannot advise enough to take a tangle teaser and a tub of thick hair mask to leave in your hair at all times! The salt, wind, sun and snorkelling turns hair into instant dreads locks !

    Traolach, July 2022

    Great guides. Amazing place and the host knows where all the secrets are. Definitely going back and bringing Galway Kayak Club with me. Tc

    John, August 2022

    I have done a few Canoe and Kayak expeditions, with Much Better Adventures and other. I would definitely say that this one was the best organised. I had a few queries before I booked the trip. When I contacted the team they were quick to respond, and gave me detailed and helpful advice. This included a list of recommended places to stay the night before and after the expedition. From when I was picked up outside my hotel, to when I was dropped off, there really was no stress at all, everything was prepared and taken care of, with us only really having to take responsibility for not losing our personal gear. (Easy to do on a multi day expedition). We were taken to their base to organise our kit to get it ready to go into the boats. The gear provided was all quality stuff, boats, paddles, helmets, tarps, air mats etc. were all well know premium brands. We were then taken to our start point, where our guides had already prepared the boats and packed all the other supplies needed into the back. This gave us the rest of the storage areas for our own gear. From the start the guides Lukas and David were friendly, helpful, accommodating and fun. Once loaded up we were ready to go! The paddling days were very enjoyable. The water is clear and warm, the scenery spectacular (Especially the sea caves) there were plenty of breaks to refill water, eat snacks, and have lunch, this included daily "Fruity time!" where we were given fresh fruit, a very welcome treat in the hot weather. The days would finish late in the day to allow the beaches we were camping on to calm down (I went in during peak season), but with the long breaks this was not an issue. Lukas has amazing knowledge of the island and it's coastline, and would tell us about the history, geology and wildlife of the area. He also knows all the great little nooks and coves that only boats can go to, giving you quiet beaches, even at the busiest times. The meals were a much higher standard than I was expecting from a self-supported expedition. Not a freeze dried or boil in the bag meal in sight. This was all cooked expertly by Lukas and David, who made it clear from the beginning that they did not need any help with this, and we should take the time to enjoy the area, rather than feel that we should be helping out. They also plan to have a meal out in a restaurant, which was a really nice way to spend the evening. Lukas also made sure that he was keeping up to date with the most accurate weather and sea condition information, and used this to plan our days to give the best experience that the conditions would allow. We missed out the West coast of the island, as the conditions would have been unsuitable for the group to paddle, but this did not effect our enjoyment as a shuttle was organised for us from South to North coast. You may not see the whole of the coastline, but you will get the best trip that the conditions allow for. Although the guides are great, they can't quite control the weather yet! As well as weather, they cannot control the temperature or sand, so be prepared for this, you are on a wild camping expedition on beaches after all! As I said earlier, considering that this is a wilderness trip, the organisation is such that there really isn't anything that you have to worry about. For me this made it and incredibly relaxing time. Overall I would say that this was a great trip. The team and guides are first rate, and work really hard to give you the best time. Great paddling, good food, amazing company, and a lot of fun. Plus we were all sent a selected 400 of the around 800 photos that Lukas had taken during the week. The only other thing you could ask for is for them to give you a present for going... Oh yeah, they did that too! Thank you so much to Lukas, David, Isa, Didac, and the others for a great week.

    Sue, August 2022

    Unique trip. Beautiful scenery. Excellent local team. Challenging but plenty of time to relax too.

    Thomas, August 2022

    Fantastic trip, extremely well run and organised

    Stuart, June 2022

    BOOK THIS TRIP! The local company have a real passion for the island and what they do, their equipment is great, their knowledge even better. Menorca is STUNNING or as the locals would say "Tio es BRUUUUUUUTAAAAAAAAL" (Dude, it's AWWWWWWWWWWESOME)

    Sarah, July 2022

    This trip was brilliant. The scenery was stunning and we were kayaking, swimming, snorkelling every day. Some kayaking experience is definitely useful but Lucas and Miguel were great instructors and my technique improved massively by the end of the trip. The two guides were fantastic, really knowledgeable. They were amazing cooks too, the food was incredible! Camping on beaches every night was amazing. Don't take too much luggage with you, you really don't need much. We saw tonnes of wildlife too. I'd definitely recommend this trip so book it if you're even slightly tempted!

    gary, June 2022

    The trip was amazing. The two guides could not have been better. They were very professional, had great knowledge of Menorca and were very friendly. The trip was carried out with environmental considerations at all times and the guides are clearly well practiced and experienced. Every single beach we stopped at or camped on was stunningly pretty without exception. I can't speak highly enough of the hosts and would highly recommend this trip. One tip I would give would be to take a couple of fully charged power banks rather than a solar charger.

    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!

    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.

    15% Off Outdoor Gear

    In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

    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
    • 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)

    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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