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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.

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From Kas: Day Trip to Kekova by Boat

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

3. 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.

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Kalkan: Kekova Sunken City Boat Trip

4. 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.

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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.

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From Antalya: Demre, Myra and Kekova Tour

6. From Antalya: Demre, Myra and Kekova Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the ancient city of Myra, located in  Demre. Here, admire impressive rock-cut tombs, streets carved into the rock face, and a breathtaking amphitheater, and learn all about their vibrant history. Afterward, visit St. Nicholas Church, and admire the abandoned church's impressive features and learn about St. Nicholas' miracles and kindness, and how he came to be known as Father Christmas. Later, head to the city of Demre for a boat trip along crystal-clear Mediterranean waters. Set sail from Demre Harbor to reach the island of Kekova. Here, located just under the water surface, lie the ruins of the ancient city of Simena. Weather permitting, go for a swim on the island and get the chance to see the remains of houses, tombs, and other ancient buildings. Finally, visit the Lycian necropolis at Teimussa, which collapsed over 3000 years ago, before beginning the journey back to Antalya.

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From Side: Demre, Myra and Kekova Full-Day Tour

7. From Side: Demre, Myra and Kekova Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Turkish Riviera and discover some of the most beautiful locations in the Demre province with a guide. Following pickup from accommodation in Side, 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. Stop for a complimentary lunch before sailing over turquoise waters to picturesque Kekova Island. Explore the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena, and visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. Swim in the crystal clear waters surrounding the island. End your day trip at the small town of Kale (Demre), and discover the stunning church of St. Nicholas before the transfer back to your hotel.

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Kekova Sunken City, Myra & St. Nicholas Church Day Tour

8. Kekova Sunken City, Myra & St. Nicholas Church Day Tour

Your full-day tour begins with a trip from Antalya to Kekova. Not only is Kekova filled with ruins from antiquity, it is one of the area’s most attractive picturesque yachting destinations. A boat will take you to the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of Simena and you’ll visit the noteworthy Lycian necropolis at Teimiussa. You can swim and snorkel if you like, so don't forget your bathing suit and towel. The boat trip takes around 1.5-2 hours. Continue to Myra by land, and enjoy a lunch break when you arrive. After lunch you’ll explore the site of the settlement that was one of the 6 prominent cities of Lycia. The ruins of the Roman and Lycian town are mostly covered by alluvial silts, although the Acropolis, the Roman Theater, and Roman Baths have been excavated. In 141, the theater was destroyed by an earthquake, but it was rebuilt afterwards. There are 2 necropolises at the site, both Lycian rock tombs with temple faces carved into the vertical cliffs at Myra. Next you’ll visit the Church of St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas of Myra was the Eastern Orthodox Bishop of Myra in the 4th century and later became world-famous as Father Christmas and Santa Claus. The church has been restored. After visiting the church you’ll return to Antalya and dropped off at your hotel.

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From Demre: Private Boat Trip to Kekova

9. From Demre: Private Boat Trip to Kekova

Start your personal adventure at Demre Harbor where you'll aboard your boat and head towards the day's first stop, Kekova Island. While exploring the island discover the fascinating secrets of Kekova’s history on this unique adventure. See the remains of a sunken city which was flooded after an earthquake two thousand years ago. It never fails to leave an impression. 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. After spending time cruising around ancient ruins, soak up the sunshine of Akvaryum Bay during a delightful swimming break. Get back on the boat and head to Kalekoy, where your boat will port for one hour, giving you time to visit its authentic village and get to know the local unique culture. You'll have a chance to see the striking Simena Castle as well. Alternatively, you can spend your time here swimming in the beautiful blue waters. Even more swimming will be available in Gokkaya Bay. Relax in the water or get your adrenaline pumping with a range of different water sports. Once you're ready for more exploring, head to the pirates' cave and witness the majestic natural structures that are renowned for their large size and soft, curving lines. This full day, private boat trip will end with a return to Demre Port.

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Kaş: Private Kekova Boat Tour with Lunch

10. Kaş: Private Kekova Boat Tour with Lunch

Your Kekova boat trip begins with your traveling from Kas at 9:30AM. From there, drive for 30 minutes to Kekova where you meet with your boat. Sip your tea or coffee on deck as you travel to Akvaryum Bay, the opening of Kekova which resembles an aquarium due to its clarity. It's then time for swimming in the charming Mediterranean Sea, accompanied by refreshments. Your second stop is to Shipyard Bay, a popular bay and a great destination for boat trips. Navigate towards the depths of history as you get a glimpse of the city ruins submerged 2,000 years ago due to earthquakes. Cruising by the closest point of the sunken city, you can take photos as you view the ruins. Leaving the unmatched beauties of the sunken city behind, head to Gokkaya Bay for lunch. As you enjoy the sea and explore the secret underwater life, an all-organic lunch composed of tasty olive-oil dishes is prepared. Following your pleasant lunch, head to your next stop of Simena Castle to discover the grandeur of the Crusader Fortress and the Lycian Royal Tombs. Following Kalekoy, sail to another bay for an hour of swimming, before traveling to your final stop of the Ucağız Harbour.

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What people are saying about Kekova Island

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 15 reviews

So, first of all it was quite hard to find which boat trip to book as there’s not many reviews anywhere at all! So we picked this one as the description sounded really good. And we were not disappointed! We booked it the day before, they picked us up from our apartment with a mini bus as they did for everyone else. We drove for an hour until we got to Kekova. The guide Mehmet was really nice and spoke English quite well and gave us al the history throughout the entire journey. Lunch was AMAZING and included in the price as well as morning snack, water, juice and watermelon! It wasn’t a big group but everyone talked to each other and got to know everyone, so a very friendly trip! We all swam together everytime we stopped at a different bay, you can also do snorkelling. We saw the sunken city (super interesting and beautiful) and we also stopped at Simena where you could enjoy it for an hour and visit the castle as well as try their goat milk home made ice cream. 9h trip, super fun!

A perfect day! There is plenty of room for everyone on the boat and everyone has their "personal space". We are not crammed on top of each other as we can see on other boats. The captain and the crew are really nice! The only downside is that there is no English guide. The crew translates the explanations to us in broken English but make sure they are understood.

I recommend Dennis's boat to everyone. Impeccable service; sympathy and gentleness. The boat is very comfortable. For a day of true relaxation between nature and art.

Great organization! Wonderful interesting tour, swimming in beautiful beautiful places, delicious lunch. 5 +++

Great boat great crew! And even better experiences!