Gozo (Malta) from different perspective – Kayak
It was 16 September, when Mavric and I woke up early before sunrise to start the pre-planned day of our new adventure. We left Malta early in the morning crossing to Gozo, famous for her sister island.
9.00am – Arrived at Qbajjar Bay.
9.15am – We met Chris and Kristie, the owners of Kayak Gozo, nice couple with full of interest and passion to their experienced job. Mavric and I excitedly preparing ourselves for the new venture together. We both had experienced Kayak before individually. Mavric, experience the Kayak in the south area of Malta with the scouts group that he used to go. Me had done kayaking, back in 2011 in a river in Goldap, somewhere in Poland. So this time we are going to experience the Kayak in Gozo together for the first time.
Being prepared to this venture we met the other members of the group and our guide, Ben. He instructed us how to paddle and also set the Kayak to our level of heights, to feel more comfortable and to rest the feet.
The time to start our tour, we put in our kayak to the shore, sat in the kayak and starting paddling out from the land. The tour, five members and one guide, was about for six hours long. We paddled along the North coast; the weather was misty and foggy. The long distant views were not very clear but the cliff near us was visible. It was the first time seeing Gozo from a different perspective and it was beautiful as far as we could see. We headed to Wied il-Ghasri, a small rocky beach, where we had a small snack and swam for a while. Here, it was not my first time so I knew the place, that it was one of a nice and relaxing beach.
After some time we starting to prepare to continue paddling. At the beginning, the paddling was fine; we were all enjoying ourselves. After a while I felt that paddling was quite a good sport but it started to become difficult. The pain in my arms was too much. I started to notice the difference between the first time; I paddled, back in 2011 in a river, and now in 2017 in the Mediterranean sea. We were heading to the South after we left Wied il-Ghasri. The waves were against us, the wind started blowing more, so it was more harder but it was easier to control the kayak in which way to go.
We had to rest, Xwejni Bay was the next stop, were some had coffee, Mavric sat on the rocks and me had a swim. I could not handle the pain of the paddling, although it was fun. After about thirty minutes of resting, we started to paddle out from the bay. I had to tell the guide, Ben, to line me up with his canoe. It was a better idea as it helped me paddle much easier with an experience instructor.
Time was passing by, after some time paddling to the south, the weather became clearer but the wind was still so called rough. The next stop was Ghajn Barrani Bay, a pretty small bay that only can be reached by boats as far as we knew, never had been there before. It was quite with clear sea, where we had a homemade snack lunch offered by ‘Gozo Kayak’. It was delicious, believing that it all helped us to get our energy back to continue the last couple of hours paddling.
After our rest came to an end, we had to start paddling again, always heading south. As I did not mention before, as always we carry the Gopro to film our adventures; where I can film Mavric and Vice-Versa, and so I could edit them and upload them on YouTube as our adventure films and to complete the story I write; in another medium. As we were heading to our end of the tour, almost near Ramla il-Hamra, I see the Gopro in Mavric hand dropped down and started to drown.
Frustrated… Sad… Confused… Angry… Mixed emotions… But yes these things have to happen too, unfortunately. We spent some time trying to look for it with our masks! But unlucky!! Normally we attach the Gopro with a rope / harness around our hand to be safe, but at that moment we didn’t have it. So with this I advise that with the sea always put a floater, a rope or mount it with you with a harness. We had to paddle because time was passing by. The end of the kayaking tour has to come. We headed to our end of the canoe tour trip at Dahlet Qorot.
I love the sea so much. I am so lucky that the island I live is surrounded with sea. It makes me feel refreshed and relaxed. Canoeing was a good thing to experience as part of an adventure, although it was a difficult to handle the paddling for me. Having the experience with Kayak Gozo was one of the best as they helped a lot as we were beginners. If you want to experience Kayak in Gozo and you are a beginner, I advise you to take the shorter tour so you could handle it more in a shorter time. But if you wish to be more adventurous, I am sure that Chris and Kristie would advise you what it would be good for you when you contact them. 🙂
Have you done Kayaking? If Yes, let me know where and how was your experience in the comment section below! 🙂
You can also check other of our adventures here!