Marco Garbetta sea kayak instructor - Puglia and Salento by kayak!

I am from Puglia, in the province of Bari. My passion for kayaking was born in the summer of 2011. I decided to visit the coast of the Gulf of Policastro staying in a campsite near Castrocucco, but I had no idea how I could do it. After several internet searches I bought the Bic Ouassou, a small polyethylene sit on top kayak  240cm long and almost 80cm wide: a bathub rather than a canoe! At the campsite every morning I went down to the water with the canoe and stayed there until sunset, covering a maximum of 10 km. I could drop anchor and snorkel around my kayak. Or I dragged it with a rope tied at the waist and used it as a signal buoy during spearfishing. I ate the sandwiches prepared in the morning in the caves, away from the scorching sun. I had a freedom never felt! The first trips were a two-day trip to the Tremiti Islands and a tour of the islands of Ischia and Procida lasted 4 days. Among the most important trips I have done by kayak I cannot fail to mention:

Salento kayak tour – 2012

Giro del Salento in canoa

On 2 August 2012, together with my girlfriend, also with a sit on top similar to mine, I left for the tour of Salento, from Monopoli to Pulsano , finished after 23 days and 364km covered.

Costa Smeralda and Maddalena Archipelago kayak trip – 2013 (solo)

Giro in Costa Smealda e Arcipelago della Maddalena

The following year, in the summer of 2013, I went on a long solo trek touring the entire Costa Smeralda and the Maddalena Archipelago in Sardinia, covering 304km in 19 days.

Circumnavigation of Corsica – 2014 (solo)

Corsica kayak tour

In 2014 I bought my first sea kayak. During the first months of the year I prepared myself for the hardest and longest trek I had ever done until then: the kayak solo tour of Corsica ; completed on 11 August 2014, after 17 days and 665km covered.

Low Ionian Greece tour – 2015 (solo)

Giro della Grecia Ionica bassa

In the summer of 2015 I organized and then carried out a solo trekking of the Ionian islands of Greece: Kefalonia, Ithaca, Meganisi, Lefkada and Zante . The trek ended on August 6, after 16 days and 600km covered.

Circumnavigation of  Sardinia – 2016 (solo)

Sardegna kayak tour

In summer 2016 I organized and carried out the solo circumnavigation of Sardinia . The trek ended on August 24, after 26 days and around 920km covered.

Circumnavigation of the Balearics – 2018

Baleari kayak tour

In June 2018 I made the circumnavigation of the Balearic islands , accompanied in the tour of Majorca and Minorca by the kayaker friend Giacomo Della Gatta . The trek started in Palma de Mallorca and ended on June 25 in Ibiza, after 25 days and 720km covered.

High Ionian Greece and Diapontie Islands kayak tour – 2019

Giro della Grecia Ionica alta e delle Diapontie

In June 2019 I made the tour of high Ionian Greece (Corfu, Paxos and Antipaxos) and the Diapontie archipelago together with the kayaker friends Domenico Leone and Michele Esposito. The trek ended on June 8, after 10 days and 330km covered.

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