Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the hidden beauty of Fethiye. Fethiye is a charming coastal town south-west of Turkey and one of the main starting points for a yacht charter trip. The main gulf of Fethiye consists of twelve islands, many of which are filled with bays that can only be accessed by boat. There are an abundant set of marinas where you can find the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speedboat of your choice. You can directly contact the owners or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Oludeniz. You can also rent a motorboat, their fast cruising speed will allow you to visit further-reaching destinations such as Kas or Marmaris on a two-day or three-day trip. Guests looking for plenty of space for fun and special events on board such as bachelor, birthday or even wedding anniversaries can book a catamaran. Finally, you can charter a gulet or traditional sailboat for as many days as you wish and have the chance to visit the Northern Dodecanese Islands of Greece.
Fethiye has a coastline stretching towards the Aegean Sea, leaning towards a Mediterranean climate, hot and dry in summer with winds reaching up to 27 knots at most. Apart from its natural beauty along the coast, the alluring mix of the town's past and the upscale shopping centers with the delightful restaurants creates a modern twist. A traditional revival is evident since one can enjoy a seaside promenade, walk in picturesque streets, catch sight of little stone houses and buy fish at the local market. Besides that, if you are a history enthusiast, you do not have to worry about going too far to explore the phenomenal history of Turkey. Above the harbor of Fethiye is a hillside that resembles a fortress and just an hour walk away you can visit ancient rock tombs that were used in Lycian times, dating back almost 2,500 years ago. One can also visit the open-air museum of Kayakoy near Fethiye, abandoned by the Greeks in earlier times and remains as a ghost town today, expect to see archaeological remains and Greek orthodox churches. Göcek is a charming town in Fethiye with a fine selection of international restaurants and is packed with all the necessary provisions for all kinds of yachts. From Gocek or the main harbor of Fethiye you can be one of the few to admire the multi-million-dollar yachts that set sail in the captivating waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
A private yacht charter in Fethiye will allow you to discover secret islands for as many days as you please. For those looking for a fun-filled day of adventure, Oludeniz makes a great day trip. With a high-speed catamaran or motorboat, you can reach the blue lagoon of Oludeniz in approximately half an hour. The lagoon features a rare natural landscape with turquoise waters that are perfect for snorkeling. Oludeniz is becoming more popular to tourists who want to absorb the wonder of the whole environment, above the picturesque lagoon is the Babadag Mountain reaching heights well over 1,800m setting an idyllic backdrop. There are also several restaurants if you want to enjoy an overnight by the harbor below. Before you enjoy scuba diving and paragliding in Oludeniz, you can make a stop to Gemiler island, a deserted region also thought to be the home of St. Nicholas, the Patron Saint of Sailors. Catamarans and sailboats will have an excellent anchor spot in the crescent shaped bay before they make their way to Oludeniz. From the blue lagoon you can also head to Butterfly valley in Faralya village, marking a perfect two-day cruise itinerary. The valley is full of butterflies in the summer months and people from various ages can enjoy the waterfall and water that runs from a steep-sided canyon.
For a 3-day or 4-day sailing itinerary, you can continue to Kas and Demre along the southern coastline. Kas is a small fishing village with a capacious marina, a great stop to taste the beautiful seafood and an opportunity to restock on fuel and supplies before you continue your boat cruise. Kaleucagiz is 36km east from Kas, you will notice a lot of luxury yachts anchor here for shelter before they arrive in the sunken city of Kekova. Near Kekova is Gokkaya, a cluster of small islands with clean waters that dot along the intended coast. Asirli island, Kiseli island and Kasirli island are some examples with Lycian rock tombs one can explore in between. For the perfect 5-day cruise, set sail to Demre, a natural district drowned in history. You will notice a lot of gulets pass by here making stops, either to visit the ruins of Myra which consist of a well-preserved amphitheater, the church of St.Nicholas and several beaches offering plentiful highlights. On the way back you can head to the seaside town of Kalkan located below the Taurus Mountains. Some beaches here worth mentioning are Patara and Kaputa beach which cannot be accessed by car, an excursion with a boat here is highly recommended for a great swim in the turquoise waters. Some other great anchorage spots before you conclude your 7-day yacht charter experience are Samanlik bay and Turunc Pinari near Fethiye. There is so much to see and do whichever direction you take. You can even hire a sailboat with a skipper and go for an excursion to Kastellorizo or Rhodes nearby giving you the opportunity to discover hidden gems that were important maritime routes for Greeks in the older days.
By hiring a gulet or luxury sailboat you can have an alternative sailing route and head to the peninsula of Bodrum and the Southern Dodecanese islands of Greece. The highlights are plentiful, you can even stop by the city of Knidos which has an old commercial harbor at the tip of Datca peninsula between Bodrum and Marmaris. A 12 islands boat trip in Fethiye is also an option for the most curious explorer. The Yassica islands, Cleopatra and Aga Bay and Domuz island are some stops you can make for overnights. Cleopatra Bay was named after the Queen of Egypt who was known to swim in the wonderful bay. Continue sailing towards Marmaris Harbor you will come across Dalyan, known worldwide for its mud baths and you will be able to catch sight of caretta-caretta turtles in Iztuzu Beach. Suspend your time in the busy market of Marmaris before you arrive at the Roman and Ottoman Shipyard island in the multiple bays of Gocek. Ofcourse, your itinerary can be crafted to your liking, you can even head to Lesvos, Samos and Kos opposite Bodrum for multi-day adventures in the Aegean Sea.
Below you will find some useful information for your yacht charter trip in Fethiye.
Ece Marina: This is a quality marina that can safely moor up to 460 boats. The resort offers all-round shelter and has all the amenities you need for your yacht. With the bustling town centre of Fethiye nearby you will have an array of restaurants, shops and bars.
Ece Marina is about 28 miles away from Dalaman International Airport taking approximately 50 min to drive there.
Yes Marina: In the south-west corner of Fethiye bay and can hold up to 30 mooring spots at a depth of 3-5m. Electricity and water supplies are available at the jetty.
Marinturk Göcek Village Port: This port has experienced staff and is only 5 minutes from Mugla province in Fethiye. The port also provides maintenance services such launching, lifting and other logistic support for bigger vessels.
Marinturk Göcek Port is about 20 minutes from Dalaman International Airport.
D-Marin Göcek, Mugla: Has a berthing capacity of about 380 vessels and can even accommodate superyachts that go up to 70m. The marina has a couple of restaurants, bars and cafes nearby and a perfect opportunity to enjoy different sports and leisure activities.
The International Dalaman Airport is roughly 22km away from D-Marina Gocek.
Belediye Marina: Situated at the end of Göcek coastline and can accommodate up to 365 boats that go up to 45 m long. A luxurious marina and the perfect starting point to visit the small islands around the Gulf of Fethiye. There are electricity and water supplies and 24-hour security. This marina is roughly 20km away from the International Airport.
Some alternative airports are Antalya airport or Bodrum Airport, you can also reach Fethiye by ferry from Rhodes in Greece.
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