Suggested sailing - North

GULF OF GOKOVA - Yalikavak- Iasos- Yalikavak

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.

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

BACK TO THE NORTH OF OUR BASE: GULF OF GULLUK

ALTINKUM:

Straight across the opening of the Gulf of Gulluk is Didim’s D-marin Marina close to Altinkum. The new marina has many facilities, good restaurants and a great pool. A short taxi ride will take you into Altinkum, which used to be a pleasant fishing village but has grown into a large tourist resort. Good for shopping and provisions, numerous restaurants and bars. The ancient ruins of Didyma are only 3 miles away by road.

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KURUERIK BUKU:

A large bay east of Altinkum, or west of Akbuk. There is a small Island called Gokada, which is connected by a reef to the mainland, so best avoided. Good holding at anchor at the North end of the bay and restaurants and bars on the shoreside. Good shelter from the Meltemi.

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AKBUK LIMANI:

A large bay on the north side of the Gulluk Gulf with good holding and well sheltered from the Meltemi. There are holiday villages on the mountain side, and restaurants and basic shopping on shore.

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KAZIKLI AND SAILORS PARADISE:

Used to have many fish farms in this beautiful bay that have now all been moved off shore. Coming into Kazikli on the west side of the bay is Sailors Paradise, a nice anchorage for an over night stop or a swim, a small beach and a very pretty bay, lovely for walks. At the end of the bay is “Kaptan’s Restaurant” newly renovated and with lots of charm; a good jetty, and excellent dining. You can give the restaurant your shopping list to be delivered to you in the morning. Historical tours are organised from here, including Ephesus and Didyma.

Shore Power & water tanks can be filled here.

IASOS, also known as ASIN LIMAN:

An ancient harbour with the ruins of a Byzantine tower. On entering the harbour stay close to the Byzantine tower on the east side of the entrance as the other side has a big underwater wall. You can moor to the town quay, or at anchor taking a line ashore. Visit the ruins of ancient Iassos – the agora, temple and newly restored mausoleum. There are restaurants on shore and provisions can be bought here.

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SALIH ADASI:

In the southeast corner of the gulf a large island separated from the mainland by a channel. Anchorage here with good holding (sand and weed) and sheltered from the Meltemi. A pretty island for an over night stay and cooking onboard.

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GUVERCINLIK:

An unspoiled gem of a fishing village, Guvercinlik is a large deep bay and anchorage, surrounded by pine trees, a jetty for small boats, charming restaurants at a good price, and a small market on shore.

NO water or shore power facilities here

TORBA:

A small harbour with some laid moorings or anchorage. Good all round shelter. Restaurants and shops onshore.

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PORT ATAMI (CENET KOYU):

A small chic private marina connected to the Hotel Atami, a tranquil hotel and yoga retreat with a nice restaurant and a very peaceful atmosphere. Finger pontoons and moorings.

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TURKBUKU:

Now a smart, though still in parts traditional, village and where the rich and famous go to be seen. Many large motor yachts in the bay. Mooring is quayside or on anchor. There are plenty of restaurants and chic beach clubs on shore, with landing stages that you can tie your dinghy to while you stop for a drink. Can be noisy at night during high season. A place to be seen.

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GUNDOGAN:

A large bay lying SSW of Tavsan Adalari (Rabbit Island). Here you can visit an interesting Byzantine church. There is watersports, restaurants, bars and shops on shore. Moor in the small harbour or at anchorage.

Water tanks can be filled here