Day 1 - Gocek
Gocek is a natural harbour lying at the head of the Gulf of Fethiye on the Turquoise coast of Turkey, just 22km from Dalaman International Airport. Protected by the wooded foothills of the Taurus Mountains, it looks out over the numerous islands and sheltered bays of this beautiful gulf.When you arrive in the center, you will see a long street called Turgut Ozal Street that offers many outlets for antique and modern carpets and textiles, gifts shops, restaurants etc. It is possible to find all your needs in this street.Famous supermarkets Tansas, Migros and Bim - have branches in Gocek town, in addition to many smaller family-run markets that a everything that you will need for either yacht provisioning or self-catering.While you are walking along the main street to the seafront, you will see smart, plain, quiet, restaurants, fish restaurants, cafes and pubs, all playing good international and local music. However, you should also walk inland a little to see the restaurants and bars hiding in wonderful green gardens, surrounded by colorful flowers. You will find the atmosphere dizzy with the flower aromas, your cocktail and the unusual high oxygen levels, which we know you don't normally breathe.
Day 2 - Kizil Island, Fethiye
At sunset, the sun hits the stones and turns crimson red in color, a color that resembles the island soil. The island got its name from this phenomenon. There is very little infrastructure on this island. The southern tip of the island has a lighthouse that guides maritime traffic. To the north-west are the Deliktas Islands, ideal for diving and fishing. The red waves off the east coast of the island wash the wide sand beach and are best suited for swimming.
Fethiye is a natural harbor city in the western Mediterranean. It's a very popular holiday center with its magnificent natural beauty and ancient Lycian towns. Oludeniz considered the most beautiful beach in Turkey is nearby, and it is a popular place to start a blue voyage yacht cruise.If all places and all seas were known by a color, Fethiye’s colour would be turquoise. The word turquoise, a blue that has more than a hint of green, comes from the blue used in the Turkish tile work. The most beautiful shade of the color blue came and settled on the waters of the Ölüdeniz (Dead Sea). Towards evening, around sunset, you catch such a wonderful turquoise you can never see on any other seas. If you call it blue you are wrong, if you say it is green it is not that either but both together. It is difficult to put it into words. It is best if you go and see it for yourself and be hit by a lightening bolt!
Day 3 - Butterfly Valley, Oludeniz, Gemiler Island
One of the most striking places in the Fethiye region is the Butterfly Valley. The laborious rock climb is worth the breathtaking view of thousands of little butterflies covering the rocks and the trees like a shawl - something you must never have seen or experienced before! Make the slightest sound and you can see the butterflies taking a flight, covering the sky and casting a shadow over the valley! There are two Way to get to the Butterfly Valley. One way is through the waterfall and the other is through the village of Faralya. Whether you are a sports enthusiast or a nature lover, the beautiful sights will not tire you out.
Oludeniz is described as Eden bestowed by God on Earth. No wonder then that it has earned a great reputation for tourism! Walk on the beach in the dark and behold the incomparable view that Oludeniz offers. Oludeniz is simply like magic! Even the invisible bottom of the lagoon covered with white sand sparkling with the lights from the harbor is a scene to behold! Extending to the coast, the lush pine forests present all shades of green, blue and purple that soothes the eye. The warm sea and the long beaches further enhance the aesthetic appeal of this wonderful place. From Babadagi located at an altitude of 1975 meters, you can behold the world's most breathtaking view. The clear waters allow you to swim ten months of the year. Numerous touristic facilities, restaurants and shopping mall complete the great mix that make Oludeniz a hot tourist destination.
Located off the coast of Turkey and approximately 9 km from the city of Fethiye, Gemiler Island is known for its ancient ruins and remains of churches dating back to the 4-5 centuries AD. If archaeologist findings are to be believed, this is also the location of the original tomb of St. Nicholas. In the Middle Ages, the island was abuzz with trading ships and boats from the eastern, European and Eastern Mediterranean countries. St. Nicholas being the patron saint of sailors, this island was also known as St. Nicholas Islands in the medieval period.The Gemiler Island is a popular tourist destination since the Byzantine ruins can be seen from the sea. Other attractions of interest include over 40 ecclesiastical buildings and Christian tombs and a Church that was cut out directly from a rock located at the highest point on the island. The island has a bay that is shaped like a crescent and thus provides great anchorage. There is a makeshift restaurant that caters to sailors, boatmen and yachtsmen during summers.
