Sailing Holidays

Yacht Charter from Bodrum & Yalikavak

Enjoy great sailing in the stunning Gulf of Gokova with turquoise seas and protected anchorages.

A sailing holiday is the only way to explore the idyllic Gulf of Gokova, deeply indented with secluded anchorages and romantic ruins of an ancient civilization. You’ll enjoy great sailing with reliable winds. Being skipper of your own charter yacht gives you freedom to discover hidden coves and small fishing villages where wooden jetties are provided by waterside restaurants. Anchor in sheltered bays cleft into the mountainous coastline and swim off your yacht in crystal-clear turquoise seas. In contrast don't miss Bodrum's imposing 15th-century Crusader Castle, bustling bazaars and lively bars and restaurants.

This is a popular sailing holiday destination and a bareboat yacht charter from Bodrum is perfect for couples and families wanting to escape the hustle in quiet, unspoilt coves and bays, either as lunchtime stops or overnight anchorages. Turkish culture is an exciting mix of east and west, traditional and modern. Eating out is a way of life for the Turks and they are proud of their cuisine. The setting is often as memorable as the food, dining out under starry skies.

To book your next sailing holiday in Turkey, give us a call or fill out the Quick Quote Form.

Sailing conditions

Weather conditions are very favourable for a sailing holiday from Bodrum. Afternoon breezes from the west-northwest averaging Force 4-5 during the summer season. Temperatures are warmer than Greece with summer temperatures reaching 29-34°C. The sailing season runs from early May to late October.

Sailing area

From modern marinas at Yalikavak and Bodrum, plan your sailing holiday to explore the Gulf of Gokova. At the head of the gulf there are so many coves and bays for you to explore, such as Amazon Creek, Cleopatra's Beach and the Seven Islands. Cleopatra's Beach at Sedir Adasi has striking white sand - rumour has it that Marc Antony had it shipped from the Egyptian desert to this Roman resort for Cleopatra's pleasure. The romantic ruins of a Roman amphitheatre amongst the olive trees overlooks the scenic anchorage. See our suggested sailing itinerary below.

Or sail south into the Gulf of Datca via the ancient ruins of Knidos, one of the more impressive ruins in Turkey. Anchor in the bay and stroll among the ruins of streets, houses, temples, churches and amphitheatres of a once thriving metropolis and the home of the famous statue of Aphrodite. Visit the delightful harbour towns of Datca and Bozburun.

A third choice is to explore the Gulf of Gulluk and visit the ancient site of Iassos and the charming villages of Gumusluk and Turgetreis.

Charter yachts

Yachts and catamarans are available for bareboat charter from a friendly fleet based at Palmarina in Yalikavak on the northwest corner of the Bodrum peninsula. The first day's sail will bring you into the Gulf of Gokova.

We also offer charter yachts and catamarans from the bustling marina in the heart of Bodrum so we are sure to have the perfect charter yacht for your next sailing holiday in Turkey.

Yacht charters can start and finish on Saturday or Monday to fit flights from most UK airports.

Travel arrangements

Direct flights to Bodrum make this an accessible destination for your sailing holiday in Turkey. easyJet have flights from Gatwick and Stansted to Bodrum on Saturdays and from Liverpool, Edinburgh and Bristol on Mondays. Jet2, Monarch, Thomson and Thomas Cook have flights to Bodrum from most UK airports on Mondays. Transfer time to Yalikavak 30 minutes or to Bodrum Marina 30 minutes.

DAY 1 : Embark at Bodrum Marina. Bodrum is a lively resort town with great restaurants and night life.
DAY 2 : Kormen (18nm) Spectacular setting beneath towering mountains. Small ferry harbour with very good fish restaurant right on the quay.
DAY 3 : Yedi Adalari (20nm) Seven Islands run in a chain close to the coast providing sheltered anchorages in a very scenic setting. There are other creeks and anchorages nearby, such as Amazon Creek, perfect for dinner afloat and a night under the stars.
DAY 4 : Degirmen Buku (10nm) A large, indented bay with numerous safe anchorages, such as English Harbour, where British torpedo boats were based during World War II. Find a quiet spot to moor for the night. Two restaurants cater for visiting yachtsmen.
DAY 5 : Lunch stop at Sehir Adalari, home to the famous ‘Cleopatra’s Beach’ – a pure white sand patch that looks out of place amongst its surroundings. Ruins and a small theatre are romantically sited among olive groves. Overnight at Sogut (6nm), a large bay just to the south of the island or Akbuk (7nm) to the north. A friendly restaurant above the jetty provides good food, home-baked flat bread and basic services to the yachtsman.
DAY 6 : Cokertme (18nm) This is a great place to swim with a choice of moorings and restaurants. The village behind is famous for its production of Turkish rugs and carpets. Lively evening at Captain Ibrahim’s.
DAY 7 : Return to Bodrum Marina (20nm).

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UP TO 15% OFF Bodrum 2015

UP TO 15% OFF Bodrum 2015

Book your 2015 Yalikavak charter now with 10% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT!

Book your 2015 Bodrum charter now with 15% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT!

BOOK BEFORE 31 DEC

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Escape to Bodrum in June with 15% OFF

Escape to Bodrum in June with 15% OFF

Escape the hustle and enjoy the relaxing coves and bays from Bodrum:
eg Dufour 380/2 cab (2013) 20-27 June NOW £1465/week.
Oceanis 41 (2012-14) 20-27 June NOW £1925/week.

Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

FLIGHTS TO BODRUM:
easyJet have flights from Gatwick and Stansted to Bodrum on Saturdays and from Liverpool, Edinburgh and Bristol on Mondays. Jet2, Monarch, Thomson and Thomas Cook have flights to Bodrum from most UK airports on Mondays. Transfer time to Yalikavak 30 minutes or to Bodrum Marina 30 minutes.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School 

 

Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: Gulf of Fethiye

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper.

Experience Level 2: Orhaniye, Bodrum & Marmaris

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper.

Experience Level 3:  

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper 
standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.

 

Don’t miss Bodrum’s impressive 15th-century castle. Built by the Knights of St John from the ruins of the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Wander around the courtyard with its displays of ancient amphoras and visit the Underwater Archaeology Museum. It exhibits fascinating aquatic finds and hauls from ancient shipwrecks, including the famous Glass Wreck, which sank in 1025 while carrying three tonnes of glass.

Cleopatra's Beach at Sedir Adasi has striking white sand - rumour has it that Marc Antony had it shipped from the Egyptian desert to this Roman resort for Cleopatra's pleasure. The romantic ruins of a Roman amphitheatre amongst the olive trees overlooks the scenic anchorage. A magical spot not to be missed.

"We visited great places and it was very well thought out. In particular the flotilla leaders Alan and Kristin were really superb. Alan taught me a lot about sailing and kept us all safe and his daily printed notes were really excellent. Kristin's knowledge and manner was wonderful- they were both really light years ahead of flotilla leaders we've experienced before."
Orhaniye flotilla, Turkey 2014 - S.G.

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