Karpathos and Kasos, 18-26 November 2019
The price is 750 euro per
person. The price includes:
- 7 full days kayaking, fully guided by Rod
- All sea kayaking equipment:
your choice of kayak, Werner or GL paddle, spray-deck, BA.
- Safety and rescue equipment for the group -
spare paddles, tow lines, radios, flares, etc
- Group cooking equipment
The price does not include:
- Camping equipment, food and food preparation
- Flights to/from Karpathos
- Hotel in
Karpathos on first and last night
Karpathos is is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands,
in the southeastern Aegean
Sea, between Rhodes and Crete.
Because of its remote location and small population, Karpathos has preserved many
peculiarities of dress, customs and dialect. There are 10 villages, many
located in spectacular mountain settings.
The island is a
rocky spine 46 km in length with the highest peak at 1215 m in the
centre of the island. The southern part of the island has several
broad sandy beaches and is where most of the tourism is concentrated.
The northern half is a narrow peninsula mostly inaccessible by road.
Aim of the expedition
In 7 days we aim to circumnavigate the main island and
and if conditions allow, Kasos and Sarina. The total distance is
just over 200km. On the way we will explore remote villages and
numerous historical sites that dot the coastline.
advertised dates allow 7 full days
kayaking plus your arrival and departure days. Rod will arrive with car,
trailer and kayaks by ferry from Milos on Nov 18.
Nov 18: Arrive in
Karpathos, stay at a hotel, shop for supplies at nearby supermarket.
Nov 19. Based on
the latest forecast we will choose a starting location and direction
of travel to give us the best paddling conditions for the week
Nov 19-25: 7 day sea
kayaking around Karpathos, Kasos and Sarina, 6 nights wild camping (see map).
Nov 25: Last day
paddling, stay in hotel
Nov 26: Depart.
Arrival and departure
You can fly direct to
Karpathos form Athens with Olympic Air or Sky Express.
Temperature will be in the range 15-20
degrees. Water will be around 16 degrees. In November we can
expect stormy weather about once per week interspersed with several days
of calm and sunny weather .
Required Paddling Experience
expedition is for strong and competent paddlers who would like to enjoy
the experience of an extended sea trip, including an open crossings of 6km.
Experience of specialist sea kayaks is
essential. To join us you should be:
to paddle up to 30km per day
Have some experience of rough water
control the boat down wind and across the wind
paddle into strong wind
Have experience and equipment
for camping in the
wind and rain.
Camping will be wild, on or near beaches.
Some are remote and there will be no facilities. Some are near to the
towns, allowing us to go shopping or for a restaurant meal. A strong, lightweight,
waterproof tent is essential.
The expedition is self catering:-
Usually, we each look after our own breakfast, lunch and snacks
and prepare a group evening meal, in turn. There are
supermarkets on all the islands, near the ferry ports so we will shop
as we go to keep the boats light. An occasional
restaurant meal is also an option. You are welcome to
bring food items from home if you wish.
Stoves and fuel
I will provide Trangia
camping stoves for the group - one per 4 persons. The stove
includes 2x2l pots, a kettle and a 22cm frying pan. I will also
What to wear
cagoule (waterproof paddling jacket) and neoprene trousers or
similar will be required on windy or rainy days. Shorts and a shirt will
be sufficient on some days.
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