Enjoy a relaxed sailing holiday in the Gulf of Fethiye with short passages and protected anchorages.
The Gulf of Fethiye is a yachtsman’s paradise with so many sheltered anchorages, coves and islands with crystal clear water and protected coves for a tranquil night on anchor. The Gulf of Fethiye is a stunning setting for a relaxed sailing holiday in an unspoilt area, with pine covered fjord-like anchorages with names such as Four Fathom Bay, Ruin Bay, Wall Bay and Tomb Bay, evidence of an ancient Lycian civilization.
Start your yacht charter from Fethiye or Göcek, both easily reached from Dalaman airport. Fethiye is a friendly harbour town with waterfront boulevard and pedestrianised town centre lined with tavernas and shops selling everything from carpets to spices. Göcek is a yachting centre but has lost none of its authentic Turkish charm.
This sailing holiday is perfect for families with children. The crystal clear water in sheltered coves makes swimming and snorkelling a true delight.
DAY 1 : Embark at Ece Marina in Fethiye. This lively town has shops and restaurants, handy for your first night. DAY 2 :Boynuz Bükü (15nm), a well protected bay where you can walk to the nearby waterfall and in the evening have dinner in the lovely restaurant garden. DAY 3 :Karacaören (20nm) is a pleasant anchorage protected by cliffs and the reef to the south. Go ashore by dinghy for dinner where many of the dishes are prepared in a wood burning oven. DAY 4 :Kapi Creek (15nm ) is a lovely, well sheltered bay, but first you can visit the ruins on Gemiler Island or have a look at the famous beach of Olü Deniz. Dinner ashore in the simple but good restaurant. DAY 5 :Göcek (10nm) is a lively little town with several marinas. Go to the municipality marina but on the way stop in a pleasant bay for lunch and swimming. DAY 6 : Twenty Two Fathom Cove (5 nm) is a short distance but sail south around Peksimet Island where you can often see dolphins. DAY 7 : Return to Fethiye (12nm).
DAY 1 : Embark at Ece Marina in Fethiye. This lively town has shops and restaurants, handy for your first night. DAY 2 : A pleasant sailing trip to one of the many lovely bays in the Fethiye Bay area which can only be reached by boat such as Tomb Bay (15nnm). On entering the bay you can see the Lycian rock tombs. Enjoy the hospitality and food in the restaurant and after dinner have a chat and a drink around the camp fire. DAY 3 : Sail west out of the Gulf of Fethiye and enjoy a longer day's sail to the attractive new marina at Ekincik (29 nm). DAY 4 : Day trip to the ruins of Ancient Kaunos. Take a boat trip up the Dalyan Delta, home to turtles and blue crabs. Visit the little town of Dalyan on your way to the ruins of Caunos, the rock tombs and mud baths. A lovely trip that takes all day. DAY 5 :Cold Water Bay (30 nm). Go for dinner in the restaurant on top of the hill with a spectacular view of the bay. DAY 6 :Sarsala (17 nm) is one of our favourite bays in the Fethiye Bay, a down wind trip to a beautiful bay with a good jetty with moorings. DAY 7 : Return to Fethiye (13nm).
Weather conditions are very favourable for a relaxed sailing holiday. Afternoon breezes from the west average Force 2-4 during the Summer. Temperatures are warmer than Greece with summer temperatures reaching 29-33°C. The sailing season runs from early May to late October.
We have rated this destination a 'Level 1-2' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters from Fethiye and Gocek.
For those wanting more support or who are looking for more of a social holiday then why not take a look at our Fethiye flotilla holidays.
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To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.
The port authorities in Greece are now insisting on one of the following practical certificates: RYA ICC (International Certificate of Competence), RYA Coastal, RYA Yachtmaster, ASA IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) or the IYT (International Yacht Training) Passport. If you hold an RYA Day Skipper or ASA104 it will no longer be accepted and you need to obtain either an ICC or IPC from the corresponding issuing body (RYA or ASA). If your RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster or ASA105/106 certificate is more than 12 years old and does not have a photo ID, then we would also strongly advise applying for an ICC or IPC. If you are a member of the RYA or ASA, you may qualify for a discount or free certificate, otherwise, you will have to pay. The approximate cost is £50. Please use this link - RYA application for the ICC or ASA application for the IPC.
For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.
RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.
For Seychelles, the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.
For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.
If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?
Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.
Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.
Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.