Kekova Boat Trip
Kekova could be renamed heaven. It is where nature unites with history. Its turquoise waters are adorned by countless coves and bays. Kekova includes Ucagiz (formerly Theimussa) village on the coastline, Kalekoy (Simena) village with its famous fortress, and Kekova Island that stretches out to the historical sunken city across from Kalekoy. Established upon the ancient remains of Simena within the Kekova region, Kalekoy is only accessible by boat. Hosting a Crusader fortress, Kalekoy’s cozy narrow streets invite you to discover this beautiful place. Our guests on the Kas Kekova boat trip can visit this adorable town and shouldn’t miss trying its famous peach ice cream!
Lying across from the Simena peninsula is Kekova Island which was destroyed by several earthquakes during Lycian era (2nd cent. AD) but later resettled and flourished under Byzantine reign. Later the Arabian invasions forced Byzantines to desert the island.
In 1990, Kekova Island was declared a protected area by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and swimming in the sunken city territory was forbidden. The Byzantine church ruins are visible in Tersane Bay and can be accessed by boat, near Kekova Island and you can swim and visit the ruins. Akvaryum Bay (named after its crystal clear waters) in Kekova is perfect for swimming and again can be accessed only by boat. Kekova boat rentals are popular for a closer look of the ancient sunken city.