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Sea kayaking at Kekova

  • Demre, Mediterranean Region, Turkey

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Last updated: 05 April, 2024

This 9km circular paddle is unique in taking place over famous a sunken city – Kekova. Kayaks alone can access many of the rocky, sarcophagus-strewn inlets of this beautiful bay area or pass over underwater ruins – harbour walls, steps and ruined villas – forbidden to divers and swimmers. The sheltered waters are perfect for sea kayaking, beginners especially.

Tours also include a visit to Simena, a waterside village topped by the ruins of a picture-book castle.

Logistics

Price from: £40
Minimum age: 12
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 5 hours

Getting there & doing it

Most tours include a 45-minute transfer from Kas to Ucagız; kayaks are not locally available for independent hire. At least one guide accompanies the group, and a safety boat is on hand. The overall trip, including café and lunch breaks, takes around five hours. There is a minimum age requirement of 12 for kayaking tours.

There are a range of waterside cafes offering drinks, snacks and full meals at both Ucagız and Simena; meals are often included in the tour price.

When to do it

April to October is the sea kayaking season; tours tend to run early in the day to avoid the summer winds which tend to get up in the afternoon.

Who to go with: organised tours

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  • Kas

We offer you an unforgettable day. Enjoy a day relaxing, sunbathing on the sunny deck of our big boat with plenty of time to swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters. We swim at Inonu Bay, Aquarium Bay, Ufakdere Bay and Eleksi Bay, see the Sunken City and visit Simena Castle from Crusaders. You can enjoy with delicious Turkish lunch served on board and spend the rest of the day chilling out and swimming in deep turquoise waters in Inönü bay before returning back to Kaş Harbour.

Price €49

Min age 0

Rating 4.86 / 5 [343 ratings]

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  • Kas

Enjoy the crystal clear waters and ancient ruins of the Kekova Sound in a Sea Kayak. This tour features the exploration of ancient Xera ruins and a swim break in secluded bay of the Kekova Island. Here you will be given information from your guide about flora, fauna and history of the area before the paddle over the ruins of the Sunken City. After the crossing back to mainland you'll have time to visit the Simena Village where also a delicious lunch is waiting. For the final part the tour continues through a rock - labyrinth for a secret swim stop and back to our base.

Price €79

Min age 6

Rating 4.99 / 5 [269 ratings]

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  • Kas

What would you say to a relaxing journey immersed in the depths of ancient history? Soak up the Mediterranean sunshine and Sunken city scenery on this private, full-day Gulet trip from Kas Harbour. Laze on the deck of a traditional gulet and soak up views of Kekova, and its surrounding islands and bays as your expert skippers take you to Kekova. Anchor off of Yaglica Bay, then head to Aquarium Bay, where you can snorkel, Then, savour an on-board barbecue lunch before enjoying free time to swim, sunbathe and sightsee at Shipyard Bay.

Price €792

Min age 0

Rating 4.92 / 5 [76 ratings]

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  • Kas

Our trips start from Kas Harbor at 09:30 and finish around 18:00 .We will pick up all our guests from their hotel or villa in Kalkan by car. And join our boat in Kas. When you arrive on board, you can enjoy tea and coffee on our deck and view the turquoise waters of Kas. As the boat sails, enjoy the sun. Now it’s time for swimming in the charming cool Mediterranean and refreshment. After a 1 hour trip, we take a swimming break in our first bay İnönü  We sail  to Akvaryum Bay, opening of Kekova – resembling an aquarium for its depth and clarity. At each swimming break, you can use the goggles on our boat. If you want you can visit the Simena where the historical castle and have some delicious ice cream. We will cruise around the sunken city and will explain their history. After swin in Yaglica Bay we will in Kas around 18:00 and we drop you off to Kalkan back.

Price €771

Min age 0

Rating 4.89 / 5 [28 ratings]

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  • Kas

Sea Kayaking Over The Sunken City of Kekova Sea kayaking is the best way to get up close to the 3000 year old ruins of the sunken city. We will pick you up from your hotel and drive to Kekova region that is one of the most beautiful spots on the Mediterranean. While there you will receive a full briefing about the day’s route, the kayak and its equipment from your guide. Then we will start paddling from Üçağız Village to Tersane (Shipyard) Bay, with a swimming break at Tersane Bay and a great chance to view the ruins and sunken city whilst receiving information from your guide. Next we will paddle to Kale Köy (Simena) and have a lunch break plus time to rest and walk around lovely Kale Köy. Finally, we will paddle from Kale Köy (Simena) to Üçağız Village (Teimusa) and drive back to Kaş.

Price €60

Min age 7

Rating 4.6 / 5 [10 ratings]

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