In our page which is a guide to Blue Voyage, Boat and Yacht Rentals, Routes and Sailing, we tried to answer the questions of how to go to Fethiye, what to do there, how is the wind, to what should pay attention to in its bays and shores, where to anchor, where are the marinas and what the historical places to see on the shores are.
Private Yacht and Boat Charters, Sailing & Blue Voyage Fethiye
Since Fethiye includes Göcek, it is one of the important cities in Turkey in regard to yacht and sailing tourism. Ölüdeniz (Dead Sea) in Fethiye is one of the most popular coastlines of Turkey. It is the best place to rent a boat or yacht and start a blue voyage. You can go on a blue voyage by renting a boat or luxury yacht in wonderful bays, you can enjoy the sea, sun, nature and history in full.
Since fethiye is in a climate band which is a mixture of Mediterranean and Aegean climates, it is hot and dry in summer and warm and rainy in winter, but its humidity is very low, compared to Antalya. You can sea swimming people in winter in Fethiye, just like in Antalya.
Its gulf, bays, valleys and nature offer a unique yacht trip, and Fethiye has important historical cities that are worth a visit. Fethiye's centrum generally has two story, wooden-baghdadi system based Turkish houses and Roman houses made from cut stones.
Fethiye is a wonderful vacation spot for nature sports, apart from its natural beauty, sea, history, beaches and Boat, Yacht vacations and Hotels. The most popular among nature sports are paragliding starting from Babadağ's summit and ending in Ölüdeniz, trekking, sailing sports, biking, rowing and motor cross.
How to go to Fethiye: Dalaman airport, just 40km away from Fethiye provides a great advantage in transportation. You can go to Fethiye from Istanbul in the same time that's needed to go from one district of Istanbul to another: in 1 hour 50 minutes. You can use a taxi or Fethiye shuttles from Dalaman airport. Moreover there are minibus lines from Dalaman's centrum.
Yacht Charter in Fethiye
Zephyr winds from the North and North-west generally start in the afternoon and go on until sundown in Fethiye and Göcek. In August and September the wind speed generally stays between 11 and 27 knots, and rarely ever reaches 30 knots. Southerly winds may be harsher in Fethiye gulf but they are generally encountered outside summer.
Our recommendation is to enjoy the early hours when the weather is calm and windless, by having breakfast, swimming, diving, or sunbathing on the deck; raising anchor in the noon and get ready for the afternoon zephyr to fill our sails.
Fethiye & Gocek Gulf is Convenient to...
Fethiye Gulf is one of the foremost places for sailing. It has many islands large and small, along with beautiful bays that meets all the wishes of sea lovers and is suitable for all kinds of boats, yachts and blue voyages.
You may be a sailing beginner or expert, there are routes and locations in Fethiye Gulf where you can catch the ideal winds. We advise beginners to steer away from Yedi Burunlar (Seven Capes) in the windy parts of the year.
Private Charter Yacht & Boat Rental Combination in Fethiye
It is possible to rent a boat or yacht in Fethiye, just like in all the Mediterranean and Aegean regions. Charter boats and yachts are generally classical Turkish-made wooden Gulet, Motor Yachts, Sail Boats and Catamarans. The Sailboats and Catamarans can be rented with staff or bareboat (fuel and all other expenses paid by the renters). For trips with a friend group or business activity, yacht agencies renting sailboat flotillas can be found in Fethiye. Moreover, bareboat renting, skipper and cook renting are also alternatives. Fethiye Boat And Yacht Rental >>>
Capacity: 460 Boats Length: 60 m
Ece Marina also offers all accommodation services and SPA services with ECE Saray Hotel.
For detailed information; visit [http://ecesaray.com.tr/marina2013/tr].
Capacity: 30 Boats Length: 25
It is in the southwest coast of Fethiye Gulf. It offers grocery store, technical service, electricity, water and free internet services.
For detailed information; visit [http://www.yesmarina.com].
Capacity: 30 Boats Length: 25
Detailed Information: [www.letooniaresorts.com]
Suitable Places for Anchoring and Accommodation:
It is a very well protected area suitable for anchorage at 6 to 10 meters, at the end of the bay to the west of Cape Paçariz.
Off the shore from the beach under the lighthouse, suitable for anchoring at 5 to 15 meters. However there are a lot of mosquitoes in the area.
Between Cape İlbiz and Cape Çamlı
The pine covered mountains abruptly descend to the sea. Apart from the zephyr season (August and September) it is a great place to anchor. We don't advise it in harsh weathers.
Gemiler Island and its Environs
It is in the large bay to the east of Cape İlbiz. The underwater rock about 70 meters from the cape may be dangerous for your boat.
