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 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. If you prefer to stay elsewhere, subtract €65 off the price.
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 paddle up to 20 km per day, which may take up to a total of 5 hours, depending on how many caves we find. 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 some of the most beautiful beaches of Milos. Most are remote and there are no facilities, not even water. Tents are recommended, although only a remote possibility of rain, there is often a heavy dew.
All meals will be provided and expertly prepared by your guides. All food will be packed into the kayaks at the beginning of the expedition, each person will be asked to carry a share. Fresh ingredients are sourced locally on Milos prior to departure. We are able to cater for specific dietary requirements, upon request. If you prefer to buy and prepare your own meals, you are welcome to do so. In this case subtract €110 from the price.
Whilst the guides will co-ordinate and undertake most of the cooking, everyone is encouraged to help out with the preparation of meals and washing up. This ensures the best meals possible, whilst also giving an opportunity to engage with your fellow paddlers.
For a month by month comparison of weather statistics in the Cyclades see the Milos weather table.
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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