5.0
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Sea Kayak and Wild Camp Turkey's Seven Capes

6 nights
Challenging

Paddle along Turkey's Aegean Coast, exploring secluded coves and deserted beaches only accessible by sea

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with experienced English-speaking kayaking guide

Guesthouse & Wild camping

2 nights in a guesthouse, 4 nights wild camping

Meals

Munch on tasty local and international food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

All sea kayaking and camping equipment except sleeping bags

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

5.0
| 22 reviews
An Amazing Adventure!
June 2024
Isabel C.
An Amazing Adventure!
June 2024
Isabel C.
An Amazing Adventure!
June 2024
Isabel C.
An Amazing Adventure!
June 2024
Isabel C.
An Amazing Adventure!
June 2024
Isabel C.
An Amazing Adventure!
June 2024
Isabel C.
An Amazing Adventure!
June 2024
Isabel C.
An Amazing Adventure!
June 2024
Isabel C.
Loved it !
June 2024
Ika B.
Loved it !
June 2024
Ika B.
Loved it !
June 2024
Ika B.
Loved it !
June 2024
Ika B.
Loved it !
June 2024
Ika B.
Loved it !
June 2024
Ika B.
Loved it !
June 2024
Ika B.
Loved it !
June 2024
Ika B.
One of the best holidays ever
June 2024
Sarah J.
One of the best holidays ever
June 2024
Sarah J.
An amazing adventure in a crystal clear ocean
June 2024
Paul B.
An amazing adventure in a crystal clear ocean
June 2024
Paul B.
An amazing adventure in a crystal clear ocean
June 2024
Paul B.
An amazing adventure in a crystal clear ocean
June 2024
Paul B.
An amazing adventure in a crystal clear ocean
June 2024
Paul B.
An Unforgettable Journey
June 2024
Rob J.
An Unforgettable Journey
June 2024
Rob J.
An Unforgettable Journey
June 2024
Rob J.
An Unforgettable Journey
June 2024
Rob J.
An Unforgettable Journey
June 2024
Rob J.
An Unforgettable Journey
June 2024
Rob J.
An Unforgettable Journey
June 2024
Rob J.

Kayak cape to cape and hop between islands, exploring hidden caves and remote bays all the way to Patara Beach

Follow the Lycian Way Trail from the water, stopping at idyllic white sand beaches – eyes open for sea turtles as you go

Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, and wild camp on the sandy shore beneath the stars

Key Information

Day 1

To the ghost village of Kayaköy

Meet your host at Dalaman Airport and transfer to the beautiful valley of Kayaköy in southwestern Turkey, near the harbour town of Fethiye. Check into your guesthouse, relax by the pool then head out to explore the ghostly village and ruined stone buildings clinging to the rocky hillside. Originally known as Levissi, Kayaköy was once a thriving centre which was then forcefully abandoned at the end of the Greco-Turkish War. Wander through this fascinating open-air museum on foot, then head back to your accommodation for the tour briefing with your host followed by a delicious dinner with your fellow travellers and get ready for your kayaking adventure ahead.

Day 2

Island hopping

Kayaking

4-5hrs · 12-15km

Enjoy a delicious early breakfast then head to Karaot Beach for a safety briefing and launching. Paddle from island to island, crossing between Tavsan, Sovalye and Kizil Ada, stopping for lunch under a lighthouse. Continue to Aquarium Bay One for a refreshing dip before kayaking to a small secluded beach where you’ll set up your first camp.

Day 3

Paddle the Iblis Peninsula

Kayaking

4-5hrs · 15km

Wake up early and tuck into a delicious Turkish breakfast, then hop into your kayak and paddle along several secluded coves until you reach the imposing cliffs of Iblis Cape. You’ll then visit a concealed cave and stop for lunch and a bit of snorkelling. Paddle on to Iblis Bay for your second night of wild camping and enjoy a sunset swim before settling under the stars.

Day 4

Explore St. Nicholas Bay

Kayaking

4-5hrs · 15km

Kayak south towards Aquarium Bay Two where you will stop for refreshments on the ruins of an ancient harbour, then jump into the crystal blue waters for some swimming and snorkelling. Head for refreshments at a nearby remote restaurant before continuing on to Karacaören and St. Nicholas Island. You’ll paddle past secluded coves and the ruins of monasteries dating back to 500 B.C, visit caves and rock hop until you reach your camp spot next to a blue cave.

Day 5

Paradise found

Kayaking

5-6hrs · 22km

Start your penultimate day kayaking along the world famous Lycian Way trail from the sea. The first stop is Blue Cave. Paddle through one of Turkey's most stunning destinations flanked by beautiful rocky mountains. Visit a secluded cove and hike up to the ruins of the ancient Lycian city of Kalabantia. Later, you’ll cross the first of the Seven Capes and reach your last camping spot of the trip.

