Kimolos and poliegos Expedition
Explore the history and pristine coastline of Milos’ neighbouring Islands. Our 5-day expedition around Kimolos and Poliegos, a distance of approximately 85 km, starts and finishes at Pollonia on Milos. Some sea kayaking experience is required.
The crossing from Milos to Kimolos is 1 km. Kimolos is mountainous and is mostly inaccessible by road. The population of 500 people live in a single village on the south-east coast. Poliegos is the largest uninhabited island in the Aegean sea. The western side comprises low rolling hills and long sandy beaches, in stark contrast to the eastern side of jagged peaks and huge, towering cliffs. The crossing to Poliegos is 4 km from Kimolos.
The Price includes:
2023 price = € 630 per person
*add €50 for single room B&B
The expedition will begin in Pollonia, on Milos. The route around the islands will depend on the conditions on day one and the wind forecast. We aim to circumnavigate Kimolos and Poliegos Islands, a distance of approximately 85km, then continue along the coast of Milos for the remainder of the trip as the conditions and time allows. We plan to paddle about 4 hours paddling per day, leaving plenty of time for exploring, skills practice, swimming or snorkeling, hiking, relaxing and to set up and break camp.
Arrival and departure dates
The advertised dates include your arrival and departure dates from Milos. B&B for your arrival and last night at Petrinela’s Guesthouse, is included in the cost.
A Laminated A4 map will be provided. A PDF file of the map can be downloaded here.
Required Paddling Experience
Some sea kayaking experience is required. You should have enough stamina to average 18 km per day for 5 days and be able to paddle up to 25 km, if required. 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.
If you have limited paddling experience, our Explore Milos Package will provide excellent preparation for this expedition.
Camping will be wild on remote beaches. There are no facilities and no water supply. All camping equipment, food and water must be carried in the kayak. A strong lightweight tent is essential. A comfortable inflating mattress, inflatable pillow and 3 season sleeping bag are recommended.
The expedition is self catered – you must buy and prepare your own food for the duration of the trip. Local supermarkets are open daily from 8 am to 9 pm (except Sundays) and have a good selection of packaged and fresh produce.
Advice will be given as to what to buy at the meeting on arrival day. It is recommended that each participant look after our own breakfast, lunch and snacks and prepare a group evening meal, in turn. There will be an opportunity to stock up every second or third day, allowing us to travel light and live well. Occasional stops at restaurants and coffee-shops are a possibility.
Stoves and fuel
Camping stoves will be provided for the group – one per 3-4 persons. The Trangia stove includes 2 pots, a kettle and a frying pan. The stoves are powered by gas canisters with a screw-on fitting, readily available in local supermarkets. You are welcome to bring your own stove.
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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