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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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Shared Kekova and Sunken City Tour From Kas Harbor with Lunch
Shared Kekova and Sunken City Tour From Kas Harbor with Lunch
$42.91 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great tour and friendly staff
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!
Gary_R, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Kas

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
Must do in Kas
Laura_P, Oct 2021
Shared Kekova and Sunken City Tour From Kas Harbor with Lunch
Everything was great from the stops to the crew to the food. Fab experience, couldn’t recommend enough!
star-5
Amazing experience
Arunav_A, Aug 2019
Sea Kayak Discovery 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
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
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
Recommend
Peggy_P, Oct 2019
Sea Kayak Discovery Kekova
Threat day, safe and very enjoyable day with a very knowledgeable guide, highly recommend for the whole family.
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
exceptional experience
lellla, Aug 2019
Sea Kayak Discovery Kekova
Fantastic scenery, knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining guide. We really enjoyed paddling in the bay.

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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