Sea Kayaking is one of the most exciting and fun ways to explore the famous Kekova, Turkey region. Kekova is one of our oldest and most popular day trip destinations. Imagine piloting your sea kayak, at your own pace, over an ancient Lycian Sunken City! This is an exciting and fun alternative to explore the famous Kekova region.
No previous experience is necessary, all training is provided by our guides and assistants. Etra Travel provides all of the technical equipment you will need including flotation vests. Lunch is included in the price of the tour but you should bring some money for extra drinks, snacks or ice cream.
The tour starts around 7:30 am when everyone gets on the bus in Kas for the 30-45 minute ride to Ucagiz (three mouths) village, which takes about 45 minutes.
As the assistant guides start reparing the equipment, the BCU-certified senior kayaking guide, will begin the 20+ minute safety briefing and short training session for the new kayakers and novices. Your guide will demonstrate how to get in and out and paddle and rudder usage, and of course, how to keep your balance!
You will then enter the water and start your first paddling session from Ucagiz so as to get accustomed to the kayak and practice proper navigation. This period takes the group to Kekova island and is followed by a swim break. From there the group will slowly paddle over the ancient Lycian Sunken City so as not to disturb the ruins and also to get a good look at them, on to Tersane Bay and then Simena. Then you will move on to Kalekoy for a break or lunch. On most excursions there is the option to walk up to the ruined castle and explore the extensive necropolis. In the afternoon we head back towards Ucagiz for a up close view of more impressive Lycian sarcophagi and then return to our kayak base. This is followed by our vehicle transfer hotel. The total distance covered is approximately nine kilometres and the tour usually take about 3.5 hours.
For sea kayaking it is recommended that you bring swim goggles or a dive mask and snorkle as part of the trip includes swimming in the area of the sunken city. Sandles, dive booties or canvas (tennis) shoes you don’t mind getting wet are necessary. Do not forget to bring sun protection, swimsuit, towel, dry clothes, sun hat, sunglasses on a string, dry shorts and an extra t-shirt. It is recommended that you wear a t-shirt under the life vest while kayaking to afford some protection from the sun and the movement of your arms under the life vest.
Safety: All tour guides carry 1st aid kits and are trained in 1st aid procedures. All participants are required to wear safety floatation vests.