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Seakayaking

Discover and enjoy the fantastic coastline scenery, hidden bays and mysterious caves, archaeological sites, cliffs, remote unspoiled beaches and natural hot springs that can only be viewed and accessed by sea.

Our kayaking tours give you the opportunity to have an incomparable wilderness experience by paddling in a kayak and have a magnificent and unforgettable journey.

 

Activities overview

We offer the following activities in and around the island of Kythnos:

Seakayaking Day Trips

Kolona tour, Loutra tour, East tour, Sunset yoga kayak experience

Below this overview read more about our organized day trip adventures section. you can see detailed descriptions of the different seakayaking tours and information on how these activities are organized.

Private & Custom Tours

Private tours and multi-day customized tours


Apart from having the regular tours where we may join you with other groups, we can also offer you completely private tours with our guide. And we are also open to multi-day tours or other special ideas you have, just contact us and we will plan together.

SUP Yoga

Private Lessons of about 1.5 - 2 hours


Yoga lessons on a SUP we provide.

SUP Lessons

SUP lessions 1 - 1.5 hours

Learn how to use the SUP with a certified instructor. We provide the equipment and you can read more information further down on this page.

Hiking

Take a Hike with us to Castro Orias


Enjoy the raw beauty of western Kythnos. More information on the page Hiking.

Kayaking fun for kids

Exclusively for kids


Introducing kayaks and playing beach games and mostly having fun.

 

Day Trip Adventures

About Guided Kayak Tours

Did you know that the word kayak means hunter's boat, as kayaks were originally invented by Eskimos as long as 2,000 years ago for transportation, hunting and fishing? They were made of seal or other animal skin stretched over wood or whale bone. Today, kayaks are used mostly for recreational and sports purposes. Kayaking is an excellent way to exercise and relax at the same time. It is an ideal way to spend the day together with friends or family and explore beautiful beaches, bays and islands.

Depending on the route, a day trip may last between 4 to 7 hours, about 1,5 to 3 hours of total paddling in a relaxed pace and another 1,5 to 3 hours of relaxing time on the beach, swimming, snorkeling and having lunch.


We pick you up in the morning from our meeting point and head to the chosen starting beach. We always take into account wind strength and direction in order to use it in our advantage and stay sheltered, so trips are decided beforehand in relation to group size and experience. Safety is our greater priority that's why our certified sea kayak guide is there to instruct you on proper technique, guide you and ensure that you have a memorable time on your kayak trip.

At the launch beach we hand you paddling equipment and brief you on kayak handling skills. It doesn't take long before we start paddling to get drawn by the exploratory nature sea kayaking offers. We stop for our first snack-fruits and swimming break and once we resume paddling we continue the exploration of sea caves, small coves and interesting rock formations to our final destination. There we enjoy a well deserved lunch break that includes fresh local products. During the two stops there's enough time to swim, snorkel, sunbathe and explore the surrounding area where there's usually some small deserted Cycladic chapel or cliffs. Once the lunch stop is over we paddle back to finish an adventurous day spent in the outdoors.

The majority of our day trips are suitable for beginners, we keep a stable and comfortable paddling pace and there's sufficient rest time during our stops.

What is included:

  • Sea kayaks (singles or doubles)

  • All the kayaking equipment needed

  • Guide, certified by the British Canoe Union (BCU)

  • Sea kayak handling briefing

  • Snack and lunch

  • Snorkeling equipment

  • Dry bags - to carry personal items

  • Photos from the tour

  • Liability insurance

  • First AID


What you need to bring with you:

  • A hat & sunglasses

  • A bottle of water & towel

  • Sun screen

  • Lycra, long sleeve top or t-shirt

Kolona Tour

Take a unique opportunity to paddle into one of the most exotic beaches of the Cyclades due to its characteristic shape, a narrow strip of sand with sapphire, crystal clear waters on both sides, explore some mysterious sea caves and bathe in its natural hot springs on the way back.


You will start the trip from Episkopi beach, a long sandy beach and paddle for approximately 20 min to the ancient port of Vriokastro, the island’s prehistoric settlement. You will make a stop for swimming and snorkeling in the emerald waters, explore some interesting sea caves along the way until you reach the highlight of the island – the famous Kolona beach, where you can dip into the natural thermal spring for ultimate rejuvenation and a break for snack.

A small hike up to the Agios Loukas islet which is connected with Kolona only by a narrow strip of sand, will offer the best panoramic views to the famous beach and the surrounding scenery, so this is where you can take those great postcard-like photos and enjoy the views, before heading back to Episkopi, carrying some amazing new memories.

Start time: Upon request

Location: Episkopi beach

Period: April-October

Route length: 4 nautical miles

Route type: Circular

Duration with breaks: 4-5 hours including snorkeling

Ability level: Easy

Suitability: Suitable for all

Loutra Tour

This tour explores the wildest part of the island. Starting from Loutra, Kythnos’s northern port with its thermal springs, we head east to the beautiful harbour of Agia Irini with its picturesque small church. We then continue alongside the steep rocks and the deep caves to the remote and lovely northern beach of Livadaki. is possible close to the coast to see sea turtles. We take a break for a snack and swim and resume paddling to our final destination, Along the way we play in rock gardens and narrow passages. Returning to Loutra, we can look forward to a relaxing bath in the thermal springs at Loutra.

Start time: Upon request

Location: Loutra beach

Period: April-October

Route length: 5 nautical miles

Route type: Circular

Duration with breaks: 5-6 hours incl. snorkelling

Ability level: Easy

Suitability: Suitable for all but you should be reasonably fit

East Coast Tour

This kayak tour explores the north eastern side of the Cycladic island of Kythnos. Starting from Agios Stefanos, the most sheltered harbour and beach on the island, there is a wreck near the coast with a mask and a snorkel is visible. we head north to two of the loveliest and sandiest of Kythnos beaches, Agios Ioannis and Vasilikο, crystal clear water and a lot of colorful and beautiful fishes swim around.

