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“Not only lazy day on the boat but also great history”

Sunken City Ruins of Simena
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“Not only lazy day on the boat but also great history”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

I took a boat trip with Bares for the sunken city. The boat was two storied and has enough space for 20 people on it. We stopped in 7 different bays. The water was crystal clear. The most interesting thing was the city underwater. As I remember it was due to the earthquakes in the 2 century. We had a glass bottom boat unearthing the remains of the ancient settlements. We saw the pirate cave as well. The lunch on the boat was wonderful. It was a family boat, they were really good at cooking. We stopped in Simena village accessible from the sea. It is worth seeing it. There is a castle on the top that has a spectacular view. Never skip that if you do not mind climbing. The Captain was Hasan who was friendly and reliable.

Visited July 2011
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“Beautiful surroundings and fascinating ruins”
Reviewed April 16, 2012

Our group of four 30-somethings took a two-week tour of Turkey, including the Turquoise coast. Our kayak trip was one of the highlights. Half of the city fell into the sea during an earthquake two thousand years ago, and the foundations are still visible underwater - along with the remaining ruins (including houses and tombs) still standing on shore. The sunken ruins are part of a ring of islands around the small port town of Ucagiz; the bay itself is very peaceful due to the islands shielding it from the waves.

The best way to see the bay is by kayak - though many motor boats cruise the islands, they can't get as close to the ruins as a kayak. Though many hotels and guidebooks recommend Bougainville Travel, we chose Dragoman (http://en.dragoman-turkey.com/t/12/) because of their full-day itinerary (the Kekova West tour, http://en.dragoman-turkey.com/t/12/sub.jsp?p=14472) and smaller group size. They were very responsive over the phone and via email, and were able to accommodate us even at the last minute - we called on a Monday, and went out on Wednesday. Since there were four of us, we were able to book essentially as a private tour.

We met our guide at Ucagiz around 9, and after a quick re-introduction to kayaking (we all had a little bit of experience but were by no means experts) we were in the water. We cruised past an early castle, then stopped at a floating tomb as our guide gave us some history of Lycia. On to the sunken city, we paddled very slowly and took it all in, while larger motor boats were further away and surely jealous. The going was very easy, since there were no currents or waves. From the city, we kayaked further through some small islands to a charming fisherman's restaurant, where we enjoyed a delicious, simple seaside meal of grilled local fish, chips, salad, and beers. It was an idyllic setting.

After lunch, we hiked inland to the ruins of Aperlai (http://www.lycianfederation.co.uk/aperlai.htm), another partially submerged but less-visited Lycian city. Its ruins extended up the hillside, and we were able to explore the ruins from land and while swimming in the clear waters. Our guide sat with us in one of the ancient buildings and told us more of the Lycians and the city of Aperlai in particular. Walking back past a charming pensoin (The Purple House, http://www.aperlai.com/) we got back in our kayaks for the final ride back to Ucagiz. Our guide had outfitted our kayaks with small sails, so we had a little help from the wind on the way. We were back in Ucagiz by around 6pm.

This trip really exceeded our expectations, and I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in archaeology, kayaking, hiking and just enjoying some very special surroundings.

Visited April 2012
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