SAILING TRIP TO GOKOVA GULF
- from 15/08/2015 to 28/8/2015
We invite you to join Gokova Gulf sailing training tour and explore the natural beauty of the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea ; swim on pristine white beaches, stroll through unspoilt villages, explore perfectly preserved historic ruins...what are you waiting for? Come join us on Gokova Gulf tour and immerse yourself in the relaxing Aegean culture, witness the countless hues of blue and green, as the sea, sky and land merge into a breathtakingly beautiful visualization of the surrounding natural environment. Let all your worries be washed away by the gentle swell and all your frustrations whisked away by the lazy breeze. Start every day with absolute peace, as you awaken to the hypnotic lapping of waves upon the hull and dive into the crystal clear sea.
The shoreline of the Gokova Gulf is dotted with hundreds of bays, coves and harbours; making it a truly unique place to visit. This allows us to visit a different bay every evening, taking in the breath-taking scenery and relaxing in tranquil fjords. A world famous location for kite-boarding and wind-surfing, Gokova is renowned for its constant wind and perfect weather conditions, making it the ideal area to indulge yourself in all things nautical.
Vacation aboard our IYT-certified training yachts, all the while learning the art of sailing and forging an unforgettable vacation experience. Once you successfully complete the training course, you will be awarded with an IYT certificate that will allow you to charter a yacht anywhere in the world. You can view the various IYT certificates we offer on our IYT License page.
Two weeks of sail training, trip to the Gulf of Gokova - 1200 Euros. Bareboat Skipper License is an additional 200 Euros.
We require a 25% deposit in order to confirm your reservation. You will receive an confirmation form after your payment.
| Day 1 Marmaris |
Our yachts are based in Beledediye Marina (located on the promenade). Arrive to the yacht and spend the night aboard in the Marina. You can also use the opportunity to do some shopping in the marina and stock up for your sailing trip.
| Day 2 Marmaris - Ciftlik |
Sunday: After breakfast, we conduct a group shopping. As soon as everything is ready, we depart from Marmaris. Our first stop is the lovely bay of Ciftlik, a Turkish seaside paradise. After swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear water, dinner is served in the local restuarant of Rafet Baba (best seafood in the region). Usually dinner continues well into the evening, the night being filled with laughter and memorable conversations. Water, electricity, wi-fi, hot showers and toliets are provided by the restuarant.
| Day 3 Ciftlik - Bozukkale |
Start the second day of your sailing adventure with an upwind trip to Bozukkale. Bozukkale is one of the preferred harbours for shelter from the prevailing winds. The water is very clear in this beautiful bay and there is no civilization. It has primitive restaurants that have to even bring water with boats and generate a couple of hours of electricity with generators. Ruins of an ancient castle can be seen from seaward, even before entering the bay. The castle walls are still standing, supported by massive rock-hewn bastions.
| Day 4 Bozukkale - Knidos |
We start early, setting sail to Knidos, past the romantic island of Symi and the Datca Peninsula. Knidos, which dates back to 700 BC, was nominated as one of the wonders of world. You can wander through most of this huge ruined city. The accompanying bay is also a lovely place to swim and views from the nearby lighthouse are fantastic! It is one of our favorite anchor spots.
| Day 5 Knidos – Buyuk Cati |
Departure is early for this part, since we will have a long upwind leg. Cati is natural harbour, catering to all kinds of vessels, mostly gulets and sailing yachts. Enveloped by a luscious pine forest, the harbor offers a "pool-like" environment, perfect for frolicking in the water or taking a relaxed excursion through the pine-scented trees. On moonlit nights, the looming pines cast ethereal shadows onto the glassy sea, painting a hauntingly captivating sketch of this fascinating fjord.
| Day 6 Cati – Balikasiran, Bordubet, 7 Islands |
Now the time has come to enjoy the bays of Gokova! We will do small trips to three bays, stopping for swimming breaks. Balikasiran is the place where the Gulf of Hisaronu and Gokova are closest to each other. This place is accepted as the beginning point of Datca Peninsula. Bordubet: named after the multitude of birds nesting here, you can take a walk and be accompanied by the soft chirping emanating from the trees. There is a river flowing into sea, you can paddle upstream and explore with a dinghy. 7 Islands: Four islands located near the southern shores of Gokova, they create a small gulf between them and the shore. You can find many calm places to anchor between the bays of the shore and the islands. In the west lies Martili, a bare, rocky island; although there are beautiful beaches on the south and east side of the island. The other islands are Uzun, Zeytinli and Kucuk. They all have steep, rocky shores and no sandy beaches. The islands are mostly barren, but covered with pine trees near the coves. Küfre bay is the most popular in this region. All coves are linked to one another with dirt trails.
