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Sea Kayaking in Turkey
Lake Koycegiz, Dalyan River and the Turquoise Coast
May, 2010
Photos and text: Robyn Khorshid

Four Aussies and two Kiwis joined Vedat Vural of Alternatif Outdoor, Turkey, for a historically interesting and scenic paddle from Koycegiz town to Gocek. That was about 140km over a week, camping from the kayaks.



 Starting out on the placid waters of the large Lake Koycegiz, early morning. Not so placid in the afternoons! Our guide is on the left.

 These unfinished Lycian rock tombs overlook the Dalyan River from their high cliffside vantage point.

 Dense thickets of reeds cover the banks of much of the Dalyan River which drains the lake to the Mediterranean in an incredible maze. They provide shelter for these terapins. You had to be quick to get a pic as they were very camera shy!

Here's Richard Jolly,Swan Canoe Club, left, and friend enjoying a cold beer in a hot pool - one of the natural thermal springs found throughout the area. There's also mud baths (yuk!) which are very popular.

 This area was a hive of activity during ancient Roman times. The low lying area of green in the distance in pic was the port of Kaunos, on the Mediterranean Sea. The town had all the usual Roman town buildings: baths, temples, administrative buildings, market and of course a large sports stadium.

 Paddlers are dwarfed by the soaring limestone cliffs of the Turquoise Coast.

 Lunch break at a small cove. Many of the beaches consisted of large pebbles, like this one.

 Packing up for the day's paddle. The rocks had many interesting formations like the distorted layering of this cliff. Mostly we were on our own, but this yacht joined us for the previous night in our sheltered small bay.

There were many sea caves to explore. This one was the most surprising and mysterious - see below. Some caves still had stalactites in them, from the days when they were deep underground. 

 Here's the entrance from inside. This cave was most spacious - behind me - but with too little light for photos.

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