At nearly 1 year since my hip surgery’s, it was time to start testing them out. It was time for an adventure holiday. I wasn’t quite ready for a multi-day hiking excursion, but I was ready to kayak. You may be wondering why I consider kayaking a test for my hips, I mean, I’m sitting the whole time. Well, it’s the position that the hips are in for hours on end, which used to cause me a lot of hip problems, and the little things like getting in/out of the kayak. Carrying the kayak to the water. Basically, pre-op, my hips didn’t like it. So, with some quick research, I settled on this
I didn’t know a great deal about Sardinia, except that it is an island that belongs to Italy. However, after a bit of internet research, I knew that just a few days wouldn’t be enough. So I booked a whole week off work. This way I could throw in some day hiking (I highly recommend this secret beach hike that I did), explore the beautiful Sardinia (I also recommend this mini road trip from Alghero to Bosa), and then finish with the sea kayaking.
Why did I pick THIS trip?
Well, as much as I love doing my own thing, sometimes it is nice to have someone else deal with all the logistics and equipment. That way you can just turn up and do the fun stuff. I have done a kayaking excursion with this company before in the Norwegian Fjords. It is one of my
Sea kayaking in Sardinia itinerary
- Season: April – October
- Arrive/Depart: Alghero airport
- Kayaking location: Pont Conte Reginal National park (
- Duration: 4 days (2 days kayaking)
- Difficulty: No kayaking experience is needed, but you should feel comfortable in open water and have the ability to balance well.
- What’s included: All kayaking equipment including dry bags, life jackets, waterproof jackets, and footwear. 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts
and2 lunches. Basically all your meals except daytime food on arrival day. Transport to/from the airport. 3 nights accommodation in a farmhouse.
- Tips: Take sunscreen. You will be out on the water all day which is
primeburning territory. Waterproof photo takingdevices. I had a GoPro, but I also know a lot of phones these days are waterproof. Not that you will put it in the water, but it is quite splashy out there.
Nb. I’ve looked online at the trip and the future itinerary is slightly different from when I did it. It is now 3 days of kayaking, instead of 2. My writing will reflect the 2 day kayak that I did, so if you decide to do it, just add an extra day.
Sea Kayaking in Sardinia Day 1 – Arrive at accommodation
As the kayaking starts early in the morning, it’s best to arrive the day before. Sardinia is a very large island with a few airports. The nearest one to the kayaking is Alghero (5min drive), so arrive there. You can arrange to be picked up from the airport. As I was already in Sardinia doing my own exploring, I made my own way there.
You will be staying in Agriturismo Agave, which is a farmhouse located in the suburbs of Alghero. The trip officially starts in the evening when dinner is served but I do recommend arriving earlier. That will give you a chance to explore Alghero, or you can do a self-guided hike up Monte Doglia which is near. The accommodation does have a pool advertised, but just be aware that it’s only open during high season. Otherwise, it’s considered too cold. I was there in May which apparently is a cold month lol. Clearly they think differently from the British.
Come evening, at dinner, you get to meet your fellow adventurers for the first time. Now lets talk about the food…
The meals consist of home cooked food using products of the farm. When the food first came out, it looked pretty simple, but my gosh it was sooooo good. Now I know what people mean when they say the food in Sardinia is so delicious.
Sea kayaking in Sardinia Day 2 -The adventure begins
After a buffet style breakfast, our Sardinia kayak guide arrives and we sit down to plan the adventure.
I cannot for the life of me remember his name (feel kind of bad about that), so I will just be referring to him as ‘the guide’.
There are many different places and routes to kayak, and given that it is sea kayaking, varying conditions. So the guide lays out different options for us taking into account sea conditions, wind direction etc. Do we want a longer route, on calm waters? Or a shorter route with challenging sea conditions and grand scenery?
The group consisted of British people (except the guide). Now, us British tend to hold in our feelings, and in group situations say ‘we don’t mind’ when really we know exactly what we want. The conversation went something like this:
The guide: We can kayak for longer, in easy conditions. Or shorter kayak time in harder conditions, but also better scenery.
