Kalymnos Island, Greece 2015

Date: 
05 September 2015 (Saturday) to 12 September 2015 (Saturday)
Average Water Temp: 
24°C
Average Temp: 
29°C
Difficulty level: 
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Kalymnos, Greece is located within the group of islands known as The Dodecanese, 340km south east of Athens.  It is famous for sponge diving and rock climbing. It is typical of the Greek islands of the Aegean sea offering good food, beautiful beaches, inexpensive hotels and with friendly and hospitable locals.  

Trip Notification

The trip is designed for intermediate to advanced swimmers.

Diving Kalymnos Island - SwimadventuresThe package starts from $1850 AUD for 8 days and includes the following

  • Accommodation - twin share for 7 nights
  • Swims – 8 to 10 swim adventures (distance 1 km – 6 km)
  • Swims are accompanied by support crew
  • Coaches’ advise on swim technique
  • All breakfasts and four lunches
  • Water and fruit for morning tea
  • Local family support for real Greek experience
  • Local boat skipper
  • T-shirt and logbook for the trip

What the package does not include

  • Breakfast - SwimadventuresReturn flights to Kalymnos Island, Greece
  • Any additional accommodation outside the 7 nights included in trip
  • Dinner and some lunches
  • Travel insurance (please see below)
  • Pocket money
  • Local transport
  • Transport on the island including to and from swims

Extra’s that can be added to the basic package

  • Daily transport – to and from swim
  • Transport to and from breakfast when with local Greek family. Note: it is only 10min walk from hotel
  • Upgrade to single room occupancy
  • Scooter Ride - SwimadventuresAirport transfer
  • Entry to Museums, caves and other Kalymnos attraction
  • Washing clothes

Getting there

There are direct flights from Sydney to Athens with a number of international airlines.

From Athens, Olympic Airways flies directly to Kalymnos. Journey time is 1 hour and there is usually 1 flight per day.

You can also fly from Athens to the nearby island of Kos and then take a ferry from Mastichari Port, which is 10mins from the airport, to Pothia on Kalymnos. Ferry journey time is 20 min (fast ferry) or 45 min (slow ferry) and there are 6-10 services each day. Please note that ferry prices and schedules change frequently and should be checked online.

Ocean Swim - Kalymnos 2013 - SwimadventuresTravel time from Kalymnos airport to Masouri is 9mins (6.8Km) and it takes about 12 min (8.5Km) from Pothia port to Masouri.

Useful links

Travel to and from Kalymnos is to be organised by the individual. Please ensure that your arrival date to Kalymnos is on or before 3pm on Sat. 5th September 2015. Departures should be booked to leave after midday on Saturday 12th September 2015.

Meals

  • Breakfast is provided either at the hotel or with local Greek family each morning
  • 4 lunches are included in the trip and are usually served at the beach by our lovely local lady - Sevasti
  • Dinners are to be organized individually (maybe a romantic dinner) or we go out as group and have fun.
  • You should budget around 10 EUR for lunch and 15 EUR for dinner excluding drinks. You can bring your own (BYO) alcohol to the Island.

Insurance

It is important to arrange appropriate travel insurance for the trip to include sports activities. It is essential that long distance open water swimming is covered, which you may find comes with an extra surcharge if deemed an extreme sport by your provider. Whilst we cannot recommend a travel insurance provider, from experience we know that Cover-More provides suitable cover for open water swimming.

Transport – Car and scooter hire

To get around the island, it is best if you organize for your own scooter hire. However, if you are not comfortable driving bike than car hire maybe a better option for you. This will also give you a freedom to explore the island on your own during your leisure time.

We can help you to organize a car hire for yourself or for a group of swimmers who would like to share. 

Note: An Australian driver’s licence is essential to have with you, so do bring it along!

http://kalymnosrent.com/en/index.html

Elena Village

Facility: 
Elena Village photo
Elena Village Pool
Elena Village rooms
Elena Village rooms
Elena Village
Elena Village rooms
Elena Village rooms
Elena Village rooms
Elena Village rooms

Now all that is left, is to relax.

Welcome to Elena Village, a remote paradise with an amazing view. Elena Village is for you who enjoys a quiet getaway, with room to explore a beautiful Greek island. Enjoy the amazing weather, the nearby restaurants and the natural beaches.

