SAILING TRIP TO HISARONU GULF
Selimiye, Orhaniye, Söğüt, Datça. Bencik and many other small bays >
We invite you to join our popular Hisaronu Gulf sailing 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? 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.
A popular route, visiting not one but actually two gulfs, particularly suitable for beginners. Sailing in the gulf means you will have continous winds and almost no waves: an ideal training ground! Dozens of attractive bays line the shores of both gulfs, meaning you can go out, sail and then visit a new anchorage every evening.
Relax aboard our IYT-certified training yachts, all the while learning the art of sailing and forging an unforgettable vacation experrience. 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 Gulf of Hisaronu - 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 we are 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 - Sogut |
We start our 3rd leg at around noon, sailing towards the romantic island of Symi, then we turn to Yesilova Gulf. The small hillside village of Sogut lies near the head of a large bay on the eastern side of the gulf, within easy reach of 16 small, uninhabited islands, heavy with the scent of wild oregano. The craggy, burnt slopes about the bay have a savagely rugged, wild aspect and the ruins of an ancient fortress, thought to be ancient Thyssanus, sit atop a rocky knoll nearby. Rigorous conservation laws on this stretch of coastline have strictly controlled development and ensured that Sogut remains charmingly unspoilt. One imagines that life has changed little here in hundreds of years. Blue bee hives are a recurrent feature on the landscape, their occupants hard at work producing the thyme-scented honey for which the region is famed. The ruins of an ancient fortress lie on the southern shore of the cove and you will see hundreds of pieces of amphora scattered on the sea bed. One of the best seafood restorants in this region is situated here, right in front of our berth. You will enjoy the dining here, as much as the quality of the facilities. Most of our students desire to return here on the trip back.
| Day 5 Sogut – Dirsekbuku |
Usually we start late, because people don't want to leave Sogut. We have short and fun upwind leg through Yesilova Gulf, turning into Hisaronu Gulf. Dirsekbuku is a deep inlet situated on the cape between the Gulf of Hisaronu and the Gulf of Yesilova. Due to the protective shelter it offers, the bay is popular with all manner of yachts, be it blue-water cruisers or chartered boats. No roads lead to this peaceful natural harbour and it only boasts a small primitive restuarant.
| Day 6 Dirsekbuku – Orhaniye |
Departure is noon for this leg, sailing in Hisaronu Gulf. Orhaniye is a large bay at the head of the Gulf of Hisaronu, at the head of the bay is the central village, which backs up into a valley. Orhaniye boasts a beautiful landscape: lush pine forests line the shore, divided by sandy beaches. Due to its protected location, the sea is very calm in the bay: reflecting the forests' green like a mirror. One of the most surprising things you will see in Orhaniye is people walking on water...or at least seem to be. On closer inspection, it is revealed that a thin sandy bar stretches across the bay, dividing it in two! Only ankle to knee deep, this 600 meters of sand is called "Kizkumu" and has a local legend. In the middle of the bay lies a small, steep-to island; here you can find the ruins of an ancient castle, based on the islands summit. The castle is believed to belong to ancient city of Baybassos. Baybassos was a Carian city and is located on one of the mountain peaks that encompass Orhaniye. You may explore the city but this requires winding your way up along a dirt road first, then continuing the trek on foot. The aid of local villagers will be required since the city is un-mapped and there are no directions... Simply a glimpse of the stunning views that can be witnessed from the ruined city are worth the climb!
| Day 8 Orhaniye – Bencik |
Departure is around noon for this leg, since there is no hurry. We will sail as much as we wish and then we make our way to one of our favorite anchorages, Bencik. About a mile in length, located on the narrow isthmus that joins the Datca peninsula with the mainland, Bencik offers a quiet and protected anchorage amongst a thick pine forest. You can hike to Kargi Cove through pine forests while enjoying the panorama of Simi and Rhodes. You may also visit the abandoned monasteries and ancient cisterns; still used by the villagers to this day. According to Heredot, in 550 B.C., the Persians were assualting Datca peninsula with an army commanded by Harpagos. The people of Knidos wanted to dig a canal through the isthmus that connects the Datca peninsula as a defensive line against the Persians. That way they would make the peninsula into an island, thus reinforcing their defense. Their plan ultimately failed and Knidos was ransacked by the Persians.
