Santorini Sea Kayaking with Beach Picnic & Snorkeling
- Sea kayaking: After some brief instruction, follow your guide off the black beach of Mesa Pigadia, near the famous Akrotiri ruins and lighthouse at the southeast end of the island.
- See beauty: Gaze in awe at the caves and coves of rocky "Indian Bay," the craggy coasts of tiny Thirasia Island and even tinier Aspronisi Island (weather permitting), Red Beach, and the crescent of Santorini itself.
- Picnic and snorkeling: Refuel and relax on the white sands of Kambia Beach, where you'll be provided with snorkeling gear that allows you to admire the abundant sea life just offshore.
About This Santorini Tour
Talk about local color.
You'll paddle through waters glimmering in multiple shades of blue, and see beaches of black volcanic sand, the iron-rich rocks of Red Beach, chalky white cliffs, and the black pebbles of Kambia Beach, where a picnic and picture-perfect snorkeling round out an unforgettable adventure.
Santorini's natural beauty is legendary, but it's the result of a cataclysmic natural disaster around 1628 B.C.: a volcanic explosion that blew most of the island – then called Thera – into the stratosphere. The remnants fell back down in a rain of hellfire that engulfed thousands of square miles, while towering tsunamis thundered toward Crete at jet speed. It was the death knell of a sophisticated culture that predates Athens and Rome, and launched a dark age that set back the course of Western civilization by a millennium.
Hearing the echoes, Plato alluded to a mysterious island utopia that fell out of favor with the gods and sank into the sea. Was his shining Atlantis ancient Thera? All we know is that the blast was heard as far away as China, and that the great Minoan cities of Akrotiri and Knossos wouldn't be inhabited again for more than 3,000 years.
The water cradled by the crescent of Santorini to the east and smaller islands to the west is the crater the volcano left. It makes for delightful kayaking and sightseeing, but it's beauty that had a high price.
The boom that busted Thera
Estimates of the blast that blew out the center of ancient Thera range from 40 to 40,000 Hiroshima-type atom bombs. The shining light of what may have been the utopia of Atlantis was extinguished, eventually bequeathed by the gods (in Plato's view) to the more deserving Greeks. After the golden age of Athens, the Romans considered themselves the rightful heirs to the fabled Atlantis legacy.
Please go to Skala ( Fira Port) tender pier station to meet your guide. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
Your sea kayak route might change due to unforeseen weather conditions. Although snorkel equipment is not provided you are welcome to bring your own equipment. A life jacket will be provided but you must be able to swim and float without assistance. Your tour will terminate at the MITROPOLIS CHURCH (TERMINATION POINT).
Paddling distance covered is roughly 7 miles. Paddling, swimming and snorkeling lasts approximately 5.5 hours. This tour this is not wheelchair accessible.
Adventure. Beach, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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