We had a fantastic time kayaking in Rhodes with the lovely team of Trekking Hellas Rhodes! Here’s what you need to know if you want to try this half-day kayaking tour.
Sea kayaking tour in Rhodes
People from all over the world visit the Greek island of Rhodes to see the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most of them take a day trip to Lindos, and climb up the impressive ancient Acropolis. Others spent most of their time on the beautiful beaches.
However, Rhodes has so much more to offer! One of our favorite outdoor activities was a wonderful sea kayak tour, offered by the oldest outdoor tour operator in Greece, Trekking Hellas.
I’m really glad we took this tour, as we were able to explore some of the most beautiful bays on the eastern side of Rhodes from a unique viewpoint! We also spent some time on a beautiful wild beach, and enjoyed snorkeling and a homemade picnic.
Here are my impressions of this sea kayak tour.
Explore Rhodes on a sea kayak
Our meeting point was at Kathara beach. This is located a half hour’s drive from Rhodes Town, close to the famous resort and tiny fishing port of Faliraki. We met our friendly guides, Maria and Yiannis, and were ready for our sea adventure!
The route starts at Kathara beach and follows the east coast of Rhodes, passing by the famous Anthony Quinn’s bay. We were going to paddle heading south for about an hour and a half, with a break on Traounou (or Traganou) beach.
This was only my second time kayaking – the first one was kayaking in Mykonos. The other people that were with us on the tour had never tried kayaking before, and in fact had never tried swimming in the sea!
Paddling instructions and safety measures
Maria and Yiannis gave us very clear instructions on how to paddle and how to steer the kayak. In about 15 minutes, we knew everything we needed to have a safe, fun and unforgettable experience!
They also provided us with waterproof bags, where we could store our stuff. I decided not to take my phone with me, as the company would send us their own photos, but most people bring theirs.
We first did a quick warm-up on the beach. Then we put on our safety jackets, and were ready to go. Maria and Yiannis pushed our kayak into the sea, and off we were!
Amazing rock formations and sea caves
We took this tour towards the end of April, and the weather was ideal for sea kayaking. There was almost no wind, it was not overly sunny, and the temperature was pleasant – warm enough but not too hot.
We paddled for a few minutes along the coast, and soon came across a long, beautiful sandy beach. This is maybe the only official nudist beach on Rhodes, and it’s called Mandomata beach. We didn’t stop there – but we could immediately see why it is an ideal spot for naturists.
Paddling on, we passed a small cape, and kept following the rocky coastline. We even had the chance to go inside a sea cave. Steering the kayak inside the small cave seemed rather difficult at first, but it proved very easy at the end!
We kept rowing round the coastline, and soon came across one of the most famous spots in Rhodes: Anthony Quinn’s bay. This is a small bay formed around the rocky coastline, with deep, crystal clear waters.
Anthony Quinn Bay in Rhodes
You will probably have heard of Anthony Quinn, the famous Mexican-born American actor. Among other movies about Greece, Quinn starred in Zorba the Greek and the Guns of Navarone, most of which was filmed in Rhodes.
The actor stayed in Rhodes for a few months. He liked it so much, that after the movie was completed, he wanted to buy a piece of land. His vision was to eventually turn it into a resort for actors, screen writers and other artists.
Although the Greek government originally agreed, at the end of the purchase was canceled due to a series of issues related to the famous Greek bureaucracy. Until later in life, the popular actor remained very bitter about it.
Originally named Vays, the small bay is now universally known as Anthony Quinn’s Bay. Thousands of people visit every year, to spend some time at the famous cove. Seeing it from a distance, from our own sea kayak, was just fabulous!
A wonderful picnic lunch
We passed another stunning natural curve, leading to Ladiko bay, and eventually reached a lovely secluded beach called Traounou (or Traganou). This is a quiet beach with small white pebbles, and incredibly clear waters!
As this was my first swim this year, I only managed to stay in the sea for about 3 minutes – this was a refreshing dip alright! I would have loved to snorkel here as the water was clear and transparent. Apparently, there were quite a few fish too!
After everyone came out of the sea, we had a delicious picnic on the beach. It consisted of dakoswhich is a type of traditional Greek salad, dolmadakiaveggies, olives, and the local melekouni Treat, made out of honey, sesame seeds and almonds. Yum!
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Heading back to our starting point
After some time on the beach, it was time to head back to Kathara beach. We followed the coastline once again, and explored some more small sea inlets and caves.
We also had a chance to ask a few more questions about kayaking tours, Rhodes, and the Dodecanese islands in general. The guys also gave us a few suggestions on more places to visit in Rhodes that are off-the-beaten-track.
Getting back to our original meeting point, we had a quick drink at the beach taverna, and had some more time to ask questions and say our farewells.
My impressions of the kayaking Rhodes tour
I totally enjoyed this tour – I think that kayaking is becoming my new favorite sea activity, and going into sea caves is super cool! Plus, it’s an eco friendly way to see the island.
I’m glad that I’ve been exercising on an almost daily basis in the past few months, as I found it quite easy to paddle on a calm day. Plus, my back or shoulders didn’t hurt the next day. Keeping my back straight for the duration of the trip wasn’t so easy though!
From my point of view, I would love to go kayaking again when the sea is warmer, and enjoy swimming and snorkeling. Then again, everyone else seemed to be fine, so it’s probably just me being a wimp 🙂
All in all, it was a great day out, and a wonderful way to discover this popular area of Rhodes. I highly recommend it, even if you’ve never tried it before!
FAQ about sea kayak tours
Here is some more information if you are thinking to take a sea kayaking tour in Rhodes – or elsewhere:
Is this kayak tour ideal for everyone?
This kayak tour is ideal for everyone who can use a paddle, even for complete beginners. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the company offers this trip for people with disabilities! There are a few exceptions for pregnant women and some other categories of people, so check the website before you book.
What should I bring with me on a kayak tour?
You will need your swimming suit, clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, sunglasses, a hat, and plenty of sunblock. Consider bringing a light-colored, long-sleeved T-shirt, to protect your arms from the sun. Also, make sure you bring some drinking water and a towel, to dry yourself after you’ve been for a swim.
Will we stop at the sandy beach located midway?
The beach you will see after leaving Kathara is a nudist beach called Mandomata, and it’s one of the nicest sandy beaches on the island. While you won’t stop there on this trip, you can easily go by car – Rhodes roads are great to drive on.
How long does this kayak trip last?
The trip lasts about 5 hours in total. This includes the training, warm up, paddling, break for swimming, snorkeling and the picnic lunch.
Is a kayak easy to capsize?
Apparently, it takes a LOT of effort to capsize a kayak. So, if you are concerned about safety, don’t worry. And, in case of a windy day or otherwise unsuitable weather, the company offers a free cancellation – safety comes first.
More tours and activities in Rhodes
There are plenty more kayak tours and other sea activities in Rhodes island. You can check a few of them down below:
Travel guides about Greece
If you have any questions about this tour, feel free to leave a comment down below! Have a look at these other guides about Greece:
Hi! I’m Vanessa from Athens. I’ve loved swimming and snorkeling since I was a kid, and I’ve only recently tried kayaking, which I’m becoming more and more fond of! I totally suggest you try it if you have the chance. For more photos and news about Greece, feel free to follow me on Facebook and Instagram.