Kayak Fest, started in 2016, marks the first international whitewater kayak festival in the Balkan region. This rugged mountainous area with its clear blue and driving white waters offers the perfect place for kayak lovers to gather to celebrate nature, friendships, and adrenaline-filled competition. Montenegro has a diversity of kayaking water available with 15 different sections varying in difficulty from Class I – V in its gorgeous waterways. Kayakers of all levels are therefore welcome at the annual Kayak Fest Tara.
This year the Kayak Fest will also add a 100 km river eco run. Instead of focusing on competition, the event will be about cooperation for a greater good. Participants will start up in Splaviste at the Djurdjevica Tara Bridge and then make their way down toward Scepan Polje removing trash from the river and riverbanks. This event will help improve conditions in the deepest canyon in Europe while also helping narrate a story of civic responsibility and visionary leadership.
Kayak Festival and eco run Schedule
Day 1 (9/20): Arrive at Camp Grab with meet and greet, Piva River run (if water levels are high enough) and program overview
Day 2 (9/21): Downriver race from Brstanovica to Grab (6 km, level III rapids) & white water challenges. Load boats and gear for eco run prep
Day 3 (9/22): Transfer and start at Splavište / Tara Bridge and then kayak downriver to overnight at Radovan Luka
Day 4 (9/23): Start at Radovan Luka and have fun while doing reclamation down to Grab
Day 5 (9/24): Breakfast, good-byes and departure
Join in this year’s Kayak Fest and eco run to connect with other kayak enthusiasts and nature lovers. And support this important, budding event in a place with well-established mountains, rivers, and wild beauty.
Here’s some highlights from the 2018 kayak fest:
Registration is 50 euros which includes festival activities, camping, and food.