1 week sample Itinerary
Bodrum to Keci Buku
is an example of a typical itinerary on our Bodrum-to-keci
Buku trips. However, no two trips are ever exactly
the same; one of the greatest things about being on
a sailboat is the flexibility to change our minds
and our route to suit personal preferences, prevailing
wind conditions, etc. The start and finish points
are fixed, of course - but all else is changeable
according to the whims of the wind gods and those
on board !
though the "official" start point for
this trip is Bodrum, it may be possible - space
permitting - to join the boat in Kos (Greece) and
sail across to Turkey with us.
Rendezvous in Bodrum, on the SW coast of Turkey. Bodrum
is one of the more modern Turkish ports, a busy, bustling
metropolis. Winding street bazaars criss-cross the town,
beautiful old wooden gulets line the waterfront, as do
hundreds of little bars and restaurants. The fortress
of St John is still incredibly intact, and has a fascinating
museum inside. And for those who love their nightlife,
Bodrum claims the largest outdoor disco - "Halicarnassos"
- in Europe ! It's also THE place for those Born to Shop;
great bargains to be had in all sorts of leather goods,
silver jewellery and semi-precious stones; and of course,
the ubiquitous Turkish carpets.
Sail to Knidos
Once upon a time, this was a key city/harbour in the ancient
world, home to many thousands of people. Now it is just
a tranquil and well-sheltered bay - but the remains of
these former civilizations still lie scattered around
the hills, surrounding the bay on all three sides. There
are amphitheatres, stone pillars and carvings, temple
remains - all incredibly intact. It is really a time warp
experience to wander around these hills and try to imagine
the way of life all those thousands of years ago.
Sail to Ova Buku - a fairly short, and most likely downside
sail - lovely! We should be at our destination in time
for lunch; and time to explore the tiny village of Ova
Buku Our favourite taverna here has the best home-cooked
Turkish food imaginable - not at all the usual tourist
fare. The village itself has a great little bay for cooling
off; for those looking for a little more privacy, a short
hike away is a lovely long and isolated beach; a perfect
Sail to Datca - a very lively little town! The waterfront
is lined little bars and tavernas; one street behind are
several interesting craft & jewellery shops. Walking
towards the beach, there is a tiny lake, with a surprisingly
powerful "mini-waterfall" as it runs into the
ocean; a great and very cooling massage experience !!
For those wanting to dance the night away, Datca has several
lively bars and nightspots - and a "hamam" (Turkish
baths) , to ease any aching muscles the next morning !
Sail to Bozburun; a small, very traditional Turkish town;
full of gulets (wooden motor sailors), but not many yachts,
and certainly not many tourists. We dock just outside
the town, on a wooden jetty outside a little family-run
pension/restaurant right on the waterfront. It is a shady,
tranquil little spot to hang out in - and we even get
to borrow their fun kayaks plus a windsurfer or two to
go explore the bay in! Most importantly of all is the
evening's entertainment - for our groups, they will invite
along local friends who play traditional Turkish music
- and even a belly-dancer to teach us all how it is done
There is also
a chance to take a minibus trip inland to see some of
the local villages, climb a little waterfall to cool off!
- and visit a carpet-making cooperative, to see firsthand
how it is all done.
A gentle run to Dirsek, a secluded little bay about 2
hours sail away. A little taverna lies nestled in one
corner, a blaze of brightly-coloured bougainvillea and
other greenery. Wonderful place to swim and generally
Sail to Keci Buku. A well-sheltered hideout described
as a "gem" in the Turkish Waters Pilot - and
it truly is. A wide, sweeping bay surrounded by pine forests,
with a fascinating old fortress perched on the top of
an island guarding the entrance - a view which is well
worth the scramble up! It is also just 30 mins drive from
Marmaris - the easiest connection back to the "real
world" of modern-day Turkey, where you can shop-till-you-drop
some more; or just head on through and back to Dalaman,
the closest airport, and domestic connections to Istanbul.
Easy ferry connections also from Marmaris-Rhodes.
Disembark 9am in Keci Buku.
info: We can help arrange transportation from Keci Buku
to Marmaris that afternoon/evening, or directly to the
airport at Dalaman, for those who need to catch a flight
right away. Alternatively, we can highly recommend a little
family pension in Keci Buku for an extra night to chill
out; or a hotel in Marmaris for those in need of a more
lively evening / a shopping fix! Ferries run from Marmaris-Rhodes
(Greece) twice a day; approx 9am and 3.30pm.