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Kekova & Sunken City Boat Tour From Kas

1. Kekova & Sunken City Boat Tour From Kas

Start your boat trip at 10:00 AM in the morning from Kas Harbour where you will board your boat. From here you will set-off on your adventure, first stop, Inonu Bay. After a scenic 1-hour trip, you'll arrive at your destination just in time for a dip in crystal clear waters. Your swimming break at Inonu Bay will last 45-minutes, with the option to lay on the sand and soak up some rays.  Next, sail to Akvaryum Bay at the opening of Kekova, a place resembling an aquarium due to its depth and clarity. Whilst here, explore the water, teeming with life before enjoying an all-organic lunch of tasty olive-oil based dishes and a grill. Follow up your delicious lunch with a stop at Simena Village for 1-hour. Here you will have free time to explore the historical castle and taste some delicious ice cream. Cruise around the Sunken City and learn of its fascinating history.  Continue on your tour by heading to Yaglica Bay. Whilst at Yaglica Bay, stop for a refreshing swim in the stunning Mediterranean before travelling to your last stop, Kas Harbour. End your day of fun in the stun back at the marina.

Kekova Sunken City, Demre Myra Tour From Antalya,Alanya,Side

2. Kekova Sunken City, Demre Myra Tour From Antalya,Alanya,Side

Explore Kekova sunken city, destroyed by an earthquake during the 2nd century. Visit an ancient Greek amphitheater and the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis in Myra. After a hotel pickup from Antalya region, travel to Demre to visit the best examples of Lycian tombs at Myra Ancient City. According to Strabo, Myra was once a large city, making up one of the most influential parts of the Lycian League in the 1st and 2nd centuries BC. After visiting Myra, head to the Church of St. Nicholas. Admire this ancient East Roman basilica church dedicated to the saint who is otherwise referred to as Santa Claus. Stop for lunch at a restaurant in the center of Demre. After lunch, sail over turquoise waters to the Kekova Island for Kekova sunken city tour. Discover the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena. Learn the history of the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. There are opportunities to swim and snorkel, so do not forget your bathing suit and towel.

Kalkan: Kekova Sunken City Boat Trip

3. Kalkan: Kekova Sunken City Boat Trip

After being collected from your Kalkan or Kaş accommodation, you will be ready for your full-day boat trip through the crystal-clear Mediterranean waters. Beginning from Ucagız village, you will sail for 1 hour to arrive at the heart of Kekova. Here you will be able to take your first swim break at Tersane Bay, viewing the sunken city ruins through the glass-bottomed boat. You will then have the opportunity to dine on a delicious open buffet lunch at Gokkaya Bay, where guests will have a second chance to swim through the clear water. From there, you will visit the pirate cave and Burc Bay, before eventually stopping at Simena. Once at Simena, you will have the choice to walk up to the castle that boasts magnificent views over the bay. Alternatively, you can explore the village and settle into one of the cafes well known and admired for their home-made ice-cream. You will then have the opportunity to enjoy a final swim near Ucagız Village, before the drive back to Kalkan.

From Antalya: Day Trip to Demre, Myra and Kekova Boat Trip

4. From Antalya: Day Trip to Demre, Myra and Kekova Boat Trip

Start with an early morning transfer from your preferred meeting point in Antalya, and a relaxing drive to Demre that takes just under 2.5 hours. Head to Demre harbor where the boat awaits you for the start of your trip to Kekova. Discover the fascinating secrets of Kekova’s history on this unique adventure around Sunken City. Cruise alongside the ruins on board a glass-bottom boat, giving you the chance to capture unforgettable photos. Drop anchor in Kaleköy port for one hour, giving you time to visit this small authentic village that’s home to castle ruins and a necropolis. Hike up the hillside and get magnificent views of the Kekova region. Use your remaining time to take another dip in the gorgeous blue waters. Stop to swim in Gökkaya Bay, where you can experience the area's natural beauty and opt to participate in one of the various exciting water sports on offer. Discover the intriguing naturally-formed Pirates Cave, renowned for its large size and curved entrance. At Karemlik Bay, get the chance to look for 5 out of 8 species of turtles known worldwide in their natural habitat. Drop anchor in Demre port, where your tour continues with a visit to a nearby museum. Discover The Ancient City of Myra, Demre’s most famous archeological site. Observe some of Myra’s most significant ancient ruins dating as far back as the 5th century B.C. Explore the two highlights of this stop: a Roman-style theatre (the largest in Lycia) and eerie rock-cut tombs carved into the cliffs above. Once all destinations have been explored, head back to the bustling city of Antalya, where your tour ends.