Day 6

Cross the Seven Capes

Kayaking

5-6hrs · 22km

Wake up early and prepare for the most challenging and exciting day of the trip as you cross the remaining six capes one by one. You’ll paddle along the beautiful shores and mountains dropping steeply down to the sea, stopping in hidden caves and secluded bays all the way to Patara, a stunning 12km long sandy beach. The journey will end in the afternoon on the shores of the Karasu River where you'll transfer back to your guesthouse for a post-adventure celebratory meal.

Day 7

Time to head home

Enjoy a well deserved lazy morning by the pool in the peaceful and serene setting of your guesthouse. If you are still feeling energetic, take a short 2km hike to Cold Water Bay for an early morning swim against the scenic backdrop of Kayaköy ghost village, before your host takes you back to the airport for your flight home.

Day 1

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 5

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

In the morning fuel up with a mixture of Turkish and international breakfast including omelette/boiled eggs, various types of cheese, olives, sausages, salami, marmalades and vegetables. Cornflakes and other cereals will also be available. Lunch is usually a Mediterranean salad or you'll be making your own sandwiches or burritos. In the evening you'll be provided with all the cooking equipment and ingredients to prepare your own hot meal and cook as a group at the beach where you wild camp. Dishes are usually soup, pasta or bulgur/rice with roasted meat, tuna fish or vegetables. Desserts, fruit, snacks, tea and coffee are also offered throughout the trip.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Utopia Lodge, Kayakoy, Turkey.
Kayaköy

Spend the first and final night of the trip at the comfortable and lovely Utopia Lodge Hotel, on the out skirts of famous Ghost Village. The accommodation is set in a lush garden, adorned with beautiful flowers and trees.

You can splash around at the seasonal outdoor pool, grab a bite to eat at the coffee shop/cafe or unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. A snack bar/deli, a terrace and a garden are other highlights.

Wild Camping

You'll set up camp on remote beaches and sleep in twin-share tents provided by your host. As this is really wild camping there are no facilities available - we advise bringing biodegradable soap to wash in the sea and to be comfortable enough with finding wild toilet spots.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge. See Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

This trip has been rated as Challenging

You'll be paddling 15–20 km each day for approx. 5–6 hours so you’ll need good physical fitness, stamina and must be able to swim. In addition, your mental resilience, a good attitude towards flexibility, and outdoor skills are just as important for setting up camp and facing potential choppy or windy conditions. The trip is ideal for those who have tried sea kayaking before and want to push their limits but this is not essential. The ability to swim is a compulsory safety requirement to participate on this tour.

Your host will alter the itinerary according to weather and sea conditions to ensure that you have the best possible experience. Turkey has a typically Mediterranean climate and is usually lovely and warm during the summer season. Average maximum temperatures for May–June are 22–26°C (71–79°F), while July and August tend to be hotter (although we don't run trips during this period). Even though Turkey tends to be dry during the summer, some stormy rains can be expected at the end of summer, and in spring and autumn. Sea temperatures in Turkey are perfect for kayaking, swimming and snorkelling. The sea warms up from May–June reaching 19–20°C, rising to 24°C by the hottest months.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Dalaman Airport

15:00 on Day 1

Ends

Dalaman Airport

12:00 on Day 7

Transfers

Your host will pick you up on arrival and drop you off in time for your departure. Group airport transfers are usually arranged at a set time (see above) but if you arrive or depart at different times and would like a private transfer to/from Kayaköy, this can be arranged with your host. Please see Optional Extras for prices. Book any departing flight that leaves after 14:00.

Travel options

There are regular direct flights to Dalaman Airport from major airports across the UK and Europe.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

  • Single or double sea kayak with or without rudder (Wilderness Systems -Tsunami, Tempest or Polaris)
  • Personal floating device
  • Spray skirt
  • Paddle (Harmony 2 pcs Drifter or 1 pcs Seapassage)
  • 1 x 10 litre and 1 x 15 litre dry bag
  • All Camping gear except sleeping bag: 2 person tent, foam mat, gas burner, cooking set

What can I hire?

Sleeping bag (please request with your host in advance of travel due to a limited supply)

What do I need to bring?

CLOTHES FOR KAYAKING

  • Long sleeve quick dry shirt/s
  • Short sleeve quick dry shirt (optional)
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Water shoes/thin neoprene boots to wear in the kayak and during breaks
  • Swimwear including swimming shorts (bikinis and slim swimwear are not recommended while paddling)

OTHER CLOTHES

  • 2 x T-shirts
  • 1 x long sleeve lightweight shirt
  • 1 pair of lightweight trousers
  • Underwear and socks
  • Lightweight fleece jacket
  • Trainers for exploring
  • Clothes for sleeping in

SLEEPING

  • Lightweight packable sleeping bag (1-2 season)
  • Inflatable pillow (optional)

OTHER

  • Snorkel (optional)
  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel Insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellant
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Reusable water bottle (min. 1 litre)
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Sleeping Bag (4 nights)

Payable Before Departure

Sleeping Bag (4 nights)

