Being a country with a large number of natural water sources, rivers and lakes, Albania offers a great opportunity for water sport adventure lovers.
Kayaking is a wonderful, exploratory experience giving opportunity to witness and feel the beauty of aquatic life. It is the most exciting water sport in Albania. One really feels enthralled and exhilarating kayaking down the rapids and playing with every wave of the river.
Kayakers opting for white water kayaking, have the chance to experience the playful moods of the waves by deciding on for any of the rivers such as the Kir, the Fani i Vogel and the Valbona on the northern part and the Osum, The Vjosa and the Devoll in the southern part of the country. Riding on the kayaks in Lake Mati in Northern Albania gives the kayakers the chance to venerate the beautiful and panoramic surroundings of the lake. Kayaking on the Osumi River near the Berat city in the Southern Albania is truly a unique experience in itself.
You can also take pleasure in sea kayaking in Albania. The stunning Ionian coast gives ample openings for the kayakers to go kayaking on the big and phenomenal waves. One can also witness the beautiful white beaches, Mediterranean flora, hills covered with citrus and olive plantations and some hidden bays. Parallel to kayaking one can also enjoy swimming, fishing and camping as well.
Kayaking trips can be combined with site seeing like visiting some famous tourists’ attractions or historical places.
On the whole, Albania is an incredible place for kayak enthusiasts!
We divide the kayaking experience in three main water areas such as river kayaking which can take place from February to June, lake kayaking which can take place from February to December and sea kayaking which it is preferable from late May to October.
The majority of our sea kayaking itineraries run along the stunning Ionic coast aligned of jagged limestone cliffs, small hidden bays with white gravel beaches and caves of all shapes and size.
Sea kayaking is a great way to spend your holiday: stopping for swims and snorkel in turquoise waters, reading your favorite book at secluded beaches or fishing and chatting with friends under the sun, discovering every hidden secret of the Albanian coast!
The beauty of the sea is that it is back-grounded by the 2000m high massive ridge-line of Mount Cika and the Lightning Mountains, while the foothills by the sea, are covered with olive groves and citrus trees.
We also organize kayak trips on request in the lakes of Shkopet, Vau Dejes, Shkodra Lake, Koman Lake, and wherever else you would like to explore in Albania.
Rafting lovers will dwell in in amusement and adrenaline while experiencing the amazing natural landscapes in Albania, alongside other pleasant emotions, especially in the two destinations which offer different rafting and kayaking packages: the Osumi Canyons and the Vjosa River.
Osumi river rafting
Million years ago, water erosion created Osumi canyon, one of the most unique natural wonders of Albania. At a length of about 14 km, they can easily be traversed today by rafting, offering explorers the possibility of paddling the rubber boats under the shadows of imposingly high rocks. At a width ranging from 4 to 35 meters, and slopes above 100 meters, rafting through the canyons may last 2 to 4 hours, depending on the river flow force.
For all those who take on this adventure, a stop at the Waterfall of the Lovers it is a must. Many legends enrich the reality of the area and it is thought that there are plenty of still-unexplored caves and nooks in the rocks. This will be for sure a wonderful and once-in-a –lifetime adventure.
The best period to take on this raft is from February to June.
Vjosa river rafting
A very old and still running in a free flow with its amazing turquoise colors is the river Vjosa. This river that starts its flow from the mountains of Greece near the village of Vouvoussa, creates also a border and flows up to the Adriatic Sea.
The Vjosa River in Albania is one of Europe’s last living wild rivers. Along its entire course of over 270 kilometers but its first 80 kilometers flows through Greece where it is named Aoos, while when it reaches Albania it is named Vjose.
Vjosa is untamed and free flowing and characterized by beautiful canyons, braided river sections, islands, oxbows and meandering stretches. In some areas the riverbed expands over more than 2 km in width. However, what makes this river really outstanding internationally is the fact, that almost all its tributaries are free-flowing and intact as well, creating a living rivers network that is without par in Europe.
As result of its bountiful water and the extraordinary landscapes surrounding it, the crystal-clear Vjosa River offers the perfect conditions for an unforgettable rafting experience. The tours begin in Përmet and, following a training session for those lacking experience, the sailing which lasts 2 to 4 hours, commences. Along the course, the visitor will encounter canyons, small islands and various twists and turns, all of which create a truly authentic rafting experience. Usually, the packages for those who choose to practice water sports are supplemented with visits to other important destinations near Vjosa, as well as tastes of the area’s culinary traditions.