What we're about

Explora organises and delivers trips, expeditions, courses and workshops related to kayaking and the outdoors. We paddle in several hubs in London, do coastal kayaking breaks in the UK, go on expedition to unspoiled parts of the world, and deliver training sessions to improve skills in a social and relaxed environment.

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Explora is open to all who enjoy spending time in the outdoors with a friendly group. We welcome beginners as much as experienced paddlers. There are activities for all levels and opportunities for all to progress.

We do a regular paddles in the UK in a variety of venues during summer which are suited for those looking to kayak for the first time or improving their starter skills. It is a great way to meet new people as we are social and meet over after-paddle drinks.

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Kayaking Expedition to Greenland

Ilulissat

Calling all kayakers for a once in a lifetime experience. This is one of our 2020 yearly kayaking, hiking & whale watching trips in one of Greenland’s most unique arctic environments. We go to Disko Bay which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, kayak among huge icebergs, hike to the interior, whale watch and enjoy the magical light of the midnight sun. We time the trips at the best window to whale watch. In order to enjoy the trip and the wonderful environment to the full we recommend that you have experience of paddling trips of several days duration and are comfortable paddling a loaded boat for as much as six hours a day, with breaks (though days will often be shorter than this). Winds are usually light, and if the wind gets up we stay off the water. However, if necessary, you need to feel comfortable paddling in winds which may occasionally reach Force 4. Landings can be rocky and, while the group leaders will ensure landing sites are feasible, you should be prepared for this. Journeying and camping is a fantastic experience, and can be quite hard work. If you have done it before you will enjoy the frequent experience of packing and unpacking the boats and setting up and breaking camp in different places. The duration will be 16 days which include travel from the UK. To maximise the time, the trip will take place over 3 weekends and 2 weeks, meaning participants only need 2 weeks off work. The 2020 expedition is be led by one of the UK top kayak coaches. Roger Chandler works in Anglesey and coaches and expeditions in demanding environments. He runs one to the roof of Scotland, participates in coaching in the Orkney islands and has done several arctic expeditions. You will be in very good hands and will have the opportunity to develop your kayaking skills to a new level. For more information, please go to www.exploraexpeditions.com/greenland or email me on [masked]

Beginner friendly sea kayaking trip to Greece

Ithaca

£575.00

This is our gorgeous touring friendly sea kayaking coached break in Ithaca. We have been running it for a few years and can't recommend it enough as an introduction or early progression to sea kayaking in the gentle seas of this beautiful island. Each day, we will do a kayak trip to explore the island coastline and there will be a coach with the you helping to build the skills you need. We will also discuss how to progress our learning and how each paddler would like to continue their personal development. The break is a relaxed experience staying in a family hotel and exploring the stunning beaches and small coves of the island by kayak We do a picnic lunch with plenty of ripe and flavoursome local produce. The bakery makes fresh brown soda bread every morning, the island grows tomatoes, onions and green peppers and produces olive oil and goat and sheep's cheeses. We stop for lunch breaks in the island's gorgeous beaches which will give you the opportunity to have a rest and swim or spend sometime snorkelling watching the many small fish that swim close to shore. The village of Vathi, where you will stay, has many waterside bars, cafes and restaurants where you can eat in the evenings and enjoy a traditional Greek dinner. You will fly to Kefalonia and take a short ferry ride to the neighbouring island of Ithaca. . During the day trips there will be plenty of swimming and snorkelling too. ITINERARY: 2nd October: Arrival 3rd October: This is your first kayaking day. After a briefing, you will start paddling around 10am and finish around 3:30 to 4pm. 4th October: Kayaking day to work on the skills you developed the previous day and practice new ones. 5th October: Free day to explore the island on land. There are gorgeous hikes, electric bikes, mopeds and cars for hire. We can also book a diving day for you. All levels from novice welcome to dive. 6th October: This is your last kayaking day and we will consolidate your learning as well as look at new skills that you can practice back at home. We will also discuss your personal development plan. 7th October: Your ferry will depart at 9am to Kefalonia. *You are welcome to extend you stay with more free days or book more kayaking or other activities. WHAT'S INCLUDED: Single or shared room accommodation in a range of family run hotels, kayaks, general equipment such as paddles, buoyancy aid and spray deck, coaching and picnic lunch during kayaking days. You will have to get your own flight, taxis and cover your expenses such as snacks and dinners meals. PRICE: £575 To book or to ask any questions, contact [masked] In Ithaca we also coach Greenland rolling. We have specialist kayaks and warm water! For other trips, courses and activities check www.exploraexpeditions.com

