Suggested sailing itinerary - East

GULF OF GOKOVA - EAST OF BODRUM

Embark at Aura Yachting base, Palmarina, Yalikavak, Bodrum

Palmarina is a 5 anchor blue flagged marina with excellent facilities including supermarket, restaurants, shops, two swimming pools and a private beach club. All facilities are available to you. A short walk along the sea front and you come to the charming town centre, a pretty harbour-front with cafes and restaurants. During July and August it is bustling with life, especially in the evening.

Shore Power & Fuel water tanks can be filled here

Leaving Palmarina, Yalikavak, just west of the entrance is a rocky reef that is not always marked, care should be taken.

YALIKAVAK TO GUMUSLUK:

Gumusluk is 5 miles south from Yalikavak. Keep close to the small islet on the right of the entrance to the bay as on the other side an ancient wall lies underwater, the site of Myndos. Anchor in the middle or north end of the bay where the depth is about 10 - 14 meters. Free swinging in this bay, just watch for other yachts crossing your anchor chain. Go to shore with your dinghy and find a wide choice of restaurants, a little more expensive here but worth it. The setting is very beautiful.

NO water or shore power facilities here

CATAL ADA:

A nice island 1/4 mile to shore, mooring on small jetty or anchorage. Sandy seabed with good holding.

NO water or shore power facilities here

TURGUTREIS:

Also known as Karatoprak. D- Marin Turgutreis Marina lies west of Catal Ada. The marina is large and has many facilities, while the town is full of life and holds a large market on Saturdays. There are numerous rocks and reefs lying between Catal Ada and Huseyin Bunu so care should be taken. Take fuel here on your way back to base if weather is bad, as safer than entering Yalikavak Marina.

Shore power & fuel and water tanks can be filled here

AKYARLAR:

A small bay that can get busy with local boats. Good anchorage and good shelter from the Meltemi. Restaurants and provisions on shore.

NO water or shore power facilities here

ASPAT:

A large bay with a village on shore. Anchor in the north or south ends of the bay. The south end of the bay has restaurants, the north is a little quieter. Some ancient ruins on the hillside.

NO water or shore power facilities here

BAGLAR KOYU/ORTAKENT:

A large bay where daily touring boats come a lot, very popular with wind surfers and dinghy sailing. The east end of the bay in front of Celebi Ada (Celebi Island) tucked in the corner is good holding and has a beach bar and shore side restaurants with tables on the sand and a very nice atmosphere.

NO water or shore power facilities here

BITEZ:

A long bay NE of Celebi Island, Bitez is a busy resort bay with sun beds along the beachfront, watersports, restaurants, bars and shops. There is a jetty on the east side of the bay if there is space, or at anchorage.

Not safe in South winds.

Shore power & fuel and water tanks can be filled here.

ADA BOGAZI (AQUARIUM):

A beautiful anchorage, take a line to shore. Busy in the day with day trippers, but most leave by 17:00 h, then a pretty place for an over night onboard.

NO water or shore power facilities here.

BODRUM:

Bodrum is a large, cosmopolitan town with lots of character, restaurants, bars, clubs, and shopping. Visit the castle and its museum of underwater archaeology, and the ruins at the Mausoleum site. Milta Marina, offers many facilities and is situated right in the centre of the town. Can be noisy and busy during high season.

Shore power & fuel and water tanks can be filled here

ORAK ISLAND:

A bare island. Anchorage, a nice cove, great for a swim stop. Watch for rats coming onto the boat via the anchor chain.

NO water or shore power facilities here

MAZI:

This hidden gem of a bay 20 miles east of Bodrum is often empty of other yachts. Shelter from the regular winds can be found on the west side of the open bay, near the reefs off the headland. Take a line ashore and a dinghy to the small jetty. A very nice restaurant and beautiful setting.

Water tank filling available here

COKERTME:

Also breathtaking and unspoiled, this is a wider bay with jetties along the shore, with laid lines for mooring. Good restaurants and basic shopping.

Shore power & fuel and water tanks can be filled here

AKBUK:

Towards the end of the bay between Oren (power station) and Gokova, surrounded by high mountains, this is a pretty bay. Anchorage with a line to shore. Restaurant on shore.

NO water or shore power facilities here

SEHIR ADASI (CLEOPATRA ISLAND):

Good for a lunch and swim stop at the far end of the Gulf, a walk around the island and visit to the ancient ruins. Visit the beach that Cleopatra's lover Anthony made for her. Anchorage.

NO water or shore power facilities here

KARACA SOGUT:

A popular bay, restaurant and jetty with laid lines, and a small yacht club, hotel and restaurant in the far corner. Also with a jetty and laid lines. A road trip to Marmaris can be arranged here.

Shore power & fuel and water tanks can be filled here

DEGIRMEN BUKI (ENGLISH HARBOUR):

A popular destination with plenty of sheltered coves to accommodate yachts and gulets. You can moor to the wooden jetty of the 'Kaptan's Place' Restaurant. Market provides basic provisions. A road trip to Marmaris can be arranged here.

Shore power & fuel and water tanks can be filled here

YEDI ADALAR (SEVEN ISLANDS):

Stunning chain of small Islands. Caution must be taken as many below water rocks. Anchorage and over night stop. Really pretty bay worth a day and a night onboard here. A new restaurant has now opened here.

BORDUBET LIMANI (AMAZON CREEK):

A stunning bay situated amongst a dense pine forest, anchor at the end of the bay and take a stern line to shore. Follow the signs on the beach to a clearing where there is a lovely meadow and a camp site, excellent restaurant, showers, bar, restaurant and basic provisions available.

NO water or shore power facilities here

BUYUK CATI AND KUCUK CATI:

At the south of Bordubet bay are several coves for anchoring. All offer some shelter from westerly winds.

NO water or shore power facilities here

KORMEN:

Lying at the south side of the bay there is quay side for mooring. Small ferry port from Bodrum servicing Datca. Restaurant.

Shore power & fuel and water tanks can be filled here

MERSINCIK:

A beautiful enclosed bay. Anchor on northwest side and take a line to shore. Very pretty coves.

NO water or shore power facilities here