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Turkish Lycian Coast – Kaş

Our Turkish trip on the Lycian coast offers you swimming and exploring in some of the best parts of the warm Mediterranean sea. Southern Turkey is a great place to enjoy open water holidays surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Taurus mountains and crystal clear turquoise water. We follow the Lycian coast from the historical town of Kaş to Aperlai old city. Our gulet takes you to swimming locations over some of the world´s top diving spots, an old bronze shipwreck, rock-cut tombs and underwater city walls. While on board our Turkish crew prepares delicious mezes and grilled kebabs from local organic food. Our base in Kaş is located just in front of colourful Greek island of Meis (Kastellorizo) and you can do a day trip there with a local ferry.
Trip details:
  • Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights)
  • Tour Type: Island Hopping and Coastal Sea Swimming
  • Average Daily Swim: 4-5 kms
  • Accommodation: Hotel on the Land
  • Escort: One Large Boat, Two Dinghies, Kayak
Overview

This unique trip has something for everyone. We cruise the stunning Southern Turkish coast from island to island, swim in the warm Mediterranean sea over some dramatic diving spots, an old bronze shipwreck, ancient tombs and walk on the Lycian way. The trip is very suitable for non-swimmers and partners as well.

This tour is suitable for all levels of swimmer (please see our FAQs), with three separate escorts for the safety and enjoyment of all guests. It is expected that you can swim 2+ kms per each swim on our itinerary.

Kayak and stand up paddle board (SUP) with paddles and life jackets are available to use for those who do not want to swim the whole itinerary. It is also suitable for friends and family members to join our trip and follow our swimmers in a kayak or¸with a stand up paddle board.

Tour Highlights:
– Swim in the Mediterranean turquoise warm sea
– Swim over interesting sights, old shipwrecks and old city walls
– Enjoy gulet cruising, sun-tanning and Turkish organic food on board
– Stroll around the historical town of Kaş and feel laid-back environment for the week

Local Operational Policy
All our treks ensure that in the team of guides there is at least one team-member who has in-depth experience and knowledge of the local waters, the main swimming routes and the alternatives as well as a fluent local language speaker.

Included in the price
Fully guided tour with comprehensive safety escort (3 boats, 2 swimming guides, 1 local boat pilot), swim coaching, technique & stroke analysis, 6 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, all lunches.  Each guest receives a swim hat. Limited fins, rash vests and other swimming gear will be available on each tour. If you need a wetsuit, please bring it with you.

Additional cost
Travel to and from the start of the tour, evening meals. Single room supplement: from 80 EUR

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Accommodation

Our base Maki Hotel is set on the hillside in a quiet street about 500m from the Kaş town centre. It has a direct beach access and its own garden with an outdoor pool. The property was completely renovated in 2013 and it offers a fresh and modern feel. All rooms are air-conditioned with en-suite facilities. Room are double, twin and double for single use.

A daily buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant. Poolside terrace offers scenic sea views and a great place to enjoy a drink or coffee. Car parking is available. Wi-fi is available at the hotel free of charge. No pets are allowed.

Address: Hotel Maki, Küçük Çakıl Mah. Kaş – Antalya, Turkey
E-mail: info@kasmakihotel.com, Tel: +90-242-8363479 or +90 533 652 6356 (Mehmet)

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Maki Hotel front entrance in Kas, Turkey
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Maki Hotel reception
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Maki Hotel swimming pool
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Maki Hotel double room

Hotel Video

Itinerary

Day 1: meet at the hotel at 6.30pm for a trip briefing. If you arrive late, we can do another briefing in the next morning..
Day 2: short acclimatisation swim at Kaş beach, gulet drive to our swim along Kaş peninsula and second around Gurmenli Island, video stroke analysis.
Day 3: morning swim between 12 islands facing the Greek island of Meis, afternoon swim in the Limanağzı Bay.
Day 4: morning swim in Aperlai – Yalija Bay, walk to Simena Castle, afternoon swim in Köyü Fakdere bay.
Day 5: morning swim from UluBurun point to Ince Burun, walk to Aperlai old city, afternoon swim from Aparlai Bay to Körmen Island.
Day 6: we explore Blue Cave (Mavi Magara, known as the largest cave in Turkey) and swim coastal along the mountainous Lycian coast.
Day 7: morning beach swim down at Kaş beach, trip finishes at 11am.

