It organizes daily and multi-day kayak trips as well as sea kayak courses in the crystal clear and warm mediterranean waters of the Ionian sea.
It is run by Yvonne and Pavlos, a local enthousiastic young couple. Pavlos is the only Greek sea kayak instructor certified by BCU (British Canoe Union). He is 5 Star Sea, Level 3 Sea Coach (Level 4 Coach according to the old BCU scheme).
Warm, calm waters, scenic coastline, picturesque villages, rich history and culture, genuine hospitality, friendly end to end service, attention to safety and equipment and a lot of story telling are some of the ingredients that will make your paddling vacations unique...
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
The business started in 2003.
2. What is your company's mission?
The customer satisfaction, the quality of service, the safety and the respect to nature are the cornerstones of our philosophy. This respect to nature is also depicted at the moto of 'M19119', 'leave only wakes, take only memories...' Since the start up of our company in 2003, thousands of people from all 5 continents have honoured us, visiting our place and paddling with us. Together, we have lived great moments and shared unique experiences. Many of these have become friends for life. Our mission is to provide all those, individuals, groups, families, people of any age, experienced paddlers or complete novices, a low stress, active vacation full of ingredients like warm, calm waters, scenic coastline, picturesque villages, rich history and culture, genuine hospitality, friendly end to end service, attention to safety and equipment and a lot of story telling, that will make it trully unique, memorable and a lifetime experience...
3. What does your company specialize in?
It organizes day and multi-day kayak trips as well as sea kayak courses in the crystal clear and warm waters of Kefalonia, Ithaca and the broader area of central Ionian sea. We offer sea kayaking vacations, both day and multi-day trips as well as sea kayaking courses. We also offer accommodation.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Yvonne and myself are the founders and owners of the company. Yvonne Walser - I was born in Switzerland in 1971 and I am swiss-greek. I was raised in Switzerland where I finished my marketing studies. I came to Greece in 1994 and before starting 'M19119' I worked as a german language teacher and as a tour guide in Kefalonia as well as outside Greece. Pavlos Georgilas - I was born in Greece in 1969. My studies include a bachelor in electrical engineering and a master in business administration. My working experience includes customer facing roles in big multinational companies like Nestlé, Compaq Computers, Hewlett Packard.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
The 9-day 'Ionian Odyssey' and the 8-day 'Inn to Inn' trips. The first because it gives the opportunity to visit 7 islands and combines camping and accommodation. The second because it is a beautiful combination of active holidays with accommodation in selected Inns.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
There are so many...here is one of them: Laurie, Canada: "...if I had to choose one sentence to describe my stay in Kefalonia, it would be...THIS IS BLISS!!..."