Fly into Dalaman or Bodrum and enjoy the scenic drive to the marina in Marmaris. The base staff will get you in board as early as possible once the yacht has been prepared for you.
After you have had the technical briefing about your yacht you are able to set off for your sailing holiday or, if you are not in a hurry enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants in the marina.
Whenever possible you will have a full yacht briefing on your 1st day, however if you had a late flight we will give you all the information you need the following morning at a time to suit you.
Ciftlik is an excellent 1st night destination. Azmak restaurant is owned by cousins Engin & Yasar who take a great pride in delivering wonderful food and great service. Yasar will be on the dock to take your lines and hand you a lazy line. Once safely moored he will ensure you are connected to the electric shore power and you can top up with water if needed.
It is a great place to swim from your yacht, the dock or the beach. There are plenty of sun chairs and umbrellas on the beach & behind the restaurant are good toilet & shower facilities.
Engin & Yasar are keen to ensure you have everything you need so they have an excellent market for you to get any provisions you might need plus are happy to sell fresh fruit & vegetables from their kitchen. The large restaurant has plenty of shade for dining and free WiFi. The chef is very well known in this area for his excellent cuisine, we particularly recommend fish and beware of the delicious homemade bread.
This does make for an easy and relaxing 1st day.
Facilities at Azmak Restaurant, Ciftlik:
Start the day with a refreshing swim and breakfast ashore before heading off to your next destination. Heaps of places to choose from. If you want a short hop we would suggest Bozukkale also known as Loryma.
Our recommendation would be to stop at Sailors House run by Mustafa and his family. In 2017 we visited this place for the 1st time in 17 years despite multiple invitations from Mustafa! He was very shocked to see us mooring up on his dock and was quick to proudly show us around his land.
There is no road access to Bozukkale so everything has to be transported by boat. He has built toilet & showers and found spring water which he has hooked to solar power so you can enjoy a hot shower in this beautiful bay. He grows as many of his own vegetables as he can and last winter he spent his time building a new terrace over the water which is just amazing.
If you feel like exploring the ancient citadel on the entrance to the bay is definitely worth a look. From there if it is a clear day you will be able to see over the water to Rhodes.
We were served fresh crayfish and grilled fish with salad which was simply delicious.
Facilities at Sailors House, Bozukkale:
Wake up to another fab day on the water and then head to Sogut and the top class Octopus Restaurant. They have a large dock with staff waiting to hand you a lazy line. It is shallow on the inside of the dock so only suitable for catamarans or swimming!! They have water and electric on the dock, sun chairs on the beach and excellent toilet & showers.
As the sun goes down the staff will set tables out on the water front ready for a relaxing dinner on the waters edge. They will invite you to choose your mezes from a large selection. At the same time you can have a look at the wonderful fish, seafoods & meats that they offer.
Facilities at Octopus Restaurant, Sogut:
You can expect a warm welcome from Mehmet and his family at Sailors Paradise. Mehmet built this fabulous restaurant from scratch, adding toilet & showers with spring water and solar power. As you wander through his vegetable garden or sit on his shaded terrace you cannot help but be impressed by the complete feeling of nature here. He has a wooden jetty with moorings for up to 15 yachts. Alternatively there a couple of mooring buoys if you prefer to be free.
Facilities at Paradise Bay:
This is the largest place you will have visited on your route so far. Here you will find lots of restaurants some with their own jetty, bars, cafes, hand craft shops, dive school, 4 supermarkets, handbag shop and an ATM!!!
We would recommend anchoring in this large bay and taking your dinghy ashore. Plenty of choice of restaurants to dine in and small bars to enjoy a cocktail.
Selimiye has a very cosmopolitan feel and with all the markets is a great place to restock the yacht.
Facilities in Selimiye:
Another beautiful bay, very large with one restaurant which is popular so if you anchor off and plan to eat ashore in the evening be sure to let them know and reserve your table in advance. If you are dining on board this is a great location to drop an anchor and take a line ashore safe in the knowledge that you will be secure.
At this point we should mention that at every overnight destination it is ideal for swimming, just dive off into clear blue waters and enjoy.
Facilities at Dirsek:
A busy little harbour in a picturesque town. As you enter the Harbour look for the guy/girls in charge as they will direct you to a mooring place. You will need to use your anchor in this harbour, very good holding and protected form all weather. Do check that you don’t cross anchors to avoid an early wake up call.
