Our experience of kayaking in Mykonos was really amazing! It was one of our favourite activities on the famous Greek island of Mykonos. Here’s what we thought.
A Different Side To Mykonos
We visited Mykonos in June 2020, just as Greece was reopening for tourism. As we live in Athens, it was easy to hop on a ferry and get to the famous island.
Given everything that was going on in 2020, it was certainly a unique time to visit the most cosmopolitan Cycladic island!
We loved visiting Mykonos without the crowds, and in my opinion, the beaches in Mykonos are some of the best I’ve seen in Greece. It was great to see them without the loungers and loud beach bars that the island is famous for nowadays.
Kayaking tour in Mykonos
As I was checking for guided tours and outdoors activities in Mykonos, I noticed a company called Mykonos Kayak. Thinking about it, it’s rather weird, but I had never tried kayaking before. It sounded like a fun thing to do in Mykonos.
I am one of these Greeks who absolutely love the sea. My biggest passion is snorkelling, and I have tried most water sports. Windsurfing, paddle boarding, jet-skiing, sailing, banana rides, scuba diving, fishing and pretty much every other sea activity, but never kayaking.
I got in touch with Mykonos Kayak, and they invited us to join a special kayaking tour. As the season was just opening, they had set up a unique half-day activity for their friends and other local people. Now that was cool!
Our kayaking experience in Mykonos
If anyone had told me how much fun they had on a kayaking trip, I would probably think they are exaggerating. I was wrong! Kayaking in Mykonos was an incredible activity, where we saw a totally different side of the island.
We met the team at Panormos beach, to the north side of Mykonos. We were greeted by the father, Kostas, who told us a few things about their small family business.
Kostas has been living in Mykonos for a few decades, with his wife Jo, that we sadly didn’t get to meet. The kayaking trips are run by the two sons, Nikos (in the photo below) and Alexis. They are both very passionate about kayaking in Mykonos and introducing their homeplace to visitors.
Before the kayaking tour began, Nikos gave us clear instructions on how to use the paddles. He also told us a few things about safety, and handed out red and blue life jackets for us to wear. Apparently, they are called buoyancy aids – I live and learn!
We set off, and started following the coast going to the north. We were extremely lucky, as it was a day with absolutely no wind. As a result, paddling along the coast was a breeze (especially as Dave saw it as a chance to get a workout).
Mykonos kayaking trip
As we were paddling, we soon arrived to a small, quiet beach, just between Panormos and Agios Sostis. The easiest way to reach this small bay is by sea, though there seemed to be a very steep footpath as well.
We stopped for a swim, and Nikos showed us some of the local herbs. I thought I’d know all of them, but I was wrong. This is throumpi, which is similar to oregano, only stronger. It is used for the preparation of the Mykonian louza, a type of sausage.
We then continued to the north of the island, past Agios Sostis, and out to some small, rocky islets. I loved exploring the incredible rock formations. We even went inside a massive sea cave!
Our kayaking activity lasted for about four hours! Normally the trip is shorter, but as the weather was great and Nikos was in the mood for it, we paddled on.
We also had a chat about different types of kayaks, and how it affects speed and stability. It was clear that Nikos and Alexis are experts, as they’ve been kayaking since they were very young.
Kayaking trip – The real face of Mykonos
Usually, the kayaking trip is combined with more Mykonos outdoors experiences. Depending on the weather, these may include snorkelling, hiking, herb picking, a Greek lunch and an archery taster session. You can find more information and book on the Mykonos Kayak website.
The family aims to show visitors the true nature of Mykonos, beyond the expensive loungers and the nightlife. They are also keen on preserving nature and keeping our beaches clean from plastic and other litter. It was a great opportunity to meet a passionate local family and find out more about the real face of Mykonos.
Note that, if you don’t have your own transportation, hotel pickups can be arranged. In addition, if you book a tour and the weather is not suitable, you will be offered alternative options or a full refund. Nikos and Alexis are very cautious when it comes to safety, while at the same time being fun to be with!
We were advised not to bring our phones or anything valuable with us, so we just brought some water, sunblock and hats. While it would have been fine to bring the phone along on that particular day, I would have definitely not wanted to worry about it if it was windy.
Most of the photos in this article were provided by the company. Thanks so much for the great memories! Check out their reviews on Trip Advisor – top rated!
Other outdoors activities in Mykonos
We thought that a kayaking trip was a unique way to see Mykonos. In addition, there are many other outdoors activities on the island.
First of all, there are plenty of water sports all around Mykonos. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are particularly popular. You will find companies renting equipment and providing lessons on many of the beaches.
If adventurous activities are not exactly your thing, you can always take a half-day cruise activity around Mykonos.
There is a variety of sailing tours, including beach and snorkelling time, or just a meal and drinks.
Have you taken any tours around Mykonos? What did you think? Please let me know in the comments!
Planning a trip to Greece? You might find these other travel blog posts good good reading:
- The A-Z of Greece
- Cheapest times to go to Greece
- Tips for visiting Greece in summer
- Hiking to Kleftiko Bay in Milos
Hello, I’m Vanessa!
Hi! I am Vanessa, a travel writer from Athens in Greece. I am passionate about summer and sea activities! My favourite one is snorkelling, but I fell in love with this kayak trip!