All the beaches we will visit are unspoiled and can only be accessed by sea. At Vasiliko beach we will have a longer stop for lunch and relax in the shade of big trees.

Start time: Upon request

Location: Agios stefanos beach

Period: April-October

Route length: 4 nautical miles

Route type: Circular

Duration with breaks: 4-5 hours including snorkeling

Ability level: Easy

Suitability: Suitable for all

Sunset Yoga Kayak Experience

No words can really describe the unique experience of combining yoga, kayaking and watching the summer sunset at the distinct Kolona beach. We want to share with you a special evening of creating memories for our bodies and souls. First, we meet at Apokrousi beach where you will be introduce to main paddling techniques by our qualified guide, Captain Manolis and warm up your joints with the instructions of our experienced yoga teacher.

Into the blue aegean sea, we paddle our kayaks enhancing our awareness of the cycladic natural environment. Soon, we reach our destination, the exceptional beautiful beach of Kythnos island, Kolona. We take some moments to feel grounded to the place and prepare ourselves for the yoga practice. Absolute beginners to more advanced yogies will improve their physical, mental and emotional state surrounded by majestic summer vibes...sounds of calm waves, warm sand, soft sunbeams, salty clean breeze. Our yoga session incorporates rejuvenating poses, relaxing breathwork and beneficial mindfulness aim to evolve a higher level of wellbeing. As our practice concludes, we gaze at the vivid colours of sunset and eat some sweet melon. Refreshed and happy we are ready to paddle back towards the main island.

What you need to bring with you:

  • A hat & sunglasses

  • A bottle of water & towel

  • Sun screen

  • A jacket and a set of clothes to change

Kayaking fun for Kids

Kids can be excellent paddlers if you teach them how to do it right. We will keep kids engaged and having fun on the beach and at the sea while the parents are chilling out.

Starting with introducing games on the beach, the group of the children are warming up and the adventure begins! Fun workouts and fabulous games help kids develop their movement skills and prepare them for kayak lesson at the sea. Our goal is to share our enthusiasm for sea kayaking with young kids​. Our quote for a rewarding experience is "go slow - teach - provide rules - empower - enjoy". Activities are organized with safety in mind by a kayak instructor and a pedagogue.

Also we consider the child's:

  • familiarity with water

  • experience with boats and paddling

  • age and level of maturity

  • swimming ability

  • physical strength

  • coordination level

SUP Yoga 

SUP Yoga is doing yoga in the sea on a Stand Up Paddleboard. It is like a regular yoga lesson, but your mat is a floating board and the studio is the sea. Anyone who can swim, can practice SUP Yoga! Either you have tried yoga before or not, a SUP Yoga lesson is a great opportunity to try something new and be very present, improving your fitness level and your body balance as well. We will begin with a short instruction on land to learn the basics of stand up paddling in addition to few stretches. After a short paddle across the seafront, we will navigate our boards into a beautiful tranquil small bay. Once we have anchored our boards in place, we will enjoy an hour of challenging yet relaxing yoga anchored our boards in place, we will enjoy an hour of challenging yet relaxing yoga. 



What you need to bring with you:



  • Swimsuit 

  • Jacket

  • A bottle of water and towel

SUP Lessons

Vessels similar to stand up paddle (SUP) boards were used by the south American and African people as early as centuries ago to hunt, fish or travel. As early as in the 1940s, people in Hawaii started to use the paddle when riding the waves. As manufacturers introduced SUP boards into the market two decades ago, SUP spread worldwide in a very short time and people also started to paddle on flat water like lakes and rivers. A decade ago, inflatable SUPs were introduced, increasing the mobility of this sport and bringing about a further revolution where SUP became one of the fastest growing sports worldwide. In mid-2016 South African Chris Bertish crossed even the Atlantic Ocean solo on a SUP in just 93 days.

Stand up paddling is a very easy sport to learn and it is suitable for all ages. Our instructors can help you make the first steps on the SUP and you can start to enjoy SUP in a very short time. We have an excellent location for SUP beginners because we are situated in a bay and protected from the wind and waves. Besides that, we also use suitable SUP boards with large buoyancy that are stable enough for any beginner to feel comfortable even when using it for the first time.


At stand up paddle lesson you will first be given a short introduction to SUP on land (15 – 20 minutes). The instructor will explain to you how to stand on the board, how to keep balance, how to paddle and how to turn the board quickly and will give you some advice regarding safety. We’ll also give you some information about local winds and currents and advise you on how to avoid possible but unwanted situations. You will take your first steps and gain initial practice with the instructor in our protected bay on the sea. The instructor will stay close to the group at all times, helping in all situations and giving the necessary advice on how to correct mistakes and improve your paddling techniques.

When you master the basics of paddling on a SUP, which may take 1 hour or less, depending on the group, your instructor will take you out for the first beginner tour. The distance and route of the tour may vary depending on the group skill level, their preferences and weather conditions. You will have the opportunity to visit beautiful nearby cliffs or to paddle across the channel to Kolona beach. If needed, we’ll also provide you with a life jacket and dry bag.


 SUP lesson 1-1.5 hours:

  • Introduction to SUP and basic techniques (20 min), practice in our bay with instructor (40 min).

Note: Depending on the weather conditions and group preferences the exact course of  SUP lessons may vary.

 

Contact

You can do the booking with us by the following email address or phone number or you can also use the contact form.

+30 694 5688557

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