Going rafting is a fun thing to do. From Antalya many tour companies have daily rafting tours. The rafting is done in the national park Köprülü Canyon and it starts by an old Ottoman bridge. You will not be alone as many tours are also organised from Side and Alanya.
I went with Mevlana tours in Antalya (run by a very nice couple). In the morning everyone was picked up at their hotel and then the minibus left for Köprülü Canyon. After arriving we had to wait but finally got helmets and lifejackets. Before going down the river in the boats everyone got the opportunity to throw oneself from a rope into the freezing water. And cold it was! It took some hours to reach the final destination and we made some stops along the way, one for lunch. At some points we jumped from the boats, but did not stay long in the water because it was so cold.
The price for the day can differ depending on company, how many you are etc.
Bring a waterproof camera if you want to take photos along the boat ride.Related to:
Tubing in the Medditerranean
When on the boat cruise from Antalya to Fethiye, we stopped at a few random places and random boats will come up and try to sell services or food. One of the boats was a speed boat so we decided to go tubing! You can waterski or wakeboard but the equipment was weak. It was fun and definately recommend it to everyone!
Equipment: You bathing suit..... They provide the lifejacket and tube...Related to:
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Sailing in Turkey will allow you to experience a truly enriching cultural exchange with the hospitable and gracious people of the coastal villages and towns. The tempered winds which generally blow from the west and north-west make the long summers ideal for yachting, and seem to encourage an appreciation of nature. From some of the turquoise coasts unspoilt and sheltered bays you can see mountain peaks rising to almost 3,000 meters above sea level.
Turkeys modern facilities and comfort have not overshadowed her ancient hospitality and slower pace of life. The pleasure of yachting in Turkey will tempt you back again and again, to explore yet another stretch of coast and to relive the luxurious ease of life on the sea.
Some Major Yacht harbours in Turkey are as follows..
Atakoy, Kalamis - Istanbul (2)
Scubadiving in Kas
Kas is said to have the best diving in Turkey. Well, it is not the Red Sea but have some nice divingspots. I only made three dives and saw trumpetfishes, big groupers, tubeworms, fire worms cucumbers etc. There were also some broken amphoras and caves.
I dived with Mavi diving which is a German divingcentre with mostley German divers. Once a week they make daytrips, otherwise one dive in the morning and one again in the afternoon. Their boat is very well equiped. Once a week they also make a BBQ for divers.Related to:
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Parasailing is also a popular sport on the coastes of Turkey.. Almost all holiday villages and main hotels has parasailing activity available during summer..
Parasail is a parachute attached to some moving transportation medium like a motorboat. The Parachute goes up in the air when the transport medium gets moving and the person attached with it takes three or four quick steps and then in the air. The sheer joy of soaring in the sky hundreds of feet above and not much need of training has made this game immensely popular
Just watch out your hotels activity list, may be parasailing is also listed.. And enjoy the joy of flying..
Diving in Turkey
Diving for purposes of sport, with proper equipment and in non-restricted areas, is permitted in Turkish coasts. Foreign divers should have official documentation of their specifics and training and must be accompanied by a licensed Turkish guide.
The limit for diving with diving gear is 30 meters. For educational purposes, this limit is extended to 42 meters. Dives exceeding 30 meters must be carried out with proper diving and medical equipment. In order to protect Turkish archaeological and cultural values, it is strictly forbidden to transport Turkish antiquities or natural specimens.
Turkey is also an ideal place to see Caretta caretta turtles and Mediterrenean foxes (Monachus Monachuses)..
I have seen them all :) yuppiii
Equipment: You can rent all diving equipments, howvere better carry your suitswith you..Related to:
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Rafting in Turkey
Turkey has some excellent rivers for white water rafting, including one that is rated by professional rafters as one of the top ten in the world, the Coruh River.
The beauty of rafting is that no previous experience at all is required to experience this exhilarating outdoor sport. Each raft, which carries 4-8 people, is under the full control of a professional guide. the crew, paddle in accordance with the guide's instructions and like magic, the raft goes exactly where it is supposed to...
The routes are generally in remote areas which require a drive off the beaten track, through forests, mountain passes and traditional villages, before reaching the river..
Equipment: All you need to do is to swim and to be ready to get wet.. You are fitted out with a lifejacket and helmetRelated to:
Windsurfing in Aegean
Aegean coasts of Turkey offers a wide variety of destinations and nice waters for surfers. Cesme-Alacati of Izmir, Bodrum and Marmaris are only a few of them.