Each room in Elena Village is of course facing the beautiful island of Telendos. They all have what is needed in order for your to properly relax.

Wake up, step out on the porch and enjoy the ambient sound of the waterfall. 

A phenomenal view

All rooms are equipped with your very own balcony overlooking the beautiful island of Telendos. Equipped with a table and chairs you are all ready to enjoy a sunny morning or a quiet evening on your very own balcony overlooking the always calm waters of the Aegean sea.

A liberating workout

There is nothing worse than stressing over a missing workout. At Elena Village we are aware of this and have equipped our resort with a fully functional gym. If you aren’t up for lifting weights or using machines, there are many other opportunities to keep up shape. Bring your running shoes; The island of Kalymnos offers some of the most beautiful sceneries for both running, bicycling and swimming. Those who dare can even go rock climbing.

Wireless internet access

Wi-fi is of course offered to all of our guests. We have placed a hotspot in the reception and pool-bar areas for you to access at all times. Even though we hope for our guests to relax and leave home for their stay, we realise that we all need some sort of contact with home. Even if it’s just a facebook update to let your loved ones know that you are in paradise.

Kitchenette

Each room is equipped with a small kitchenette, should you feel like staying in.

Safe deposit box

To make sure, you can leave your room without worries. Every room is equipped with a complimentary safe deposit box.

Mini Market

In order for us to better suit your needs, we have a mini market, offering daily groceries, at your disposal.

Clear sky - Kalymnos Island 2013WEATHER

Air Temperature:  23°c (av. low) - 29°c (av. high). September is one of the driest months and is usually very sunny.
Sea Temperature: 24 - 26°c            
Marine Life: We have not experienced any stingers or jellyfish in the waters around Kalymnos. Sea urchins are however common. You may therefore wish to bring appropriate clothing and footwear such as rash vests and aquashoes with you (see recommended list below) and be careful where you tread.

WHAT TO BRING

The following is a guide to what you should bring in your day pack:

  • 2 pairs of swim wear (including bikinis for ladies)
  • 2 pairs of goggles (one pair with tinted lenses)
  • Towel
  • Wetsuit and/or rash vest
  • Fins
  • Hat or visor
  • Sun cream
  • Sun Glasses
  • Warm clothes
  • Aquashoes and/or walking shoes
  • Energy drinks/bars
  • Camera
  • Medication

 

Saturday: arriving to IslandFirst swim - Swimadventures

12:00pm - 02:00pm arriving to island and settling into your room/ accommodation

03:00pm - 04:00pm first introduction meeting. Get to know each other, info on our surroundings including beach, restaurants, shops…; info about our first swim and general schedule for the next day

04:15pm - 05:15pm first short swim from nearest beach. Checking swimmers level and ability and finding best swimming buddies. Groups are formed for the next day swim.

05:30pm free time and dinner in local restaurant

 

Boat trip to swim with SwimadventuresSunday: 2 swims (distance 3 to 8km)

07:30am meeting at the reception

08:00am breakfast at local cafe - discussing daily swim plan.

09:00am 1st swim of the day

10:30am morning tea on the beach

11:15am 2nd swim of the day

12:45pm - 01:00pm lunch on the beach

02:00pm back to the hotel (note: may require local transport)

Ocean Swim Kalymnos - Swimadventures03:00pm siesta (nap) and free time

06:00pm meeting about planning for next day

 

Monday: 2 swims (distance 3 to 8km)

07:30am breakfast at local cafe and meeting - discussing daily swim plan.

09:00am - 09:30am start first swim of the day (note: may require local transport)

10:30am morning tea and rest

11:30am second swim

Siesta (NAP) time - Swimadventures12:45pm - 01:30pm lunch on the beach

01:30am rest on the beach and travel on the hotel (note: may require local transport)

03:00pm siesta (nap) and free time

 

Tuesday: one swim and half day sighting

07:30am breakfast with local Greek family - discussing daily swim plan

09:00am Sightseeing with Greek local - Sevasti

 

Kalymnos Beach - SwimadventuresWednesday: 2 swims (3 - 5Km)

07:30am breakfast at local cafe and meeting - discussing daily swim plan.

