Sea Kayak in Napoli, Italy

| June 25, 2012 | 35 Comments

Ripples extend away from the end of our paddles as each stroke breaks the surface of the warm Mediterranean Sea. Sunlight flickers and reflects off the surface as our kayak cuts through the glassy waters off the coast of Napoli. The only sounds are the splashing of the paddles and the odd laugh echoing from kids diving off the rocky shoreline.

This is kayaking Napoli at its best.

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Kayak Napoli

On a recommendation from the awesome staff at Hostel of the Sun in Naples we had grabbed our togs, lathered up with sunscreen and donned our sunnies for a morning of adventures and sea kayaking with the friendly folks at Kayak Napoli.

Even getting out to the kayak Napoli centre proved to be an adventure as our only directions were to hop off the local bus at supposedly one of the best restaurants along the Napoli coast. Apparently every bus driver in the city knew where this was. Apart from the one driving our bus of course.

With fumbling Italian and hand gestures we somehow managed to stop just 200m from where we were meant to get off anyway.

Cute town Kayak Naples

Hiking down the long winding road to the coastline our backs were soon sticky with sweat and all we wanted to do was get started on our kayak Napoli trip. However, as with all things Italian, everything is done at a slow and gentle pace. Our 10.30am start time neared 11am and then flew on by before our guide showed up on his trusty Vespa.

Can’t say we were too disappointed getting to chill out for a half hour in such a cute village on the seafront anyway.

Everyone partnered up and we dipped our paddles in the water slowly stroking away from the beach.

Kayak Napoli Adventure Travel

With only 6 of us, including the guide, on the kayak tour in Naples it really felt personal. And even with our limited kayaking skills we were actually the best of the small group with two of the girls careening into a small dinghy when they couldn’t figure out how to turn or stop.

Luckily the sea was flat and the guide experienced enough to keep us close to the shoreline should anything go drastically wrong.

At over 3 hours in length it really is an awesome and unique way to see one of the most spectacular coastlines in Italy. Away from the hustle and bustle of Naples the cliffs plunge straight into the deep blue sea. Houses perch precariously on the cliff edge with rough stone stairs carved straight into the rock leading to the sea below.

With no beaches here the locals sunbaths on the rocks with ladders to help them climb back out.

Kayak Naples Swimming

Our local guide knew all the best swimming holes and spots to rest our weary shoulders every half hour or so. With masks provided we could explore under the surface at every stop too.

We even had the chance to kayak into ancient caves that had been eroded from the relentless sea. Unsurprisingly these same magnificent caves have been used in the past for homes and storage for the wealthy.

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Each cave had winding steps leading into the blackness behind gates where we couldn’t venture. Apparently some still lead into the basements of houses.

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My favourite stop on the Napoli kayak tour was when we  stopped at the Roman ruins which were visible above, and below, the sea surface. Snorkelling gear was again donned to explore these ancient structures. I only wish we had more time here as this was definitely the highlight.

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Oh apart from helping catch our guides dinner in the form of an octopus. If only he had offered to share it with us!

It was such a fun few hours and a totally different way to explore Napoli. We definitely recommend you to check out Kayak Napoli as they run adventure trips every day and it’s a great way to escape the Italian heat.

Have you ever kayaked in Napoli or Italy? Any other recommended spots for us to explore?

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Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. What a peaceful and beautiful way to experience Naples. I’d love to see submerged Roman ruins and help catch (and eat!) an octopus. Beautifully written lead, by the way.

  2. Laurence says:

    A gentle paddle, a gentle laze in the ocean. Cave exploration… coastline vistas. I’m almost there in my mind :D

    • Glad we could take you on a journey today!

      • marcia says:

        planning to be in naples for a few hours on saturday during a trip to rome. what is your recommendation for a short kayak trip for about 4 people for about 2-3 hours. how would i get to the location you mentioned from the train station. marcia

        • Hi Marcia,
          Thanks for your question and stopping by the blog. Try and get hold of the guys at Hostel of the Sun in Naples and they can organise the kayaking for you :)

  3. Micki says:

    Looks like a fun time. The Roman ruins below the sea surface look like an especially cool thing to check out.

  4. Ayngelina says:

    Even though I profess to be lazy I would love to do something like this, what a great way to see the city.

  5. Now that’s a different perspective! Love the photos of the rock formations and cave…

  6. Kayaking is such a great way to see a place. I love the sound of this adventure!

  7. It’s funny, I’ve actually been to Napoli, but would not have imagined it being such a great place to sea kayak. But it looks like you guys had an awesome time, especially snorkeling those ruins. Get any great pizza while you were in the area?

    • Did we get any pizza? What a ridiculous question :) I think my veins are clogged with mozzarella as I sit here haha! We didn’t think the kayaking would be great either but were pleasantly surprised. Wish we had more time to explore other areas by kayak too.

  8. Turtle says:

    I would never have thought of seeing Naples this way. What an awesome idea! This is going in the ‘to-do’ folder!!

  9. Ali says:

    Sounds like a great day! I’m not sure I have the arm muscles for 3 hours of kayaking, but it looks like fun!

    • When we first heard 3 hours we nearly fell out of the kayaks (yes they forgot to mention it before we started). Fortunately it was really relaxed and we were doubled up in the kayaks. Seriously, anyone could do it!

  10. Natalie says:

    Kayaking is hard work – My arms ached for days after doing it. Next time, I will sit in the back while hubby does the hard work instead! :)

  11. bronwen burmester says:

    Never would have thought to explore by kayak – thanks for the read and photos, lovely!

  12. Angela says:

    Beautiful day out, I love Napoli, beautiful landscape and awesome food.

  13. Wow this looks so stunning. I’ve been to Naples three times but this is a great new way to see it. And the food is always, always the best.

  14. Awesome shots! You’re using a waterproof can and a wide angle lens?

  15. Cynthia Alex says:

    Wow.. I have always loved to go to Italy and seeing this post makes me want to go more! Too bad that I live in Asia and the travel fees would be too much as of now.. maybe one day!

  16. Inma says:

    We would have ever thought about kayaking in Naples if you hadn’t published this! love it and willing to give it a try next time in the city!
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  17. Inma says:

    :) that’s how things should always work!!!!

  18. Steve says:

    Very fun looking trip you guys had. I am going to Naples for about 3 weeks this summer mid-july into august for business. Will have evenings and weekends off. The kayak trip looks like something I have got to do. But, what if I have never been snorkeling before? Can I learn there? I also wear glasses. Will that be a problem?
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