Kekova Island (Kekova Adasi)
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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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.
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.
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
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.