Getting to Know Kalkan, Turkey


First let me apologize to you, we here at SHABL travel very light but make room for a jump to conclusions map (all travelers should pack at least one). Last night, I pulled out the mat and jumped to a conclusion on this place, the wrong conclusion. Kalkan, Turkey is actually quite kicking, kinda love it here…

Yesterday we arrived at weird o’clock and didn’t see much going on, today the place was full of life on a bright sunny day, a small slice of that ever elusive heaven pie. The village streets are a velvet carpet where gents get up and get down around town in velour jump suits while making kebab platters out of thin air. The women dress from watermelon wardrobes and accessorize with spaghetti strings and salami sandals.

Joking aside, it’s a nice place.

Scuba diving is good fun. It’s also a bit nerve racking. The first time I went under, my mask was filling with water and had a mild freak out, not a true freak out but a moment of like “what the heck is going on”. If you’re not confident in the water,  wouldn’t recommend it. Was a qualified lifeguard who never bothered working the job because it was boring, the hours sucked and the responsibility too great. Suffice to say, it’s just a really weird sensation and remember to breath normal is hard when your body is hard programmed to conserve air when in such a strange atmosphere.

The town comes alive at night and the town is quite picturesque, hadn’t even really explored it until this evening. Truly is a small piece of paradise when it comes to holiday destinations, very impressed with this place and can see why there are many real estate projects.

If you’re North American, don’t be fooled into thinking the Caribbean or Central America is all that their is. Make the journey and come check these places out. Have met several people who have been coming here for a decade plus. It’s not dangerous, it’s a small slice of heaven with great weather and all the amenities you could imagine.

Looking forward to another day of diving and most importantly, another day in this interesting place. Maybe it’s time to toss out that “jump to conclusions map” as it takes up roughly 30% of my pack.

Tips hat,

P.S: This song was playing at one of the pubs we passed and it’s been ringing in my ears since, might as well pass on the pleasure or pain depending on our preferences.

P.P.S: This one bar / lounge has a plethora of seating arrangements like this, would be a great place to share some quality time with even better company.

Author: SHABL

Rob has been traveling the world and living abroad for over a decade. The goal was to stop having a boring life and it turned into something far greater. He's worked with national tourism boards and been mentioned in National Geographic. These days he lives abroad and loves business, technology, the tropical lifestyle, good food and travel.

8 thoughts on “Getting to Know Kalkan, Turkey

  1. Glad to hear you like scuba! Very slow sport, but fascinating! You gonna get PADI-OW? I remember one element of our final test was to go 30 ft down, lose our mask, fins and regulator completely, then find them all and put them back on without losing composure. Talk about tense! Not everyone passed… but no one died 😛

    1. Scuba is awesome, going 54 feet in about an hour, then I’ll be certified. We can explore lakes around Ottawa and beyond.

      That under test sounds intense. Already did a few of things mentioned but not all at once or that deep.

  2. Hey,
    I came across this as I was browsing. I love Kalkan – only visited it once, about a year ago, but can’t wait to return. There’s definitely something special about it!
    Visit Doy Doy if you have the time and say hello to Koray! Great guy, great restaurant.
    I’m trying to write a feature for Enjoy Kalkan, but I keep getting sidetracked.
    Enjoy the rest of your stay:)

  3. Kalkan is lovely but did you have a chance to take in Kas? It’s just along the coast and has a real bohemian feel.

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