| Day 9 Bencik – Selimiye |
Another lazy start today, heading towards Selimiye. We sail around Hisaronu Gulf all day and then head to our destination. Approaching Selimiye, you start to feel that this is going to be some sort of special place and it is. For such a small village, there is an abundance of places to eat and drink. Sardunia restaurant is renowned nation-wide by the Turkish, they travel all the way from Istanbul to dine here. Fish oven-baked in a mound of salt is just one of their many specialities; but whatever you may order, you will be sure to enjoy it. Selimiye is also one of the natural ports that has been quietly serving the yachtsmen throughout the years. Livestock, olives, almonds, fishing and wooden boat-building are the main sources of income for this pearl of the Hisaronu Gulf. The locals are warm and friendly, drawing people to them. There are three main historic sites in the region, one is on the highest hill of Selimiye, the other is at the top of Sarikaya, and the last one is in the Asarkale Kızılköy district. The works of an American underwater archaeologist engaged in the research of shipwrecks for three years has also survived to the present day and can be viewed at the Bodrum underwater shipwreck museum. Selimiye is a great location for those who want to eat the freshest seafood, vegetables, and fruit, to bathe in the azure sea, to relax and find inner peace.
| Day 10 Selimiye - Akbuk (Kurucabuk) |
This will be a relatively harder, upwind leg to Akbuk. Akbuk is one of the larger bays of the Hisaronu Gulf. The clarity of the water is simply amazing, tinted a deep blue. Here you can witness the cerulean sea blend together with the surrounding chartreuse landscape, an unforgettable scene! Ashore lies the Datca-Akbuk Holiday Village, a resort developement built in the central bay. This complex has a couple of restaurants, summerhouses and a camping facility. We anchor in the furthest bay, undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of tourism.
| Day 11 Akbuk – Bozburun |
We start our return with this leg, heading to Bozburun in Yesilova Gulf. Bozburun is located in a picturesque, cliff-lined bay on the west coast of the Bozburun Peninsula, the village is a sleepy little place where the tradition of boatbuilding lives on. As you walk along the outskirts of the village, you can see craftsmen at work building gulets – beamy, two-masted wooden sailboats used for fishing and sponge diving. Bozburun is also famous for its production of honey. Originally Bozburun was a sponge fishing town but now it is better known for its boat-building and has become a thriving industry here. The village is sheltered by several small islands – Vunos, Lebunia and Kamari - and its situation is quite stunning. The slopes of the Gulf are bare and rocky, with the steep-to craggy slopes of the Kinossima promontory bordering its southern side. The clear blue sea is ideal for snorkelling, and there are nature trails criss-crossing the hills which take you to the hidden ruins of Knidos, Loryma, and Amos.
| Day 12 Bozburun – Ciftlik |
A longand hard return leg to Ciftlik. Here we will rest and enjoy a meal in our favorite restuarant.
| Day 13 Ciftlik - Marmaris |
After a very early start, we set sail back to Marmaris
- You will stay on board the yacht for 14 nights in a typical two week program
- Our sailing yachts have 4 cabins plus an additional skippers’ cabin..
- We take a maximum of 6 people on one yacht
- We provide bed sheets, pillow covers and a towel for each person
- The crew of each sailing yacht will make a collective shopping and share costs equally. We can provide a suggested shopping list. People can decide on whether to cook on board or enjoy local delicacies in seaside restaurants. The Skipper/Instructor is fed at the crews’ expense.
- We stop in a different bay or island for each night. Our routes are published yearly and they will be either along the Turkish coast or Greek Islands depending on the particular week(s). You can browse through our routes here:( Program )
- In the morning, an optional tour/trek will be organized by the Skipper at 8:00 AM to visit a historical site or just enjoy nature. Theory is taught after breakfast (10:00-12:00)
- In our region, the wind usually picks up at around 12:00 PM, so we depart for our next location at around noon.
- After arrival to our destination (16:00-18:00), people will have free time until dinner. You may choose to swim, rest, study or go for a nature walk.
- Dinner is held at 19:30 and continues for a few hours as we enjoy the local cuisine and indulge in conversation. After dinner you may participate in playing games (cards, chess, etc.), listening to music or just enjoying nature…
- Saturday is check-in and meeting day. Our sailing yachts are located in Netsel Marina (on C Pontoon) .You can check in anytime after 16:00 and settle on board.
- Our first briefing is held at approximately 17:00 and then we stock up on provisions. We have our first dinner together in the marina and afterwards people can explore the colorful Marmarisian night life!
- Sunday is our first day of sailing. We finish last minute shopping and start our voyage around noon.
- Our sailing tour ends Friday (1 or 2 weeks later); after 16:00. You may leave the yacht or stay one more night to enjoy Marmaris. All Yachts have to be empty by 10:00 on Saturday morning to allow for cleaning and preparation for the next group.
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