Milos to Santorini Expedition
A challenging expedition for experienced Sea Kayakers. The aim of the expedition is to paddle from Milos to Santorini, via the islands of Kimolos, Poliegos, Folegandros, Sikinos and Ios. Each night we will camp on pristine, deserted beaches. We aim to camp near the crossing point so we can rise early and complete the crossing in the morning. Afternoons are spent exploring the length of each island, at a leisurely pace. This may include walks, or climbs to villages, lighthouses or viewpoints. We will carry all our own food, but will have the oppurtunity to visit restaurants and shops for food and water, at least every third day.
The advertised dates comprises 7 full paddling days for the expedition plus one day to travel by ferry from Santorini back to Milos. On your arrival day to Milos we will have a group meeting to discuss the plan in detail. We will prepare all the paddling gear and load the trailer. After shopping for food for the trip you will be free to relax and enjoy your afternoon on Milos.
We will depart from Pollonia on the NE of Milos on the morning of day 1. The total distance to arrive at Santorini is about 125 km. This equates to approximately 25 km/day in 5 days. With a good run of weather we should arrive at Santorini on the morning of day 5, leaving 2.5 days to explore the Santorini caldera. At the end of the expedition we will take the ferry back to Milos, it takes about 4 hrs.
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.
Laminated A4 maps at various scales, will be provided.
About the crossings
The expedition comprises two open crossings of 24 and 22km in length (see map). These crossings are a significant undertaking, taking around 4 hours to complete.
Required Paddling Experience
This expedition is for strong and competent paddlers who would like to enjoy the experience of an extended sea trip, including open crossings of up to 24 km. Experience of specialist sea kayaks is essential. To join us you should be:
- Fit enough to paddle 25-30 km/day on the expedition
- Have effective support strokes and be able to cope with moderate seas
- Have some experience of rough water
- Able to control the boat down wind and across the wind
- Able to paddle into strong wind.
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.
The expedition is self catering. 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 from local supermarkets on your arrival day. Advice on local shops will be given on arrival day. You are welcome to bring food items from home. 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 4 persons. The Trangia stove includes pots, a kettle and a frying pan. The stoves are powered by gas canisters with a screw-on fitting, readily available in local supermarkets.
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 its windy or overcast.
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