Suggested sailing - South

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.

Not safe in South winds.

Shore power & fuel and water tanks can be filled 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.

Shore power, fuel and water tank filling available here.

SELIMIYE:

A very beautiful ittle village at the southern end of the bay, with ancient ruins , almond orchards and several restaurants and jetties.

Shore power and water tank filling available here.

DIRSEK:

Another little paradise, with a restaurant and jetty at the north end of the bay and on the south east side, some ancient ruins.

Water tank filling available here.

BOZBURUN:

Care needs to be taken passing the small island (Yesil Adasi) as you come into Bozburun, but once inside, a charming village. Restaurants on shore and a little village square.

Shore power and water tank filling available here

SOGUT LIMANI:

Here find the ruins of an ancient fortress, and a small jetty with a restaurant.

Shore power and water tank filling sometimes available here.