Sea Kayaking

Sea kayaking

Along much of the Turkish coast you’ll find sea kayaks, either at coastal hotels or available for hire, and a great way for exploring the concertina shoreline.  

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The regional mecca for sea kayaking is sheltered Kekova where a high-sided island effectively turns the bay into an inland gulf; it’s a wonderful place for beginners to practise their paddle strokes while taking in the beauty of these indented, sarcophagus-strewn shores and to gaze down through the depths to the walls and mosaics of the region’s famed ‘sunken city’.

But don’t expect to have the place to yourself; Kekova has become popular with paddling groups. A wilder option is the cliff-bound coastline of the Yediburunlar (Seven Capes) near Fethiye where experienced kayaker and long-term local Dean Liversley runs day trips and overnight expeditions. This is a wonderful way of experiencing this exceptionally beautiful coastline, its ruin-strewn sandy coves often only reachable by sea.

     

Sea kayaking in Kekova

Sea kayaking near Fethiye