Kayaking on Lake Como is becoming a popular activity as you can tour up and down the lake seeing parts of it that you may not have access to on a ferry tour etc. Not only do you get to see the grand lakeside villas close up, you are also getting plenty of calorie burning exercise and toning your arms at the same time.
The first kayaks were made by the Eskimos for the purpose of hunting and were made from animal skins (usually seal) stretched over a frame made of either whalebone or wood. The kayaks were small enough to enable the hunters to get close to their prey.
Nowadays kayaks are made from other materials such as fibre-glass, plastic and wood. These small boats are human-powered by using a lightweight double bladed paddle. The design of he kayak can vary depending on what it is being used for; white water rafting, touring, surfing, racing or purely recreational and ambling across the water at your own leisure.
Bellagio Watersports provide kayaking tours starting from Pescallo Harbour. The tours normally have an early morning start and return around lunchtime Temperatures and sunlight are usually at their best at this time as well as the lake being much calmer without the usual traffic of speedboats and ferries. The tour guide has had vast experience in professional rowing and was the Sporting Director of the Bellagio Rowing Club. He is also is very knowledgeable about the lake and the history of the villas that you will see on your tour.
The kayaks used have opened seat places which guarantee maximum stability, safety usage and also allows you to have a more relaxed position during the tours. All safety procedures will be discussed before leaving on your tour and everyone is required to wear a life-jacket. It is recommended that practical clothing is worn; shorts, t-shirt as well as a hat and sunglasses. It is recommended that you also take sunscreen lotion with you. Waterproof bags are provided for purses/wallets, passport, money, mobile phones etc.
Alternatively if you don’t want to go on a tour, you can always hire out a kayak for the day. Many of the windsurfing schools and sailing schools offer hire facilities for various watersports including kayaking as well as lessons.
Please click on the map pins below to see the location and contact details for kayaking/hire.
LAKE COMO SAILING