Navarino Bay Sea Kayak



Navarino bay is a natural harbor and an ideal spot for Sea Kayaking trips!

Right in front of the picturesque town of Pylos is Navarino Bay, a natural harbor where the island of Sphacteria stands in front of it as a wave breaker, protecting the bay from winds of the open Ionian Sea. Calm waters here offer ideal conditions for Sea Kayaking trips, especially for beginners. The bay itself is a place of incredible natural beauty, with an impressive landscape, warm, crystal clear, waters and golden sandy beaches where sea turtles often return to lay their eggs. Two medieval castles guard the bay, recalling the famous naval battle of Navarino, one of the most important events in modern Greek history.



Our trip starts at Divari beach just a few kilometers away from the charming village of Gialova. Your guide will brief you on paddling techniques, safety measures, and equipment. Soon we shall hop on our kayaks for a trip around the Navarino bay like never before. We start paddling overlooking the town of Pylos and the Niokastro fort. Heading towards the imposing monolithic islet located at the south side of the bay, we visit the impressive natural stone arch. The islet I also a place of nesting and resting place for many species of birds.

Weather permitting, we can circumnavigate it and visit a few of its sea caves, tunnels, and arches. Our next stop is the unhabituated island of Sphacteria. Here, we jump out of our kayaks, stretch our legs and walk to the island’s viewpoint for taking pictures of an idyllic landscape and for story-telling. After some kayaking we shall make a stop at a secluded beach for swimming and snorkeling, and why not some cliff diving for those who feel more adventurous. Here we shall also taste our homemade picnic of local delicacies and relax under the sun.

After this energy pumped stop, we will paddle back to the starting point to end an amazing day in the tranquility of the Navarino Bay.

Any combination of programs and activities you wish to take place as part of a sports holiday is possible by contacting us here.


Inclusions

  • English speaking Guide
  • Eco-friendly cultural and educational guiding
  • All necessary equipment for the operation of the activity
  • Greek traditional snack
  • Liability insurance
  • Taxes

What to bring with you:

  • Bottle of water (1,5 liter per person)
  • Any specific medication you are on
  • Hat or cap
  • Short or long sleeve t-shirt (quick-dry if available)
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Swimwear or shorts
  • Change of dry clothes
  • Sea shoes or flip flops or sandals (avoiding bulky shoes, trainers and socks).

Exclusions

  • Additional session time
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Extra Essentials (t-shirt, hat, towel)

Morning Tour

  • 09:30: Departure from Divari Beach
  • 13:30: Return to Divari Beach

Duration
4-5 hours. All stages of this activity will be completed at an estimated time of 4-5 hours. Duration time includes instructions & briefing exploration, free time to swim, rest, and picnic.

Meeting details

  • Meeting point: Divari Beach
  • Meeting time: 09:30

Capacity

  • 1 trip per day
  • Min people/trip: 8 
  • Max people/trip: 20

Food

This experience includes a picnic lunch consisting of fresh-baked bread, season fruits and vegetables, local cheese & olive oil.

Our programs are designed for both active and non-active participants combining experiential-based adventures and awareness for the natural environment, knowledge, and information on the historical and cultural characteristics of each region.

In every activity, we primarily focus on the qualitative characteristics of prioritizing safety, personal contact, and care for each participant. This is why we receive excellent comments and reviews on Trip Advisor rating our company among the best outdoor activities companies in Greece.

Our trip leaders are born and bred in the region and are proud to be ambassadors of their culture and heritage. They are carefully selected on clear criteria of qualifications and skills.

We bring people deeper into the local culture and geography. We develop a personal approach with our clients and pride ourselves to be different on that.

Central to our philosophy is the acquisition of experiences in ways that are environmentally friendly, which involve interaction with local society and getting to know its culture, history, and traditions.

What is Sea Kayak?

Sea kayaks are long and fast paddling boats designed to safely cover long distances easily and resiliently even in difficult weather conditions. They are used all over the world for sea journeys from a few hours to several weeks. They can accommodate one or two paddlers and have septic storage areas for complete autonomy and transportation of equipment, food, water, and other supplies. With a sea kayak one has the ability to travel to the sea in a completely different way than a motorboat.

How does a Sea Kayak trip work?

Α sea kayaking trip is extraordinary and does not require previous experience. After a short lesson where you learn about the boat, the equipment, and paddling techniques and safety parameters, you are ready for your journey. All you need is an appetite for exploration and love for the sea. Trips with sea kayak for beginners in their tourist form can be made either on coastal routes or in small crossings from island to island. The purpose of the trip is to explore the coastline and admire the marine environment in a unique way.

What if I've never kayaked before?

Most of our customers are first-timers. This trip is easy to catch it up and beginners can complete a decent journey on their first-time sea kayaking trip. The kayaks you will be using are super stable and suit all levels of paddlers, even if you have never paddled before. Our experienced guides will take you through the basic skills so you have the knowledge and adequate paddling capability to enjoy a day at the sea.

