Canoeing and Kayaking in Turkey

Try a great outdoor activity in a canoe boat

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Canoeing or sea kayaking is a very popular water sport all around the world. Turkey is one of the best destinations in Europe for paddling experience with its crystal clear seas and whitewater rivers. Let the river waters take you on a memorable journey towards the sea.


Turkey provides great opportunities for water sports like canoeing and sea kayaking, with its rich natural resources and hundreds of beautiful rivers and coastal areas. Today, canoeing has become particularly popular in Turkey and it needs good physical exercise to succeed in it. Our country offers adventurous river sections and fantastic sea routes for the sport of travelling in a canoe.

Best Season: Spring, summer and autumn are perfect times to enjoy a comfortable ride. Also, some rivers and seas are suitable for kayaking or canoeing throughout the year.


Did you know that the canoes existed thousands of years before the first wheel was invented? No one can say exactly when canoeing started, but it is estimated that they were a common use of transportation since 5000 BC.

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Outdoor Activity

Kayaking, which is a great outdoor activity in a special kind of canoe boat, is very popular in Turkey and all around the world.

This water sport has many advantages which are exercise, recreation and travel.

Canoeing or sea kayaking can be practised in many coastal areas of our country and resort towns. You can rent a kayak nearly in every beach around the coastline of Turkey, and spend your day exploring the bays and the pristine beaches that are not possible to reach by land. To enjoy a fantastic holiday, all you have to do is paddling.

Basic safety tips for canoeing and kayaking in Turkey:

  • Follow the rules of the sea.
  • Think safety at all times.
  • Respect the sea and the weather.
  • Wear life jackets or other flotation equipments.
  • Tell someone where you are going.
  • Make sure you are rested.
  • Be thoughtful, remember the safety and the environment.

Training Courses

There are organised paddling tours as well as training courses for beginners. The most common canoe boats in Turkey are the two paddled canoes. If you do not have your own canoe or kayak, there are plenty of campsites, hotels and tour operators to hire canoe.

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