CLIMATE

Almost year-round the central Ionian sea is characterised by calm seas, clear and still waters. Perfect for  sea kayaking. The mainland shelters this region from prevailing north-easterly winds that affect most of Greece in summer, and infamous Meltemi winds which blow around the Aegean Sea. Apart from a regular afternoon breeze (2-5 knots NW, W ), which starts up around noon and drops around 6pm, there is insignificant wind.

The region’s stable, maritime climate ensures comfortable conditions for kayaking touring over an extended season. Summers are hot and dry, with day temperature typically 28-32’C and 22-26’C overnight (not as hot as the rest of Greece).

Late spring-May, and early autumn- October is mild and dry. Temperatures are a little cooler, typically 24-30’C day 16-22’C overnight. You may need a light sleeping bag if you are camping. Winds pick up slightly. (5-12 knots NW/E)
The sea is warm from mid summer to late October. In spring (May-June) its generally cooler but refreshing.

Best season to kayak? We recommend late May to mid June & September to mid October. Days are not too hot, and the sea temperature is warm, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. It’s also much quieter; being the low season on these Isles, beaches are less populated, waterways not so busy.

July and August months we generally kayak in the early morning and late afternoon when the heat is less intense. Olive trees and pines offer plenty of shade at beaches on the shores of these green isles. 

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