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 centre, 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 an 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 colourful 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 - Boynuzbuku, Kille Buku
Boynuz Bükü is located between Bedri Rahmi Bay and Göcek opposite the Yassica island.
It is a good anchor place and very little affected by the winds. When you anchor your boat in the bay, you can see frankincense (liquidambar oriental) trees which are protected by the government.
Kille Bükü is a small bay between Boynuz Bükü and Tasyaka. The slopes are thickly forested by pine trees. This bay is also used as a picnic spot by the locals from Gocek. It is a wonderful place among the rocks on land.
Day 3 - Bedri Rahmi Bay, Sarsala Bay
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 honour 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 an image of fantastic proportions!
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 are a restaurant and pontoon at the small Sarsala Bay where many yachts moor.
Day 4 - Yavansu Bay, Hamam Bay
Sea Gull Bay is yet another locale in an idyllic setting, this one pastoral among fig trees. The reason this place is called Yavansu is due to the water quality coming down from the mountains is good only for animal watering. This cove is also called as Seagull Bay (Martı Koyu) because of the seagull mosaics on the shore which is its large signature symbol. A pleasant hike through pine trees followed by a short climb takes the venturesome in thirty-five minutes to ancient Arymaxa. Arymaxa features Roman mausoleum, one inscribed in Greek, a Hellenistic tomb also inscribed in Greek, a unique sarcophagus, and a Byzantine cistern.
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 here. There are several restaurants with wooden pergolas on the shore serving the yachts.
Day 5 - Gobun Bay, Kocabuk
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 6 - Tersane Island, Domuz 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 harbour. 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.
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.
Day 7 - Zeytin Island, Yassica Islands, Kizil Island
Zeytin ( Olive) island located south of Yassica Island. As you will understand from the island name the island covered with olive trees. This is the only island that has a private owner. There is an olive oil workshop on the island remaining from Ottoman times.
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.
At sunset, the sun hits the stones and turns crimson red in colour, a colour 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 is 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.
Day 8 - Gocek
We will leave the boat by 10:30 after breakfast.