Choosing a blue cruise can often be confusing and difficult given all of the incredible places to visit and things to do along each gulet route. Whether you join a standard cabin cruise or choose a more intimate private yacht charter, there is plenty to see and do no matter where your gulet route takes you. These suggested highlights will hopefully make your choice easier as you discover more about the options that best suit your interests. Perhaps you are looking for a more adventurous option that includes diving and paragliding? Or maybe you would really just like to completely unwind and relax on a gulet that offers the best of the Turkish coast and the nearby Greek islands? There is something for everyone and the following are on our list of must-sees while cruising the Turquoise Coast.
Simena and the Sunken City of Kekova
Olympos to Fethiye is a popular gulet route, and rightly so as this part of the coastline is filled with picturesque scenery and historical wonders. On the first day of your Blue Cruise Turkey, your gulet will anchor between Kalekoy village and the sunken city of Kekova. Kalekoy is home to Simena Castle where you are welcome to go ashore and ascend the steep hill for a spectacular view of the surrounding panorama. In the same day, your captain will carefully glide by the underwater ruins of Kekova and because the water is so incredibly clear, you will be able to marvel at this ancient sunken city.
Kas: Exploring the Town and Diving Excursions
Kas is a vibrant but small town with quaint cafes and shops lining cobblestoned streets. It is the perfect place to spend a few morning hours and is also a stop along the Olympos to Fethiye route. You can wander the streets, enjoying the unhurried ambience of this coastal town, and even visit the ancient amphitheater which can be found nearby to the city center. After spending a morning exploring the lovely coastal town of Kas, your gulet will take you to a nearby secluded bay where you will have the option to dive! Kas is one of the best spots along the Mediterranean coastline for diving. You will see fascinating sea life and the area is also known for underwater caves, shipwrecks, and reefs. Being certified is not necessary and diving is open to all levels.
Oludeniz Blue Lagoon
As one of the most photographed sites in all of Turkey, Oludeniz is sure to impress. A day here can be spent relaxing on board or on the shores of the sparkling Blue Lagoon. Options for paragliding can also be taken advantage of for those who are seeking adventure. The beach is lined with cafes where you can enjoy a drink while soaking in the perfect summer weather that this area of Turkey is known for. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the magnificent blue water overshadowed but the stunning Babadag mountain, the launching point for the many paragliders you will see floating high above.
Snorkeling at Orak Island
Orak Island is another popular snorkeling and diving spot and can be reached when traveling the Bodrum to Gokova blue cruise route. As if swimming in a crystal clear aquarium, exploring the waters surrounding this island is like a dream. Reefs and sea creatures will surround you and if you choose to swim ashore, the natural scenery provides the perfect atmosphere for some light trekking.
Greece & Turkey in One Holiday
Whether you opt for a standard cabin cruise or for a private yacht charter Turkey departing from Bodrum, it is possible to explore explore the Turkish coast as well as the nearby Dodecanese islands of Greece. Two routes, one exploring the northern Greek islands and the other which heads south, offer a relaxing journey through Greek culture, history, and stunning island beauty. The islands of Kos, Rhodes, Symi, and Kalimnos (to name only a few) are included on these routes and boast spectacular views as you approach each small harbor.