Additional Night in Kayaköy Twin/Double Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Kayaköy Twin/Double Room

Additional Night in Kayaköy Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Additional Night in Kayaköy Single Room

Optional Private Room and Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room and Tent Upgrade

Optional Private Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Tent Upgrade

Private Arrival Transfer Dalaman Airport to Kayaköy (1-6 pax)

Payable Before Departure

Private Arrival Transfer Dalaman Airport to Kayaköy (1-6 pax)

Private Departure Transfer Kayaköy to Dalaman Airport (1-6 pax)

Payable Before Departure

Private Departure Transfer Kayaköy to Dalaman Airport (1-6 pax)

Peter M.(June 2024)
Fantastic trip - I've been

Fantastic trip - I've been on a number of Much Better kayaking trips and this is up there with the best. Our hosts Murat and Josh were fantastic and lovely, and Seda kept everything running smoothly. The kayaking had plenty of variety, and being warm I enjoyed the opportunities to swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water at breaks - a fantastic upside vs trips in more northern climates. The route passes some stunning rock formations and scenery - we were treated to turtles swimming alongside us as well as seeing eagles in some of the more secluded regions. The food was great - meals were ample and well prepared and a resupply half way through ensured that the last few days of kayaking food remained fresh and tasty. If you are looking for a kayaking adventure with a bit of challenge and a lot of payoff this is it!

Isabel C.(June 2024)
An Amazing Adventure!
An Amazing Adventure!
An Amazing Adventure!
An Amazing Adventure!
An Amazing Adventure!
An Amazing Adventure!
An Amazing Adventure!
An Amazing Adventure!
An Amazing Adventure!

I just got back from this amazing sea kayaking and wild camping trip in Turkey, and it was unforgettable! If you're looking for a holiday that feels like a real adventure, this is it.

The scenery was absolutely beautiful - crystal-clear waters, gorgeous nature, and so much wildlife. Every day, the views were just stunning!

The group I travelled with was fantastic. We all got along really well, and it felt like a trip with friends rather than strangers.

The kayaking was challenging enough to feel rewarding, but there was plenty of time to relax too. We snorkelled, snacked, and chatted a lot, which was perfect.

Everything was super well-organised, making it easy to relax and feel safe. The guides were awesome! They were very knowledgeable, friendly, and easy to get along with.

Overall, this trip combined adventure, nature, and great company in the best way. Whether you're an experienced kayaker or a beginner, this is a trip you'll love.

Ika B.(June 2024)
Loved it !
Loved it !
Loved it !
Loved it !
Loved it !
Loved it !
Loved it !
Loved it !
Loved it !

It was an adventure of a life time ! Took me completely of my comfort zone and I loved it. Mourat, Josku and Seda were great ! Kayaking was hard at times but it was great fun! I would recommend it to anyone xx I will be back there x

Jason K.(June 2024)
What a fantastic experience.

If you are thinking about this, just stop thinking about it and book it. Murat, Coskun and Seda are brilliant.

We actually got thrown into the deep end and did the paddle backwards. So day 1 was actually day 5 so we had to be fluid and we trusted Murat and Coskun with their advice.

The guides were amazing and the food they prepared was so tasty. The scenery is outstanding and we got to see turtles in the wild. The beaches we camped on were brilliant.

I did this with my son and its just an experience that will always live with me. I also would like to think we have made some new friends.

We added an extra day on in the digs to rest and recuperate afterwards and it felt like a good idea. Oh get to Cin Bal restaurant in the village, you will not be disappointed (if you eat meat that is). But seriously book this holiday and have a great paddle.

One bit of advice is to take a decent camping air mattress, mine failed but I am now used to lying on rocks to sleep.

Sarah J.(June 2024)
One of the best holidays ever
One of the best holidays ever
One of the best holidays ever

This was an incredible trip! Our guides Murat and Josh were experienced, welcoming and taught us all how to improve our kayaking over the week. The scenery and wildlife was stunning, including turles and wild boar! The group was a wonderful bunch of people. The kayaking itself was challenging on some days but there was plenty of downtime to relax or swim. The food was delicious at every meal. If you go on this trip you won't regret it!

Paul B.(June 2024)
An amazing adventure in a crystal clear ocean
An amazing adventure in a crystal clear ocean
An amazing adventure in a crystal clear ocean
An amazing adventure in a crystal clear ocean
An amazing adventure in a crystal clear ocean
An amazing adventure in a crystal clear ocean

This was an incredible trip! The southern coast of Turkiye is a beautiful part of the world and kayaking along its stunning coastline is the best way to see it.

Murat and his team are kind, enthusiastic and soul warming people to be around. They will make your trip an epic adventure of good food, great company and unforgettable nights watching the sun set from your camp.

Rob J.(June 2024)
An Unforgettable Journey
An Unforgettable Journey
An Unforgettable Journey
An Unforgettable Journey
An Unforgettable Journey
An Unforgettable Journey
An Unforgettable Journey
An Unforgettable Journey