Santorini Sea Kayak Tour

It’s been a long time I've wanted to go on a sea kayaking tour in Santorini. It finally happened and it was super cool.

Along with my friend Nikos, we started our adventure from the beach of Mesa Pigadia (this is in the South of Santorini, close to the village of Akrotiri). We met with Yiannis and Chris down there. They explained the basics of paddling, we put on our life vests, we sat comfortably in our kayak and off we went. We paddled along the south coast and had the chance to enjoy a very unique and different view of Santorini.

 Getting ready to paddle- but safety comes first! 

Getting ready to paddle- but safety comes first! 

This part of the island is not touristic at all and thus has a rugged beauty. Unexplored and untouched, it is all about the different colours of the volcanic sand and the cool formations of the soil. We had a chance to see the black, white and red sand. In different beaches, but also in different layers on the cliffside.

 Layers of white and black sand in the south side of Santorini. 

Layers of white and black sand in the south side of Santorini. 

The coolest thing for me was a cave known as the “Dragon’s mouth”. It has this name because -apparently- it looks and feels like a dragon’s mouth, they told us. And it really did! Not that I have been inside a dragon’s mouth before, but this is how I imagine it to be after seeing too many movies. And Game Of Thrones. Of course. The cave was very very small and so we went in one kayak at a time. Due to the sound of the water and the echo, you could hear a roar. And you know what you say to this, right? “Dracarys”. 

 Inside the dragon's mouth. 

Inside the dragon's mouth. 

Moving on, we paddled along the white sand beach and all the way to the red sand beach. The landscape was amazing and I was enjoying every second of the tour. Chris was telling us about the history of Santorini, the volcano and the geology of the island. I was looking around to take it all the views. 

Before heading back to where we started from, we stopped at the beach of Kambia for a swim and a snack (a delicious fruit salad). At this point, I need a break, as my arms were just a bit tired (aka I couldn’t feel them anymore). We had our snorkeling equipment with us and so we got to swim and explore.

 This is us paddling back. We did pretty well for first timers I think. 

This is us paddling back. We did pretty well for first timers I think. 

For the last part of the tour, we headed back to the starting point, we got changed and then went to the restaurant “The Good Heart”. I have mentioned before how much I like this place, you can read all about it here. We had a snack there as well and that was it. 

The whole tour lasted about 5 hours. Transfers from and back to my house were included and Yiannis and Chris were very friendly. They really know what they are doing and they seem to genuinely enjoy it. This was my first ever kayaking tour and  I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an outdoor activity while in Santorini.

Even if you are a beginner like me, go for it. You have all the guidance you need, you feel 100% safe at all times and it is so much fun. Kayaks are for two people, so it is easier to paddle and you can always take a short break when you get tired. I think we paddled around 5 miles that day. 

 This was one of the best views I 've enjoyed recently. Happiness is in these simple moments. 

This was one of the best views I 've enjoyed recently. Happiness is in these simple moments. 

I booked the tour with Trekking Hellas Sea Kayaking Day Tours. You can get in touch with them for more details.

Go for it, it is really worth it! 

Happy Paddling. 

 That's me, paddling away :) 

That's me, paddling away :) 

Thanks for reading! 

Christina 

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