Menorca is pure natural beauty and wilderness, and is one of those places that rewards those who dare to be adventurous. To discover the untamed side of the island, you'll need a kayak and snorkelling goggles.
Only then will you be able to reach sea caves and coves otherwise inaccessible, and marvel at the treasures hidden between the cliffs and beneath the sea.
3+ hours of kayaking and snorkelling with your choice of itinerary
Accompanied at all times by an expert local guide, you will enjoy the crystal clear waters of Menorca paddling to the most beautiful caves of the island or in the Bay of Fornells. You can also go swimming and snorkelling to discover the marine species.
The aim of this experience is to take you to discover coves, cliffs and caves that are only accessible by kayak. There are two different routes for this kayaking activity, both of which can be done in the morning (9:30am) or afternoon (3:30pm).
During this activity you will always be accompanied by a specialised guide who will accompany the group so that you don't miss the most impressive spots. He will recommend the best places to stop and answer all your questions. At the end of the excursion you will have time for a refreshment and a snack to recharge your batteries, which is included in the price.
Why I like this option: Of all the options available on the island, this is the most flexible and the most complete for a very reasonable price. On the one hand, it allows you to personalise the itinerary, choosing between the caves or the Bay of Fornells, and on the other hand, you can also choose between morning or afternoon hours.
Recommended if... you want to make the most of a morning or afternoon on the water. The snorkelling stop is a must!
Rent your own kayak to paddle along the coast of Menorca at your own pace.
If you are seduced by the idea of paddling the crystal clear Mediterranean, you can rent a kayak to do the paddling tour on your own and at an unbeatable price. Budget won't be an excuse!
If you dare to paddle on your own, you can choose this cheaper option with which you will rent the necessary equipment to go kayaking on your own: you will be provided with a life jacket, paddle and kayak and you can set sail wherever you want and whenever you want.
Of course, the team of local experts who will provide you with the equipment will give you the necessary indications both for paddling and for finding the best places to see the scenery or to stop for a swim and enjoy an inaccessible beach.
Although you can rent the equipment on your own, the ideal is that you go with at least two people on this trip to make the excursion safer.
Why I like this option: going out with your own kayak without having to join a tour will give you the freedom to choose times and routes and to stop when you need a break or just find the perfect spot for a dip.
Recommended if... you feel like kayaking but you're not into joining organised groups or if you're experienced enough to paddle on your own in the turquoise waters of Menorca.
Where is the best place to kayak in Menorca?
This activity allows you to choose between two different routes in two of the best places on the island.
On the cave itinerary, you will visit the north and south coast of the island, discovering unique places such as the Cueva de los Ingleses, Sa Torreta, an area of beautiful meadows, and the unspoilt beaches of Tamarells, where you will be able to observe the vast fauna and flora under the sea with the snorkelling equipment provided by your instructors.
On the Fornells Bay Itinerary, you will pass Cala Blanca, Cala Teulera, Punta de Ses Salines, Sargantana Island where you can see a watchtower built by the British during the occupation of Menorca at the beginning of the 19th century. Afterwards you will head to the mouth of the bay to snorkel.
Whichever route you choose, you'll finish at Cabra Salada, the beach of Fornells, to enjoy a snack and a cold drink and share with your group mates everything you've seen under the sea surface.
How to choose between the two itineraries? Both are spectacular and the cave tour is more exciting, but a little more physically demanding. If you prefer to take a leisurely kayak trip along the coast and enjoy the sea and the sky, choose the Fornells Bay route.
Practical information: before booking
Do I need to be in good physical shape to do the excursion?
You don't need to be very fit to go kayaking, as the routes are not excessively long and don't require any special physical effort. Just bear in mind that you'll be paddling for quite a while, but the views and the surroundings are worth it!
If you've never been kayaking before, don't worry: you'll be provided with full equipment and receive a briefing before the experience begins, as well as being in the company of an expert kayaking guide at all times.
What information will you need to provide?
The steps to book this experience are simple: indicate a date and number of participants and choose the itinerary and start time of the excursion. You will be asked for a few details (make sure you provide an email address that you use) and you will be taken to the checkout page. Once you validate the payment you will receive a confirmation email.
Check that all the details are correct, and I recommend that you save the email so that you have it to hand on the day of the kayaking experience. Another option is to print the confirmation, although as it is a sea experience, it can be a bit cumbersome to have to carry a piece of paper with you.
This excursion is subject to cancellation
You can cancel at any time before the trip, but you will only receive a 100% refund if you cancel at least 24 hours in advance.
What happens if it rains or the weather is bad?
It is very rare for bad weather to occur in summer in Menorca, but in the event of rain or rough seas it is likely that the excursion will be cancelled and you will receive your money back or you will be offered a postponed date.
Alex's Traveller Tip
Doing the tour in the morning will ensure you have the best light to see the marine life on the snorkelling activity, even if you have to get up a little early.
Why it's worth kayaking in Menorca
You can kayak in so many places, but Menorca is definitely the place where it's worth doing it, because of the possibility of adding visits to your trip that you wouldn't be able to access otherwise.
On the other hand, it's a perfect activity to do with the family or if you're usually looking for experiences that include some physical activity in your holiday.
It is also a particularly beautiful experience if you are interested in marine life, as you will be able to see it in all its splendour in its natural habitat on beaches and coves with very few tourists.
Last but not least, it is essential that the maximum group size is 12 people, which ensures that the instructor is always looking out for you and that the activity remains interesting from start to finish.
What to bring to this experience
Be sure to include the following in your backpack for a comfortable kayaking trip:
- Swimwear and towel
- Synthetic or lycra t-shirt for the water
- Cap and sunglasses (preferably with a drawstring so you don't lose them in the water)
- Water shoes
- Sun cream
- Water bottle
- A change of clothes
Other interesting activities in Menorca
Maybe you really like the sea but not getting wet, and if so I recommend you to change the kayaking activity for a relaxing boat trip from where you can watch the sunset falling over the coves and beaches of Menorca. You won't go down to explore them and discover the immensity of marine life below the surface, but you'll have an unforgettable experience anyway. If you want to read more about this experience, here you have all the information: Boat tours in Menorca.
Another activity that combines adventure with unforgettable sunset views is the Jeep tour in Menorca. You will pass through forests, meadows, quarries converted into labyrinths and cliffs, to end the day watching the sunset at a natural viewpoint while tasting typical artisan products. Read more here: Jeep Safari in Menorca.
And if you still haven't found the thing that will leave an indelible memory of your trip to Minorca, here is a list of ten great plans to enjoy this jewel of the Balearic Islands as it deserves: 10 Best Activities in Minorca.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to be in good physical shape to do the kayak tour?
You don't need to be in particularly good physical shape, but you should be aware that you'll be paddling for quite a while and it can be a bit tiring. Even so, the itinerary is fairly light and the guide is always with the group so that everything is under control.
Is it dangerous to kayak in Menorca?
Not at all, in fact it is highly recommended, as the sea is usually calm and this makes the activity easier. In addition, you will always go in a group and accompanied by the guide, who will be in charge of finding the right itinerary for you to enjoy the kayak trip to the fullest.
Can I do this tour if I have never been kayaking before?
Yes, you have nothing to worry about, the instructor will explain what you have to do at all times, how to paddle and give you all the tips you need to know to make the most of this experience.
What is the best time to go kayaking in Menorca?
The tour is available at various times of the day, but if you do it in the middle of summer it is advisable to do it early in the morning to avoid the worst hours of heat and sun and to be able to spend a relaxing day on one of the beaches that have conquered you during the kayak tour.