Other group members: I don’t mind. What does everyone else want to do?
Me: Let’s do the hard one……but only if everyone else wants to.
The others: Yes, let’s do the hard one….but whatever everyone else wants.
We got there eventually. The harder one it it.
The launch point – Cala Tramariglio
We set off to our launch point, Cala Tramariglio. After a quick briefing on how to kayak, we head off west into the sea. Paddling away around the sea cliffs, passing Torre di Tramariglio, a 15th century observation tower and small secluded beach coves.
Seeing as this is the sea, and we chose the more challenging route, the water is slightly choppy. Nothing crazy, but it’s no still lake. I wouldn’t say you need kayaking experience, but more so, the ability to balance. At this point, we did have someone with some capsizing issues. As in, they kept capsizing (don’t worry, you wear a lifejacket so you are safe. The only danger is getting wet).
Unfortunately, said individual had to admit defeat and was taken back to land. I actually missed a lot of it, after the first capsize I assumed all was ok and continued paddling on my merry way. At some point, I
Lunch – Cala Dragunara
As the beach comes into view, I
Then I see a yellow kayak bopping in the distance. Ah, here they come. One by one the group arrives. Minus the guide. I’m filled in about the capsizing drama, but importantly we now wonder when we will get to eat. Without the guide, we have no food….
But wait, WE have the food. Yes, someone remembers that we actually distributed the supplies between the kayaks. Crisis averted.
Now we eat, lay in the sun and have a bit of a snorkel whilst waiting for the guide to come find us.
After his arrival, and a bit more laying in the sun, we head off in the kayaks continuing west. The afternoon is a bit choppier as we pass by sea cliffs and caves. I spend a good amount of time chatting to and getting to know the guide (yes, I still can’t remember his name). What I can tell you is he is from
I also discovered that he knows the kayaking guide I had on my River Thames Kayaking in London the previous week. That’s a nice small world story for you.
Anyway, after taking a group photo in our kayaks, we then head back to the start point and back to Agriturismo Agave. There are a few hours spare before dinner, giving you a chance to relax and explore the grounds. I’m sorry, I have no photos to show you. I have no idea why I didn’t take any, but I can assure you it is lovely. Then finally tuck into a delicious traditional home cooked Sardinian meal.
Sea Kayaking in Sardinia Day 3 – The adventure continues
Same as the previous day, buffet breakfast before our guide arrives to take us on our second Sardinia kayak adventure. This time we head slightly further North in Pont Conte Reginal National park.
The launch point – Spiaggia di Porto Ferro
We launch from the beach cove with its calm waters, but as we reach the open sea it gets quite a bit choppier. Choppier than yesterday. Turns out yesterday was good practice for the sea of today. Once out in the open, we turn left and head south with the coastline to our left. My two favourite types of coastline are cliffy and rugged. Today is less cliffy but there is enough ruggedness to make me very happy. The whole route was a rocky, rugged coastline passing by ancient observation towers and small secluded beach coves.
Lunch – A beach which I don’t know the name of
We settled ourselves for lunch on a beach cove next to the Belvedere Porticciolo observation tower. You can have a walk up the hill to it, however
After being suitably fed and rested we headed off back in the direction we came.
So, you know that beach cove we launched from? Well, it had a little surprise up its sleeve. Upon reaching it and leaving the choppy sea waters, things got
Well, obviously we did but man it was hard work.
Once out of the water and packed up we stop at a little beach shack for drinks and ice cream before heading back to the farmhouse to relax and tuck into our last Sardinian meal.
Sea Kayaking in Sardinia Day 4 – Home time
Wake up to the final breakfast, and even a little shopping. The farmhouse has a little shop so you can buy homemade pasta and food treats to take home. The guide picks us up after breakfast to take us to the airport.
Farewell Sardinia….I will be back.