Kas is a cute town on the Turkish coast, known for its beautiful turquoise bays, and the best way to explore some of them is by going on a boat tour. There are plenty of options to choose from, but one of the most famous is the Kas-Kekova Boat tour.
The best thing is, there are options for every budget! If you want more privacy and a customized itinerary, opt for a private tour, but if you wish to enjoy these beautiful bays without spending too much, take a shared boat tour. That’s what we did!
Here’s a short review of our Kas-Kekova Boat Tour with Captain Ergun.
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Kekova boat tour itinerary
Our itinerary of the Kas-Kekova boat tour at the end of October was a bit different because of shorter days and more chilly weather. It was still very much enjoyable, though!
Even though our itinerary was slightly different than what it would look like in the summer, it still included all of the stops and sights:
- Inonu Bay
- Aquarium Bay (lunchtime)
- Simena Castle
- Yaglica Bay (Pine Bay)
On the way, we passed through two sunken cities in the Kekova area.
- Sunken City of Kekova
- Sunken City of Theimussa
Inonu Bay is a beautiful long and narrow bay with a small sandy beach at the end. When we visited some people decided to set up a small camp there. 😀
Aquarium Bay is unique because it’s tucked between two islands, and it looks more like a lagoon with insanely turquoise water. It’s one of the best spots for diving in the region as the water is so clear and full of wildlife (hence the name). The deepest part of this bay is only 12 meters, and you can see all the way to the bottom, even from the boat.
Simena Castle, also known as Kalekoy (castle village), is an example of one of the smaller Lycian cities. The castle is located on the hill and overlooks Gokkaya bay offering amazing views.
On the way to the Castle, you’ll pass through narrow streets which sometimes seem like you’re entering someone’s house. 😀 From the harbor to the castle, everything is full of small shops and restaurants that just wait for tourists that come on boat trips.
Travel tip: Keep in mind that the stop here is just 1 hour, so if you plan to visit the castle, do that first and then check out the shops or otherwise you won’t have enough time for both.
Sunken cities on the Kas-Kekova boat tour
Cruising this part, the sunken city of Kekova and Theimussa are seen. Swimming and diving here are not allowed, but it’s easy to see its ruins due to the clear water.
Yaglica Bay is enclosed on three sides by rocky cliffs. The entrance to the bay is narrow, so only a few boats can pass at the same time, and that’s what makes this bay so unique. This is another amazing spot for snorkeling and swimming.
What to expect from the shared Kas-Kekova Boat Trip?
Expect scenic views, lots of swimming and jumping in the turquoise water (seriously, the color of water here is crazy), sunbathing, and learning a bit of the history of the Kekova area while admiring the ruins. All in all, the fun on the Shared Kekova Boat Trip is guaranteed!
You’ll be on a middle-sized 24m long boat called a Gulet with about 20-30 others. There were a lot of sunbeds on top of the deck, and there was enough space for everyone. The boat wasn’t fully booked during our trip, so we were all on the top deck.
Down you can find tables where you’ll have lunch and a bar with different kinds of refreshments.
There’s a comfy, covered couch area in the front part, perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the view ahead in the shadow.
The boats are equipped with everything you might need; there are showers (open ones at the back of the boat – offering a pretty cool scenic view :D) and toilets.
What is the price of the Kas-Kekova shared boat tour?
The price of a shared Kekova boat tour at the end of October was about 20 euros, but in the season (April – August/September), it is around 45 euros per person.
What is included in the Kekova boat tour?
Kekova boat tour includes a small breakfast (cake and tea) and lunch. Unfortunately, the Simena Castle entrance ticket is not included, but it’s only about $1.5 per person anyway.
Travel tip: There’s an option of vegetarian or vegan lunch, but you need to let them know beforehand, and they will be happy to fix it up for you. If you’re on a vegan/plant-based diet, make sure to let them know which ingredients exactly you can’t have, just in case.
Best time to do a boat tour in Kas
Kas’s season for boating lasts from March/April until the end of November. The high season is from June until September, so expect higher prices and more crowds.
At the end of October, when we were there, the weather was perfect – plenty of sunshine, but not too hot or too cold. The sea was already a bit colder, but it was still very much enjoyable to swim. There were no huge crowds at this time, and the Kekova boat was half empty, which made this experience even better.
Our experience at the Shared Kekova Boat tour with Captain Ergun
We loved the Kekova boat tour, as it offers a great mix of everything. We had a great time. Our favorite part of the whole boat trip was jumping and swimming in the beautiful turquoise bays of the Kas area. If you’d ask us, we’d stop on each spot even longer, but then we’d never come back to the harbor. 😀 Next time, we’d even opt for a multi-day tour as this seems like a perfect area for that.
Unfortunately, due to the current situation, some of the features on the boat weren’t available, such as snorkeling masks and possibly a buffet lunch. With that, the tour would be even more awesome.
The owner and captain (obviously), Captain Ergun, and his wife, the Assistant Captain, are really lovely, and you can see that they genuinely love what they’re doing. He explained everything about the area during our tour in perfect English, so everything was easy to understand. The tour was in English and Turkish, and we think that’s really cool, as no one was left out. If you’re interested in some fabulous drone shots, they also provide that service. 👍
We highly recommend one of Captain Ergun’s boat tours in the Kas area. Missing out on the stunning bays, as well as historic sites, would be a shame.
In this article, we wrote all about the shared boat trip, but you can also book private ones:
Bon voyage! ⛵