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About Kayaking in Navarino Bay
Navarino bay is a natural harbor and an ideal spot for Sea Kayaking trips. Across Gialova and Pylos the island of Sphacteria stands as a wave breaker, protecting the bay from winds of Ionian Sea forming an idyllic landscape covered with a veil of tranquility. A landscape of incredible natural beauty, with impressive rock formations, sea caves, 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 of the modern Greek history.
Sea kayaking in Navarino Bay one of our most popular trips offering you the experience of remoteness with a visit to the island of Sphacteria. You will explore beautiful rock formations and sea caves, relax on a hidden cove with a deserted beach and hopefully spot some migrant birds sea turtles or seals. Our trip begins from the marina of Pylos. Before departure, we brief you on trip details, kayak paddling techniques and safety measures. Soon we will be paddling by the town of Pylos and the castle of Niokastro heading towards the Tsihli Baba, an imposing monolithic islet with an impressive rock arch formed at its northern tip. Weather permitting, we circumnavigate the islet, visit a few of its sea caves and paddle through its tunnels and arches. Our next stop will be the one and only accessible from the sea beach of the island of Sphacteria. During our stop there will be enough time to swim, snorkel, sunbathe, rest and enjoy a picnic with freshly baked bread organic, garden grown fruits and vegetables, homemade olive oil, and cheese. Once the lunch stop is over we paddle back to the starting point to end an adventurous day spent in the tranquility of the Navarino Bay.
Meeting time: 9:30 a.m.
Meeting point: Pylos Marina
Availability: Year round (upon request)
Trip distance: 4-5 nautical miles
Trip duration with breaks: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: Easy / No previous experience required to take part in Kayaking in Navarino Bay
Suitability: Suitable for all / Beginners, families and kids
Don’t forget to bring:
1. Bottle of water (1,5 litre per person) 2. Any specific medication you are on 3. Hat or cup 4. T-shirt (short or long sleeve) 5. Sunscreen 6. Towel 7. Change of clothes 8. Swimsuit 9. Sea shoes or flip flops or sandals (Avoid bulky shoes)
- Full Sea Kayak equipment: boat, paddle, life jacket, spray-skirt, waterproof jacket
- Extra equipment: waterproof bags and cases, pumps and paddle-float - Snorkeling equipment (masks & snorkels)
- Land based safety and instructional briefing
- Water based Sea Kayaking paddling instructions
- Qualified BC 3-5 Star sea kayak leader who also holds first aid certificate.
- Trip planning
- Picnic with freshly baked bread fruits and vegetables, homemade olive oil, and cheese
- Transfer from the exit point to entry point (if necessary).
- Waterproof camera and photographs from the trip
- Liability insurance
- All taxes
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