We offer boat tours departing from Kas to Kekova Island, Ferry to Meis (Kastellorizo), Sea Kayaking and more.
KEKOVA ISLAND BOAT TOUR
Pick up from your hotel at 10:00 and we will drive to Ucagiz Village, passing open cisterns and shepherds tending their flocks among the rocky outcrops. Ucagiz (three mouths) is a small seaside town near Kekova Island with old stone houses, simple cafes and a cluster of ancient Lycian and Roman tombs.
We will board our boat and cruise around the Kekova Island area to the picturesque village of Simena which is a charming town that has not changed much for many years. The crusader castle above the town has a magnificent view of the Kekova area and there are gnarled olive trees hundreds of years old next to stone sarcophaghi which are shaped like houses.
The ancient city of Simena was located on the peninsula of the Tristomos Bay and dates back to the 4th century BC. The castle was built on the fortifications of a much older citadel. Below the fortifications are a small seven-tiered theater. There is an ancient tomb submerged in the water in the harbor.
Across the bay along Kekova Island are half-submerged ruins of the city sunk by earthquake in the 2nd century AD. You will be able to see remains of stone foundations beneath your boat and on the land staircases seemingly going to nowhere with remains of abandoned houses. There are also strangely shaped rock islands that have been hollowed out as they were used as stone quarries and later as dwellings.
We will enjoy lunch and make various swimming and snorkeling stops to unspoiled bays in the area such as Aquarium Bay, Tersane Bay (Ancient shipyard and remains of a Byzantine Church), Gokkaya Bay and Burc Bay. Return to Kas in the early evening.
INCLUDES: PICK UP/DROP OFF FROM HOTELS IN KAS/ TRANSFER TO/FROM KEKOVA AREA/ BOAT TOUR WITH LUNCH
NOT INCLUDED: DRINKS/TIPS/ENTRY FEES
KAS TO MEIS (KASTELLORIZO) FERRY
Departure from the harbor at 10:00 and board the Meis Ferry. You will arrive in about 20 minutes and will be free to discover this small Dodecanese Island that is located only 7 km off the Turkish coast with a population of around two hundred. Most of the houses along the promenade are inhabited but behind and above them are romantic narrow alleys, goat trails and fragile ruins of old houses overgrown with flora.
Kastellorizo Island (Megisti, or Meis in Turkish) has an interesting history of its own, governed by Rhodes, Egypt, the Venetian Doge and the Ottoman Turks and until the second world war approximately 10,000 people lived on the Island but the island was evacuated because of bombing by the Germans and Italians. You can take advantage of the duty free shop and have a cool drink and a meal in a restaurant or tavern along the quay. The two main churches in town are St George and the cathedral church of St. Constantine, which has gothic arches and columns, which are rumored to have been taken from the temple of Apollo at Patara. The old schoolhouse is also of interest, and there is a bust of the famous “Lady of Ro” (Despina Achladiotu), who was the last inhabitant on the smaller island to the west and kept the Greek flag flying on this isolated outpost. Meis is also a convenient place to renew your Turkish visa if needed or you may continue to Athens by ferry from here.
The ferry returns from Kastellorizo at 15:30 to Kas.
SEA KAYAKING AROUND KAS AND KEKOVA
It is possible to do Sea Kayaking all year round in the area of Kas and Kekova. Most of the sea kayaking is done from the base of Ucagiz Village near the beautiful Kekova Island area with its sheltered coves, ancient ruins and crusader castles. A variety of tours, expeditions and courses for the complete beginner to the most experienced paddler is offered.