Sea kayaking in Turkey

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Departure information

These trips run on demand for a minimum of 4 people between April and October. Please enquire about availability of group trips.
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Independent adventure holidays

These trips have set itineraries and can operate either on set dates or flexible dates. They are suitable for small private groups or couples and operate with a minumum of two people. All independent trips are subject to availability. We do not have an unlimited supply of vehicles, accommodation or guides, there are also limits on entry permits or restrictions on visitors to some of our most popular destinations. It is therefore strongly recommended that you plan any independent adventure holidays as early as possible.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sea kayaking in Turkey

Environment

We are a locally-based tour operator, fully committed to running our tours in a way that reduces the impact on our environment and contributes as much as possible to the local community.

On all of our sea kayaking expeditions we camp, thus minimising use of water and energy. We make sure that we leave camp sites as clean as we found them, or cleaner. We do this by explaining our environmental approach to our guests, encouraging them to minimize use of plastic bottles, to separate recyclable waste and to leave no trace at each campsite we use. We minimize the amount of packaging used for our supplies as much as possible.

We accept a maximum number of 12 people on guided trips, because we believe that small groups minimise the impact of tourism on the environment. In addition, a small group size enables local people and visitors to interact in a more meaningful way, benefiting both sides; and for the same reason we ensure that the group is accompanied by a guide who speaks both English and Turkish.

One way that we minimise the impact on the environment is by using vehicles as little as possible and by using group transport. Of course sea kayaking itself is a very environmentally friendly, non-polluting way of exploring the beautiful outdoors in this part of the world.

In addition to minimising any negative impact, we aim to create a positive impact on the environment by introducing visitors to the great variety of flora and fauna found here, much of it rare and endangered. To this end we provide participants on our expeditions with illustrated notes about the natural heritage of the area, including information about Turkish environmental organisations. If you would like to offer your support to any of these organisations, we provide contact details. Our aim is to raise the consciousness of both visitors and local people about local conservation issues.

Community

We are a locally-based and locally-owned tour operator. We are fully committed to running our tours in a way that reduces the impact on our environment and contributes as much as possible to the local community.

All the services that we use, such as transport and restaurants, are locally owned and operated, and as much as possible we buy supplies for our trips from village markets and shops.

During our sea kayaking expeditions we stop at small coastal settlements, where we stock up with supplies and sometimes eat a meal; this provides a direct source of income to local people.

Our staff is made up mainly of Turkish people as we feel this benefits all involved, and is the best way for our guests to gain an insight into Turkish culture. We are committed to training our guides to a high standard, and to this end we arrange our own training activities for our staff - our director is an experienced and internationally qualified outdoor instructor.

We support the local community in their efforts to preserve their environment, for example the campaign of villagers in the Yuvarlak River area to protect their river against a proposed dam construction project.

We work to promote good relationships between tourists and the people who live in our area by promoting interaction with the local community, for example by faciliating conversations with villagers when we meet them during our tours and by buying their produce.

Reviews of Sea kayaking in Turkey

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Relaxing on a beach after a days paddling into the wind and setting up camp in a lovely little cove away from everyone else.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Paddle the majority of your trip in the morning before the winds pick up.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. The company was a Turkish run company and was very aware of environmental impacts. They were proactive in keeping the areas used clean and tidy and reducing impacts to the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A brilliant trip. Got to get away from the crowded tourist areas and see the real beauty of Turkey. Really friendly and helpful guides and company owner who helped us with everything we needed and more.

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


An excellent guide who was knowledgeable about the environment, sights, history and culture of the region. Engin was able to entertain Adults and children alike with little surprises when energy levels were flagging.

We also enjoyed sleeping under the stars in remote locations and in particular the breakfast of Holumi and figs on Rabbit Island will be remembered forever.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You need to be reasonably fit. We are a family of 48/46/16/14 yrs which exercise regularly. We considered a 5 day Sea Kayak trip but opted for the 3 day one which was the right decision...it is more tiring than you think!

Bring a snorkel or goggles.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Both our guide Engin and our driver were local people and the food we ate was sourced locally.

The Kayak trip had no impact on the environment other than a positive one in that our guide constantly picked up litter from the sea and beaches.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


9.5 out of 10. A bit unfair really as the only negative was the litter on the beaches which is out of the tour company's control even though they did their bit to tidy up.

Will definitely recommend to friends and consider another trip with this operator.

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