Late afternoon the road is closed to vehicles and the restaurants set out tables along the promenade, you could find yourself dining at a table behind your yacht. Its lovely to walk along the waterfront, scattered with craft shops, bars and restaurants, so many to choose from. The local council have provided showers on the dock for a small fee which are very clean. Here you will find supermarkets, shops, a barber and an ATM.
A popular restaurant in Bozburun is Ozmans Place. Ozman and his wife Lynn will welcome you to their restaurant. They offer free hot showers and toilets. Their delicious food is freshly prepared and cooked to order.
Facilities in Bozburun:
Stunning bay with a choice of mooring on a buoy or taking a line on the jetty. Captain Nemo or Bob will be waiting for you in his small rowing boat to tie you up to a mooring buoy and take a line ashore for you.
There is road access to Serce. However having been on it we can confirm that its not something to repeat unless absolutely necessary, hence it is very quiet and peaceful. Captain Nemo is a lively character and you can expect to be entertained for the evening, possibly dancing the night away to his favourite tunes.
When everyone has retired for the evening and the generator has been turned off you can lie back on the deck and study the starry night sky.
Facilities at Serce Limani:
And so over to the bays East of Marmaris….. An early start to the day and hopefully some good sailing with the wind behind you. We love the area known as Skopia Limani with heaps of small bays and anchorages to choose from. One of our favourites is Kapi Creek and the first one that you will arrive at. Recently (2017) they have made many changes to the dock and restaurant plus they have built new toilets with showers. Muammer and his staff will assist you with the mooring and then serve you in the evening at your table.
Beautiful for swimming as are all the stopovers in Skopia Limani. There is a very nice walk over the hill to take the views over the whole area including Fethiye & on a good day you can see as far as Kalkan.
Facilities at Kapi Creek:
Onto the party town of Fethiye and a couple of choices for mooring. Both are just a 10 minute stroll into town where you will find an abundance of shops, markets, bars and restaurants with plenty of night life.
Ege Marina is the first place you will see as you approach Fethiye, with all the usual facilities: lazy lines, water, electric, toilets & showers.
Next door is a smaller jetty belonging to the Yacht Classic Hotel which is loved by all. They offer the same facilities plus swimming pool, good restaurant, spa and is a great place to watch the sun set at their cocktail bar. They will offer a discount on your mooring fee if you dine in their restaurant in the evening.
Behind the town you can see the impressive Lycian Rock tombs carved into the rock face. You can view these from afar or take the 200 steps to take a closer look.
Facilities at Yacht Classic, Fethiye:
There are so many stunning locations to choose from, great for swimming, good service, good food, etc Sarsala happens to be just another one of our favourites.
Ramazan and his staff await you at their newly built dock with lazy lines. They have recently refurbished the restaurant with a larger interior space for early and late season visitors, a very spacious terrace for the summer season, a bar and new toilet & shower facilities.
Facilities at Sarsala:
Break the journey up with a stopover in Ekincik. One choice is ‘My Marina’ Restaurant with stunning views over the bay. It is quite a hike up the hill so be sure to take your camera with you the first time.
As usual staff will be on hand to assist you mooring on their dock with lazy lines, electric & water are available and at 18:00 someone will be along to collect your garbage. You can expect a mooring fee here.
The restaurant is a little unusual in that they have a talking menu. The main thing here is to understand that whatever main course you order it will come with a full compliment of potatoes or rice and vegetables or salad so no need to order any extras.
Ok so its your last night. After refuelling in Netsel Marina help will be on hand to assist you mooring on the dock. Toilet and shower facilities are close by or you may wish to relax by the pool on the marina.
If you haven’t enjoyed a night in Marmaris then we can give some recommendations including a good selection of Turkish restaurants, international cuisine or delicious street food.
Facilities at the Base:
Depending on your departure time there are plenty of activities for you to enjoy:
These are dependant on the amount of time you have on your last day
Turkish Bath – Some clients love this so much they arrange to return at lunch time on their last day, hop in the free pick-up service and visit the Turkish Baths in Marmaris. They will either drop you back in the marina afterwards or you can ask then to stop at one of the restaurants on the way back.
Alternatively take a taxi to Joya Del Mar just outside Marmaris. A fabulous hotel with great food, a swimming pool and spa with its own white sandy beach. They will keep your bags in reception whilst you enjoy your day.
Shopping in Marmaris – Enjoy an afternoon shopping in the Bazaar for bargains and souvenirs. The best deals for ‘original fakes’ are to be found here.
You can wander round the local market, sit in one of the many cafes and watch the world go by or maybe you would like to visit the castle and walk around the old town.
Then there are numerous shops selling gold, handbag, ceramics, pasminas, etc its endless…….