Equipment: Most of holiday villages and 4-star hotels have good facilities for doing and learning that exciting activity.Related to:
Golf in Turkey
Golfing has become a very popular sport all around the world and also developing rapidly in Turkey..
Currently the two main locations for golfers are Istanbul and Antalya, however the Ministry of Toruism has planned 11 areas to be established as golf courses..
Antalya has become a popular destination for golfing and summer vacation.. The clubs Gloria golf Club, National golf Club, Tat Golf Club and Antalya golf clubs are located in Belek region of Antalya and are serving for golfers all around the world..
Golf Clubs in Istanbul Kemer Golf club, Istanbul golf club & Klassis Golf club are serving for mainly local players..Related to:
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The seaside village of Olu Deniz near Fethiye is surrounded on three sides by impressive mountains and is fast becoming the place to be in Turkey for serious Para-gliders.
Baba Dag(Mountain) at Oludeniz offers three takeoff sites at 1700, 1800 and 1900 meters, facing SW , E and NE / SE respectively, which enable takeoffs with any wind direction. Imagine launching off majestic Babadag , flying with a bird's eye view of the most picturesque bay in Turkey -the Oludeniz Beach and Blue Lagoon.
Currently there are many private companies who are arranging guided flights and giving lessons. You only need to choose to fly..
Equipment: Paraglider is a large canopy 35/40 feet wide, which is made up of cell segments, open at the leading edge to allow air to inflate the canopy.Related to:
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An Invitataion !
Although Turkey is know with its beaches, water sport ans swimming..
but also much of Turkey is mountainous, it is avaliable to ski and snowboard..
Bursa - Uludag: This ski centre 36 km south of Bursa . The ski area lies between 1800-1900 m and the best season is from December to April.
Bolu-Kartalkaya : This resort situated on the Istanbul - Ankara highway 50 km from Bolu.December to April is the most suitable season.
Erzurum-Palandoken : This centre is 6 km from Erzurum along a good road, Iying at an altitude of 2200 to 3100 m with some of the longest and most difficult courses and best snow conditions in Turkey.December to April is the most suitable season
Antalya - Saklikent :Situated north east of Bakirli dagi the Beydag mountain range, 50 km north west of Antalya, at a height of 2000m .The best season is from January to April.
Kayseri - Erciyes : This ski centre lies at 2150 m on the eastern face of Erciyes Dagl.
November to May is the best season..
Ankara - Elmadag : This is a lovely place to relax, 23 km out of Ankara.
llgaz Dagi : Situated between Kastamonu and Cankiri at the junction of the Istanbul- Kastamonu, Ankara-Kastamonu roads.
Equipment: ***equipment are available for hire ***
Sea Kayaking !
Sea Kayaking on the sunken city of Kekova is the most impressive attractions in Turkey !
the other place where u can do it, Köycegiz Lake, the Dalyan delta and the coastline between Dalyan and Göçek Bay, with its many charming islands and bays...
The fascinating landscape of Lycian Turkey and Cappadocia provides excellent trekking routes for adventurous travellers..The largest canyon of Turkey,Saklýkent ,is also known an ideal place for trekking..trekking through the cool spring waters of the river and on the huge rocks of Saklýkent,u will be able to explore the hidden beauties of this magnificent gorge..
Jeep Safari !
Jeep Safari is the most interesting way to explore the off th ebeaten track places in the Mediterranean.The Safari uses off road tracks whenever possible and avoids large roads unless there is no alternative road.The forest,mountains,high plateaus,unspoiled beaches,ancient ruins,local villages are some of the jeep safari destination..
It's a little known fact, but Turkey has some excellent rivers for white water rafting.In summer ,you 'll be rafting in gentlier waves of the river,Even if u are a beginner,like me,u can easily join this exciting adventure.The beauty of rafting is that no previous experience at all is required to experience this exhilarating outdoor sport. Each raft, which carries 4-8 people, is under the full control of a professional guide..
Equipment: Rivers that are rafted in Turkey :
The Dalaman River: (S.West of Turkey, near to Marmaris, Fethiye and Dalyan) Grade 3-4, April - October. There is also a grade 5 section which is run April-July.
The Köprülü River: near Antalya - grade 3, April - October
The Çoruh River: North-east Turkey - grade 5 and 4, May - July 4
The Zamanti River : near Cappadocia - grade 3
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