This sea kayaking tour is for people who like to be on the water and visit secluded beaches that yclingan only be reached from the water. We will explore the caves, beaches, picturesque villages, and historical and archaeological sites of the Albanian coast, and enjoy the delicious cuisine of this region.
You can either join one of our scheduled departures (please see the calendar at the right) or you can book this tour as a private departure.
|TOUR:||Paddling along the beautiful and interesting Ionian coast|
|TYPE:||Guided sea-kayaking trip|
|PRICE:||699 euro per person|
If you wish to do this tour on a different date, please contact us. We have guides who can speak Albanian, English, Italian, French, German, Italian, Dutch or Spanish.
** Open air beach camping option;
In case you would like to do this tour as a private tour you can choose the (cheaper) open air beach camping option instead of staying overnight in hotels. Please ask us for the discounted price for this option.*Private tour
In order to join this tour you have to be able to swim.
What to bring
Participants on the tour are advised to bring (water-proof ) hats, swimming gear, drinking water, a towel, a pair of shorts to avoid sunburns in the kayak, sun screen and a pair of (water-proof) shoes. (no flip flops)
Good to know
Pick up location
Drymadhes, Dhermi, to be specified at booking confirmation
Please contact us if you want us to arrange your transfer to the beginning point of the trip
Drop off Location
Butrint, Saranda, to be specified at booking confirmation
Please contact us if you want us to arrange your transfer to your next destination
Please inform us about any existing (or pre-existing) medical conditions in your booking form.
The OA tours are land only; the prices do not include flight or transport from the airport to the hotel. Participants must make it to the starting point of the tour on their own.
Children are welcome on the tour. However, they should be able to swim.
Children under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
Day 1: Meeting in Drimadhes
We meet in the afternoon at the beach of Drimadhes where, after a short introduction, you can spend the rest of the afternoon and the evening enjoying the beach and the fresh fish and other delicious food at one of the restaurants.
Overnight: hotel in Dhermi/Drimadhes
Day 2: Drimadhes to Jal, 10 km
In the morning we will depart from Drimadhes and peddle along the coast in the direction of Jal. Halfway we will stop at the beautiful canyon of Gjipe, where you can relax, swim in the sea, and have a picnic under the refreshing shadow of the trees. It is also possible to visit the Monastery of St Thanas on top of the hill. In the afternoon we paddle to the Bay of Jal in a succession of small gravel beaches under vertical cliffs. This is one of the most beautiful beaches of Albania.
Day 3: Jal to Himare, 6 km
This morning we leave Jal and paddle along the virgin beach of Spille. We will make a stop for a picnic at the beach of Livadh. In the afternoon we’ll reach the beach of Himare, and relax, swim and walk along the waterfront.
Overnight: Hotel in Himare
Day 4 Himare to Qeparo, 12 km
Leave Himara and paddle along the beautiful beaches of Potam, Filikur and Llaman until we reach the splendid bay of Palermo, where we will paddle in front of what used to be a top secret naval base. Here we will visit the fortress of Ali Pasha Tepelena and then have lunch in a small restaurant. In the afternoon we reach Qeparo beach. If time permits we will walk to the old Qeparo– a stone built village on top of the hill that dominates the entire bay.
Overnight: Guesthouse at the beach in Qeparo
Day 5: Qeparo to Saranda, 1.5h drive.
In the morning we provide a transfer from Qeparo to the Southern city “Saranda”. Here you will get a tour of the city and have some free time to relax or wander on the boulevard along the shore.
Overnight: hotel in Saranda
Day 6: Saranda to Ksamil, 10 km.
We depart by kayak from Saranda and have a lunch on the beach and paddle past St. George’s Monastery before we reach Ksamil. Here we will relax on the beach and swim to one of the uninhabited islands near to the beach.
Overnight: Hotel in Ksamil
On this last day of the tour we will leave in the morning and peddle until we reach Burtint, an archeological site enlisted on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. After we have explored the site in the afternoon the tour ends.