My husband and I recently spent 3 days visiting Kaş with adventures provided by Bougainville.
I have lived in Turkey for over two years now. I have made a point of seeing the country from Istanbul to Kapadokya, from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. Our visit to Kaş was far and away the best vacation yet!
Around the world, I believe a majority of folks would agree that a good vacation consists of lying around doing nothing on a beach. I also enjoy this from time to time. But I much prefer a little adventure in my life. Barış and I like to see new things, visit ancient ruins, and try something different. Kaş offered us the opportunity to do all of these.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the manager of the Oreo Hotel. The hotel is a lovely place with white-washed walls draped in bright pink bougainvillea flowers. The rooms are simple yet provide everything one would require. The view from the balcony is spectacular! I felt like I could reach out and touch the sea. And of course, the swimming pool offers travelers refreshment after a long day of adventure with BT!
After settling in, my husband and I set out to see the town. Kaş is a quaint hidden gem! While a tourist town, it is laden with traditional Turkish homes and shops. Touring on foot, we were able to reach everything in about 15 minutes. The “tourist” area is nothing less than adorable; streets lined with cobblestone. Shop owners are extremely cordial selling their wares and inviting guests to dine at their restaurants.
The next morning, we rose early to enjoy a traditional Turkish buffet-style breakfast. We chose to dine outside and enjoy the morning with scents of lemons and flowers permeating the air. By 8:30, the first of three BT tour guides arrived to gather us. Before we knew it, we were off to Kekova for kayaking.
Talk about doing something different! I have two great fears in life. The first is the fear of water. I will go into the ocean and jump waves. I will go out fishing on a boat. But swimming is something I have never mastered. So the idea of sea kayaking was something I had never considered, not until I met the folks of BT.
Our guide, Ali, was knowledgeable and well-trained. BT has a motto of safety first and Ali never strayed from that. I felt comfortable knowing that he would keep an eye on me. A small boat followed should I tire or need assistance. And so I went, conquering my fear of the water!
Within minutes, I found myself getting the hang of rowing the boat. My eyes turned towards the beautiful scenery, the lush green hills that surrounded us and the endless blue waters. Ali called for us to join him from time to time so that he could show us ancient ruins and tell us the history of the area. We stopped for breaks and for tea. It was a glorious day!
After kayaking, BT provided lunch at a local restaurant. After enjoying the meal with the group, we huddled back into our van and headed towards our hotels. Everyone was thrilled but tired. We all started to doze off, when the van suddenly stopped. Two men approached our van. It was time for Barış and me to go paragliding!Back to my fears. Number 1 – water. Number 2 – falling! At that point, I couldn’t believe I had agreed to this but I felt ready. Perhaps I was just too tired or delirious from the hours on the sea to fight it. I was about to confront another fear head on.
BT paragliding team leader Veske and his crew drove us to a cliff. They carefully prepared us and provided suits, helmets, and knee and elbow pads. They checked all of the gear once, twice and three times. Safety first.
Barış headed off with his pilot Saffet. I was so thrilled by it all that I had almost missed it. Veske then asked if I was ready. It seemed like an eternity before the word came to my tongue, “Yes.” Veske had told me three things. First, “Walk, walk, walk.” And so I did. Before I reached the edge of the cliff I was flying!
Words can’t describe the feelings and emotions that went through me. But I can tell you, fear was not one of them. I was at peace, with the skies around me and the waters below. I was one with the birds, and the animals, and the fish. I was safe with Veske at my side. I was living life!
We soared back and forth along the cliffs and eventually made our way out over the sea. The BT team was waiting below to assist in landing. I was so thrilled by it all that only two words came to mind after landing. “Woo Hoo!”
Two days in Kaş; nothing less than awesome and a tough act to follow. But BT managed it. On day 3 we joined BT tour guide Maho for a trek along parts of the Lycian Way, in Patara. The 14km hike provided scenic views of the valleys below to one side and the sea on the other. We crossed an ancient viaduct and visited Lycian ruins. Maho went above and beyond his call as guide having studied with a botanist; he was quite informative about the local flora.
BT is an amazing adventure company that takes care of everything from adventures to housing to assisting in planning your travel. As you can tell, I highly recommend them and a visit to Kaş!