One of the first activities that caught my eye when I was researching Turkey was sea kayaking through the Sunken City of Simena. The ruins line the northern shore of the long island of Kekova and were the result of a series of earthquakes that occurred in 2nd century AD. We booked our tour through Lukka Tours/Bougainville Travel for 60 CND (120 TL) and ended up on the same bus as the Intrepid group I had originally seen the kayaking tour listed – I guess we made a good choice!
We were picked up from their office in central Kas bright and early and headed out to the docks where we were outfitted and given a quick lesson. The day was perfect – sunny, with a cool breeze in the air and sparkling, calm waters.
We kayaked for about an hour and half out to the island of Kekova where we could see the partly submerged ruins along the shore and up to 6m below our boats.
After exploring the Sunken City, we kayaked to the protected village on the site of Simena called Kaleköy. We spent a few hours hiking up to the Crusader fortress, followed by a delicious kebob lunch and a quick dip in the warm, shallow waters before heading back to the mainland.
We had another beautiful sunset for our last evening in Kas. For dinner we went to Smiley’s, a laid back outdoor restaurant near the outskirts of town overlooking the water. Our octopus casserole and lamb liver dishes were excellent, and were even more satisfying after a day of kayaking.
Such a lovely town, we were very sad to say goodbye to Kas! But we felt relaxed and revived for our last leg of our trip.