What will be the pace?

All of our trips are about journeying. We paddle at a relaxed pace; we learn on the move and enjoy the marine environment. If you are a group of experienced paddlers wanting to complete a demanding journey then a private trip would be the best option.

What should I wear?

We suggest wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit wet. Swimwear is essential if you wish to swim, a quick-dry t-shirt, hat, sunglasses, shorts. Running shoes and socks are not recommended as they tend to get soggy. Sea shoes, sandals or flip flops are fine. A lightweight polypropylene or fleece layer should be included in early spring and late fall tours. Dry bags are provided where you can store your phone or some other personal belongings.

Who are the people that will guide us?

Professional local kayak leaders trained and certified by the British Canoeing (BC) with a great knowledge of the area and the marine environment.

Is this Sea Kayaking trip suitable for families with kids?

Absolutely Yes! A family sea kayak tour is fun, educational, stimulating, and surprisingly relaxing for parents who wish to have their kids engaged in the experience exploring the marine environment and the outdoors in a safe and controlled way. We offer discounted rates for families with kids on some tours.

What is the trip best suited for me, how do I choose?

All of our trips are designed to be suitable for everybody. Each one has its own unique characteristics. The best way to choose a trip among others is to check which one departs closer to the place you are staying.

Do you offer private trips?

Yes, we can organize a private tour, standard or tailor-made, just for you, your family, or your friends.

Should I book a standard trip or a private trip?

If you are happy to hike with a mixed group or don't want to spend as much money then booking a standard group trip is the best way to go. Private trips really work best with groups of experienced hikers or groups of friends who want to do something a bit different, would like to do a more advanced journey, or just want to have privacy and enjoy the trip just themselves.

Is lunch provided?

Yes, simple, nutritious, and flavorsome, food is one of the pleasures during our trips. Halfway we make a relaxing stop at a nice place to taste a picnic with freshly baked bread, organic garden-grown fruits and vegetables, homemade olive oil, and cheese.

What route will we take?

We usually perform our tours within a certain route aiming to visit the most beautiful spots each trip has to offer, however; your guide is likely to choose an alternative route that suits the conditions on the day and the experience and needs of the group. This is the safest and best way to operate Kayaking trips.

Where do I park my car?

You can park your vehicle safely and for free near our meeting point. Feel free to ask us about the parking conditions for a specific trip.

What happens if the weather is unsuitable?

A hiking trip is either canceled and we return your money back or arranged for another day.

How can I book for a trip?

You can fill up the online booking form on the trip you want to participate.



 To participate requires full acceptance of regulations:

  1. Participants who have not reached 10 years of age are not able to participate
  2. Participants who have not reached 18 years of age are required to submit a statement from their parents.
  3. Valid participation is considered to be valid after it has been paid off financially.
  4. Any participant who decides to cancel/postpone his/her participation is not entitled to a refund.
  5. Participants are obliged to fully comply with the regulations set by the trainers. They are also obliged to obey the suggestions of the trainers designated by the organizer. Failure to comply with the regulations or instructions will result in the exclusion penalty, with no refund or any other costs.
  6. Participants are involved at their own risk and the organizing authority is not responsible for any injuries they may have, as stated in the statement of responsibility or here.
  7. Participants must have been examined by a physician who has judged them capable of participating in a particular experience. Medical advice must not be older than 30 days from the last day of the experience.
  8. It is strictly forbidden to dispose any kind of object during the whole experience, such as plastic bottles or any other solid or liquid food packaging material used. Disposal of packaging materials or other non-organic waste anywhere on the route beyond the predetermined, carries an exclusion penalty, no refund, or any other costs.
  9. In case of need, the trainers reserve the right to postpone the start of the event in order not to endanger the physical integrity of the participants. In very extreme conditions the trainer can cancel the event.
  10. Participant exclusion occurs for: a) Pollution of the site. b) Inappropriate behavior towards the organizing staff. c) Inappropriate behavior toward other participants. d) Non-compliance with these Regulations.
  11. The organizers are not responsible for the deaths, injuries or any damage to the health of the participants who, upon submitting their request for participation, declare that they are aware of the risks involved including those allegedly attributed to the negligent acts or omissions of the foregoing that their health status is good and allows them to participate, and they have recently been examined by a doctor on this subject. However, no participant will be required to submit a medical certificate. They are obliged to perform regular medical checkups in order to check their health status. The event managers disclaim any responsibility for the physical integrity of the participants, who should behave responsibly at any dangerous points on the route.
  12. Participants consent to be featured in photographs or any other media from the event, which shall be used exclusively to promote the experience.
  13. The organizers have the authority to modify the rules and regulations of the event, with no further notice.  

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