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After a series of devastating earthquakes, this section of the Kekova Island coastline subsided, taking with it a coastal Lycian fishing village, part of which is now underwater. There is no diving, swimming, snorkelling or anchoring of boats allowed in the shallow zone without a goverment permit. Tour boats are permitted to get within 50 metres.

Simena is the ancient Lycian town of Dolchiste / Dolikisthe, on the island of Kekova, & it was destroyed by a terrible earthquake during the 2nd century A.D. From Wikipedia: "The Kekova region was declared a specially protected area on 18 January 1990 by Turkish Ministry of Environment and Forest. All kinds of diving and swimming were prohibited and subject to special permits from governmental offices. In later years the prohibition has been lifted except for the part where the sunken city is."

The town of Kalekoy (Castle Village) is on the mainlaind opposite Kekova Island seen here, and has several pensions and guesthouses, but many people do the day tour from Kas or Olympus, to Üçağız, where there is a carpark and bus station with public buses, then ferry boats, unlike Kalekoy which has no public bus station.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kekova

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