Full itinerary:

Day 1
We meet in Kaş at the hotel lobby at 6.30pm for the trip briefing. We will explain to you the plan for the week in detail. In case you are late arriving this evening, we are happy to do another briefing the next morning 30 min before breakfast. Please email us about your late arrival.

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Swimming around five islands between Kastellorizo, Greece and Kas, Turkey

Day 2
Before breakfast we walk down to the hotel beach for a short acclimatisation swim.
Following breakfast, we take our first boat ride on a comfortable Turkish gulet to Hidayet Bay along the Kaş peninsula. From there we swim south along the peninsula for about 2 km passing Güvercin Island (Pigeon Island, named for its notable bird population). You will swim over a special spot of stone sculpture of an interesting ocean animal. Water clarity is unbelievable and this is one of the main diving spots in the Kaş area. After a lunch break we will film you with our professional underwater camera for later video analysis in the evening. Most swimmers greatly enjoy seeing themselves swimming in crystal clear water and getting some good tips on their technique.
Our second swim is around Gurmenli Island about 3km away from the peninsula. An impressive underwater view is waiting for you while you circle the island once or twice. Head back to the marina.

Day 3
We set off towards the 12 islands situated across the channel from and facing the Greek island of Meis (Kastellorizo, or Megisti in Greek). We hop from one island to another and explore unique underwater landscapes such as a shipwreck and underwater canyon. While you enjoy swimming, our local cook on-board our gulet prepares lunch of tasty Turkish mezes and grilled kebabs using organic and local ingredients. Our afternoon base is at Limanağzı Bay (Harbour’s Mouth Bay). Here we enjoy our lunch and a bit of rest, followed by the second swim from ancient tombs carved into the mountainside to the Büyük Çakıl Bay (Big Pebble beach).

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Blue water swimming around Kas, Turkey

Day 4
Depart Kaş Marina for our “Kekova day trip” as locals call it. We enjoy our gulet ride and morning sunshine along the Turkish southern coast. A fantastic blend of nature and history is the key ingredient of this unique day tour. After a good hour on our gulet we reach our first swimming spot in a beautiful and calm Yalija Bay. Our lunch spot is along the Kekova Island in front of Üçağız village at Tersane Bay (an ancient shipyard and remains of a Byzantine church). After a hearty lunch of Turkish mezes and tasty vegetables, we head to the picturesque Sunken city of Simena, which is ancient ruins and a World Heritage site. We walk up 30min to Simena Castle to enjoy the magical view over the Kekova gulf. On the way back we do our second swim at Fakdere bay, crystal clear waters stretch hidden behind an islet between Çoban Burnu and UluBurun points. Drive back to Kaş.

Day 5
Today is our “Aperlai day”. We take a boat ride to our first swim from UluBurun point to Ince Burun Bay. Our 3km swim takes us over the 3000+ year old bronzeshipwreck, discovered and excavated by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology in Kaş. After our great aquatic experience in turquoise water, we head towards the Aperlai bay for lunch. Aperlai, a historical Lycian city, has been identified as an ancient town by some fifth century BC coins. It is located on Sicak peninsula with many interesting sights to see. We make our way exploring by foot through a narrow strip connecting to the other side of peninsula facing Üçağız village. We pass by several chapels, polygonal constructions from Roman times, tombs and sarcophagi. On the way back to our boat, you can swim over this ancient area passing the remains of the city walls underwater. For the afternoon we swim out of Aparlai Bay to Körmen Island. Boat ride back to marina.

