Kayak or canoe navigation

travesia en kayak cabo de gata

 

There is no better way to get to know the coast of the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Park than bordering it with a kayak or a sea kayak.

Kayak in Cabo de Gata

From within the sea you will see the best views of the rocky cliffs and the beaches of the Natural Park . With the kayak we can get close to parts of the coast that are inaccessible from the ground and thus find caves that the waves have carved in the rock, or enjoy small solitary coves where we will be the only bathers. You can navigate between rocks by the Mermaids reef or contemplate the fossil dune of the Escullos from within the water. The routes are innumerable, it is only necessary to take the precaution of being accompanied by an experienced guide who knows the area and knows when the navigation conditions are optimal and where you should pass with your kayak without taking risks.

The routes are made bordering the coast without ever leaving it offering maximum security for participants. The routes range from the three-hour departure, to the half-day trip or even the entire day trip. It is a perfect activity to do in a group, each one taking a kayak or sharing each pair a two-seater. And highly recommended for all ages. As a safety measure, you should always plan the route in advance and take into consideration the time and waves that you will make in the area you want to visit.

Here you have a link if you want to know more about the Kayak routes that are made in the Natural Park.

What does a kayak route include?

Within the park there are several companies specialized in the organization of routes with kayak and in the rental of these boats. The excursions are always made in groups of about 20 people, and are accompanied at all times by at least one monitor that travels with the group in kayak and a motor boat that goes behind to watch that no one is left behind, and to act in case of needing rescue. All kayak excursions include liability insurance and accident insurance.

In all the routes a stop is made halfway in a cove to rest, and to those who wish it, could practice snorkel, the diving glasses are included by the kayak company. Taking advantage of the stop the monitor will offer nuts between the canoeists to regain strength and make the way back. On the way back to the departure beach, participants will be offered refreshments to hydrate.

Sea kayak in Cabo de Gata Almeria

 

Types of kayak

The kayaks used for the excursions use to be of the self-emptying type recommended for the initiation of this practice. These kayaks are very stable, easy to use and safe, and since they are not closed, it is very easy to get on them again if you fall overboard. Normally the kayaks used in routes are the two-seater type for two occupants, but also usually have smaller kayaks for a single person.

Two-seater self-emptying kayak

There is some company that makes routes with transparent kayaks. These allow us to see the seabed as we have never seen it before. These kayak are canoe type, and not being self-emptying if a lot of water accumulates inside we must empty it by hand. They are a little less manageable and less stable than the self-emptying model.

Two-seater transparent kayak

Rules of kayak use

The use of an approved lifejacket is mandatory to navigate in a kayak.

It should be noted that fishing from a kayak is prohibited, even if you have a fishing license from the shore, this permit is not valid from a kayak. If one of the frequent patrols of coastal guards that patrol the area caught us fishing from the kayak, in addition to receiving a sanction, fishing devices will be confiscated.

As we have already said, the tour operators are obliged to have civil liability and life insurance, covering both the damages to third parties and the damages that may be suffered by the participants in the trip. Likewise, the guides on the excursion must be certified and they must have a support motor boat during the couse of the route.



 

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