Day 4 - Kocabuk, Gobun Bay
The bay located south of the Domuz Bay. The entrance of the bay is very narrow but once inside you will find a long bay surrounded by olive and pine trees. At the far end of the bay you will find some rock cut tombs and ruins.
Day 5 - Hamam Bay, Sarsala Bay
South-east of the (Hamam) Manastir bay, in the ruins of a bath in the water because of the region known as Cleopatra's Bath, or Sunken Bath Bay coastal tectonics, such as the formation of the bay in the Gulf with many bays. A careful examination of the hill slope behind the bay, which is active in the past, this hill is a crater lake of tectonic structure and reducing water channels, clearly visible from the shore. The monastery dark, pine trees and up the hill from the shore in some places covered with carob trees. Structure of an ancient wall running parallel to the direction of the north-east coast and other small remnants of ancient Lycia reminds me that you are not far from the city. Lydia Network Port can be reached by a hiking trail approximately 1.5 hours. Hamam is the bay that no blue voyage yachts or daily tripper boats will pass without anchoring. The sailors like to spend their nights her. There are several restaurants with wooden pergolas on the shore serving the yachts.
Sarsala Bay is another preferred bay by sailors with a natural bay ideal for swimming or spending the night in. It is an attractive bay with a long stony beach, a wooded valley that runs inland, surrounded by pine Forestry Mountain. There is a restaurant and pontoon at the small Sarsala Bay where many yachts moor.
Day 6 - Domuz Island, Tersane Island
Some people name this island as Prince Island. Once upon a time there were a lot of wild pigs here; therefore the island was named Domuz (Pork) Island. Many yachts can be found anchoring in protected areas of the island.
Tersane Island is also known as Shipyard Island, these are the largest in the Gulf of Fethiye. A deep, 100m long channel provides entry into these islands. There are covered and sheltered bays on the east side, which is also known as summer harbor. The western part is closed due to fierce winds, it is best to anchor here. According to historical sources Tersane Islands were called Telandria. There are about a hundred ruins of ancient houses that can e seen from the land and the sea. These islands proved to be most secure for sailors in the entire Gulf of Fethiye during the Byzantine period.
Day 7 - Bedri Rahmi Bay, Yassica Islands
Bedri Rahmi Bay is also known by the Lycian name of Taşyaka or ‘Dark bay’, due to its natural beauty and historical significance. Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu was an esteemed master of Turkish literature, art and painting. In the summer of 1973, during a cruise with close friends, he drew a fish on a huge rock. This ‘Fish Rock’ located at the entrance of the blue bay still greets passengers. In fact, the region itself is known as ‘Fish Rock’ in honor of the great master.Bedri Rahmi Bay is well sheltered from strong winds and is therefore a good point of anchorage. It is also known for its pine and olive covering the hills behind the oleander flowers, small beaches and turquoise waters, creating a image of fantastic proportions!
Some of these islands appear as the Yassica Islands group on several maritime maps. Anchorage is available at the nearest port of Gocek. Yassica Islands in the Gulf of Fethiye is one of the most romantic places, ideal for spending quality time with your partner and photographing gorgeous sunsets. The islands are covered with pine and olive trees, have many sheltered and shallow bays and are ideal for water sports enthusiasts. There are no establishments on the islands. The biggest one has a sandy beach and there is a small pool cape off the lagoon. It looks purpose built for children to play in. You can swim here without fear of danger from anything between the islands. The minimum distance is 12m between two islands. If you have half an hour you can swim to and from four islands. You can explore the islands by walking if you wish but don’t forget to take sturdy shoes or boots with you as the ground can be very stony. Despite their small size these islands have a good variety of different plants and foliage.
Day 8 - Gocek
We will leave the boat by 10:30 after breakfast.