Kayaking

Since coming to live in Sardinia, we have both taken up sea kayaking, mainly due to the beauty of the coastline and the fabulous places you can reach using this relaxing and clean form of transport! Even during the winter we go canoeing, for instance on Peter’s birthday on the 29th February 2012 (see video on the left) when we paddled our own kayaks out of the harbour at Santa Maria Navarrese where we used to keep them. Now Francesco Muntoni of Cardedu-Kayak looks after them for us. Francesco and his family have become our best friends here, we often go kayaking with our Italian friends as well and guests, and all our guests who go kayaking are bowled over by Francesco’s enthusiasm and fun-loving spirit. You see how happy Anne and all the guests are during their sea kayaking trip in the photo below on the right!

Anne and our guests during a kayak trip at the Marina di Gairo

Often, we paddle out of the beach called ‘La Spaggietta’, at the Marina di Gairo and normally go to one of the beaches south of there. Francesco helps beginners by giving them a short lesson before we set off and we paddle for anything between 20 minutes and two hours. We stop at a couple of beaches and have a swim in summer, in winter we go for short walks off the beach. All the equipment you need, the kayak, paddle, life jacket and dry-bag, is included in the price – currently €25 per person for a short session. In the video on the left “The sea becomes a lake” you see this coastline made of porphyry rock.

Peter on the lonely beach which you can only reach by sea canoa south of Pedra Longa, north of Santa Maria Navarrese

Francesco offers many other tours as well as these short excursions. You can paddle out of Santa Maria Navarrese north towards Pedra Lunga, like Peter in the photo on the left, or out to the L’Isolotto d’Ogliastra or even as far as Cala Goloritzè, weather and experience permitting. This coastline is much more exposed to the wind and weather than that to the south, and there are only a few places you can land. You need to be relatively experienced and be prepared to wait for good weather before tackling Capo Monte Santu. Francesco can also organise the logistics for anyone who has experience and would like to arrange a longer tour staying in tents on the quiet beaches, hiring his kayaks and all the equipment you need for ‘nautical camping’ as he calls it!

Ogliastra Sardinia kayaking

Ogliastra Sardinia kayaking / kajak Sardinien / Sardegna canoa da mare

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See Francesco’s website for further details and and his marvellous photos on flikr.

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