There is a pass 10m deep in its shallowest place between the over-water rock in the outermost part of the reef and the island which has many ruins. You should take the possible debris in the extended parts of the capes into account when you pass through. The pier's depth is not suitable for sidling, the tying spot of the restaurant in the shore may also be used.
Gemiler Thicket has a restaurant, cafe and bar on the shore and it is an elliptic bay right across the western tip of the island. You can anchor at 10 meters from the beach or you can put a hawser on the shore at the western corner.
Suitable for anchoring off the shore from the island at the western end of the pass. Although the depth is about 7-9 meters at 15-20 meters from the shore, it gets very shallow very quickly towards the shore. You must pay attention to underwater rocks here and we advise you to sail at least 20-25 meters off the shore.
The hills have settlement ruins from the Byzantine era . You will love the mosaics within the buildings and around them.
The water off the bech is suitable for anchoring. You can also prefer the little recess at the western part of the bay. There is an underwater spring here, thus the water is very cold and clear and ideal for swimming. It's a different experience.
Yorgun Bay (Ölüdeniz)
You can put down anchor at 15-20 meters under the hook shaped cape at the south-western part of the bay or put down a hawser to the western hillside. Around the beach and at the north-east shore of Ölüdeniz, there are various restaurants, bars and beach cafes. You can get to Fethiye by minibus or taxi from here.
It is forbidden to enter Yorgun Bay with a boat. You can anchor your boat or yacht to the bay entrance and get on land to see these unique beauties.
Yedi Burunlar (Seven Capes)
Yedi Burunlar lies between Cape Kötü and Cape Zeytin, in the south/south-east direction for about 7 miles. They start right to the south of Ölüdeniz, at 9 miles from it. This is the point where the ancient river of Xanthos meets the sea. We suggest that you sail about 2-3 miles off shore in zephyr season for a safe journey.
The birth place of Bishop Nikolas of Myra, meaning Santa Claus; Ancient city of Patara is to the south of the beach. We recommend that you visit it while you're there.
Cape Kötü is very deep and suitable for anchoring outside the zephyr season.
You will see the olive trees and lemonoids covering the hills surrounding the bay the moment you get in with your boat. The western part of the harbor has suitable anchorage places but the bottom is mossy and sandy, so don't neglect to check on your anchor after you lay it down. Most of the time the anchor doesn't hold.
If you sail from the West, you may see Çatal Islands as a single island, that's normal. Çatal Islands are two islands separated by a narrow pass. The town of Kalkan can be seen from the bay. We advise you to be mindful of strong winds coming from the west in zephyr season.
There is a underwater freshwater spring in Kalkan near the harbor. The pier has electricity, fuel and water services. The town as grocery stores to cover your basic needs, restaurants, post office, exchange office, ATM, dry cleaning, rent-a-car for your travel needs, minibus and bus services. Kalkan is very near to Xanthos and Patara so we recommend you visit these beauties while you're there.
This little island that needs attention when you pass from the north of Heybeli Island, is actually a rock. The shallowest point around it is about 4m. We advise boats and yachts with a long fin to take care of the shallow area marked with buoys.
Bucak Sea (Port Vahi)
Port Vahi bay is a longitudinal bay and there are two rocks at its entrance. You can tie your boat to the shore at a suitable spot near the end of this bay, oriented towards the north-west of Çukurbağ Peninsula.
Kayaköy is one of the most popular ancient cities in Fethiye. The first thing that will come to mind when you see Kayaköy with its history reaching back to pre-christian era, its majestic atmosphere with its stone houses, will be ghost towns in movies.
Saklıkent Canyon is one of Fethiye's landmarks and it receives thousands of travelers every year. Eşen Creek divides the canyon which is about 18km long. You can have trekking or discovery trips in the valley, as well as stopping at restaurants and cafes at the end of the creek and enjoy your time.
The most famous and visited bays in Fethiye are Katrancı Bay, Günlüklü Bay, Oyuktepe Bays; (Mempaşa, Little and Big Samanlık, Boncuklu, Kuleli (Aksazlar), Aquarium, Turunç Pınarı), Gemile Bay, Kelebekler Vadisi (Butterflies Valley) and Kabak Bays. For more, see Göcek Bays >>>
Katranco Bay offers a magnificient view from the land. Katrancı Bay is 16km from Fethiye's center. For those who come from Dalaman, Göcek or Ortaca, there is a large pocket on the road 1km after Günlüklü that allows you to admire this view. We recommend that you park your vehicle and enjoy this view. Katrancı Bay is a forest resting area among wonderfully scented pine woods. The bay has camping areas and services such as shower, WC, cabin, buffet, pergola, parking lot services, along with water, tent, blanket, electricity, bungalow rental, that you might need while camping. Katrancı Bay is invaded by campers in the high season. It has a very clean sea. We recommend those who come with a boat or yacht to anchor here and have a short walk.
