Sea Kayaking Expedition in Menorca

Bivouac on deserted beaches, explore hidden coves and paddle alongside chalky cliffs on a circumnavigation mission

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Sea Kayaking Expedition in Menorca

Bivouac on deserted beaches, explore hidden coves and paddle alongside chalky cliffs on a circumnavigation mission

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

Classic

Wild camping

OVERALL RATING

4.8

Based on 20 reviews
DIFFICULTY

Challenging

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

Kayak up to 210km of Menorca’s spectacular and varied coastline on this challenging seafaring adventure, in an attempt to circumnavigate the island

Swim in turquoise waters, rest on wild beaches and sleep amongst the elements

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

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.

Included

Guides

Experienced, English-speaking guide

Accommodation

7 nights wild 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

Visas where required

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.

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.

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What's included?

  • Fully equipped kayak (ZEGUL)
  • Personal flotation device (ASTRAL V-Tour)
  • 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) – Personal items set (bowl, cup and cutlery MSR) – Mask and snorkel per participant
  • Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper out to dispose of)
  • Energy bars and snacks

What do I need to bring?

CLOTHING

– Comfortable trousers to navigate or long swim suit

  • T-shirts
  • Warm shirt, long sleeve recommended for sun protection (rash guard, lycra...)
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimming costume – Comfortable clothes to rest after the navigation, long sleeves recommended for mosquito protection – Windstopper jacket and/or polar stretch jacket or hoodie for the evening (depending on season)
  • Water shoes/jelly shoes/thin neoprene boots
  • Trainers

SLEEPING

  • Sleeping bag - Summer: 2 seasons, Shoulder (April, May & October) 3 seasons - ask your host if you prefer to rent one!
  • 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
  • Sun protection - glasses, suncream, cap and a long-sleeved shirt
  • Personal First-aid kit: mosquito repellent, blister treatment and seasickness tablets (Yes, we can get sea sick on a kayak as well), headache pills...
  • 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

- Anna(September 2022)

To sum it up in one word, the trip was special in the most positive way. The crew looked after us as participants in any way imaginable. When weather conditions changed, we were informed about the alternatives to the original plan and included into the decision process of how we continued the trip. Lucas as a guide did an amazing, outstanding job. He happily shared his knowledge about Menorca and kayaking with us and was always approachable for our questions and concerns. Personally I enjoyed the way we discovered some of the caves inside some cliffs with the kayak the most. It was a unique experience that could only be made with a kayak. The kit list included all necessary items to bring for the trip and thus was perfect for travel preparations. In terms of sustainability I think the host is doing their utmost best to preserve the island since it means so much to them personally. When we would come to a beach to stay for the night, our guides not only made sure we were not leaving any waste but they also collected other people's rubbish that was laying around. They are also very much connected with the people of Menorca who serve the island like coast guards etc. Apart from that, we would always kayak with our full equipment which included life jackets, helmets and spray skirts. Both guides would also stay close to us at all times making sure we felt safe and supported throughout the trip. I honestly cannot think of something to improve. The host is doing a remarkable job to provide their participants with a memorable experience of Menorca and we are very grateful to having had the opportunity to be part of their team.

- Laurel(September 2022)

Firstly a massive THANK YOU to Lukas & Emmy (our much-loved guides) and Didac & Isa (our onshore team) who made our trip something really special. We were only able to do the first four days of the expedition due to poor weather conditions half-way through, but those days were just incredible! You really can’t beat warm turquoise seas and sleeping to the sound of waves underneath a tarp, with Lukas and Emmy taking care of your meals and making sure you have enough cookies and haven’t forgot your shoes. It’s an absolute no-brainer. We knew about the weather conditions early on and made the absolute most of the good weather, but when the forecast started changing they did everything possible to keep us safe while also trying to get us back on the water. The alternative accommodation and activities they arranged for us were great and suited the trip, plus provided us with a whole other set of experiences and laughs. I was a solo traveller and was really happy that the group was a good mix of solos/couples, genders, and countries - I think this really helped us gel and it was a little sad to leave my lovely little group on the last day! In terms of the level, the group adapts to the slowest person, so to say, so if you’re a pro kayaker, be aware that you may need to go a little easier than usual, and if you’ve never kayaked, you may find yourself trying to keep up. This wasn’t an issue for us, since we were all pretty fit and could change into the double kayaks if we were tired/not feeling confident/wanted a change, but it’s something to be conscious of. In saying that, we were in good conditions almost all of the time, so maybe the whole trip around the island would be harder than what we had. As Lukas would say: it’s all about adaptation. Long story short, this trip is epic. Book it. Now.

