Already paraglided from Babdag? Done the jeep safari? Fethiye Times kit’s up and goes night kayaking.
Around 6.30pm on balmy Friday night, we met up with Dean and Ayse and a small group of others on Gemiler beach to try something new to us, kayaking.
The sun still fairly high in the sky, we were taken through the kit and the basics in front of the final few sunbathers who looked on in amusement as we stood around wielding our oars in the air wearing life vests and spray skirts.
There were both single and double kayaks, and after stowing all the gear in dry bags in the body of the canoes, we were pushed off the beach and into the surf.
Steering the double canoe from the rear with your feet takes a bit of practice, but we were soon all paddling across the bay between the headland and St Nicholas Island, weaving amongst the gulets and yachts which had already anchored in for the evening.
Following the direction of the leader, we explored the knooks and crannies around the little beaches and baylets, for a while, but as the sun began to seriously wane, we all made for Sari bay, where we managed to beach with varying degrees of finally getting wet.
We pulled up the canoes, and emptied any water, getting everything ready for departure while it was still light, before heading into the sea for a swim.
Dean and Ayse prepared a veggie curry on a camp stove while we all sat around in a circle getting to know each other over a glass or two of wine or juice and dipping into the mixed meze’s they’d brought.
Now well and truly dark, head torches were distributed while Dean talked us through the plan for the return trip.
We packed up all our stuff, and removed a bag or two of extra litter that was on the beach when we got there, suited back up and launched back into the surf.
Kayaking in the dark was magical. It was very quiet and with little moonlight, your other senses become more heightened. The smells on the breeze, the lapping of the sea as your oars cut through and then the delight of seeing the yakamoz (phosphorescence) where you’ve disturbed the water.
We turned off our head-lights to improve night vision, and spot more clearly Dean’s canoe light and paddled around the back of St Nicholas Island.
We mosied around, everyone enjoying this unusual and pleasurable experience, for quite a while before heading back to Gemiler beach at around 11.30pm.
If you fancy having a go, you’ll find all the details including the cost on Dean’s website: www.sevencapes.com