The Leuca kayak trip is a trip along the last stretch of the ionian coast of Salento. It is suitable for those who have never gone kayaking.
Included in the price is the SEA KAYAK COURSE FOR BEGINNERS guided by a 2nd level sea kayak instructor of the Italian Canoe and Kayak Federation.
Leuca kayak trip description
On the way we will show you hidden caves and ravines, all to be explored! After putting on the life jackets and entering our kayaks, we will be ready to sail south from Marina di Felloniche , alongside the splendid Ionian coast of Santa Maria di Leuca. We will enter many caves including: Drago Cave, Della Stalla Cave, Tre Porte Cave, Del Presepe Cave, River Cave. In the latter you will get off the kayaks for a short stop before going back to Marina di Felloniche.
Leuca kayak trip starting and ending point
At the beach of Marina di Felloniche. (link Google Maps)
The two seas in Santa Maria di Leuca
Santa Maria di Leuca is a village on the extreme southern tip of Salento. In front of its coast the watershed between the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea looms . Under certain conditions, looking from the top of the cliff, it is possible to clearly see a real dividing line in the open sea, clearly distinguishable by the naked eye, actually due to the meeting between the currents coming from the Gulf of Taranto and the Canale d’Otranto. It is a spectacular phenomenon that really deserves to be seen at least once in a lifetime.
The coast of Santa Maria di Leuca
There are no great beaches in Leuca, but the beauty of its coast and the blue sea make Leuca one of the most visited and loved places in all of Salento. The coast is mainly high and jagged, with rocks falling sheer above the sea. From the kayak it is possible to visit a breathtaking coastal landscape dotted with infinite caves, from the largest to the smallest.
The caves along the coast of Santa Maria di Leuca
Together with Polignano a Mare and Gargano, this is the place where you can meet the largest number of sea caves in Puglia . In this trip there are dozens! While only a few can be visited by boat, practically all can be visited by kayak! Sea kayak is in fact the perfect boat for this type of trip (we explain this topic in this article).
The Costa Otranto park
In 2006, the territory of Santa Maria di Leuca became part of the Costa Otranto park. A park that aims to protect and safeguard the coast and the sea, leaving it intact and unspoiled for the next generations.
Leuca kayak trip map
Our Regulation and the answer to the most common questions that are addressed to us.
Trips can be booked directly on the website. Payment is made in the same time with Paypal, Debit or Credit Card.
There is a 100% refund only in case of cancellation by the customer at least 24 hours in advance. Any cancellation made less than 24 hours in advance from the date of the trip does not entitle you to a refund or credit and the entire cost of the trip will be credited.
Up to 24 hours before departure you are entitled to a free booking change. It is not possible to change your reservation when there are less than 24 hours left before departure. To change your booking you must cancel the existing booking (which will be automatically refunded) and book a new trip from those available on the calendar.
In case of bad weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up to 2 hours before departure.
Communication will take place via email. For this reason, please always check your email inbox for new messages. The whole cost of the tickets will be refund. Light rain, variable weather forecast, scattered clouds, light wind or high temperatures are not accepted reasons to get a refund in case of cancellation by the customer. It’s possible to check accurate weather forecasts on our website on this page.
In the form “Description” of each trip you will find the Google Maps link of the meeting point. In any case, for any problem in reaching the meeting point, you can communicate with us via Whatsapp.
Our trips are made to be joined by anyone, especially beginners. The distances are relatively short and no particular skill or strength is required. Nonetheless, good physical shape and a weight strictly less than 100kg are required. The instructor reserves the right to check the weight of the participants and to prevent anyone weighing 100kg or more from starting. No refund is provided in this case.
The minimum age to join our trips is 6 years. Up to the age of 12, children will have to go in a double kayak together with an accompanying adult. From 12 years up there are no limits. In summary:
- 0-5 years old: CANNOT join trips;
- 6-11 years old: can join trips only with an adult in a double kayak;
- 12+ years old: can join trips without any limitation.
The adult with a child in a double kayak must be in very good physical shape to drive a double kayak (longer and heavier) alone.
The cost of the ticket for a child is lower than for an adult. For this reason the instructor reserves the right to check his identity document before departure which the adult is therefore required to bring with him.
In the event that an age is different from that declared at the time of booking or is not compatible with participation in the trip, the instructor reserves the right to request an addition to the cost of the ticket or to prevent departure. No refund is provided in the latter case.
- Half liter bottled water (to put under the bungee in front of the seat)
- Anti-nausea medicine (to be taken before the trip if you suffer from seasickness)
- Water shoes (closed shoes that can get wet as an alternative). Flip-flops are not recommended
- Sunglasses with safety lanyard
We will keep non-bulky valuables such as wallets, cell phones and car keys. Small bags or backpacks can be stored in the hatches of the kayaks or in the car of the guide. Be careful because in the hatches the backpack could get wet and the car is not guarded.
The course for beginners, has the task of making everyone, especially beginners, able to go kayaking with the minimum skill required for carrying out the trip. However, it may happen that, despite the course for beginners and the instructor’s tips given in the water, the minimum skill required for carrying out the trip are not achieved. For example, an insufficiency in balance may occur which causes repeated capsizing or in the execution of the circular stroke to change direction. Unfortunately, in a group experience the instructor in the water cannot dedicate a lot of time to a person who may be in difficulty since during this time the entire group remains without a guide and a longer time could be dangerous for the success of the trip for the entire group. In these cases, at the sole discretion of the instructor in the water, it will not be possible to join the trip and the person will be accompanied to the starting point. A refund of 50% of the ticket cost is expected.
If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up to 2 hours before departure. Communication will take place via email. For this reason, please always check your email inbox for new messages. The whole cost of the tickets will be refund.