Kekova Island Boat Tour

Kekova Island Boat Tour view from Simena Castle, Turkey

View from Simena Castle

This boat tour is one of the best one-day cruises of Turkey! You will be taken to Üçağız (Yuch-ah-uz or three mouths) Village, a small seaside town near Kekova Island, with old stone houses, simple cafes and a cluster of ancient Lycian and Roman tombs. Along the way you will pass open cisterns and shepherds tending their flocks among the rocky outcrops. At Üçağız your boat will be waiting for you and will take you on your cruise around the Kekova Island area to picturesque Simena, a charming town that has not changed much for many years.

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Duration: 1 day

Price: € 30 / person

Price includes boat and lunch. A minimum of four people are required for this tour. Children must be accompanied by parents or guardian at all times. Be sure to bring a swim suit, towel, sunglasses and sun cream.
Be at the office 15 minutes before 10:00 and and hop in the BT van for the drive to Üçağız Village where you will board the boat and cruise around the Kekova Island area. Return to Kaş around 17:00.

Kekova Island Boat Tour Lycian Tombs, Turkey

Lycian Tombs

The ancient city of Simena was located on the peninsula of the Tristomos Bay and dates back to the fourth century BC. The Crusader Castle was built on the fortifications of a much older citadel and has a magnificent view of the Kekova area. There are gnarled olive trees, hundreds of years old, next to stone sarcophagi which are shaped like houses. Below the castle is a small seven-tiered theatre and you will see an ancient tomb submerged in the water in the harbour.

Across the bay along Kekova Island are half-submerged ruins of the city sunk by earthquake in the second century AD. You will be able to see remains of stone foundations beneath your boat and on the land staircases seemingly going to nowhere, with remains of abandoned houses. There are also strangely shaped rock islands that have been hollowed out as they were used as stone quarries and later as dwellings.

You will enjoy lunch and make various swimming and snorkelling stops to unspoiled bays in the area such as Aquarium Bay, Tersane Bay (an ancient shipyard and remains of a Byzantine Church), Gokkaya Bay and Burc Bay. Return to Kas in the early evening.
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