- Holly(September 2022)

A beautiful way to see Menorca. I would absolutely recommend this trip for anyone wanting to get to know the island well. We kayaked along the south of the island for the first few days, and swam during breaks and then camped on some of the most stunning beaches I've ever been to. Lucas and Emi, our guides made really lovely food each day (quite incredible, as it was all brought on the kayak with them!), and it was so magical waking up with just us there, and the sea a few meters away! The weather turned about half way through our trip, meaning from then on we stayed in a campsite inland, and had a day driving around interesting spots on the island, a day doing kayaking training and a day in a more enclosed inlet. Due to 8 days being a fairly long trip, I get the impression that it's quite likely that some of the days will have to get mixed up like this rather than doing a singe route around the island - especially in September and October, which may mean you do slightly more sightseeing and a bit less kayaking than expected, but definitely still worth it. Having said that, 8 days is a long time to wild camp, so I quite appreciated having a bit of time camping on beaches and a bit of time with access to showers at the campsite! Huge thanks for a wonderful trip.

- Polly(September 2022)

Amazing trip. A lovely way to see Menorca from a different perspective. The kit was great quality and felt really safe at all times. The group were all very likely minded and lovely, obviously certain people sign up to this sort of trip and we all helped each other through the expedition. The leader, Lucas, and the guide, Emi, were both so lovely, supportive and funny. Adapted to our needs and the weather (bring a waterproof!), making it safe and fun. The looked after us so well too, morning coffee on the beach and nightly top quality meals. Check the requirements before you sign up- would you commit to a challenging cycle trip if you had little to no cycling experience? I was lucky to be in a strong group so felt supported round. I did not need any other entertainment, the leaders, the fabulous group, the sea kayaking and the beaches were more than delightful for a lovely week.

- 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

- 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

- 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!

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. In addition, your mental resilience, a good attitude towards flexibility, and outdoor skills are just as important for setting up camp and facing challenging winds and sea conditions.

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 and recommended, it is not essential.

While the aim of the trip is to circumnavigate the entire island, this depends on many different factors such as the weather, sea conditions, geography of the island and group skills. As such, it won't always be achieved. However, the challenge of attempting the circumnavigation is just as satisfying an adventure!

Menorca is shaped like a bean, and the north and south coasts are two very different sides of the same island. The remote north coast is a wild and pristine landscape full of endemic flora, marine diversity and Posidonia meadows - this is the place to get 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.

Crossing from the south to the north sections of the island must be coordinated with appropriate weather conditions. Your guide is an expert in monitoring weather patterns and making this trip an adventurous team expedition.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your host will alter the itinerary according to weather and sea conditions to ensure that you have the best possible experience.

Menorca has a typically Mediterranean climate and is usually lovely and warm during the summer season. 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). However, it can be very humid creating an intense dew overall with the south and eastern winds. Dry winds from the north may result in cool temperatures at night on southern sheltered coves where the sun comes out late.

Even though Menorca tends to be dry during the summer, some stormy rains can be expected at the end of summer, and in spring and autumn.

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.

Wild camping is preferred, in the form of a bivouac shelter - tarps and groundsheets are used to cover the sleeping area, to avoid the morning dew and humidity of the ground. These shared shelters are set up for 3 or 4 people, from dusk until dawn.

Because the campsites are usually in pristine or wild areas, there are no bathroom or shower facilities (although, every once in a while the expedition group may find facilities in urban beaches). Expect to go to the toilet outdoors and wash in the sea without soap.

Sometimes, weather conditions (rain or wind) make camping at the designated spots challenging. In this case, plans may be changed to find shelter, in order to guarantee the safety and enjoyment of the group. It’s all part of the adventure!

You will be paddling in double sit-on-top kayaks of the brand 'Ocean Kayak'. If you are an experienced kayaker and wish to use a single, please discuss with your host, as they have a limited number available.

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.

The paddler's weight should not exceed 120kg. Tall paddlers who are 190-200cm in height (6ft3'-6ft4') can be accommodated on the tour, but beyond that you might find this expedition uncomfortable due to the limited leg space available. Please get in touch if you have any concerns about height or weight limits.

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!

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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.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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