Naxos, the small Cyclades and Amorgos
From the turquoise waters of Koufonisia to the towering cliffs of Amorgos, this trip offers dramatic contrasts and unparalleled Cycladic beauty. The trip will start from the port of Naxos; island hopping the small Cyclades and finishing with a circumnavigation of Amorgos.
This is a challenging expedition for experienced paddlers. The central Aegean is well known for its strong and persistent summer winds and wild winter storms. October and November are the calmest months and we can expect stormy weather about once per week interspersed with several days of calm and sunny weather.
The advertised dates allow 8 full days’ kayaking plus your arrival and departure days.
- Oct 27: Your arrival on Naxos, stay at a hotel, shop for supplies at nearby supermarket
- Day 1: We begin our journey paddling down the west coast of Naxos and camp the night near the southern tip (~30km)
- Days 2-4: 3 days to island hop via the small Cyclades to Amorgos (~50km)
- Days 5-8: 4 days to circumnavigate Amorgos (~90km)
- At the end of day 8: take the ferry back to Naxos
- Nov 5: Your departure from Naxos
Plan B is to take the ferry from Naxos to Amorgos and paddle back to Naxos. This will depend on the weather and ferry connections.
Arrival and departure
- You can fly direct to Naxos from Athens with Olympic Air or Sky Express.
- There is a daily ferry from/to Piraeus with Blue Star Ferries.
- You must arrive in Naxos on (or before) October 27.
- Depart from Naxos on (or after) November 5
Laminated A4 maps at various scales will be provided.
Required Paddling Experience
This expedition is for experienced sea kayakers. You should have enough stamina to paddle up to 30 km per day, which may take up to a total of 6 hours. You should be comfortable with the idea of paddling in moderate wind and waves, as challenging conditions are likely on at least some of the days. You should have practiced the T-rescue and know how to do an assisted deep water re-entry.
Camping will be wild on or near beaches. Most are remote and there will be no facilities, not even water. All camping equipment, food and water must be carried in the kayak. A strong lightweight tent is essential.
The expedition is self catered. Usually we each look after our own breakfast, lunch and snacks and take turns to prepare a group evening meal. Food for the first stage can be bought in local shops on your arrival day. You are welcome to bring food items from home. There will be an opportunity to stock up every second or third day, therefore we can travel light and live well. Occasional stops at restaurants and coffee shops are a possibility.
Stoves and fuel
Camping stoves will be provided – one per 4 persons. The Trangia stove, includes pots, kettle and frying pan. The stoves are powered by gas canisters with a screw-on fitting, readily available in local supermarkets.
Daily temperatures will be in the range of 13°C-20°C. Water temperature will be around 20°C and there will be 10 hours of daylight per day. On average, rain falls on 8 days so we can expect some wet weather. Source www.weather2travel.com
What to wear
For paddling, shorts and a shirt will be sufficient on most days. A cagoule (waterproof paddling jacket) and neoprene trousers or similar may be required if it’s windy or overcast.
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