For many holidaymakers, a boat trip from Kalkan harbour is one of the highlights of their holiday. You can spend a lazy day relaxing on the boat, in the sun or the shade, whilst taking the occasional dip in the superb swimming waters. The trips are reasonably priced and a very tasty Turkish lunch, prepared by the friendly crew, is included in the price (it’s incredible what they manage to produce in such a small galley kitchen!). There are boats of varying sizes, and most can be chartered for groups, if you wish, (which can work out cheaper per head – although you will need to book in advance).
If there are only two or three of you and you go to the harbour just before 10.00, you will usually manage to find a boat with some spaces, but the trips are very popular, so at the height of the season it is a good idea, nevertheless, to book on a boat of your choice a couple of days in advance (or even earlier if you are a larger group, or want to book a charter for a specific day). You will need to go to the harbour to book in the evening, once the boats return from their day trip, from about 17.30 (so maybe before or after your evening meal).
Equally enjoyable are the very special evening trips (”Sunset Cruises”), which some of the boats offer. Not much scope for sunbathing, of course, but you can still jump in for a swim - and instead you have a glorious sunset, followed by a lovely meal under a canopy of stars – amazing!
Boat trips from other local places: A short drive to Kaş will offer you the opportunity of a boat trip to the sunken city of Kekova. Boats leave Kaş around 09.30 and arrive back around 18.00. Once again, there are opportunities to swim, and lunch is included. It can be a little choppy on the return sail, but it is a great day out if you enjoy the sea! For a shorter boat trip, take a boat from Kaş to the quintessentially Greek island of Kaştellorizo (Meis in Turkish), just a 20- minute ferry ride away. You will need your passport and some euros, though there is an ATM on the island. Ferries leave Kaş around 10.00 but you should arrive at the boats by 09.30 to allow for passport formalities.
All these boat trips really are an opportunity not to be missed, and we strongly recommend you go on at least one during your stay!