Yacht Charter Marmaris and Hisarönü Bay / Turkey
The north coast is flat with rocky bays. The southern coast, on the other hand, is much more fissured. Due to its natural beauty and many coves and ports, the peninsula is the preferred sailing area. Gorgeous landscapes with undiscovered ancient places, quiet bays, rugged mountains, and beautiful valleys and canyons provide the perfect scenic backdrop.
From Ince Burnu to Datca, you’ll find fertile fields and trees loaded with fruit. Unsurprisingly, in June 1988, the Gulf of Gokova was declared a nature reserve. In the south, sailing is limited by the elongated Datca Peninsula with the Cape Knidos at its western tip. In the north you’ll find green wooded areas, a much steeper coast and the small fishing villages of Keci Bükü and Orhaniye.
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Marmaris and Hisarönü Bay – Nature as far as the eye can see. The next Gulf over towards Selimiye and Dirsek Bükü on the south side of the Gulf of Hisarönü Körfezi.
Also Symi and the enchanting bays Yesilova Körfezi and Sömbeki Körfezi.
Protection can be found in the picturesque harbor town of Bozburun. After the summer months, you can often spot dolphins in this area. The diverse and plentiful coastal winds from Kadirga Burnu which are surrounded by towering green mountains in the bay of Marmaris. In the south and southeast are the protected peninsulas of Yildiz Adasi and Keci Adasi, which provide perfect yacht sailing conditions for families and flotillas to relax, recover and refuel.
Marmaris and Hisarönü – Mediterranean flair with the charm of the Orient.
Datca (city harbour)
Marmaris (Yat Marina)
Marmaris (Netsel Marina)
Marmaris (Albatros Marina)
Marmaris (City harbour)
Orhaniye (Marti Marina)
Orhaniye (Palmiye Marina / Hotel)
Wind & Weather: In the summer the Meltemi blows during the day from the west along the coast. In the bays between Knidos and Inceburun, you may experience coastal gusts. In the Bay of Yesilova, the wind comes from the south west. Do pay attention to gusts in Bozukkale and Serce, especially at night.
Best Sailing time: May – October
Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Navigation: Pilotage is fairly easy as the charts are very accurate and updated. Where there is a restaurant is located in a bay, there is almost always a jetty and the host will usually welcome guests for dinner in the tavern.
Ports and anchorages: The entire region is very fertile and produces a lot of vegetables and fruit, which can be found in the local shops (often open until late at night). In each bay you tend to find a small restaurant with many local specialties, such as crepes, Borek, and ice creams.
Regulations and authorities: To enter you’ll need a valid passport or identity card. There are harsh sentences for drug offenses and the acquisition, possession and exportation of “cultural and natural heritage”. An official sailing license for yachts with coastal navigation is also necessary. In order to sail along the Turkish coast every charter yacht will require a Transit Log which will be paid for and handed over during takeover. Travellers from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus (Greek part), Hungary, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom can obtain a visa on-line.
Getting there: The international Turkish airports of Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir are served by various charter operators as well as schedules airlines from most major European cities. Turkish Airlines fly from all major destinations via Istanbul.
Not to be missed: A visit to Orhaniye is a must, with its wonderful landscape and dense pine forests reflected in the water. In the bay is a narrow strip of sand, known as sunken Kizkumu. Venture out there and it looks as though you’re walking on water.
Marinas – ports in Turkey
- Cesme / Alacati Marina
- Gocek Izmir / Teos
- Kalkan Karaca Sögüt
- Turgutreis / Bodrum Peninsula
- Yalikavak / Bodrum Peninsula