Cruising along the ‘Turquoise Coast’, between Bodrum and Kas, you will discover some of the most pristine and historical cruising waters in the world.
From ancient forts to tranquil seaside villages, dense pine forests to arid rocky mountains and deserted bays, there’s breathtaking natural beauty and so much history of ages past that you can't help but reflect on how young we are! The coast is blessed by sunshine and good winds, providing great sailing on moderate seas. Discover towns untouched by tourism, and beautiful bays only accessible by boat, where mountain rivers run through the lush forests that fringe the shore.
There are a number of charter bases along the Turkish coast, meaning a wide range of itinerary options. If your schedule allows, we can arrange for you a one-way downwind charter from Bodrum to Gocek near Fethiya and beyond to the Lycian Coast. This is ultimate in Turkish coastal exploration, enabling you to visit a nice blend of wide-open natural spaces, historical sites, towns and villages with friendly people and great restaurants.
Alternatively, shorter charters can be conveniently based in any one of several main centers, depending on the section of coast you wish to cover.
The best way to illustrate the extent of the Turqoise Coast and the sailing possibilities that exist there is to break it into four sailing regions:
Gulf of Gokova & north: Sailing out of Bodrum or Turgutreis as far as Didim, and down to the northern coast of Datca Peninsula.
Bozburun & Datca: Easily accessible from Marmaris, your cruise can extend as far as the south side of Datca Peninsular, taking in Bozburun and Orhaniye.
Lycian Coast West: Bases in Gocek and Fethiye open the Lycian Coast to exploration. A coarse towards Marmaris takes in the western sector of this historic area.
Lycian Coast East: Alternatively, sail east as far as Kas and its offshore islands, to a place less travelled: welcoming, exotic and beautiful.
Beyond these regions, there is plenty more coastline and offshore island territory to explore. Turkey is made for a customised itinerary, with all charter bases within short sailing distances of some of the most interesting coastal destinations in the Mediterranean. And if you wish to do some sailing in the Dodecanse Greek islands at the same time, they are easy to get to from the Turkish coast (the formalities required for a two-country itinerary are smoother when the trip is done from Turkey).
The above division of the Turkish coast and accompanying information is determined around Turkey's main charter bases. There area however a number of alternative start and finish points for your holiday, so don't hesitate to talk to us about your options.
Wind and Sailing Conditions in Turkish Waters
The Meltemi thermal wind (May to October) peaks in July and August. During the summer the skies are clear and the weather warm. Winds build from gentle in the morning to cooling afternoon breezes that can become fresh, dropping to complete stillness at night. Winds are usually west to northwest between 10 -20 knots. At the northern end of the charter region, the Gulf of Gulluk is open to the Aegean Sea and is more exposed to the Meltimi than further south and east.