Living here, vacationing here,
.....and a Bit of Both,
Activities Sea Kayaking
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 Sea Kayaking Sea kayaking offers a low-impact opportunity to experience the magical waters of the Gulf of Kekova, past partially submerged sarcophagi and over the sunken cities.
The prohibition of swimming in the waters over these archaeological sites makes this sport a superb way to enjoy unhurried close-ups of the mysterious city walls, although admittedly, you'll need some imagination to visualize those vague underwater shadows.
A kayak also allows you to navigate where large craft dare not go.
The day trip is low-impact in either single or tandem kayaks, and sets off (after transferring from Kalkan and Kas) from the docks at Uçagiz. For information, contact Bougainville Travel. Read more
Activities Scuba Diving
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 Scuba Diving The waters off Kas have some of the best visibility in the Mediterranean and a wide variety of sea life. Sponge divers have been navigating these reefs for decades, and it was along the coast of Ulu Burun that a 14th-century-B.C. merchant shipwreck was discovered, now displayed in the Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum.
Several dive outfitters with certified dive masters provide a gateway to the reefs, caves, and shipwrecks (there's even a plane wreck) for under $25, without equipment (and as low as $15 at some of the hungrier shops).
Bougainville Travel is one of the better dive operators in town. They offer single dives and certification courses May through October, with prices that knock out the competition.
Barakuda Diving, Hükümnet Caddesi, on the hill above the harbor behind Mercan Restaurant (tel. 0242/836-2996; www.barakuda-kas.de), offers all of the same services plus post-dive parties to follow up on a fun day or night at sea.
Both outfitters will organize specialty dives and weekly (or longer) dive packages on request, and can accommodate nondivers on their boats. Read more
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 Paragliding Skysports, Liman Sok. 10/A, Kas (tel. 0242/836-3291; www.skysports-turkey.com), the reputable provider of tandem flights off of Babadag, over Ölüdeniz, runs an adjunct shop in Kas, taking advantage of the 1,050m (3,500-ft.) summit Asaz Mountain. Pilots fly you off the ridge and over the sea, landing you safely at the marina in Kas. A 20- to 30-minute flight (believe me, it's plenty of time) costs $95.
The newcomer, Nautilus Tandem Paragliding, Uzunçarsi Cad. 16 (tel. 0242/836-2580), offers the same deal; both outfits are out in the town center in the evenings marketing their adventures with videos played on an oversized screen Read more Kas
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 Beaches --At the end of the day in Kas, you can collapse on a lounge at one of the cliff-side "beaches," where you're only a coral stone's throw away from a dip in some of the bluest and unspoiled waters this close to a major town. The best of the lot is Çinarlar Beach (tel. 0242/836-3504) just to the east of the marina, where a private establishment of beach lounges (free) and a snack bar is set up on Küçükçakil Beach. The rocky coast forms a small inlet, into which crazy local kids dive off the low craggy rocks. Hidden up a small street about 100m (328 ft.) up the hill from the marina to the right, are two family-run "beaches," situated behind a corner of the craggy coast that hides any remnant of the city. The Sahil Çay Bahçesi & Plaj (tel. 0242/836-1962) was in the process of upgrading from ad-hoc, Oriental-style wooden platforms at press time; a few steps farther is the Elit Café & Beach (tel. 0532/705-9722), with a well-worn barroom, a nice setup of beach lounges, and food service. Pasabahçesi, Hastane Caddesi (tel. 0242/836-3180), is the food arm of the basic pension-style Otel Sardunya across the street (tel. 0242/836-3080; fax 0242/836-3082; $20-$30 double, all major credit cards accepted). Pasabahçesi operates a charming garden restaurant, a water pipe cafe, and a waterfront patio all rolled into one. The grassy terrace has access to a stone deck, where, amidst daisies, geraniums, and paths inlaid with shells, a day will easily fly by. Read more
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