From Demre: Day Trip to Kekova by Boat

5. From Demre: Day Trip to Kekova by Boat

Join a full day boat trip to Kekova. This trip departs in the morning to maximize daylight hours for the best views of the surrounding landscape and ocean scenes. Prepare for a day of relaxation and aboard the boat at Demre Harbor.  From the harbor set out to Kekova. Enjoy a dip into the sea or snorkel in crystal waters. Dry out with some sunbathing on the large deck with plenty of space to share.  Witness the beauty of Kekova area and see the Sunken City of Simena. Enjoy a delicious local lunch served onboard and spend the rest of the day chilling out and swimming in deep turquoise waters in beautiful and quiet bays before returning back to Demre Harbor.

From Alanya: Full-Day Guided Tour of Demre, Myra and Kekova

6. From Alanya: Full-Day Guided Tour of Demre, Myra and Kekova

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Demre province in Turkey, and explore some of its most beautiful locations with an expert tour guide. Benefit from an included lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off. Following pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Alanya, transfer to the ancient town of Myra on the banks of the River Myros. Visit the ancient Greek amphitheater and see the rock-cut tombs of the Lycian necropolis. Next, stop for a complimentary lunch before sailing over turquoise waters to the picturesque Kekova Island. Discover the underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena, and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. Enjoy the crystal clear waters surrounding the island. End your day trip with a visit to the small town of Kale (Demre). There, marvel at the stunning church of St. Nicholas before transferring back to your hotel.

From Kas: Kekova Sea Kayaking Guided Tour With Lunch

7. From Kas: Kekova Sea Kayaking Guided Tour With Lunch

If you are a complete beginner or novice don't worry, this is a physical activity similar to going for a long brisk walk. The tour starts around 8:30 am when everyone gets on the bus in Kaş for the drive to Uçağiz village, which takes about 45 minutes. Kekova Kayak tour begin with a safety briefing and paddle instruction and then the fun begins! You will then enter the water and start your first paddling session from Üçağiz to get accustomed to the kayak and practice proper navigation. We depart Ucagiz at 09:30 am with motorized support vessel to escort us, and paddle southwest down the coast towards the Kekova Island and arrive Tersane bay at 10:15 am and followed by a swimming break. From there the group will slowly paddle over the ancient Lycian Sunken City of Kekova. Since this is a protected area, swimming is not permitted here. So what better way to explore the Sunken City than by Kayaking alongside the ruins; giving you the chance to capture unforgettable photos. After an exciting of adventure, we’ll head to Simena and arrive at 11:30 am, park in Kaleköy (ancient Simena Castle) for 45 mins, giving you time to visit this small authentic village that’s home to castle ruins and a necropolis. A hike up the hillside will give you magnificent views of the Kekova region. If you’d prefer to admire Simena Castle from down below, you can use your remaining time to take another dip in the gorgeous blue waters. In the afternoon we head back towards Theimussa for an up close view of more impressive Lycian sarcophagi and then return to our Kayak base. Following this you will move on to Üçağiz to enjoy lunch at 13:15 pm

