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Ecotouring: sea Kayaking in Greece
Exploring the nature and beauty of #Kalamata on an #active #kayaking trip was such a brilliant experience. The contrast of sandy beaches, forested mountains and archaic monuments, #Greece defiantly does have some captivating scenery.
We awoke to strong winds and a hot sun. Normally the Messinian Gulf is glass-calm but storms in Western Europe had been causing a bit of a disturbance that week. Our guide, George, came zipping around the corner on a narrow street in downtown Kalamata ready to not only take us on our first adventure sea kayaking in Greece but also to share a little bit about why he and two friends, in a struggling economy, decided to start their small adventure company just the year before.
ready to not only take us on our first adventure sea kayaking in Greece
Their story starts years ago when they found a passion for something they loved. Working for bigger companies doing sea kayaking tours in heavily touristy areas gave them an idea to start their own company, offering not only sea kayaking but river rafting and guided hikes through the jagged mountains of Messinia on the Peloponnesian Peninsula.
Their story starts years ago when they found a passion for something they loved
This is their home and love to share the stories of the area and deep traditions that much of the families still practice. They know the history of every town, the secrets of every beach, and share common ideals of how a company focused on tourism should be run.
their home and love to share the stories of the area and deep traditions that much of the families still practice
Their prices are the best in the area and the love for what they do is unrivaled by their competition. George shared with us his deep concern for the growing tourism in the area and how it will affect the natural surroundings, all the while, picking up trash he found on the beach and loading it into his trailer. They hold to their values wherever they go, collecting trash wherever it may be, always leaving a place a little cleaner than how they found it. They do it for the next generation, hoping kids will be able to grow up and experience the area how they did when they were young.
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Unfortunately the tour we wanted to do would have been too difficult and maybe dangerous with the wind speeds but George figured we could do a different route that would be just as fun, and it was! He was really laid-back about prices and had even offered to lower the price because of the weather.
If you are ever in the area I would highly recommend giving this small but growing business a try. Out of all the ecotourism companies I have encountered, Explore Messinia actually lives out their principles making the area they love so much a more beautiful place.
If you are ever in the area I would highly recommend giving this small but growing business a try.