An exploratory expedition around the islands of Karpathos, Sarina and Kasos. Karpathos is the second largest of the Dodecanese islands, lying in the southeastern Aegean Sea, between Rhodes and Crete.
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, mountainous peninsula, mostly inaccessible by road.
The advertised dates allow 8 full days’ kayaking plus your arrival and departure days. Rod will arrive with car, trailer and kayaks by ferry from Milos on Nov 12.
- Nov 10: Arrive in Karpathos, stay at a hotel, shop for supplies at nearby supermarket
- Nov 11: 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 ahead
- Nov 11-18: 8 days’ sea kayaking around Karpathos, Kasos and Sarina, 7 nights’ wild camping
- Nov 18: Last day paddling, stay in hotel
- Nov 19: Depart Karpathos
Arrival and departure
- You can fly direct to Karpathos from Athens with Olympic Air or Sky Express.
- You must arrive in Karpathos on (or before) November 10
- Depart from Karpathos on (or after) November 19.
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.
In November we can expect stormy weather about once per week interspersed with several days of calm and sunny weather. 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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