The shallow and clean sea of Günlüklü Bay is preferred by those who can't swim very well. This bay has sweetgum trees, a camp site and a hotel. Günlüklü bay which offers basic needs such as water and electricity for campers, gets its name from sweetgum (günlük) trees surrounding this bay. It is to the right hand side when coming from Fethiye with a boat, after Katrancı Bay; and again to the right hand side after passing Göcek, when coming from land from Ortaca or Dalaman. The scent of the sweetgum trees early in the morning or at sunset, takes you to other lands. It is a healing center for those who suffer from asthma and breathing problems.
Gemile Bay is a first degree archaeological site and an open air museum. There is an entrance fee. Gemiler Island is to the south of Fethiye Gulf and at 9km to Fethiye. The island has 4-5 ancient church remains from the Byzantine Era. Since Gemiler Island is one of the dissemination points of Christianity, it has an important place in western culture. The ancient name of Gemiler Island is St. Nicholas. The Gemile Bay, which is right across from Gemiler Island, has a beach and joins Gemile Bay Valley (Gemiler Valley) to create a wonderful natural beauty. We recommend that you climbing to the top of the island, visit the old church remains and see the mosaics in the base of the big churh.
The bay which is covered with green pine woods along the road, offers the great coupling of green and blue. Oyuk Tepe Bays are 4km from Fethiye over land and transportation is very eas. Oyuktepe Bays are, in order, Mempaşa Bay, Small and Large Samanlık Bay, Boncuklu Bay, Kuleli (Aksazlar), Aquarium Bay and Turunç Pınarı Bay.
The Aquarium bay: There is an aquarium bay in fethiye, just like everywhere else. But the difference is that you can see the bottom up to 25-30 metres very clearly, and of course the fish in the water. We recommend that you visit Aquarium bay with its crystal bluewaters when you return from Kelebekler Valley (Bay).
These bays that form a peninsula at the west of Fethiye are generally an attraction point for daily visitors. The bays have a forest resting area and are very suitable for spending time. They offer showe, WC, cabin, drinking water, buffet, pergola and parking lot services.
This bay is very close to Ölüdeniz beach (3km). It has a calm beach covered with pines and a clear sea. There are wooden tables, barbecue areas, restrooms and buffets inside the pine woods, covering the needs of campers. The beach and promenades are much more calmer than Ölüdeniz beach. The bay is generally preferred by the locals and daily tourists. At the next stop over this land route, Kelebekler Valley and Kabak Bay are expecting you.
Kelebekler Vadisi is a first degree protected area, connected to Ölüdeniz and ornamenting the foothills of Babadağ. The valley offers a home to more than 80 different butterfly species. It is surrounded by steep rocks reaching 80 meters. There is also a small waterfall falling from 50 meters after coming from Faralia. Transport is possible from land and sea. The land route reaches the valley from Fethiye's center via Ovacık minibuses; the sea route takes the visitors from Ölüdeniz by boat to Kelebekler Valley Bay. If you wish to anchor with your own ship to discover this valley, the best times to see the butterflies are March, April and May. Still, you should try your luck J.
Kabak Valley is voted "One of the best five camping sites in the world" by world travelers. It is a first degree protected area and the valley and sea in Kabak bay are very clean. You can discover the valley by walking up and down the steep hillsides or with vehicles like tractors and jeeps. The very rare floral richness of Kabak Valley is attributed to the fact that it has not been affected by the ice age. Apart from swimming and diving, the valley offers path walks, waterfall walks and visits to the turquoise cave. The Kabak Valley has world-famous camping sites and it is very near Kelebekler Valley. The name of Kabak Valley comes from the shape of the bay, resembling a gourd. If you visit Kabak Bay in your blue voyage, we recommend that you walk along the anciant Lycian Road and reach the Faralia village set up on the summit of the valley, taste the organic vegetables and fruits grown in the villages at one of the small restaurants or cafes, or even enjoy the village bread and eggs in a village breakfast.
Fethiye has wonderful natural beauties, alongside its history. Ölüdeniz beach, one of the most popular beaches in the world expects you with its unique beauty. Çalış beach is also one of the first places that come to mind in Fethiye. White sands and a turquoise sea await you there.
12 Islands You can visit Göcek 12 Islands on daily tour boats sailing from Fethiye and Göcek and you must see these islands. A turquoise sea and wonderfully pristine bays and natural beauties are things you must see before you head back home.
Fethiye has a history going back thousands of years and it contains different civilizations and ancient cities. The foremost on the list of recommended sightseeing are: Patara, Letoon, Tlos, Telmessos and Kadianda Ancient Cities.