12 Stages of navigation in Kayak
Welcome to Costa Blanca by Kayak, twelve stages of sea kayaking to explore the incredible coastline of Alicante province. The warmth of our waters means you can head out on a kayak 365 days a year.
You'll enjoy more than 100 nautical miles of kayaking, admiring fine sand beaches, heavenly coves, impressive cliffs, headlands, bays, caves and much more. The stages are designed from north to south starting in the town of Els Poblets and ending in Pilar de la Horadada.
You'll discover natural parks, coastal mountain ranges, wetlands, marine reserves, plant micro-reserves, caves, watchtowers, flora, fauna, history and plenty of heritage. In short, a unique journey along the Alicante coastline. Care to join us for a spot of kayaking?
You can complement our kayaking routes with a spot of snorkelling in shallow waters along our coastline, where you'll get to see schools of Mediterranean rainbow wrasse, dreamfish, painted combers, octopuses, groupers, sea urchins and even starfish.
What's more, extensive Posidonia meadows serve as a refuge for all these species and provide an excellent biodiversity. These Posidonia meadows are renowned for their oxygen production, with a single hectare converting the same amount of carbon dioxide into oxygen as five hectares of the Amazon rainforest. They're also a great source of protection against currents and can retain sands along the coast.
The Costa Blanca is blue, just like the colour of the eighty-one flags that certify the quality of the waters along its two hundred-plus kilometres of coastline. In fact, Alicante is the province with the highest number of blue flags in the whole of Spain.
And as if this wasn't enough, you can enjoy more than one hundred and seventy beaches and coves throughout the route. There are beaches with fine sand or pebbles, beaches hidden behind dunes, beaches on the edge of pine forests or under steep cliffs, beaches lapped by calm waters, beaches lashed by the wind, urban beaches and hidden beaches.
Costa Blanca by Kayak is divided into twelve stages. You can do the ones you fancy at your own pace. The departure and arrival points have been carefully selected so that you can start and finish the stage on the same day. Basically, you can set out on the route from any coastal town in the province.
Each stage includes a description of the route, the miles covered and the location of the spots where you'll have access to wind and wave forecasts.
What's more, we've designed symbols that will help you easily identify kayaking-related features such as narrow straits, caves, cliffs, no-way-out sections, snorkelling areas, sandy beaches, rocks in water, etc. You'll also find useful details such as tourist information points, ports and first aid stations.
If you prefer GPS, you can download the tracks of the various stages here.
Find out the weather forecast for the area and the sections you intend to cover. Avoid kayaking when there are weather warnings. We recommend leaving details of your route with someone back on dry land. Remember not to veer from the planned route.
Below is a list of everything you should take with you to ensure a safe and comfortable time at sea:
15 BASICS FOR SEA KAYAKING
Always stay alert about where you are, respect the rules and follow weather forecasts.
If you're in a dangerous situation, send out the distress signal MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY on channel 16 of the VHF.
If you need urgent help, but you're not in imminent danger, send out the signal PAN-PAN on channel 16 of the VHF.
Mobile phones are NOT an alternative, as they have limited range and reception. What's more, they're difficult to locate.
If you roll over, do not leave the kayak. If you fall into the water and cannot re-embark, stay in a foetal position, do not swim and keep calm.
The human body loses heat thirty times faster in water than in air. Make sure you know and can forecast the water temperature. This is a good measure to prevent hypothermia from setting in.
By beaches and coves there may be more users, so mutual respect is the best approach.
If you come across sections marked with buoys, respect the entrance and exit channels, as well as the no-navigation section.
If there are no sections marked out with buoys and you want to disembark, do so perpendicular to the coastline/beach/cove and always respect other users.
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