Kayak the rugged South coast of Crete, from Paleochora to Sougia

Discover the wild coast of South Crete, kayaking sit-on-tops from Paleochora.
We paddle along the remote coastline, alongside the cliffs, the caves, the wild Mediterranean maquis, the remains of an ancient Greek sanctuary, in the sea that goes from clear to deep blue.

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Kayak sit-on-tops on the South of Crete, from Paleochora to Sougia

A sea adventure along the wild South coast

  • Paddling time: 3-4 hours
  • Total time: full day, from 9am to 7pm, with ferry return
  • Kayak Distance: 15Km
  • Difficulty: for sea lovers with some experience of kayaking or other paddling sport
Day 1 :

We set off from Kissamos and drive across the rugged interior of Crete from coast to coast on scenic mountain roads for approximately an hour. We get to Paleochora where we leave land and launch for our adventure.

The Kayak
We launch straight into the adventure. Along the way, for about 3 hours of paddling, we will see no signs of civilization.
The coastline is wild, steep cliffs, rocky caves, impressive capes we have to go around. About two thirds of the way, we get to the small, protected bay of Lissos. There is a pebbly beach and incredibly clear water to go for a swim. Behind the beach lie the ruins of an ancient sanctuary. After a good rest and a picnic, we restart to finish in Sougia.

The sea
We take advantage of the sit-on-tops and jump in the blue element. We don our masks and snorkels and we marvel at the otherworldly underwater visibility. We dive in the shallow turquoise waters among the maze of rocks.

The landing and return
We land in Sougia, the most laid-back sea village where we can enjoy a drink at a seafront cafe. When the ferry arrives, we load our kayaks and return to Paleochora by ferry, enjoying the ride.


  • Sit-on-top sea kayak rental
  • Guide
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • PFD
  • Kayaker's snack and picnic

Does not include

  • Ferry ticket to return from Sougia to Paleochora (about 12€)

A minimum kayak or other paddling sport experience.

To be able to paddle for at least 3 hours.

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Kayak the rugged South coast of Crete, from Paleochora to Sougia
From €95
/ Adult
From €65
/ Child 12 - 16 Years old