Kefalonia and Ithaca Sea Kayaking Tour

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9 days / 8 nights
Period of Operation : April to October
Kefalonia
Min Participants : 2
Max People : 7
Tour Description

During our unique Kefalonia and Ithaca sea kayaking tour we explore the amazing coastline and visit some of the nicest villages of the Ionian islands. We paddle a big part of the dramatic west coast of Kefalonia and most of Ithaca, home of Odysseus. This sensational journey gives us also the opportunity to explore both islands and hike to some of the most beautiful parts of them. A wonderful trip for everyone who loves kayaking and being out in nature, but also appreciates the comfort of some nice, cosy rooms every night!

Level of difficulty

  • Easy-moderate, suitable for everybody with good physical condition and swimming knowledge.
  • Paddling Distance: 57 nautical miles
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival day

Pick up service and settlement at your guesthouse.
Equipment preparation and briefing about our Kefalonia and Ithaca sea kayaking tour.

Day 2Aghia Kyriaki - Assos

Our paddling adventure in the Greek islands starts in Aghia Kiriaki, a tiny fishing port in the west coast of Kefalonia. Huge limestone cliffs and remoteness are the characteristics of the landscape. On the way, we visit sea caves and we make our lunch stop in the famous Myrtos bay, one of the most photographed beaches in Greece and setting of some of “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” scenes! What better way to start this glorious sea kayaking adventure!

We continue paddling north towards Assos, a magnificent fishing village located in the isthmus of Assos peninsula. The cypress trees and pines that cover the surrounding hills, the impressive limestone cliffs and the perimetric fortress on the peninsula, create a breathtaking scenery, full of colours and contrasts.

Assos is our overnight stop. Beautiful apartments with great views, strolling around the old village, hiking up to the castle and dinner in a taverna by the sea complete this stunning day!
O/N in Assos / Paddling distance: 8 nm

Day 3Assos - Dafnoudi - Fiskardo

We kayak along the breathtaking coastline. The scenery remains remote with limestone cliffs and sea caves. Stop in Dafnoudi bay for swimming and snorkelling. With crystal clear waters and surrounded by cypress trees forest, it is really difficult to describe the beauty and magnificence of this little bay.

We continue kayaking to the famous Fiskardo, a picturesque village that was left untouched by the 1953 earthquake. The traditional houses and the abundant signs of an aristocratic past make it simply unique. One of the biggest tourist attractions of all Ionian islands, Fiskardo is our stop for tonight.
O/N in Fiskardo / Paddling distance: 10 nm

Day 4Fiskardo - Evreti - Daskalio - Fiskardo

This is a relaxing day. We kayak south of Fiskardo, where the scenery here is mainly secluded coves with turquoise waters surrounded by forested hills. We paddle past Phoki bay where a sea cave leads to a maze of tunnels, an abandoned limestone mine. After a while we reach Evreti bay where we can paddle or snorkel over three wrecked fishing caiques. Here we have our lunch. Βefore heading back to Fiskardo we visit Daskalio islet, a seagull rookery that during the right periods offers beautiful sightings of the chicks.

We spend the rest of our day in Fiskardo, visiting the local environmental museum, hiking to the old lighthouse and a ruined byzantine church, shopping or just enjoying our frappe coffee greek-style!
O/N in Fiskardo / Paddling distance: 6nm

Day 5Fiskardo - Aphales - Kioni (Ithaca)

Early in the morning we start paddling to Aphales, a bay in the north Ithaca with a complex of remote beaches with white sand and turquoise waters. The place here is ideal for snorkelling as it offers beautiful underwater rock formations and rich mediterranean water life.
Later we paddle along the east coast of the island and we reach Kioni, one of the most pictuesque villages among all Ionian islands and understandably a sailors’ favourite. The three ruined windmills, the trademark of Kioni welcome us as we enter the little port.
We enjoy our delightful dinner in a taverna by the sea and we finish our day with a cold beer before heading to our nice accommodation.
O/N in Kioni (Ithaca) / Paddling distance: 10 nm

Day 6Kioni - Vathi

After our mediterranean breakfast, we paddle to Vathi, the capital town of Ithaca. En route, we stop in a little bay for swimming and snorkelling. This is one of the nicest places for snorkeling in the area.
We continue and reach Vathi. It is a typical Ionian town, built in the depths of a uniquely shaped fjord-like natural bay. It is indisputably one of the most picturesque natural ports in Greece.
We have plenty of time to walk around the narrow streets and alleys of the town before the dinner in a local tavern.
The apartments we stay in Vathi is a real gem and one of the trip’s attractions. They are perfectly situated over the bay, enjoying probably the best possible view of Vathi!
O/N in Vathi / Paddling distance: 8 nm

Day 7Vathi - Filiatro - Vathi

Today, we don’t start paddling before early afternoon so we have plenty of time for more shopping, strolling around Vathi’s alleys or just drinking more frappe, which by now you will be addicted to !!
We kayak to the beautiful bay of Filiatro along a scenic limestone coastline. There, after we have enjoyed the sea, we leave our boats and hike through a shortcut path back to our accommodation in Vathi.
O/N in Vathi / Paddling distance: 5 nm

Day 8Filiatro - Antisamos (Kefalonia)

Early morning we get transfered to Filiatro bay and we start kayaking around the south coast of Ithaca. After a short break, we paddle the scenic straight between Kefalonia and Ithaca. It is a short, 2-mile crossing.
We land to the famous beach of Antisamos (where many scenes of the “Captain Corelli’s mandolin” movie were shot). It is a beautiful bay with forested surrounding hills and crystal clear waters.
Our mini bus takes us back to our base in south Kefalonia.
O/N in Kefalonia / Paddling distance: 10 nm

Day 9Departure day

This is the last day of our amazing sea kayaking multi-day tour, however if you wish to end the day before please do let us know and we will transfer you to the airport.

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Pricing

Price is based on a minimum attendance of 2 people (for less or more participants, feel free to contact us).

Price Includes

  • All local transfers
  • Meals (6 breakfasts, 6 lunches)
  • 8 nights in cozy accommodations
  • English speaking BCU certified guide
  • Full Sea Kayaking equipment: Kayaks, paddles, life jackets, spray decks, waterproof jackets. Extra equipment: waterproof bags and pouches, pumps and paddle-floats. Snorkeling equipment included as well.
  • Safety equipment (first aid kit, repair kit, flares, tow ropes, spare paddles, etc.)

Price Excludes

  • Dinners
  • Drinks during meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Flights to/from Greece

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