Day 6
Today is our Blue Cave day. We sail off from Kas harbour to Kaputas beach along the mountainous Lycian coast where we prepare for our first swim. The stunning sandy beach is an excellent place to start our adventure. After a few hundred metres we swim into and explore the Blue Cave (Mavi Magara, known as the largest cave in Turkey). We base ourselves for lunch along the Sarıbelen island where we enjoy our delicious lunch and take a break on the top deck of our gullet. We continue to sail to Maradi island where we stop for an afternoon swim around this little gem in the clear blue Mediterranean. Return to Kas harbour.

Day 7
The final morning is reserved for a swim down at the Kaş beach or time to ask your guide for final tips about your technique. For those having some extra time or a day in Kaş, you can do many different outdoor activities. We have partnered with a local adventure company that can take you diving, sea kayaking, canyoning, paragliding, and more. See more at: www.bougainville-turkey.com/. Or, you take a 10am ferry to the island of Meis (7 km away). You can visit the Blue cave, walk up to the top of the island or just spend a day at this colourful Greek island. Ferry returns to Kaş at 4pm.

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Local Turkish lunch served on our boat

Itinerary changes
Please note that our swimming days are carried out in the natural environment and we rely on the current weather conditions. As a consequence, sometimes on-trip changes in the planned itinerary are required.

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Our main traditional local gulet boat
Swimming info

Swimming Info

Swimming distances

Swim Distance
Kas peninsula – Güvercin Island 2.0 km
Around Gurmenli Island 2.5 km
The five islands 3.0 km
Limanağzı Bay – Büyük Çakıl Bay 2.2 km
Yalija Bay coastal 2.1 km
Ufakdere bay coastal 2.5 km
Ulu Burun – Ince Burun Bay 3.0 km
Aparlai Bay – Körmen Island 2.6 km
Blue cave-Mavi Magara (Kaputas) 2.4 km
Around Maradi island 2.0 km
Kas beach morning swim 1.5 km

 

Temperatures:

Month Water Temp.(°C/F) Air Temp.(°C/F)
May 23 / 73 28 / 82
June 24 / 75 30 / 86
September 26 / 79 32 / 90
October 24 / 75 28 / 82

 

Keep in mind that you can skip any of the swims and relax on our main escort boat.

Wetsuit, fins, rash vests, pull buoys Availability
We have a range of swimming equipment available on each trip if required.

Walking conditions
The walking on the trip is easy. In order to enjoy your walks, please bring comfortable walking shoes and suitable clothes for summer temperatures.

Walking distances
Aperlai ruins: 3km
Ufakdere bay vista point: 1.5km

Essential equipment
In addition to normal items, we recommend the following:
at least 2 swimming costumes, at least 2 pairs of swimming goggles (one clear and one tinted recommended), sweater/fleece, towel, sun hat, small daypack, waterproof sun cream and jacket, walking shoes.

We provide swim hats and limited pieces of other equipment, such as flippers, tow floats, rash vests, if required. We cannot guarantee all right sizes, so please bear this in mind and bring your own item if your swimming depends on this.

Swimming awareness
Your safety is of utmost importance to us. In the event of adverse weather conditions at any of our swimming locations, we may need to adapt our itinerary. Our team always includes local guides who know the safest and most picturesque places to swim, so rest assured you won’t be missing out!
Swimming in the open sea amongst natural wildlife is a unique experience, but you may come across certain marine life such as jellyfish, coral and sea urchins from time to time. There are very few jellyfish along the Dalmatian coast and so the risk of any unfortunate encounters with them is low, and we will always show you the safest areas to swim. If you are stung by a jellyfish and are unable to carry on swimming, you will never be far from an escort boat where one of the guiding team will be able to treat the affected area immediately. If you suffer from Anaphylaxis or any other allergic reactions it is important to inform us at the time of booking.