From Kas Harbour: Private Boat Tour to Kekova

8. From Kas Harbour: Private Boat Tour to Kekova

Spend the day on the water exploring hidden coves and admiring fortresses and Byzantine ruins. Swim in Yaglica Bay, admire the Lycian Royal Tombs in Kaleköy, and enjoy typical delicacies in the all-organic lunch served onboard.  Meet the Capitan in Kas Marina at 9:30 AM and sip coffee and tea as you sail 1.5 hours through turquoise waters to the fist swim spot: Yaglica Bay. Snorkeling equipment, underwater cameras, kayaks, paddleboards, and underwater jets are all available for use during the tour.  At 11:30 AM, set sail for Akvaryum Bay which resembles an aquarium for its depth and clarity. Enjoy the sun or try your luck at catching fish using the fishing sets provided onboard. Enjoy an all-organic lunch of tasty olive oil dishes and grilled meat before heading to the next stop: Tersane Bay.  Get a glimpse of the city ruins submerged 2,000 years ago due to earthquakes. Cruising by the closest point of the sunken city, keep an eye out for the ruins of a Byzantine church at the bottom of the sea.  Next, head to  Kaleköy and admire the grandeur of the Crusader fortress and the Lycian Royal Tombs from the water. Enjoy one last swimming stop in Inonu Bay before sailing back to Kas Marina.

Alanya: Demre, Myra, and Kekova Sunken City Tour

9. Alanya: Demre, Myra, and Kekova Sunken City Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning, from where you will travel to Demre town. From there, take a boat trip around the sunken city of Kekova for 1 to 1.5 hours. Whilst at this location, you will also be welcome to rent a canoe to get closer to the "sunken city". Following your boat trip, enjoy a delicious lunch onboard before visiting the St. Nicolas Church with a professional tour guide. Your guide will provide you with information about the church in several languages. Towards the end of your tour you will visit the Rock Tombs to take photos. You can explore this ancient city with information from your tour guide. Finally, you will be at your hotel between 7:00PM-8:00PM, just before dinner time.

From Kas: Day Trip to Kekova by Boat

10. From Kas: Day Trip to Kekova by Boat

Depart from Kas Harbor in the morning and head to Inonu Bay. Here you'll have the chance to enjoy a swim and snorkel in shimmering blue waters and maybe make some underwater discoveries.  After some fun in the water, relax on the sun deck as you head towards Kalekoy Port where the boat will drop anchor for one hour. During this time, you can opt to visit the authentic village of around 30 households or cool off in the blue waters with some more swimming. Be sure to check out the impressive Simena Castle. Lunch will be served at a local fisherman’s restaurant. From Kalekoy Port the boat will set off to Kekova Island for you to see its sunken city. Discover the fascinating secrets of Kekova’s history on this unique adventure. View the enchanting ruins of the sunken city as you cruise alongside and witness the beauty of the underwater ruins through the glass bottom of the boat. While exploring Kekova Island, this boat trip will stop in Tersane Bay where you can see the old church apse and its remains.  Enjoy your time here while observing even more ruins under the sea. This trip features lots of opportunities to take a dip in the sea. Cool off during a one hour swimming break in the picturesque Aquarium Bay at the entrance to Kekova and be dazzled by its beauty. While in Yaglica Bay witness the magnificent harmony of the sea’s blue and green tones on a swimming break and soak up the tranquility of nature. After fascinating cultural encounters and natural beauty of the area, this trip will end back at Kas Harbor.

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What people are saying about Kekova Island

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 34 reviews

The boat trip was amazing!! We stopped 4 times for swimming in the clear blue waters which was so special. We had an hour to explore Kekova island and the castle, which had many places to get ice cream. Lunch was delicious and brought to us on our deck chairs. The boat was great and had showers to rinse off after a swim. No complaints, was the best day ever! I would however bring a warm top or extra towel for the ride back to Kas as when the wind picks up it gets a bit cold.

The boat trip was incredible. The food was devine. This experience exceeded our expectations and was worth every cent. Pack loads of sunscreen and maybe two towels. There is plenty of swimming time just remember goggles

Lovely day out on the boat with many stops to swim, great lunch. There was an English translator, but all the info was given in Turkish. Didn't spoil the day in the sun and water though. :)

This was the best tour we have ever done. Great family owned operation, very relaxing. The lunch was incredible and fresh. Very memorable experience. Highly recommended!

Amazing islands and areas to swim and snorkel in. Couple of sunken cities and castle. It was really beautiful