Name of Charter : Blue Paradise
Departure From : Gocek
Duration : 7 Nights
Description : Göcek – Marmaris- Göcek
The one time fishing village of Gocek is now a favoured mooring and supply point for yachts, gullets and boats of all sizes. At the furthest north-western end of Fethiye Gulf, it sits in a sheltered bays overlooked by verdant hills forested with pines. Within the gulf are smaller coves and islands giving it the name Bay of Twelve Islands. Close to Dalaman airport, 22 km, Göcek is a haven for gulets, sailors and visitors. There are a excellent number of hotels, pensions and villas for those guests who wish to stay in the town before or after their cruise.
**Dalyan and Turtle Beach and Mud Baths.
Please Note: Itineraries are subject to local weather conditions and may, for the safety of the passengers and boat, be changed at short notice by the captain, whose decision in such matters is final. The passenger’s personal interests may be discussed and included in the itinerary if possible.
*According to your wishes you may anchor overnight in a bay close to a port as opposed to tying up in the harbour
Embarkation begins after 3pm when you will be introduced to your Captain and crew. Over a welcome drink you will be briefed as to the safety regulations onboard and all aspects of your cruise. We sail to Tersane Island, once a famous Ottoman port noted for its boatbuilding. Along the shore are a number of Byzantine ruins, including a church, and abandoned Ottoman Greek houses. After a swim we sail to Batik Hamam (Manastir) Bay to snorkel around the sunken Roman bath towards the southeast side of the bay. Stay overnight in Batik Hamam or a nearby bay. This area is also known as Cleopatra’s Baths
During the cruise to Ekincik we stop to embark upon a flat bottomed, local riverboat to travel through the river channels and reed beds of the Dalyan Delta wetlands**. The riverboat takes you up river to the small town of Dalyan opposite the ruins of ancient Caunos, with its extraordinary Lycian rock tombs were carved directly into the cliff face. Further along river you can indulge in an invigorating mud bath reputed to work wonders for the complexion. We return to the long sandy Iztuzu beach, the nesting site for the Caretta caretta, Loggerhead Turtles. We return to the gulet and anchor overnight in Ekincik Bay.
After breakfast in Ekincik Bay we sail onto Kadırga Bay for a pre-lunch swim. In the late afternoon we sail into the protected harbour of Marmaris, which is surrounded by green forested hills. Dinner will be on board whilst we are tied up on the quayside. Marmaris is a popular port of call for yachtsmen, and women. A short distance away are restaurants, bars and the old town’s narrow streets around the small castle and museum. The long sandy beachfront is the venue for the towns boisterous nightlife.
After breakfast, the gulet sets sail for the quiet bay of Kumlubük where we can swim and take lunch. We sail, later in the afternoon, along the coast towards Göcek and weigh anchor in a secluded bay.
We set sail in the early morning, onwards across the Gulf of Fethiye and round the peninsula for a glimpse of the spectacular Ölüdeniz and the famous Blue Lagoon. We moor at Gemiler Adasi, Ships Island, once home to Lycian and Byzantine pirates. The ruins of a village and the St. Nicholas church can be explored and it is a popular place for swimming and snorkeling.
Breakfast then sail back into the Bay of Göcek with its famous Twelve Islands and more coves and bays. Yassıca Group Islands will usually be the anchorage for lunch and swimming, and then your gulet will move on to another picturesque bay for dinner and overnight.
We spend the final day sailing among the coves and bays stopping to take lunch and then after a swım, moving onto the well known Bedri Rahmi Bay, where the famous artist Bedri Rahmi Eyüpoğlu painted his distinctive “fish on a rock” while he, his writer brother and friends conceived the Blue Cruise over 50 years ago. We anchor overnight.
After breakfast the gulet will sail back to the quayside for disembarkation by 9:30am.
***Itineraries are subject to local weather conditions and may, for the safety of the passengers and boat, be changed at short notice by the captain, whose decision in such matters is final. The passenger’s personal interests may be discussed and included in the itinerary if possible.