Travel info

Start Point: Kas Maki Otel in Kas, Turkey
Start Time: 6.30pm on 1st day
Finish Point: Kas Maki Otel in Kas, Turkey
Finish Time: 10am on 7th day
Hotel Kas Maki: www.kasmakihotel.com

Getting There

To get to Kaş (Turkey) you need to make your way down to Southern Turkey. There are numerous flights from all over Europe to two major airport cities of Dalaman and Antalya. Dalaman is the closest to Kaş and it is best to fly there if you can. Overseas flights often connect you via Istanbul. Transfer by car/van from Dalaman airport takes about 2 hours and from Antalya about 3 hours.
Search flight times and prices via www.skyscanner.net

1) Private transfers from Dalaman or Antalya airports

You can contact our local partner transfer company in Kaş and they will send a car/van to pick you up. The driver will wait for you at the arrivals with our Strel Swimming board in hand. The rate for this service is 65 EUR per car (up to 3 persons) from Dalaman airport and 70 EUR per car from Antalya airport. If there are 4 -7 guests on the same transfer (minivan vehicle), the cost is 90 EUR from Dalaman and 95 EUR from Antalya airport. Service is paid on location in Turkish Liras, EUR or GBP. To book a transfer, please contact: Bougainville Travel at:
phil@bougainville-turkey.com, +90 242 836 3737, www.bougainville-turkey.com

2) Shuttle Bus Service Dalaman airport – Kas

It runs every 2-3 hours from Dalaman airport to Kas (and return) and you can book it online at https://shuttlekas.com/ or email at reservation@shuttlekas.com. The cost per person is 80 TL (ie 18-20 EUR).
See full time shuttle bus schedule Dalaman – Kas.

3) Bus option from Dalaman airport

To get to Kaş you can use public bus (Havas and Muttas shuttles) transportation from Dalaman airport to Fethiye. Cost is 10 TL (Turkish Lira) and it takes about 1 hour. From Fethiye bus station you can get on the bus to Kaş every hour (until around 20h). Cost is around 18 TL and it takes about 2.5 hours. Total travel time up to 4 hours. See our PDF for more details:
Bus from Dalaman airport to Kas (via Fethiye)

4) Bus option from Antalya airport

To get to Kaş you can use public bus (Havas shuttles) transportation from Antalya airport to Antalya main bus station. Cost is 10 TL. From there you can travel with long-distance bus (company Baki Antalya) to Kaş every hour until 21.30. Drive takes about 4 hours and it costs around 28 TL. Bus departure times to Kaş and online booking can be found here: http://www.batiantalyatur.com.tr/. See more details in PDF: By Bus from Dalaman airport to Kas, Turkey
Bus from Antalya airport to Kas (vie Kemer)

Kaş bus station
Once you arrive to Kaş town, you can use a local taxi for few Turkish Liras to take you to the hotel or just walk for about 10 min.

We recommend you to have some local currency Turkish Lira with you when paying for local transport.

Reviews

“I just returned from a week in Turkey with Strel and it was a fabulous experience! It’s easily one of the best trips I’ve ever made (and I’ve travelled a lot!). Kas is such a beautiful place: the sea is so clean, calm and blue, the people are amazing, the food is delicious, the hotel excellent and the swims…. Wow! The guides took extra good care of us, knew the area and people really well and are clearly experienced swimmers. I really couldn’t fault it! If you’re not sure whether to book I’d urge you to do it now!”
~ Jessica, UK (trip in May, 2018)

“Just to thank you again for an outstanding week. Everything was superb and it was great to spend time with you again. I’m already trying to see how quickly I can get back to Turkey.”
~Donna, South Africa (trip in May, 2017)

“That was one of the best holidays I have ever had and I want to thank you all for giving us all such a lovely time. It really was amazing. I really needed a fabulous break and I got it and more than I could have dreamt of. The swimming was wonderful, the company such fun and you ran it in the most professional but seemingly relaxed way. It was all just perfect.”
~ Sarah, UK (trip in October, 2017)

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