Get Active in Turkey
The turquoise waters that lap the Lycian coast not only provide a fantastic place for diving but also provide the beautiful backdrop for the rest of the trip. The small town of Kas – our base for the week - has in recent years become renowned for being the adventure capital of Lycia. Nature has provided a playground of rivers, canyons, mountains and coast for the adventurous to play in. You just have to be game enough to take part!
It’s amazing how much fun can be had when a rubber boat is added to churning water. The Dalaman River is the best place for rafting on the south coast featuring stunning landscape but more importantly, grade 3 rapids. Step aboard, get paddling and prepare to get wet!
Feel like a kid again by opting to park your derrière in a rubber ring and paddle down-river. The Saklikent River winds its way past tree-lined banks and tubing provides a fun way to admire the passing scenery as well as to cool off.
The water-sculpted limestone walls of the Kibris Canyon soar above the river, leaving the bottom in shade. The only way to feel like you’ve explored it thoroughly is to go canyoning in it. You will find yourself abseiling down cliffs, jumping into pools and half-swimming, half-walking as well. With the rest of the group egging you on and experienced instructors on hand to help, you may find yourself doing things you didn’t know you could do!
This optional activity gives you the chance to view the Lycian coast from the air. Flying tandem, there’s no excuse for anyone not to have a go! If you have the nerve to jump out of the aeroplane, you will be rewarded with a thrilling yet relaxing descent to the ground and a bird’s eye view of the area.
It’s hard not to think of the stories about the lost city of Atlantis as you kayak over the ancient ruins of Kekova. It’s possible to see the remains of this ancient settlement’s harbour walls as you paddle gently along in double sea kayaks. You also reach a small village which is inaccessible by road; this is a great way to reach a beautiful and peaceful location.
It’s downhill all the way on this trip (well, nearly). Instead of sweating and panting your way to the top we let you off the hook and drive you up into the mountains above Kas for the ride of your life. Covering almost 1,000 metres of descent you will travel mostly downhill on dirt tracks which wind their way through remote villages down towards the coast. Braking definitely more important than pedalling!
Some of the beauty of the Lycian coast can only be admired from under the waves. There’s the option to go scuba diving – on a try dive for beginners or on a guided dive for those with a PADI certificate.
We have a fantastic free SCUBA dive offer available to anyone booking on the Lycian Activity Week (Trip code: ATM) trips departing 17th and 31st May 2010. If you are a complete novice you can take part in a ‘Try Dive’ with one one-on-one-tuition from a qualified instructor. More experienced divers will get a guided dive from a purpose built dive boat.