Costa Rica Jungle & Sea Experience

Osa Peninsula

£1,999.00

Fancy a trip to the natural wonder of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula in December 2020? The place has lots to offer from hikes in the rain forest and extraordinary wildlife to kayaking with dolphins and turtles and snorkelling with colourful of sea life. ITINERARY: Day 1 - Arrival in San Jose. Overnight stay. Day 2 - Travel to Golfo Dulce by plane & relax at our chosen rain forest lodge. Meals prepared by the family that runs the lodge. Enjoy the beach or the nature path and listen to the jungle at night. The Osa Peninsula is where most of the sloths in the country are, so we might be lucky and spot some in their natural habitat. Day 3 - The start of our kayaking experience. Explore the coastline until we arrive to our next lodge. There we will have our meals cooked by the owners and have time to go snorkelling or we can relax in the hammocks. Enjoy the sunset. Day 4: Early morning rising. We will start paddling at sunrise and cross the Golfo. This is an opportunity to see dolphins, whales and turtles. Arrival at our next lodge where we will have our meals and accommodation on glamping tents by the sea. Day 5: Explore the rain forest, kayak up the river in the mangroves, enjoy the toucans, macaws, monkeys and the wonders of the jungle. Stay at the same lodge. Day 6: Paddle to our end point and spend the night at the lodge. Family meals, hammocks, beach, snorkelling and relaxing. Day 7: Return to San Jose by plane for an overnight stay. Day 8: Flight home. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCES: Stay some extra days before returning to San Jose and join some of us who will be staying longer to make the most of our trip: 5-Day Hiking Corcovado National Park: $999 per person (based on double occupancy). This includes private transportation to/from Puerto Jimenez, 2 nights at La Leona Ecolodge with breakfast and dinner, 2 nights at Sirena Ranger Station with breakfast and dinner, 3 days Corcovado licensed naturalist guide, and 3-day admission pass to Corcovado National Park. 4-Day Arenal Volcano Trip Package: $725 per person (based on double occupancy). This includes private transportation to/from San Jose, 3 nights at Campo Verde Hotel with breakfast, coffee plantation tour, hanging bridges tour, volcano hiking tour, La Fortuna waterfall tour, and hot springs with dinner. Alternative tours: canyoning, white water rafting, safari float, caving, horseback riding. 3-Day Pacuare White Water Rafting Trip: $499 per person (based on double occupancy). This includes transportation to/from San Jose, 2 nights at a rainforest lodge on the Pacuare River including 3 meals daily (except for dinner on last day), professional guide services, and rafting equipment. The Arenal & Pacuare trips can also be combined, for which we apply a 10% discount. Diving Course: Some of us will be doing a PADI diving course with a local company. Prices are not yet available. *These activities are delivered by a local company and are not included in the trip and must be booked directly by the interested participants. WHAT'S INCLUDED: - Transfers to and from airports - Share rooms accommodation. If you would like a single room, it can be arranged at an additional cost. - All meals - Kayaking equipment & 2 bilingual English/Spanish guides, including one guide with local knowledge - Safety equipment - Group first aid kit - Land support for emergencies NOT INCLUDED: - Flights to Costa Rica - Internal flights x 2 - Drinks not included with meals & alcoholic drinks - Snacks - Optional/holiday extension activities PRICE: £1,999 For further information contact: [masked] Or vist: www.exploraexpeditions.com

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