Navigate the Korpulu Canyon on this 7-hour guided whitewater rafting tour from Belek. Travel 8 miles (13 km) in a raft over the river, including a number of exciting rapids, and finish up with a well-deserved lunch. All equipment and instruction, as well as hotel pickup and drop-off, are included.
We booked this via Viator rather than the hotel, as the hotel was charging twice the price, and were a bit nervous about this, as booking via the hotel felt 'safer'. But we needn't have worried. We got immediate confirmation of the trip, but did not get the pickup time until around 8pm the evening before - I get the impression that this is normal, due to last-minute bookings, and was nothing to worry about.
The minibus arrived 45 minutes late, due to guests at the previous pickup hotels showing up late - not Viator's fault.
I hadn't realised how big an operation the Koprulu Canyon rafting is - there are literally 40 outfits on the river, and they are all quite big. We were taken to Express Rafting, and there must have been 200 people there - it seemed like organised chaos, but all worked very well, and the briefing, lifejacket and helmet dispensing went very quickly.
Then we were taken a bit further up the river, and the adventure started! First with photos knee-deep in the icy water (it really is cold, about 5C!), then a plunge neck-deep in a long 'snake' of fellow-rafters.
The rafting itself was great - very exciting but not terrifying, and though we had some hairy moments, only one person fell in, and was rescued very quickly. We stopped after about 1.5 hours for drinks and a snack (which you buy on credit as you have no money with you!), and had the opportunity to go on a zipwire!
About another 30 minutes of rafting brought us back to our start point and a lovely grilled kebab and salad lunch.
Then we got about another 30 minutes of rafting and a chance of swimming (which none of us took!), before the end point, where our minibuses were waiting, with our bags and clothes; there were changing facilities and the chance to buy drinks and snacks, and we all watched the video which was a very well-edited souvenir of the trip, and not too expensive to buy (you get it on a USB stick).
All in all, it was fantastic value for money, the guides made it great fun, with rivalry between the rafts and lots of splashing, and the rapids were great. We've been white-water rafting in Dominican Republic and Peru, and this was the best of all of them.