08:30am - 09:00am start first swim of the day 

10:30am morning tea

11:00am second swim of the day

12:30pm lunch on the beach then free time

 

Have fun with Swimadventures - Kalymnos 2013Thursday: discovery boat trip to other Island

08:00am breakfast with our Greek Family at their house - discussing our trip plan

10:30am meeting in Pothia town (note: bus transport or own needed)

11:00am depart from Pothia on organized boat, then swim, lunch and relax on Island

03:00pm - 04:00pm estimated return back to Pothia and free time

 

Kalymnos Team 2013 - SwimadventuresFriday: 1-2 swims discovering new locations - Scooter day

07:30am breakfast at local cafe and meeting - discussing daily swim plan.

09:00am hire the scooter (unless you already have) and easy trip to next swim location

10:30am long swim and jump in the water from rock

12:30pm lunch in local restaurant (at own expense)

03:00pm travel around the Island and make another easy swim at the location of your choice

Swimadventures Team - Kalymnos 201304:00pm free time

07:00pm dinner party

 

Saturday: last day one easy swim in morning at 7:00am

07:30am choice swim

08:00am breakfast at local cafe – reviewing our week

Packing up and getting ready for departure

Note

this is a program outline only and it may change depending on factors, such as weather.

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2014 TOUR

vladswimThe lovely, sunny and relaxing Greek Island Kalymnos again gave to us an unbelievable holiday atmosphere connected with swimming and family hospitality. The Kalymnos swim trip 2014 was great and we loved it.

This is the 2nd year that Vladswim organised this European trip. This time 5 fantastic swimmers, 2 coaches and local guru Sevasti created a perfect 7 day swimming holiday. Photos, videos and stories about the trip are boosting everyone’s thoughts about attending this trip next year.

 

What we were doing there?

Simply - we swam about 30km in total during the week with 11 swims of 1-2hours long at an easy “just relax” Vlad pace with time to stop and admire the underwater world along the way. Cliffs, fish, caves, drop-offs and a little boat wreck made our swims exciting. The swims at different locations took our mind to a place where we were flying over untouchable places down at the bottom of the sea. Adventures came up when we started swimming and we discovered new beaches, only accessible by boat, so private and beautiful. The camera was always ready to take a photo to record for our memories, but the real experience is unforgettable.vladswim

We were lucky to be there

vladswimOut of the water, we experienced friendly and generous hospitality from the locals. The hospitality provided by Sevasti and her family opened the door to understanding Greek mentality and life. We learned lots about the history, culture and food from talking with her over our plate of lunch on the beach between swim. This life experience increased our love of the island because, step by step, we were close to the core of the life on it. The swimmers even practiced local dancing, ate local food on the beach and had a drink with local people. One of the greatest surprises was lunch on the Island Platy, where we had our meal on the table next to the local church on top of the island – what a memory! Kalymnos Island is famous to rock climbers, free divers and scuba divers but after our second our trip, the Island is also known as Vladswim Kalymnos swim Island! Restaurant owners, beach chair hirers, and lots of local people stopped us wanting to talk about the swim group. That was a life experience we will never forget.

What to say at the end?

We had a fantastic time. We (finally!) learned to be relaxed in the water. We taught Sevasti to swim and we were there when she swam 1.8km only 3 days after her first lesson. We swam from the boat to the beach. We drew maps of our swims on one of the restaurant walls. We drank (a lot of) the local beer Mythos. We discovered the weather is always fantastic on the Island. We swam from one island to the next (1.5km) for breakfast and then swam back for lunch. We are happy to be swimmers, we are thankful to the Greek people and we are looking forward to returning next year.Vladswim

Thank you to Dean, Kylie, Bridget, Gretchen and Trish for a fantastic time and happy, easy swims. And a huge thank you to my wife Viktoria for her hard work to make this trip happen.

 

 

 

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Swimming with Swimadventures - Kalymnos IslandUnsure if this trip is for you, have doubts or just more questions? 

Do not hesitate to contact Viktoria

Mobile: +61 408 748 895

Email: info@swimadventures.com.au

Thank you

Your swim adventure team

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