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Kekova Island (Kekova Adasi)
Kekova Island (Kekova Adasi)

Kekova Island (Kekova Adasi)

Turkey

The Basics

The only way to explore Kekova Island is from the water, and you'll find various options for boat cruises, kayaking excursions, and glass-bottom boat tours. Learn about the ancient city of Simena from your guide as you gaze down at the underwater ruins and cruise past a series of half-sunken Lycian tombs, dotted along the shore.

Tours range from hour-long excursions to full-day cruises that include lunch and snorkeling stops. Many travelers combine a cruise to Kekova Island with visits to nearby attractions such as the Myra ruins and the St. Nicholas Church in Demre.

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Sea Kayak Discovery of Kekova
Sea Kayak Discovery of Kekova
$69.76 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Must do in kas
Our guide barbie was very knowledgeable about the history, geography and society. Pleasant fascinating tour. Highly recommended, great lunch as well
Anthony_C, Apr 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Kas

star-4
Customer service
Silvia_H, Jun 2022
Saint Nicholas Tour with Myra, Demre, Island of Kekova
No comments the guy and driver friendly. The Russian girl bad no idea,about customer service Turkish people most are friendly, Places beatifull my first tour was,very nice this one to exept the,Russiangirl .
star-5
An absolute must do
Jaxon_B, Jun 2022
Sea kayaking Over The Sunkencity Of Kekova From Kas - Kalkan
Harun was an excellent guide. We had a nice small group and a small boat to carry our belongings. We were given a snack and then at the end a very delicious meal. Plenty of time for hiking around or swimming during stops. This is a must do when visiting the area. We would absolutely do this again.
star-5
Super experience. Must go
Chen_T, Mar 2022
Kekova Boat Trip
We had a very good time on our boat trip to Kekova. Besides seeing the Sunken City, we also enjoyed the cold but pleasant swim at the beach. The castle had very nice views and we enjoyed having orange juice there. The ship captain served us nice meals, lots of Turkish tea, fruits and biscuits. Highly recommended!
star-5
Really great tour
Hannah_R, Feb 2022
Saint Nicholas Tour with Myra, Demre, Island of Kekova
Great guide. Professional, on time, exactly what I was expecting: perfect tour. Good food too. Kids also enjoyed it.
star-5
Very good
Artyom, Jul 2021
Shared Kekova and Sunken City Tour From Kas Harbor with Lunch
Very well organized. Program of the tour - as declared. Food on board was fine. Personnel was friendly and positive. English guide was in place, but it was a challenge to hear it on the upper deck. Ship was fully packed despite the Covid limitations though.
star-5
Kekova Island
Skirmante_S, Sep 2020
Shared Kekova and Sunken City Tour From Kas Harbor with Lunch
Tour was amazing, boat very clean, the staff was friendly, we saw lots of beautiful islands. We were very pleased with everything on this tour. Thank you guys!
star-5
Amazing experience
Arunav_A, Aug 2019
Sea Kayak Discovery of Kekova
Barbaros! He was very patient with the first timers.he kept giving us historical trivia about the place and while ensuring safety of everybody he let everyone learn their own way.
star-5
10/10 highly recommended
Melanie_S, May 2022
Sea Kayak Discovery of Kekova
Barberosa who was our guide and who owns the company is a mine of information. He knows so much about the economic and political history of the region, the ruins of Kekova and a lot more besides. We had the benefit of an hours transfer there and back from Kalkan and there was never a dull moment There were 4 of us on the tour and we had all kayaked before so set off in good time. We kayaked out of the bay to our first stop, a little bay with Byzantine ruins. In summer the water would be warm enough to swim but not early May but we found a tortoise whilst exploring the area which are apparently indigenous. Next we kayaked around Kekova and then across to Simine for lunch which can only be accessed by boat. A walk around the village, delicious icecream before we set off around the headland and back to base. All round a fantastic trip
star-5
The best family boat tour
Arif_N, Jun 2021
Full-Day Kaş Kekova Boat Trip
My family and I had lots of fun in this trip. The staff was really kind and always assisted us with our needs. One of the staff members named Ilgit, was especially very helpful. He assisted us in swimming lessons. He also kept my kids safe as we were new to swimming. All of the tour stops were just beautiful. Will definitely take this tour again.
star-5
Highly recommend!
Ariel_S, Oct 2021
Full-Day Kaş Kekova Boat Trip
Highly recommend this boat tour, it was such a great experience with a really great guide. Most other tourist were Turkish citizens, so the guide repeated everything in English just for us. The boat was really nice and spacious, all of the stops were so enjoyable and the water was amazing to swim around it, very relaxing. One of the stops was to a small area with ice cream that is unique to this place and our guide recommended a great place to get some (I ended up getting two!). While there we chose not to go into the castle and instead our guide showed us to an area we would not have found on our own with some tombs and gave us some information about them. Another plus was that there was a hot lunch cooked and served on board of delicious Turkish foods. Overall I highly recommend this tour, it was a great was to see the area and relax in the process.
star-5
Great tour and friendly staff
Gary_R, Oct 2021
Shared Kekova and Sunken City Tour From Kas Harbor with Lunch
Really enjoyable tour on Captain Ergun’s ship! All staff on board were super friendly, including Ergun himself, and Larsoy Travel were also very accommodating (let me keep my bags on-site and then gave me a motorbike ride to the bus station!). Would recommend for anyone wanting to check out Kalekoy and Kekova!
star-5
Recommend
Peggy_P, Oct 2019
Sea Kayak Discovery of Kekova
Threat day, safe and very enjoyable day with a very knowledgeable guide, highly recommend for the whole family.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • A cruise to Kekova Island is a must for history buffs, especially those interested in Turkey's ancient ruins.

  • It's not possible to land on the island, as it's a protected area.

  • Some boat cruises are accessible to wheelchairs—verify in advance.

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How to Get There

Located near Demre along Turkey's Mediterranean coast, Kekova Island is reachable only by boat. Excursions set out from the villages of Kalekoy, Ucagiz, and Kas.

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When to Get There

The most popular time to visit Kekova Island is during the summer months, when lower water levels and higher visibility offer the best views of the underwater ruins. Swimming and snorkeling typically happen from May through October.Â

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Hiking the Lycian Way

Kekova Island is one of many points of interest along the Lycian Way, a 315-mile (507-kilometer) hiking trail that runs along the Mediterranean coast from Fethiye to Antalya. It's an epic path, taking an average of 29 days to trek, although it's also possible to enjoy shorter hikes along the route. Additional highlights include the Butterfly Valley, Patara Beach, the ruins of the ancient Lycian capital of Myra, and the top of Mt. Olympos.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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