| Day 8 7 Islands – Tuzla, Longoz, Kargıbuk, Okluk |
Today we will hop around more bays. First stop is Tuzla bay, a perfect swimming spot, then Longoz (Kargibuk). Longoz is a sheltered cove, situated between forests. There are usually only a few boats here. Löngöz is back to back with Ballısu bay. Ballisu is a very deep bay with a narrow entrance, once inside, the bay twists into the land. A creek flows into the bay. There used to be a thick pine forest around the bay but ten years ago a fire decimated most of the region...it is slowly growing back now. Final destination is Okluk, commonly known as the pearl of Gokova. The lasrgest cove is actually called Degirmendere. When entering this cove, you will see another inlet called British Harbor. During World War I, British warships used to hide here, bombarding the Germans at night and retreating into this cove at daylight. There is a Presidential Residence located at the south part of the bay. On the north side, you can observe the statue of a mermaid in the water, erected by Sadun Boro. The air is heavy with the scent of pine and trees line all of the shore, a perfect setting for a relaxing evening.
| Day 9 Okluk – Karacasogut |
After making short breaks at Ingiliz Bay, Ayın Bay, we sail to our last stop for the day, Karacasogut. This harbor is one of the popular destinations for yachts in the region. A must-see is the Karaca Cave, including the Sogut Waterfall, which falls from a height of 25 meters into a natural freshwater pool. There are two sections in the Karaca Cave, enter through the main entrance and explore the rest via dinghy. The total cave length is 420 meters, at a depth of 15 meters, and it houses two lakes. Amateur explorers should only enter the cave with guides and you should follow them very closely. A one kilometer section of the cave is still closed and renovation works are in progress to open this section to the public. There are ruins of an ancient city on a hill near Karacasogut. As you get closer to the hill, you begin see the necropolis of the city, the city walls, tombs, and cisterns. There are also remains of an ancient temple nearby. The ruins of the ancient city of Amnistos are on a headland near the village. The city's walls and port are visible.
| Day 10 Karacasogut - Mersincik |
Our first return leg will be long and mostly upwind, so we start early. We anchor at Mersincik, a lovely bay fronted by steep pine-covered slopes and pebble beaches.
| Day 11 Mersincuk - Palamutbuku |
Another long haul to Palamutbuku. The village of Palamutbuku is now popular for its delicious almond and olive trees, instead of a certain type of oak, after which the bay is named. The village is adorned with a lengthy sand beach and delicious fish restuarants, all complimented by olive trees and thick pine forests.
| Day 12 Palamutbuku – Bozukkale |
Another long leg with an early start. We will return to Bozukkale. After a long day of sailing, we rest here.
| Day 13 Bozukkale - Marmaris |
After a very early start, we set sail back to Marmaris.
- You will stay in sailing boat 14 nights in 2 weeks program
- Our boats have 4 cabins and also skipper cabin.
- We train maximum 6 people in one boat and maximum 8 with guests.
- We provide bed sheets, pilow cover and towel for every person
- Crew of each boat make a common shopping and share costs. We provide suggested shopping list. People might cook inside or enjoy local food of a local restaurant in bays. Skippers food are paid jointly.
- We stop in a different bay or island every evening. Our routes are published yearly and they can be Turkish coast or Greek islands depending on particular week. ( Program )
- There is free time till 10:00 for people in training, and till 12:00 for rest. Skipper organize a trek for a historical ruin or nature every morning at 8:00 before breakfast. People might join.
- In our region Wind usually starts around 12:00, So we start sailing around noon for next location.
- We arrive to our next destination afternoon - evening. People can enjoy sun, sea and nature, or walk around to explore as their free time.
- We goto dinner togather every night and enjoy long conversations. After dinner people might choose to do some activities togather like playing games, more conversation or peace of nature.
- Saturdays are our check-in and meeting day. Our boats are at Netsel Marina C pantoon.You can check in anytime after 16:00 and settle.
- We make our first briefing after 17:00 and goto shopping. We have our first dinner at marina togather, and then people can explore Marmaris night life.
- Sundays are our first day of sailing. We finish last minute shoppings and start sailing around noon.
- Our tours ends Fridays (2 weeks later) after 17:00. You may leave the boat or stay one more night to enjoy Marmaris. Boat have to be empty by 10:00 on Saturday by 10:00 for cleaning.
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